Collab is a joint venture between the South Australian Museum, the History Trust of South Australia, the State Library of South Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia to promote the discovery of their digital collections. Collab supports innovation, new knowledge and entrepreneurship across Adelaide’s cultural precinct and showcases our digital expertise to the world.
What we do
State Library of South Australia
The State Library of South Australia’s core purpose is to collect and maintain the documented history of the state and provide access that connects people with our resources and world knowledge. To support these the State Library contribute to the wellbeing of the State by providing culturally enriching opportunities to our communities.
History Trust of South Australia
The History Trust of South Australia operates three museums – the Migration Museum, the National Motor Museum and the South Australian Maritime Museum and The Centre of Democracy in collaboration with the State Library of South Australia. The History Trust is caretaker of the State’s social history collections and ensures current and future generations can enjoy their state’s rich and fascinating past in ways that are relevant today.
The History Trust supports South Australia’s history network of committed volunteer associations and local history specialists through a Community Museums Program, digital capacity building programs and annual grant funds for research and writing to promote the value of history, collections and our place in the world. The History Trust presents the annual open access festival South Australia’s History Festival – a statewide celebration of community history, collections and heritage. Through its museums, the History Trust present many other community events such as the Bay to Birdwood vintage car run and other festivals and celebrations on South Australia’s cultural calendar.
South Australian Museum
The Museum cares for a wealth of treasures with national and international significance – it is admired for its world class collections, which have been amassed over more than 150 years and encompass everything from fossils of the first known life on Earth to pieces of Martian meteorites. The Museum’s collections are still growing and used each day in scientific and cultural research.
The Museum is one of Australia’s most successful research museums, with 151 scientific papers and presentations in 2018/2019 and is a strong partner, with strategic relationships across the resources sector as well as with state and federal governments.
Art Gallery of South Australia
Our vision is to be the inspirational leader for visual arts in South Australia and contribute powerfully to culture in Australia and beyond.
The Art Gallery of South Australia was founded in 1881 and its purpose is prescribed by the Art Gallery Act 1939. Since inception, the Gallery has been an important cultural focus for South Australia with the current building opening in 1900 and extended in 1937, 1962 and 1996. AGSA holds one of Australia’s finest art collections with over 45,000 works across diverse media in Australian, International and Asian art. The Gallery presents a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, annual focus exhibitions of international art, and three major recurring projects of Australian art; Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art since 1980 (biennial), TARNANTHI Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art since 2015 (annual), and Ramsay Art Prize since 2017 (biennial).
The Charter of the Art Gallery of South Australia is to serve the South Australian and wider communities by providing access to original works of art of the highest quality. The Gallery seeks to foster, promote and enhance understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts through its collections, temporary exhibitions and other public programs.
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