Time Travel

2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of
Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) – our Ruby Jubilee!
And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with the revival of the Arts Ball.

There has not been an Arts Ball at SAC in over 15 years, which is far too long between drinks.

The SAC Arts Ball on Saturday 21 October 2017 is an opportunity to get together and celebrate, surrounded by friends, colleagues and family.
Combine delicious drinks and some of the best live music Hobart has to offer, and we have no doubt that this will be a night to remember.

This is a PUBLIC EVENT, open to everyone and anyone who loves costume, music and a good time!

On offer throughout the evening is an array of outstanding musical
performances by:
– The Modern Operative
– Art School Bullies
– DJ Kashishi
– Ralph Forehead
– Randal Muir

THEME : Time Travel

As SAC is celebrating 40 years, we have been reflecting over the past four decades, but also looking towards the future!
Therefore the theme of the SAC Arts Ball 2017 is TIME TRAVEL

The SAC Arts Ball is a costumed event. 
Costume is desired, but not required.
Cocktail dress is acceptable alternative (but you would not be in the running to win the amazing prizes!)


Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
– Belle of the Ball (the BEST Individual Costume) : $500 CASH Prize
– Most Devastating Duo : $200 CASH Prize
– Most Creative Crew (groups between 3 – 6 people) : $200 CASH Prize

– Historical Inaccuracy : $100 CASH Prize
– Cybernetic / Synthetic 
: $100 CASH Prize
– Furthest Travelled : $100 CASH Prize
– Reinvention (costume created from recycled materials) : $100 CASH Prize

Other important things:

Saturday 21 October 2017
Arrivals are strictly between 7:00pm – 8:00pm
(event to finish at 12:30am)

Entry is via Wooby’s Lane

This is an 18+ event

Tickets are $45 +BF
Tickets are PRE-SALE ONLY.
Tickets available ONLINE via Eventbrite
OR purchased in person or phone via SAC Administration (03 6234 8414
There will be NO ticket sales at the door – so ensure you purchase your ticket in advance.

Your ticket includes a complimentary drink upon arrival.
More delicious drinks can be purchased at the bar throughout the evening (eftpos available).

Reserved Seating : Special Themed Booths
Want to enhance your Arts Ball experience? There are a limited number of special themed Booths available to PRE-PURCHASE(at the same time you purchase your tickets). They are limited (4 Booths ONLY) and will sell out quickly. These Booths will ensure that you and your crew have an exclusive place to hang out during the evening (maximum 6 and 8 people depending on the booth). Each Booth costs $100. Split this cost between your friends! If you purchase a Booth, you still require a Ticket for entry to the Arts Ball.

* Please note: seating and tables will also be available throughout the venue.

Join the Facebook event

Graphic design by Nicole Robson.

SAC40 call out: What do you know about that giant octopus?

Do you know more about this giant octopus project in the 1980s? Get in touch.

ABC story: Salamanca Arts Centre digs deep into archives ahead of 40th anniversary

Strange and marvellous things have been happening at Salamanca Arts Centre for around four decades now. Whether it’s a giant octopus taking over, an Arts Ball to promote ‘socially responsible decadence’ or a protest at the market— these sandstone walls have seen it all!

Attendees of the SAC Arts Ball in the 1990s.

As a celebration of our 40th anniversary year in 2017 we want to share with the Tasmanian community the richness, exuberance and diversity of the precinct’s cultural history. We’re asking the public to share memorabilia and stories about what has made Salamanca Arts Centre (and the whole area) such a special and exciting place.

Do you have a photo of going to a show in the Peacock when you were a kid?

Did you dress up for one of the Arts Balls in the Long Gallery back in the day?

Were you an artist creating, exhibiting or performing in the centre and publicising your work in an unusual way?

Or maybe you were involved in some spontaneous political or artistic ‘happening’ that we can’t yet imagine or put into words!

Whatever your SAC memorabilia entails, we invite you to share it with us… so that we can share it with Tasmania.


Do you have old photos, slides, newspaper cuttings or similar? Items may be used in the programming of our 40th anniversary celebrations and/or to add to our archive. This project is about showcasing the tradition of vibrancy in Tasmania’s arts community, and your assistance is invaluable.

To contribute get in touch by Wednesday 31 May 2017 via