Nexus Arts acknowledges Kaurna people as the owners of the land where we live, learn, and work. We respect their culture and elders and acknowledge their sovereignty was never ceded. We recognise that visual arts, music and storytelling have been central to Aboriginal cultures for over 60,000 years. We work to support this lineage.
Nexus Arts is a leader in culturally diverse and intercultural artistic practice. We are the only contemporary arts organisation in South Australia with this focus. Nexus presents contemporary art which explores, promotes and celebrates cultural diversity. We foster excellence by supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) artists with development programs and presentation opportunities, engaging broad audiences to experience diverse artistic practice.
Australian contemporary arts do not yet reflect the cultural diversity of our population. Nexus works to redress this inequity. Nexus Arts reconceives and recontextualises Australian art, engaging both high-calibre artists and broad audiences to promote our vision that contemporary arts are culturally diverse, truly representative and valued, promoting social cohesion and inclusivity.
We are a bold and visionary organisation with an active social conscience. We believe that art is a vital mechanism for exploring, promoting, and challenging ideas, and that contemporary arts have an essential role to play in shaping our society. We believe in supporting artists to thrive and enabling them to communicate their unique and affecting stories to broad audiences.
Nexus has a reputation for sector-leading, dynamic work. We support more than 100 Australian artists annually through inventive programs such as the Nexus Live concert series, Interplay development program, Gallery exhibition program, and studio residencies. We commission collaborative intercultural work which offers supported creation and promotes artistic risk-taking, and we provide artists with national and international connections through strong strategic partnerships.
Nexus Arts is committed to:
- presenting, promoting and supporting high-quality contemporary music and visual arts by CALD and ATSI artists;
commissioning new work exploring intercultural artistic practice;
- developing and nurturing emerging artists;
- inspiring, stimulating and cultivating broad audiences; and
- engaging with diverse partners to work collaboratively in these efforts.
We have come a long way from our origins as an artists’ collective in 1984. From our earliest days as the Multicultural Arts Workers Committee, over 35 years ago, to the organisation we are today, Nexus Arts has continuously played a significant social and cultural role in the Adelaide arts ecology, assisting local artists and nurturing the public’s appreciation of culturally diverse arts.