Arkaba Hotel Commission

Adelaide Central School of Art is proud to partner with the Arkaba Hotel for the annual Arkaba Hotel Commission

The Commission was established to provide funding for an emerging artist, who is a recent graduate from Adelaide Central School of Art, to produce a large, site-specific work in response to the Arkaba Hotel in the main stairwell.

The work is then displayed at the Hotel for 12 months before being sold at a fundraising auction and dinner. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork support the $7500 Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) Scholarship, which provides financial support towards study-related expenses. 

2016 Arkaba Hotel Commission Auction and Gala Dinner - Cancelled

The Arkaba Hotel and Adelaide Central School of Art regretfully advise that the 2016 Arkaba Hotel Commission Gala Dinner and Auction has been cancelled due to insufficient bookings. If you booked to attend, the Arkaba Hotel will be in contact with you soon to arrange your refund. Both organisations would like to thank those who bought tickets sincerely for their support.

The works in the Geometric Nostalgia series by the 2015 Arkaba Hotel Commission recipient, Alison Thomas, are still available for sale and will be on display at the Hotel until 6 September 2016. We encourage you to invest in this young graduate's career and support the School's future students.

Pricing is as follows (includes GST):

Geometric Nostalgia I - $1900 (145cm x 196cm x 6cm)
Geometric Nostalgia II - $2700 (150cm x 313cm x 7.5cm) (work pictured)
Geometric Nostalgia III - $1900 (173cm x 116cm x 9.5cm)
Geometric Nostalgia series - $5850 (10% discount for series purchase)

Please contact Ali Beer Smith on (08) 8130 8002 for further information and to purchase.

The launch of Jane Skeer’s work for the 2016 Arkaba Hotel Commission will be held shortly. More details to follow.


The first Arkaba Hotel Commission was awarded in 2014 to Kate Kurucz (2012 Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) graduate). Her work was sold at the end of 2015, providing the funds for the inaugural 2016 Scholarship, which was awarded to Grace Marlow. Alison Thomas (2014 Bachelor of Visual Art graduate) received the second Commission in 2015. Her work will be sold to provide the funds for the 2017 Scholarship. 

The recipient of the 2016 Arkaba Hotel Commission is Jane Skeer. Read more about the announcement here


The Arkaba Hotel Commission is open to graduates from Adelaide Central School of Art who graduated in 2008-2015 inclusive. Read the 2016 information document here. For more information, or to register your interest for the 2017 Commission, contact James Edwards on (08) 8299 7300.

image: Alison Thomas, Geometric Nostalgia (detail), 2015 photo supplied by The Arkaba Hotel