Mali Isabel, Excuse me, I love you series (detail) 2021, acrylic on canvas

SALA Exhibition


Refractions delves into the diverse range of creativity and artwork produced by Carclew's Sharehouse residents.

Carclew House, Kaurna Country, 11 Jeffcott St, North Adelaide SA 5006

Friday 6 August
(please note opening night has been rescheduled from Thursday 29th July)

NOTE: Due to capacity restrictions, opening night will be held across two "shifts" 5:30 - 6:30pm and 7:00 - 8:00pm
Entry is free, although online registration is essential.
This event has a strictly limited capacity, and mask wearing will be mandatory.


WHEN: Sun 8 Aug, 12:30 - 2pm
As part of the SALA Festival Open Studio weekend, guests will be guided through the exhibition by Curator Christina Lauren (1:15 - 1:45pm), and can book into individual artist sessions:
-          Which Made This Place Home screening by Maddie Grammatopoulos, run time 12 mins, FREE
Which Made This Place Home is an immersive film piece, documenting a series of poignant moments in a family home through the eyes of various household objects.
-          BENCHED one-to-one performance by Jamilla Main, all tickets $20
Jamila Main, actor and award-winning playwright, invites you to join them on the bench for an intimate rumination on athleticism within a body whose access needs subvert the assumed binary of disability.

WHEN: Mon 9 Aug, 6 – 7:30pm
Jamila Main, actor and award-winning playwright, invites you to join them on the bench for an intimate rumination on athleticism within a body whose access needs subvert the assumed binary of disability.
Book a ticket for BENCHED one-on-one performance by Jamilla Main (all tickets $20), alongside an evening opportunity to view the Refractions exhibition.

All events have strictly limited capacity and masks are mandatory.

Inspired by ‘refraction’, the act of light passing through a glass vessel at one angle on entry, and refracting to another upon exit, the Carclew Sharehouse residents act similarly, with creativity. Each artist utilises the innate human experience of creativity and creation that enters into their being, refracts it at a different, unique angle, to produce a distinctive style or channel of art. 

In this analogy, not only can the artist's being or body be thought of as similar to a glass vessel, but so can Carclew House. All eight residents practice from  Carclew and allow its presence to influence and shape their work. A unique annual experience, the 2021 Carclew residents have a tremendous amount of talent, creativity, opinions, narratives, experiences and techniques to share.

The foyer and ballroom galleries will transform into a kaleidoscope of artistic refractions, with live performances, an interactive film experience, vivid and vibrant paintings, animations and illustrations. With topics explored such as disability, mental health, human connection, belonging and physical form and movement, the residents showcase not only their diverse talents, but their deeply personal and moving experiences.

Refractions will present works by painters George Gilles and Mali Isabel, animation / illustrator Harrison Vial, actor and playwright Jamila Main, filmmaker and director Maddie Grammatopoulos, and interdisciplinary collaborative Motus Collective (Felicity Boyd and Zoe Gay), curated by Christina Lauren.  

Carclew acknowledges Refractions takes place on Kaurna Country, and we pay our respects to Kaurna elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Exhibition continues until 28th October 2021 (Mon, Thurs, Fri, 9am – 5pm).
Which Made This Place Home (Maddie Grammatopoulos) viewing only available Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout August.

Refractions will not be viewable at the following days/times:
Thurs 12 August (9am - 12noon)

Fri 20 August (3 - 5pm)
Mon 23 August (12noon - 5pm)
Wed 25 August (9am - 2pm)
From Mon 30 August Refractions will be restricted to the foyer gallery only

Click here for Access information at Carclew

Image: Mali Isabel, Excuse me, I love you series, 2021, acrylic on canvas

Contact Details

Braidee Otto
Arts & Events Coordinator, Arts Programs
(08) 8267 5111