Neo | Free Events for Teens | Art Gallery of South Australia

NEO – 2021/22 Program

Held six times a year at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Neo is a free after-hours event for teens aged 13-17.

Neo is a parent-free zone where young people can kick back and hang out with friends, jump into creative labs, tune into live music and explore the latest exhibitions at AGSA.

Neo is presented by The Balnaves Foundation and since 2016, Neo has welcomed over 7000 teens to the Art Gallery of South Australia. Held six times a year, all Neo events are FREE.

Ultraviolet – Saturday 14 August 2021

Prepare for some electric energy at Neo Ultraviolet, for a night charged with illuminated image-making, neon glow ups, video games, fandom badge-making, and a stellar line-up of teen musicians including Ultra Violett, Yasika Choure, S0UL Oscuro, Tonix and Kyyo-T.

Go along dressed in your favourite neon threads for this ultraviolet event and don’t forget to explore the latest wavelength of emerging artists in Neo’s 2021 SALA Exhibition.

6.30pm – Art Talk with Neo Ambassador Abbey Seyair | Meet by the Information Desk – Explore the highlights of the latest exhibitions.

Poster Making with Jenna Pippett  | Using existing design elements, participants will be invited to modernize a vintage-poster using digital collage and their own image. As an artist Jenna is interested in recollections of the past. In this workshop the posters act as a framework allowing participants to access a historical event and create interchangeable ways of viewing and participating in the past.

Automatic Drawing with Luku Kukuku  | Let instinct guide you in this automatic drawing session. Be inspired by Tom O’Hern’s 1000 drawings from the end of the world which feature “mechanical monsters, future mega fauna, burning trees, skulls, weeds and disease. These drawings are new hieroglyphs – ancient emojis to be dug up in a million years and deciphered without a Rosetta stone.

Game Zone – Radford Auditorium | Chill out and play Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros with your friends on the big screen.

Live Music | Ultra Violett – 6pm | Yastika Choure – 6.10pm | S0UL Oscuro – 6.30pm | Tonix – 7pm | Sunsick Daisy – 7.30pm  Kyyo-T – 8pm

UV Drawing – Courtyard | Chill out and sketch in the black-light zone while you listen to live music.

Neo SALA Exhibition – The Studio | Celebrate South Australian teen works of art in the Neo SALA exhibition, Ultraviolet.

Sea of Light – The Studio | Immerse yourselves in a Sea of Light and draw in ultraviolet with Patch Theatre.

Fandom Badge-making with the Neo Ambassadors – Cafe | Are you a fan? Celebrate your fandom of choice by creating a pop-culturally inspired badge, in celebration of Roy Ananda’s fan culture fuelled SALA display.

Meet a Stranger with the Neo Ambassadors – Downstairs | Want to meet someone new at Neo? Sit on either side of a doubled-sided work in Surrealists at Sea and use some conversation cards to have a chat before you see each other…

Response Wall | In response to the themes of identity and immigration in Surrealists at Sea, share an anecdote or story that has shaped your understanding of your family history.

The Photobooth – Atrium | Take a snap with your mates in the Photobooth.


Neo Teen Takeover: Mix it Up – Saturday 23 October 2021

Prepare yourself for larger than life costumes, wicked live music, VIP access to the latest exhibition Tarnanthi, and a huge creative program led by Adnyamathanha and Luritja Guest Curator Juanella McKenzie. Plus, a bumper program of activations by South Australia’s youth and arts focused organisations in this whole gallery experience.

Presenters include:

  • Girls Rock!
  • Carclew
  • Young Adelaide Voices
  • Adelaide Central School of Art
  • SAYarts
  • South Coast Circus
  • Feast Festival
  • Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • batyr
  • FELTspace
  • And more…


Neo Summer Daze – Saturday 4 December 2021

Launch into summer at Neo!

Think big aerosol murals, karaoke and high energy sounds from Phylo and MoZzi. Hand-paint your own chromatic tote with Mali Allen-Place, pick up some skills in Auslan, and learn the ropes of traditional Ngarrindjeri & Ngadjuri weaving with Tarnanthi artist Sonya Rankine. Explore the Tarnanthi exhibition by jumping into an Art Talk with the Neo Ambassadors, and don’t forget to grab a free bahn mi. MORE DETAILS TO COME


Places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment. Please note that mask-wearing is mandatory – see AGSA’s response to COVID-19 for more information.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Art Gallery of SA website

What:   Neo – Free Events for Teens

When:    Held 6 times a year (see dates above) | 6pm – 8.30pm

Where:   Art Gallery of SA | North Terrace, Adelaide 

Who:   13 – 17 year olds

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Photo Credit – The Art Gallery of SA


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