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Friday 15 to Sunday 31 July
Monday to Friday 8am to 11pm
Saturday to Sunday 12pm to 11pm
Mortlock Chamber
Free, no bookings required

In a defiant rebuke of the ghosts of misogynists past, this inspiring operatic video installation from performer and choreographer Joanna Dudley steals from some of history’s most notoriously sexist speeches and recasts them into a feminist war cry echoing through the ages.

"Joanna Dudley’s wonderful seven channel video piece, shows again her immaculate, precise, yet raucous anarchy."

— William Kentridge

With an army of six young girls and one war mistress set in a series of life-sized video portraits as they perform this stirring original score, We Will Slam You With Our Wings is a show of intergenerational solidarity, strength and power that speaks to the past, the present, and the future.

Presented by Illuminate Adelaide in arrangement with Arts Projects Australia

Accessing the display in the Mortlock

During daylight hours, access to the Mortlock Chamber is via the main glass foyer entrance.

After 7pm on Monday and Tuesday enter via the Eastern side door.

After 5pm Wednesday to Sunday enter via the Eastern side door.

Image: Dudley/Meyburgh
Artist: Ruth Alice McIlleron, Tabatha Howard, Mpho Takane

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?

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.

Control No Control - image Daniel Iregui

Illuminate Adelaide at the State Library

A celebration of innovation, art, light, music and technology

Australia’s newest major winter event returns in 2022 bigger, brighter and bolder — a beacon, an invitation, a city-wide spectacle of art, light, sound and imagination, daring you to shake off the winter blues and rekindle a sense of wonder.

Shining a light on South Australia for the month of July, Illuminate Adelaide welcomes people from all walks of life to experience a program of free and ticketed events by local, national and international artists and companies. @illuminateadelaide


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