SACE Art Show

'Lest We Please Forget' by Kiana Tuckwell

The face of a veteran, both as a young man, and after his involvement in the Vietnam War, is portrayed in a moving painting now on display as part of the 2017 SACE Art Show.

Kiana Tuckwell’s portrait featuring Dan Donohue 50 years apart, was inspired by official war artist Ben Quilty’s series on servicemen and women for the Australian War Memorial, and Kiana’s personal interest in the wellbeing of Australian veterans.

The Nuriootpa High School graduate wanted to ‘bring to people’s attention’ the emotional consequences of wartime service, as part of her Year 12 Visual Arts subject.

The title of her art work, ‘Lest We Please Forget’, is based on the phrase ‘Lest We Forget’ in Rudyard Kipling’s poem. Those words will be heard again at commemoration ceremonies this Anzac Day.

‘I’ve always been aware of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but not enough people understand what it means,’ Kiana said.

‘The common saying ‘Lest we forget’ means we will remember the war and recognise what the soldiers sacrificed for our country. ‘Lest we please forget’ is a play on words meaning that veterans want to forget the terrible experiences they had during the war.’

Kiana met Mr Donohue, 70, through a work colleague. She learned about his Vietnam service, and looked over a scrapbook from his experiences, and undertook her own research.

‘I tried not to ask too many intrusive personal questions, but I asked him what war was like,’ she said. ‘In the painting, I displayed both faces to be quite serious – to represent what Dan saw in the war.’

Her oil painting won his support: ‘he thought it was awesome’.

Mr Donohue, and his wife Susan, plan to visit the SACE Art Show from their home in the Barossa Valley.

Mrs Donohue said it was ‘outstanding’ that Kiana wanted to learn about PTSD, and how it affected veterans, and their families.

‘Because the Vietnam War was so long ago, you wonder do people care about veteran issues anymore? People have heard about PTSD but do they really understand? It’s good to see a young person delve into it a bit further, and take the idea into a different medium.’

‘Kiana’s art work might help veterans out there who haven’t reached out for help’.

Once the SACE Art Show closes on 3 May, Kiana’s painting will be on display at the offices of the Department of Education and Child Development for a period of 12 months.

More than 140 art and design works are on display at the Adelaide College of the Arts. The event, which gives Year 12 graduates confidence and exposure to pursue a career in visual arts, has been running since 1928. The SACE Art Show is open Monday to Saturday, until 3 May, excluding public holidays.

SACE Art Show 2017


18 March to 3 May 2017
Light Square Gallery, Adelaide College of the Arts

The SACE Art Show 2017 will showcase selected art and design work created by Year 12 Visual Arts students in 2016.   

More than 100 pieces including paintings and drawings, sculptures, jewellery, costumes and multimedia works – completed as part of students’ South Australian Certificate of Education art and design studies – will be on display.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 18 March to Wednesday 3 May at Light Square Gallery, from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm weekdays, and 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Saturdays.

The exhibition will be closed for the Easter break, from Friday 14 to Monday 17 April, and ANZAC Day.

Each year, a number of students are invited to lend their work for up to one year for display at the SACE Board office, the offices for the Minister for Education and Child Development, the Teachers Registration Board, and the Australian Education Union. Invitations to lend artworks for this purpose will be posted in the days following the opening of the exhibition.

Meet the artists

If you're interested in meeting the artists and hearing them speak about their work, come along to Artfternoon on 8 April. More details about Atfternoon.

A number of videos and images of the art and design work from the 2016 Show are still available for viewing:

Meet the artists

Artfternoon was held on 8 April 2017 as part of the annual SACE Art Show. At Artfternoon, artists have an opportunity to present their work and describe the techniques they used and research they conducted to produce their final product.

Download the Artfternoon poster.

Booking information for teachers

To ensure that your school group is given the appropriate time and space to view the large range of works in the gallery, and to meet WHS requirements, you must make a booking for your group of students before you come to the gallery.

To ensure the safety and welfare of all visitors to the gallery, any school groups arriving at the gallery without a booking will not be admitted.

To make a school group booking, please fill out this online form.

A gallery supervisor is available daily from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm to speak to your group upon request.

Please make sure students are supervised at all times.

If you wish to book over the phone or confirm an existing booking, call the SACE Board on +61 8 8372 7400.

Delivery and Collection of Art Work

Delivery and collection of artwork from Light Square Gallery is the student’s responsibility.

Delivery of artwork

Artwork must be delivered to the Light Square Gallery loading bay or gallery downstairs on Tuesday 14 March between 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.  If work cannot be delivered at this time, please contact the Events Coordinator on +61 8 372 7414 to make alternative arrangements.

The loading bay is accessible from the gallery via the lift for large pieces of work. If the security staff are not in attendance at the loading bay, please go to the gallery where the supervisor will be able to make arrangements for it to be opened. Lifts are also accessible via the front entrance.

Once you arrive at the gallery, please report to the exhibition supervisor who will:

  • Check and record your details
  • Take note of any special display needs (any instructions should be neatly written or drawn on a sheet of paper that is taped to your work prior to delivery).

Further information and instructions will be available in your information pack.

Collection of artwork

At the end of the SACE Art Show, artwork must be collected from the gallery on Thursday 4 May, or Friday 5 May between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm. Work cannot be picked up outside of these times.

The SACE Board will not take responsibility for work which is not picked up during the collection dates.

Campus tours

Adelaide College of Arts

Adelaide College of the Arts provides an inspirational environment where art, design and media interact. College tours will run for approximately 45 minutes and are available for groups of up to 20 students.

To book a campus tour of the Adelaide College of the Arts, please contact Pei Wu (pronounced Pay) on +61 8 463 5023 or

Art and Design on Show Tour

The University of South Australia is offering a tour which takes students on a journey that will challenge their perception of art and design. They will see first-hand the work of local and international artists and designers, their specialised university facilities and the projects students are currently working on. Students will explore UniSA's purpose-built art and design spaces, the South Australian School of Art (SASA) Gallery and the Samstag Museum.

If your school is visiting the Year 12 SACE Art Shows this could be a great addition to their experience.

For more details on the tour, please visit Art and Design on Show Tours.

Getting to the gallery

The SACE Art Show 2017 will be held at Light Square Gallery (part of the Adelaide College of the Arts), 39 Light Square, Adelaide, from Saturday 18 March to Wednesday 3 May 2017.

Street parking is available nearby, in Currie Street and around Light Square. Several commercial car parks are available on Clarendon Street and Philip Street (see map below).







Art Show photo albums

You can view online photo albums of the works from the SACE Art Show 2016, 2015 and 2014 as well as promotional posters.

SACE Art Show 2017

SACE Art Show 2016

SACE Art Show 2015