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  • We acknowledge the Ngarrindjeri

    people as the traditional owners of this

    land on which we meet and work.

    We respect and acknowledge

    their spiritual connection as the

    custodians of this land and that their

    cultural heritage beliefs are still

    important to the living people today.


    Saltwater SurfArtFest is a Just Add Water arts event presented by Country Arts SA, Alexandrina Council, the Australia Council and the south coast surf community as part of a Federal Government pilot initiative to stimulate communities through arts.

  • Saltwater Co-ordinators Annabelle Collett & Barbary OBrien Photo Richard Hodges

    Middleton is where many South Australian surfers surf most of the time. Its also where most of us learned to surf. The South Coast and its waves hold a long term place in our personal and collective folklore. Several generations and of course many more to come, share the waves and the stories (short and tall!) to this day. We are a diverse bunch across gender, age, origin and culture, yet we are united by our common love of surfing. Some were born here, some moved here, some come on the weekends; but we all have a deep affection for the place. Even when the waves are frustrating, they are almost always THERE!

    We remember all the older surfers who pioneered these waves and those further afield and honour them. We pay deep respect to the sea and the lands around it. Over the years our relationship with the sea has expanded to appreciation and respect of the environment in general.

    Welcome to Saltwater


  • Barbary has seen that awareness grow within the surfing community over the decades she has lived at Middleton. In the early 80s she says, several garbage bags of rubbish could be collected from the Point after a weekend, but now youd be struggling to fill a shopping bag. Obviously we still have a way to go, but younger surfers seem a lot more aware on the whole, and represent our hope for a cleaner greener future! The environment has changed too, with so much revegetation and dune-care that the coast has been positively transformed over the past three decades by dedicated individuals and groups.

    So its not JUST about the waves anymore. Its about the big picture, the land sea and sky, and the broader community, the big world-wide family of surfers. We have a great deal to celebrate. Surfing always makes us feel good to be alive, even when we are crap at it! Our kids now surf better than we do, there are WAY more women and girls in the water (yay!), our water is clean and green (lets keep it that way!), and we are free to embrace the wonderful world of beach culture in this country.

    The coastal environment is very conducive to the

    creative soul. The changing colours, forms and patterns are constantly inspiring. It is no wonder there are so many artists living down this way, says Co-coordinator Annabelle. Artistic expression is seen in the many exhibitions, the plenitude of mosaics and the bursting colours of the murals and painted stobie poles.

    SALTWATER Surf/Arts Fest is a party waiting to happen, and its time has now come; bringing together all the elements of surf and art makes for a great festival. Over the four days in early May the coastal towns of Middleton, Port Elliot and Goolwa will be pumping with energy celebrating this vital culture. Come along, GET STOKED and enjoy the many activities in this program, bound to excite and inspire!

    Barbary OBrien and Annabelle Collett

  • When Friday 9 May

    Time 6-8pm with kick-on option til 10pm

    Where Surf Lifesaving Club, Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot

    Wear appropriate, (or even inappropriate!) surf gear.

    Includes Ngarrindjeri Welcome and classic rock songs that all generations know and love from The Hurricanes.

    Image: Barbary OBrien

    Festival Launch

  • Opening Event

    When Sunday 4 May @ 2pm

    Where Old Dairy, Bashams Park, Basham Beach Road, Middleton

    Music by cellist David Rose

    Wine supplied by Ulithorne

    Beer by Steam Exchange Brewery

    Barbeque built by George McInnes

    Contemperate Sculpture TrailWhen May 4 June 8

    Where Along the coast from Middleton Point along the bike track through Bashams Regional Park

    The coastline between Middleton and Port Elliot is arguably one of the most scenic stretches of the South Coast, and with the shared bike/walkway, allows for the kind of accessibility which encourages the leisurely discovery and informal viewing of artworks/temporary sculpture. Curated by Barbary OBrien, this is the first exhibition of its kind on the South Coast.So go for a walk or hop on your bike and explore the stretch from Middleton Point through the Bashams Beach Regional Park to discover amazing artworks by ten local artists: Gina Allain, Martin Corbin & Cindy South Czabania, Greg Hatcher, David Kerr, Stuart McMillan, Chris Murphy, Megan OHara, Mike Tye & Benjamin Young. Pick up a program and a map from local businesses and also from the box located in Bashams Beach Rd car park.

  • all weekend & beyond...

