Makers at the Museum: Waterhouse

Makers at the Museum

Annotated illustration of a Tommy Ruff (Arripis georgianus) by Harry Bowshall, 1966. SAMA 1043.

6pm – 8:30pm, 1 July 2015
Meet in the Museum foyer
$25 per person (20 participant maximum)
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.

The very first Makers at the Museum workshop will explore our new exhibition Science & Art: 12 years of the Waterhouse Prize with the Museum’s taxidermist Jo Bain and artist (and Museum volunteer) Angela Bannon.

Jo will share stories of his intriguing vocation and give you an insight into the art and science behind the preservation of specimens, including those on display in the exhibition.

Angela will introduce participants to a variety of drawing techniques suited to capturing the textures, forms and colours of the natural world. Participants will have the opportunity to undertake a series of drawings in response to both the exhibition and a special display of precious artefacts and specimens from the Museum’s collections.


About the artist

A self-confessed ‘museum nerd’, Angela has been volunteering as a photographer at the Museum for the past four years since retiring from teaching art history. As a practising artist she will try her hand at any medium that suits her particular purpose, but drawing is her first love. “The immediacy and the personal nature of drawn marks are fundamental and ancient aspects of humanity,” she says. “Our drawn response to the world is as valuable to the maker as to the viewer. And what’s more – anyone can do it!”


Tell me a story - Insects, insects everywhere!

Tell Me A Story - Stories from the doors, June 10:15 sessions

Multiple events,  29 June - 3 July 2015, 10.15-10.45am
bookings essential

Multiple events,  29 June - 3 July 2015, 11.00-11.30am
bookings essential

Let’s go on an adventure to explore the largest group of animals in the world.

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.


Out of hours school care/Vacation care groups


Ngarrindjeri Weaving

10:15am– 10:45am, 6-10 July 2015
Cost $8.00 per child
Booking required – limited spaces
Minimum booking of 20 to 30 children
Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery, Level 1
Suits ages 5 - 12

For out of hours school care/vacation care groups wanting to visit the museum this school holidays, this 30 minute workshop is perfect to learn weaving and coil techniques with Ngarrindjeri weaver Janice Rigney and her daughter Lorna Collinson.

OSHC groups can pay online or via invoice (choose 'show other payment option' on the booking page).


Tales from the Torres Strait

 Eddie Peters

Torres Strait Islander and performer, Eddie Peters
7 July 10:30-11:15am and 11:45am-12:30pm
9 July 10:30-11:15am and 11:45am-12:30pm
Limited spaces, bookings essential
Pacific Cultures Gallery, Mezzanine

Suited ages 5-12

Story telling is used to share tales, teach people about right or wrong and pass knowledge on to future generations. Eddie will share the story of Gelam from his homeland. A mother's trickery and lies cause Gelam, a skillful hunter, to flee his island in a wooden dugong and travel eastward, a journey that eventuates in creation of the islands. 


Song and dance

Torres Strait Islander, Eddie Peters
7 and 9 July, 1:00-1:45pm
Limited spaces, bookings essential
Pacific Cultures Gallery, Mezzanine
Suited ages 5-12

Join Eddie in the beautiful Pacific Cultures Gallery as he leads you through the steps of a traditional song and dance from the Islands.


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.


Opals gala

Opals gala

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.