The Art of Christmas

Discover the Art of Christmas along the Adelaide Riverbank with a creative tree trail this festive season.

The creative tree trail that winds along the banks of the River Torrens and onto the cultural boulevard North Terrace.

Discover the Art of Christmas along the Adelaide Riverbank; with a creative tree trail that winds along the banks of the River Torrens and onto the cultural boulevard North Terrace.

Twelve fabulous South Australian artists are using their creative talents and a sprinkle of Christmas magic to bring trees to life along the Adelaide Riverbank this Christmas.

Based on famous trails such as the Berlin bears, the Easter egg hunt in New York and Gromit Unleashed in Bristol, The Art of Christmas will transform the Adelaide Riverbank into a Christmas wonderland December.

Each tree unique just like the artists themselves, will form the trail for you to follow. Get started by downloading the map. Take part in the twists and turns along the way including kids’ activities, a letter jumble competition and more.

Visit all the trees, find the clues and rearrange the letters to discover the mystery word for the chance to win a Giraffe feeding experience thanks to the Adelaide Zoo.

Explore the Adelaide Riverbank over the festive season and see the trail for yourself. A Christmas exhibition is not to be missed.

The Art of Christmas Live

When & Where

Join us on Saturday 25 November as we launch The Art of Christmas and watch the artists transform their trees from plain structures into magnificent works of art before they go in place to create a tree-mendous trail for you to discover.

11.00am – 5.00pm | Artists on site weaving their magic

3.00pm – 4.00pm | Artist meet and greet

Find out more.


Once the live event has finished the Christmas trees will move into locations along the Adelaide Riverbank for you to discover from Sunday 26 November until the end of December.

During the day the stunning trees sit beautifully along the Adelaide Riverbank, then after dark the trees come alive and light up the night. So grab a map and explore the whole trail or pick a few, then come back for more.


  1. Urban Beach, Pinky Flat
  2. Adelaide Oval
  3. Adelaide Convention Centre (near the R-Bar), Riverbank Promenade
  4. Adelaide Railway Station
  5. Government House (outside), North Terrace
  6. South Australian Museum, North Terrace
  7. Bonython Hall, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace
  8. Former Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace
  9. Former Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace
  10. Former Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace
  11. Adelaide Botanic Garden (near the Botanic Gardens Restaurant)
  12. Adelaide Zoo (main entrance, Plane Tree Drive)


Meet the artists bringing Christmas to life along the Adelaide Riverbank.

Amy Joy Watson
Tree Name

Amy has presented exhibitions throughout Australia and exhibited in Heartland at AGSA in 2013. Amy was awarded a residency at ISCP in New York in 2012, the 2012 Critics Circle Prize, the 2013 Qantas Australian Contemporary Art Award and an Australia Council Tokyo Studio Residency in 2014. She was a finalist in the 2014 Redlands Art Prize, the 2015 Gold Coast Art Prize and the 2016 Fleurieu Art Prize. Amy was commissioned by Australian Catholic University to create a major public artwork in 2015. She has work in major collections including AGSA and Nigel Hurst’s (Director, Saatchi London) private collection.

Dan Withey
Tree Name

Dan Withey was born in Birmingham England in 1986. In 2004 he immigrated to Australia and studied a Bachelor of Visual Communication (specialising in Illustration) at the University of South Australia. Upon graduating in 2007 with the Design Institute of Australia’s student of the year award, Withey decided to transition into a career in Visual Arts. Since this time he has had over 17 successful solo shows.

His art, although addressing dilemmas of modern day society such as consumerism, the environment and freedom, are still imbued with a playful humour and humbleness that make them completely unpretentious and accessible to all audiences. As Dan’s work continues to develop in both skilfulness and substance he is certainly an artist to follow.

Emma Hack
Tree Name
Royal Hanging Garden

Emma Hack is an Adelaide-based, Australian artist working in the unique medium of body paint installation and photography. Exhibiting extensively throughout Australia and overseas since 1999, Emma’s astounding artworks have captured the attention of collectors and art lovers worldwide.

Emma has received great acclaim for her refined body paint camouflage technique; through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, her work evokes a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism.

Emma launched her philanthropic ‘Emma Hack Art Prize’ in 2014, a yearly competition as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. It features South Australia’s most talented artists, vying for the $5000 prize.  It is currently the only prize established for South Australian artists and now the ‘SA Art Collective’ have a home in Adelaide’s CBD at the new Emma Hack Gallery and ARTBAR at 52 Sturt St, Adelaide.

Gavin Wanganeen
Tree Name
Star Dreaming over Christmas

Former AFL legend, Brownlow Medalist and contemporary Indigenous artist, Gavin Wanganeen, is a descendent of the Kokatha Mula people. Kokatha people have a strong connection to country, culture and hold the Tjukupa (Lore) and caring for country. The Kokatha lands are located in the Central/ South Western desert in South Australia.

