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Tell me a story: Ice and snow!

Tell me a story

3 - 7 August 2015 10:15 am - book here
3 - 7 August 2015 11:00 am - book here

Put on your snow and shoes, hats and gloves, we are off to the Antarctic!

Please note: This program has been specially designed for children aged 3 to 5 years – if you are bringing an accompanying sibling less than 3 years of age, please care for your younger child to allow the older sibling to fully enjoy the program.    

 

Sprigg lecture: Bringing together science and adventure - Exciting the public to tackle a changing world

Chris Turney

Professor Chris Turney
4 August 2015

Free - bookings essential

Government funding is the cornerstone of modern science. Over the last sixty years, enormous advances have been made in all manner of scientific endeavour thanks to public investment. Try to imagine a world without digital recording, gene sequencing, satellite technology or weather forecasting; they’re all developments we take for granted today but are only made possible by the timely and often regular funding provided by the public purse. But with declining investment in science across most of the Western world, a major challenge for society is where best to place what little resources we have. Which research questions should have the greatest priority? Strategic versus blue-skies research? One-off versus multi-year research programs? A wrong decision and opportunities will be missed, discoveries delayed and research teams broken up. Nowhere are these issues more pressing than in a warming world, where ‘big-science’, multi-year programs of research can lock up precious logistics and costs but are not always fleet of foot, able to respond to new questions/challenges as they appear. Undertaking science in remote regions for a single season has been likened to ‘small-science’ and its value publicly questioned.

Here, Professor Turney argues that there’s room for both, and shows how private funding can support targeted programs of research and communicate it to the wider world. Small-science research can capture the public’s imagination and reap real scientific outputs. The beauty of this approach is that it can applied anywhere in the world. The crucial thing is to excite the public about the science, something we should be do regardless of who has paid to do the work.

 

Makers at the Museum: the lens and the likeness

Camera Lucida

Illustration from the Scientific America Supplement, January 11, 1879 (artist unknown)

5 August 2015
6 - 8:30pm
Meet in the Museum foyer
$25 including a glass of wine on arrival - bookings essential

Makers at the Museum is our new series of hands-on art workshops for adults. Participants will join Museum experts and leading artists for an evening of behind-the-scenes experiences, shared stories and an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get creative in one of Adelaide’s most inspiring settings.

For our second Makers at the Museum workshop, we’re exploring photography of the natural world with a private tour of the ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition with ANZANG judge Paul Atkins, the chance to delve into the Museum’s collection of historical photographic equipment and a workshop based on 18th century proto-photographic tools and techniques with the team from the Analogue Laboratory.

The workshop will introduce participants to three separate optical devices that preceded the invention of photography in the early 1800s, discussing their relationship with natural history and their influence on visual culture.

Alex and Aurelia from the Analogue Laboratory will introduce the physiognotrace, an early drawing machine used to aid in the production of paper-cut silhouettes, the camera lucidas, an optical drawing aid that allows you to trace what you can see, and the Claude glass, a curved, blackened mirror that aided pictorial artists in reinterpreting scenes from nature. This workshop will allow participants to interact with these devices first hand and use them to interpret the ANZANG Photographic exhibition, providing materials for participants to create their own drawings and silhouettes.

About the artists

The Analogue Laboratory, a darkroom and photographic facility based in Adelaide, was founded by photographic artists Aurelia Carbone and Alex Bishop-Thorpe in 2012. Alex and Aurelia work with experimental and antiquarian photographic processes and set up 'The Lab' as a place to continue their art practice, research and creative play after graduating from university. It turned out that lots of other people wanted to play too! Since then, they’ve worked with conservators, industry bodies and artists, navigating photographic history and contemporary ideas. The Analogue Laboratory runs workshops in a range of photographic techniques and materials, provides chemistry and equipment, and ‘keeps alchemy alive!’ www.analoguelab.com.au

 

Night Lab

Night lab

Friday 21 August 2015
6 - 10:00pm
$35 including finger food and a drink on us - bookings essential
Ages 18+

When we shine a light on the world around us, what can we expect to discover?

Venture to the South Australian Museum after dark for an evening of science, culture and curiosity. To celebrate International Year of Light and National Science Week. Step into the Skydome and gaze up at the night skies, journey through the Museum with an astronomer, see the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition and visit the Tintype Photo-booth to see how photography has changed from the days of darkrooms to digital technology.

On the Ancient World stage
Music:
DJ Wolfpanther
Ross McHenry Trio
Sparkspitter 
Oisima

Interactive light installation:
Sebastian Tomczak

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week. scienceweek.net.au

 

Opals gala

Opals gala

7:00-10:00pm
25 September 2015
Limited tickets, bookings essential

Join the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Jay Weatherill MP to discover these beautiful gems and dig deeper into the Opals story.

Evoke the glamour of Hollywood and dazzle us with your opals for a chance to win exclusive prizes.

Be among the first to visit the Opals exhibition and bring your friends for a night of entertainment and celebration of the breathtaking beauty of Opals.