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OPEN SKY / Kelly’s Garden

OPEN SKY / Kelly

OPEN SKY/ Kelly’s Garden is a new and exciting program of curated exhibitions and events presented by Salamanca Arts Centre. This program encourages artists to explore the notions of place, space and the role of art in the public realm.

Our upcoming exhibition in this program is Curing by Cassie Sullivan & Josh Prouse and is curated by Ainslie Macauley.


Breathing Backwards by Hannah Foley














Once a carter’s backyard, an escaped convict’s hideaway and a drying room for apple juice filters, Kelly’s Garden is a space that offers a unique urban heritage environment for contemporary sculptors and installation artists.

Kelly’s Garden is a courtyard enclosed by the three storey brick and stone walls of the old warehouses it once serviced. It is accessed via Kelly’s Lane off Salamanca Place, and has a large sliding gate with specially designed peepholes.

Kelly’s Garden has been restored to cater for a continuing program of large scale sculpture and installation works.

Call for applications

Kelly’s Garden is available to hire from time to time for events, depending on our OPEN SKY / Kelly’s Garden program schedule.

To be notified of the next call for applications for Kelly’s Garden, please complete the Alert Me online form and you will be contacted once the next call for applications opens. Alternatively if you wish to discuss a particular date, please get in touch to see if we can accomodate your event (venues@sac.org.au).

Please note: The capacity of this venue has been reduced as a result of COVID-19 restrictions relating to gatherings, physical distancing and density limits.  As these restrictions are subject to change, please contact the Venues Manager via email (venues@sac.org.au) for more information.

Image credits:
Upturns, props and portals (2009) | Bec Stevens | Kelly’s Garden Curated Projects #4. | Photo: Sean Fennessey
Kelly’s Garden (2012) | Liminal Studio |  Kelly’s Garden Curated Projects #12. | Photo: Allana Blizzard
Carpet (2010) |  Derek Hart | Kelly’s Garden Curated Projects #5 | Photo: Fiona Fraser.
Well, Hello! (2017) | Sanja Pahoki | Kelly’s Garden Curated Projects #27 | Photo: Julian Bugden.
For every mile I have ever flown… (2016) | Andy Vagg | Kelly’s Garden Curated Projects #24 | Photo: Allana Blizzard

Upcoming Events

July 2021


CURING Cassie Sullivan & Josh Prouse

10 July - 26 September

Saturday 10 July – Sunday 26 September 2021 Curated by Ainslie Macaulay This exhibition is part of the OPEN SKY / Kelly’s Garden program and will show across sites at Kelly’s Garden…

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