    An initiative of the Beach Guardian NetworkBeach Guardian Network is a global community of citizens, scientists, and conservationists who work to conserve and protect local beaches. Local Beach Guardian, Clancy Retallick, initiated Plastic Wave on the South Coast and artist Annabelle Collett has worked with community participants to create a sculpture made from ocean plastic pollution and salvaged waste. A creative interpretation and environmental comment on the ever growing amount of plastics in our ocean.

    When May 8 June 8

    Where Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa

    Gallery Hours Monday - Friday 11am 4pm

    Saturday and Sunday 10am 4pm


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  • Where Signal Point Gallery, The Wharf, Goolwa

    When Thu 8 May to Sun 8 June

    Gallery Hours Mon - Fri 11am4pm, Sat & Sun 10am4pm

    Opening Event Sun 11 May at 2pm

    Enquiries Leah Grace 8555 7289


    PLUS: SAltwater SurfArt Filmfest Shorts in the Signal Point Gallery Theatrette until June 8

    A group showing of surf artists, passionate about surfing and art making, present paintings, sculptures, printmaking, drawings and ceramics reflecting the shared love of the coast line.

    Artists: Nick Brauer, Ian McGregor, Stuart McMillan, Francesca Narni, Barbary OBrien, Tom OCallaghan, James Stewart, Gerry Wedd

    James Stewart, Predator, 58kg, 2200mm, mild steel, tools, found items, surgical equipment, fasteners, cutlery, mig welded, sacrificial mould with tensioning devices used during creation, inspired by the natural sleek proportions of the Tiger Shark

    Surface Tension

  • Flyer and Fin Photography installation & slideshows by Richard Hodges Where South Coast Regional Art Centre,

    (old Goolwa Police station) Goolwa

    When Sat 3 May - Sun 1 June

    Gallery Hours Mon to Fri 11am4pm,Sat & Sun 10am4pm

    Opening event Sat 3 May at 7pm

    Richard pays homage to surf culture in this photographic essay of South Coast shapers, surfers and their boards. This exhibition follows Richards participation in the Centenary of Canberra local projects One River production in late 2013.

    Paul Petrou, photo: Richard Hodges all weekend & beyond...

  • E TideAn exhibition of prints by Chris De Rosa and ceramics by Philip Hart and Gerry Wedd influenced by the ocean and surfing.

    Where South Seas Books and Trading

    53 North Terrace, Port Elliot

    When from Sat 10 May

    Opening Hours Mon 10-5, Wed-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4

    Opening Event Saturday May 10th 5-7pm

    Top, Gerry Wedd; bottom Chris De Rosa


  • Painted Stobie Pole by Wendy Williams

    ArtSurf Art @ the Elliot Hotel35 The Strand, Port Elliot

    Festival decorations by Annabelle Collett and Gina Allain. Painted surfboard shapes by Investigator College students and local artists.

    Stobie Poles @ the PointLocal artists young and not so old (!) have got together to transform the stobie poles around Middleton Point. Thanks for assistance from the Middleton Town and Foreshore Improvement Association.

    Pu Music The Royal Family Hotel Thurs 8 May, 8.30pm onwards 32 North Terrace, Port Elliot Surf themed Open Mic night. Wear a bright shirt!

    The Hotel Elliot Fri 9 May from 8:30pm

    Sun 11 May, 8.30pm (closing party)

    35 The Strand Port Elliot

    Middleton Tavern: GT Stringer When Sat 10 May, 9.30 til late

    Where, 37 Victor Harbor-Goolwa Rd


  • Hot Water Records & Art WorksCall in check out Andrews great range of second hand and new/reissue vinyl, pop-culture, art and music books and contemporary Australian art by Reg Mombassa, Dennis Nona, Raelene Kerinauia, Nola Campbell, Euan McLeod, Gerry Wedd, Clinton Habib and many others.

    11 Goolwa Tce, Goolwa10am - 2pm dailyPh: Andrew 0427 820 950

    Southern SurfRetro and historical Surfboard display, art and music memorabilia

    9-5pm every day36 North Terrace, Port Elliot Ph: Paul Benson 85542375

    John TaylorDont miss this Aladdins cave of out-there surf stuff! A collection like you may never have seen before.

    1 Bondi St Port Elliot Fri 9 & Sat 10 May, 12-3pm Ph: John Taylor 0419825304Gold coin donation

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  • Board MeetCome and check out old and unique surfboards and bring your own interesting boards along.

    Also see the retro a