James Dodd
Tree Name
Christmas abstraction

James Dodd exhibits regularly across Australia in publicly funded institutions, commercial galleries and artist-run spaces.  He works across a range of mediums with particular interests in painting, DIY, graffiti, adventure and public space.  He maintains a curiosity in suburbia as landscape and also the creative activities and transgressions that occur in public spaces.

Dodd is active as an educator at Adelaide Central School of Art and regularly delivers youth and community based arts programs across a range of outcomes.  Dodd is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.

Kate Kurucz
Tree Name
Each New Leaf

Kate Kurucz is a painter who graduated with honours in 2012. In 2016 she created work in conjunction with the Art Gallery of South Australia for the Guildhouse Collections Project and in 2017 she became a co-director at FELTspaceo ari. Kurucz’s work is inspired by pop culture, myths, stock photography and portraiture traditions, exploring what strange worlds paint is capable of creating.

Lisa King
Tree Name
A White Xmas Eve

Lisa King is an Australian self-taught multi-disciplinary artist/illustrator. An established and known name within the art world to say the least, from a successful art gallery owner and curator to her vibrant digitally rendered magazine covers to her mammoth street murals. Un-stoppable on any medium thrown her way, her style perfectly blends cultural iconography, renaissance symbolism and a more recent pathway towards a heavier style of realism.

She is influenced by traditional figurative painting methods along with contemporary values and nostalgic narrative which help create her angelic but seemingly dark portraiture works.

Lucy Bonnin
Tree Name
Reflection: Looking Back, Looking Forward

After winning the Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize in 2011, Lucy has been a full time artist specialising in realist & surrealist art. She has been a finalist in several national art prizes including the Black Swan, Doug Moran and Fleurieu Biennale. Lucy has had six solo exhibitions between Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne. Her work can be viewed in many of Adelaide’s restaurants, hotels, public spaces and private collections.

Paul Grant
Tree Name

Influenced by his artistic family of painters and metal workers, Paul has channelled his passion for delivering creative, engaging pieces in various mediums throughout Adelaide.

As Senior Designer at Renewal SA, and through the lens of this role, Paul considers the ever evolving Adelaide city landscape his canvas to communicate. His works help to inform, excite and shape South Australian attitudes with a view to designing a more progressive future for our great state.

Tiff Manuell
Tree Name
Holiday Hotspot

Tiff Manuell creates hand-crafted pieces of art for you to wear, designed to bring colour and happiness into the lives they land in. Tiff grew her art and design practice from a dream to develop hand made products incorporating all of her passions – painting, making, sewing and more than anything, working freely with colour with no boundaries.

Tom Borgas
Tree Name
Constellation Tree
Location Adelaide Oval

Born and raised in South Australia, Tom Borgas is an emerging artist working out of Fontanelle Studios in Bowden. Working from a sculptural base, his practice spans across a range of platforms including gallery and project work, public and private commissions, festival interventions and performances. Developed through a conversation between digital and analogue processes, Tom’s work is an investigation of the space between image and object, virtual and physical, maker and viewer.

Vans the Omega
Tree Name
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Heavily influenced by ancient scripts, architecture, engineering and dance movement, his works pay homage to the natural world through his use of expressive body movement and gesture.

Joel’s aka VTO attention to detail and the pursuit of perfection within the street craft has been the undying drive behind the ever-expanding career into fine art and mural pieces adorning walls and galleries around the globe.

Moving beyond the spectrum of graffiti while retaining it’s underlying skill sets, his current work is a collision of sacred geometry, organic flowing movement mixed with hand painted patterns splashed across vibrant figurative pieces that aim to create inner movement, reflection and an overwhelming sense of beauty amongst the street settings his works lay.

Things to do


Download the creative tree trail map. Then follow the trail and collect a letter from every tree.

Find the hidden letters and simply hand in your form with your contact details to the Adelaide Zoo main entrance customer service desk for your chance to win.

Competition closes 5pm, Sunday 31 December 2017. Terms and conditions apply.

Getting to the Riverbank

Where are we?

Pinky Flat, Adelaide Riverbank, North Adelaide.
Keep up-to-date with news and activities by following Art of Christmas Adelaide on Facebook and Instagram.

Getting here

The Adelaide Riverbank’s Art of Christmas is located in 12 locations along the Adelaide Riverbank from Pinky Flat to the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Street parking is available around the locations as well as multiple parking sites around the CBD.

If you’d prefer to catch public transport The Art of Christmas is easily accessible by bus, tram and train, with multiple stops nearby. You can plan your journey at the Adelaide Metro website.