AGSA Teens’ VIP Night of Contemporary Art with Ramsay Art Prize

AGSA Teens’ VIP Night of Contemporary Art with Ramsay Art Prize 2019

On the night of Saturday 25 May the Art Gallery of South Australia will open its doors to all teenagers aged 13 to 17 years for Neo, AGSA’s dedicated teen program. Neo offers an evening of free after-hours access to art, music, entertainment and workshops led by young people for young people.

At the event, teens will be among the first to view the 23 works of art selected for the Ramsay Art Prize 2019 which opens to the public on the same day. As the nation’s only art prize aimed at artists under forty, Neo teens will have the opportunity to judge the future of contemporary art for themselves.

Teens will also have the unique opportunity to meet and learn direct from Ramsay Art Prize 2019 finalist Sophia Hewson as well as local artist Carly Snoswell who will be hosting individual artist workshops on the night. Neo’s trained Teen Guides will lead sketch tours through the Gallery and use their critical thinking skills to compare contemporary art with contemporary issues amongst their peers.

Neo goers will also hear from inspirational local and international teens who are speaking out about the big issues for their future. Thirteen-year-old Adelaide local Audrey Mason- Hyde is known for delivering a ground-breaking TED Talk on non-binary gender and will deliver a talk to Neo peers on identity and stereotypes. 16-year-old Greta Thunberg will be present via the web from Sweden to speak with South Australian teens about climate change and her recent speech to the United Nations, and Melbourne’s 17 year old Jade Hameister will share her experience as the youngest person in history to ski the North Pole, the South Pole and Greenland.

Neo hosts a stellar line up of local teen bands including Vicious Pandas and Picasso’s Blind Grandmother will play into the evening, and Neo’s Epic DJ Dance Party will see the night out with a pumping dance floor.

Neo is a free event for 13 – 17 year olds.


AGSA’s dedicated program for teens continues to gain in popularity and momentum through its youth-focussed combination of art and entertainment. Young audiences are provided with their own social space, music, refreshments and art-led activities at the events. Held six times a year, Neo is presented in partnership with The Balnaves Foundation and is a dynamic, long-term strategy to engage thirteen to seventeen-year-olds.


Saturday 25 May from 6pm to 8.30pm


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