Adelaide’s Centre of Democracy reopens – in time to Stitch and Resist for SALA Festival

The Centre of Democracy, located in the Institute Building on the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace, will reopen from Monday 3 August after a four-month closure due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The gallery, a collaboration between The History Trust of South Australia and the State Library, showcases the people, ideas and movements that have shaped—and continue to shape—democracy in South Australia.

It will reopen with some minor changes to operations to align with the SA Government’s COVIDSafe guidelines, including increased cleaning, provision of hand sanitiser throughout the gallery, and suggested walkways for visitors to ensure social distancing.

“As a small, but highly engaging gallery space, we’ve embarked on a comprehensive review of our operations to ensure we remain COVIDSafe for our visitors”, said History Trust CEO Greg Mackie OAM. “We have reduced the total number of people allowed in the space, and the History Trust team has also developed some great online versions of our exhibitions, such as the Picturing Democracy online gallery for those who want to visit the Centre from home.”

School groups will be returning to the Centre of Democracy with teacher-led excursions available from Tuesday to Fridays from 10am to 1pm, with Mondays dedicated to delivering exciting new virtual experiences for school groups directly into their classrooms.

The Centre for Democracy will also be participating at this month’s South Australia’s Living Artists (SALA) Festival through its Stitch and Resist craftivism project. Designed to encourage community groups and organisations to host craftivism workshops that address specific issues using the beginner-friendly medium of cross-stitching, the project provides individual change makers, community groups and organisations the digital tools and resources to create textile art that addresses the idea, hopes and concerns of its makers.

Since its launch in March 2020, Stitch and Resist has collected nearly 50 cross-stitch pieces from participants all over the world and can be viewed as part of SALA on the Stitch and Resist online gallery. Submissions still very welcome.

What: The Centre of Democracy is located in the Institute Building, corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue.

Cost: Free admission

Open to the public: Monday to Friday 1.30pm – 4pm (closed weekends and public holidays)

Open to pre-booked school groups: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 1pm, Virtual Visits on Mondays 10am – 1pm. Bookings essential.

Bookings and more information:

Stitch and Resist Gallery:


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