The Art of Christmas

Discover the Art of Christmas along the Adelaide Riverbank with a creative tree trail this festive season

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The Art of Christmas

The creative tree trail that winds along the banks of the River Torrens and onto the cultural boulevard North Terrace.

The Trail


Meet the artists bringing Christmas to life along the Adelaide Riverbank

Artist Amy Jo Watson

Amy Jo Watson


Adelaide Railway Station

Amy has presented exhibitions throughout Australia and exhibited in Heartland at AGSA in 2013. Amy was awarded a residency at ISCP in New York in 2012, the 2012 Critics Circle Prize, the 2013 Qantas Australian Contemporary Art Award and an Australia Council Tokyo Studio Residency in 2014. She was a finalist in the 2014 Redlands Art Prize, the 2015 Gold Coast Art Prize and the 2016 Fleurieu Art Prize. Amy was commissioned by Australian Catholic University to create a major public artwork in 2015. She has work in major collections including AGSA and Nigel Hurst’s (Director, Saatchi London) private collection.

Artist Dan Withey

Dan Withey


Adelaide Convention Centre (near the R-Bar), Riverbank Promenade

Dan Withey was born in Birmingham England in 1986. In 2004 he immigrated to Australia and studied a Bachelor of Visual Communication (specialising in Illustration) at the University of South Australia. Upon graduating in 2007 with the Design Institute of Australia’s student of the year award, Withey decided to transition into a career in Visual Arts. Since this time he has had over 17 successful solo shows.

His art, although addressing dilemmas of modern day society such as consumerism, the environment and freedom, are still imbued with a playful humour and humbleness that make them completely unpretentious and accessible to all audiences. As Dan’s work continues to develop in both skilfulness and substance he is certainly an artist to follow.

Artist Emma Hack

Emma Hack

Royal Hanging Garden

Government House (outside), North Terrace

Emma Hack is an Adelaide-based, Australian artist working in the unique medium of body paint installation and photography. Exhibiting extensively throughout Australia and overseas since 1999, Emma’s astounding artworks have captured the attention of collectors and art lovers worldwide.

Emma has received great acclaim for her refined body paint camouflage technique; through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, her work evokes a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism.

Emma launched her philanthropic ‘Emma Hack Art Prize’ in 2014, a yearly competition as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. It features South Australia’s most talented artists, vying for the $5000 prize.  It is currently the only prize established for South Australian artists and now the ‘SA Art Collective’ have a home in Adelaide’s CBD at the new Emma Hack Gallery and ARTBAR at 52 Sturt St, Adelaide.

Gavin Wanganeen

Star Dreaming over Christmas

South Australian Museum, North Terrace

Former AFL legend, Brownlow Medalist and contemporary Indigenous artist, Gavin Wanganeen, is a descendent of the Kokatha Mula people. Kokatha people have a strong connection to country, culture and hold the Tjukupa (Lore) and caring for country. The Kokatha lands are located in the Central/ South Western desert in South Australia.

Growing up, Gavin spent time on the State’s West Coast where his maternal great grandfather, Dick Davey was a respected leader of both the people of Kooniba Mission, and the general community. Dick Davey continues to inspire and influence Gavin’s painting, and his connection to culture.

Artist James Dodd

James Dodd

Christmas abstraction

Former Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace

James Dodd exhibits regularly across Australia in publicly funded institutions, commercial galleries and artist-run spaces.  He works across a range of mediums with particular interests in painting, DIY, graffiti, adventure and public space.  He maintains a curiosity in suburbia as landscape and also the creative activities and transgressions that occur in public spaces.

Dodd is active as an educator at Adelaide Central School of Art and regularly delivers youth and community based arts programs across a range of outcomes.  Dodd is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.

Artist Kate Kurucz

Kate Kurucz

Each New Leaf

Adelaide Zoo (main entrance, Plane Tree Drive)

Kate Kurucz is a painter who graduated with honours in 2012. In 2016 she created work in conjunction with the Art Gallery of South Australia for the Guildhouse Collections Project and in 2017 she became a co-director at FELTspaceo ari. Kurucz’s work is inspired by pop culture, myths, stock photography and portraiture traditions, exploring what strange worlds paint is capable of creating.

Lisa King

A White Xmas Eve

Bonython Hall, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace

Lisa King is an Australian self-taught multi-disciplinary artist/illustrator. An established and known name within the art world to say the least, from a successful art gallery owner and curator to her vibrant digitally rendered magazine covers to her mammoth street murals. Un-stoppable on any medium thrown her way, her style perfectly blends cultural iconography, renaissance symbolism and a more recent pathway towards a heavier style of realism.

She is influenced by traditional figurative painting methods along with contemporary values and nostalgic narrative which help create her angelic but seemingly dark portraiture works.

Artist Lucy Bonnin

Lucy Bonnin

Reflection: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Mediterranean Garden, Adelaide Botanic Garden

After winning the Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize in 2011, Lucy has been a full time artist specialising in realist & surrealist art. She has been a finalist in several national art prizes including the Black Swan, Doug Moran and Fleurieu Biennale. Lucy has had six solo exhibitions between Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne. Her work can be viewed in many of Adelaide’s restaurants, hotels, public spaces and private collections.

Artist Paul Grant

Paul Grant


Urban Beach, Pinky Flat

Influenced by his artistic family of painters and metal workers, Paul has channelled his passion for delivering creative, engaging pieces in various mediums throughout Adelaide.

As Senior Designer at Renewal SA, and through the lens of this role, Paul considers the ever evolving Adelaide city landscape his canvas to communicate. His works help to inform, excite and shape South Australian attitudes with a view to designing a more progressive future for our great state.

Artist Tiff Manuell

Tiff Manuell

Holiday hotspot

Former Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace

Tiff Manuell creates hand-crafted pieces of art for you to wear, designed to bring colour and happiness into the lives they land in. Tiff grew her art and design practice from a dream to develop hand made products incorporating all of her passions – painting, making, sewing and more than anything, working freely with colour with no boundaries.

Artist Tom Borgas

Tom Borgas

Christmas abstraction

Adelaide Oval

Born and raised in South Australia, Tom Borgas is an emerging artist working out of Fontanelle Studios in Bowden. Working from a sculptural base, his practice spans across a range of platforms including gallery and project work, public and private commissions, festival interventions and performances. Developed through a conversation between digital and analogue processes, Tom’s work is an investigation of the space between image and object, virtual and physical, maker and viewer.

Artist Vans the Omega

Vans the Omega

It's beginning to look a lot like

Former Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace

Heavily influenced by ancient scripts, architecture, engineering and dance movement, his works pay homage to the natural world through his use of expressive body movement and gesture.

Joel’s aka VTO attention to detail and the pursuit of perfection within the street craft has been the undying drive behind the ever-expanding career into fine art and mural pieces adorning walls and galleries around the globe.

Moving beyond the spectrum of graffiti while retaining it’s underlying skill sets, his current work is a collision of sacred geometry, organic flowing movement mixed with hand painted patterns splashed across vibrant figurative pieces that aim to create inner movement, reflection and an overwhelming sense of beauty amongst the street settings his works lay.

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