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Art & Exhibitions

Night MODE: Tales of Being


Thu 18 Apr 2024


6.00 pm - 9.00 pm


3 hours


Plaza, Foyer, Gallery, Library
Free, bookings essential. 18+

As the air becomes chillier, immerse yourself in the warmth of night-time comfort where stories, memories and artistic expression intertwine. 

Featuring the melodic tunes of Charlie Needs Braces and captivating short films, share moments with mates and strike up conversations with new friends. Engage in artist led hands-on workshops to spark your creative spirit, step into an after-hours gathering where art discussions come to life, and the latest exhibition, Kungka Kunpu (Strong Women), unveils its treasures.  

At this Tales of Being edition of Night MODE, uncover spaces for creative exploration to unleash your artistic potential. Connect with narratives woven into each creation, lose yourself in the art, and relish offerings of delicious bites and tasty drinks available from our curated menu.

It’s an evening dedicated to unwinding, creativity, and connecting with the stories that shape us. 



Exhibition: Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women)                                                                                                                            
Drawn from the Art Gallery of South Australia’s (AGSA) collection, Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women) showcases major contemporary works by celebrated women artists from the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY) – cultural custodians of an oral tradition that epitomises the art of storytelling.

Workshop: Memory Books
Explore the intersection of art, creativity, and memories in this hands-on workshop. Make a mini accordion memory book to display, treasure, or gift to a loved one, using collage and writing prompts to reflect on the stories that shape you. Feel free to bring your own ephemera or photos to incorporate into your memory book.


Book Nook
Take a moment to explore a curated selection of book titles inspired by the evening’s overall theme. 

Workshop: Vegan Leather Earrings with Bronwyn David
Let your creativity run wild on this fun craft. Learn new jewellery design and making techniques using printed vegan leathers and stainless steel findings. Come along and cut up all the colourful materials and layer them to make the most amazing statement earrings. 


About Your Teaching Artist
Bronwyn is a proud Palawa-Tebrakunna woman born and raised in Naarm on Bunurong Country. A self-taught contemporary artist who loves to explore and experiment different techniques, textures and mediums.  
A great deal of Bronwyn’s artistic vision and inspiration comes from her connection of the land and water ways of our magical country. Her art style is constantly evolving as she learns more about herself and her culture and discovers her ancestor’s footprints in the landscape.  

Incorporating her love of vibrant colours, geometric and organic lines, shapes and textures into her art, often creating chaos and spontaneous pieces that all come together in her own individual way. 

Workshop: Drop-by Drawing
Spend time observing artworks and enjoy sketching in the Gallery at this drop-in self-guided workshop. 

Live Music: Charlie Needs Braces
The latest music project, Charlie Needs Braces, comes from Naarm musician Charlie Woods. Charlie is a proud GuriNgai woman, a direct descendant of Bungaree and Matora. The lands running from the Central Coast of NSW along the mouth of the Hawkesbury River and into Northern Sydney.  

Having played on stage with bands such as The Teskey Brothers, Bumpy, The Seven Ups, and TEK TEK Ensemble, Naarm-based musician Charlie Woods is venturing out to launch the project, Charlie Needs Braces. In 2022 Charlie was awarded ‘First Place’ from the ‘Upstart Awards’, and in 2023 received the 'Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent' through Music Victoria.  

Instagram: @charlieneedsbraces  
Facebook: CharlieNeedsBraces  

Short Film Program

Cosy up in our pop-up cinema and enjoy the Tales of Being film program which looks at the essence of life and what it means to exist. The film program is curated by Blake Curtis of the ReelGood Film Festival.

  • Symmetry, 2019, (4 min), Robert Plaza Productions
  • Maalu, 2015, (15 mins), Sanjay De Silva 
  • A Morning Ritual, 2019, (3 mins), Jack Peddey & Alisha Hnatjuk 
  • Creswick, 2017, (9 mins), Natalie Erika James, Emma Haarburger 
  • Pinchpot, 2018, (4 mins), Greg Holfeld 
  • Judas Collar, 2018, (15 mins), Alison James, Brooke Silcox 

Café and Bar 

Selection of tasty food and drinks available at café prices. 


Thursday 18 April 20024
6.00 pm - 9.00 pm 


FREE, bookings essential
This event is suitable to those aged 18+

For general ticketing and box office information (including conditions of sale) see our Ticketing services information page.

For accessibility bookings or other box office inquiries please email [email protected] or phone 03 9709 9700. 

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