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Friday 7 to Sunday 23 July 2023
6 to 11pm nightly
Forecourt, North Tce (Front of the Spence Wing)
Free, no bookings required
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Illuminate Adelaide 2023

For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Illuminate Adelaide:
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This winter, take a walk on the bright side.  

The State Library will again take part in Adelaide’s biggest free program of art, light and technology! City Lights is back to turn its most iconic urban landscapes into a high-tech playground of colour and sound.  

Open, accessible, and running nightly from 07 July, Illuminate Adelaide’s flagship centrepiece invites the young and young at heart to explore our beautiful city in a surprising and playful new light. 

Including an all-new series of installations to discover packed with open-air artworks, interactive sculptures, and boundary-pushing experiments from the world’s most innovative artists, 2023 promises to be the brightest City Lights year yet.

The State Library will host Australian artist Wendy Yu's work No Time To Think. Told through 3D anamorphic design, animation and motion capture, this vivid projection work illustrates imaginative narratives contained through projection mapping. Colourful shapes will seem to fly off the architectural features of the State Library's Institute Building and excitably show the story telling capacity that projection holds. 

Illuminate 2023

Image: Wendy Yu, No Time to Think

How do I get to the State Library by public transport?

The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.

You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.

Is there car parking near the State Library?

The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.

Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?

Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.

How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?

The Mortlock Chamber may close for private events, check our opening hours for any closure times.

When it is open you can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays.  The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

Yes, the State Library Cafe is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturdays from 12 to 4pm.

Illuminate Adelaide - City Lights

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