The Shore - SALA Festival

I didn't know I was drowning, till I saw the shore exhibition

Presented by Penn Housman


During the 2021 SALA Festival local artist, Penn Housman will be showing their exhibition The Shore in the rooms at 32 Holden Street.

This collection of images (charcoal and pastels) aims to provide a visual narrative of how abuse looks through the eyes and psyche of the abused. The aim of the work is to provide a deeper emotional understanding of what it is like to live with the impact of childhood trauma.

The exhibition will be open from 10am - 3pm on Thursdays and Fridays as well as on show nights during August.

Art-Making and Its Therapeutic Value - Talk By Penn will be held on Saturday the 28th of August, with the talk at 12:30pm.
Registrations for this event now open!

Penn will also be available to talk about the exhibition between 11am and 3pm on Saturday the 28th of August.

This is a free event.

Learn more about The Shore and Penn Housman.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, restrictions will be in place. Please follow all rules on density, social distancing and hygiene and follow directions from staff.

This is a Masked Event, please help the environment by bringing your own mask.

Praise for The Shore

‘Penn takes the viewer on a breath-taking journey across the decades from abuse to survival to reconciliation. She aptly titles the exhibition, ‘I didn’t know I was drowning till I saw the shore’ and I think this might be the most raw and challenging exhibition I have seen in some time.’ - mindshare

‘I felt so blessed to launch this exhibition – it is one of the most powerful I have ever seen.’ - Katrine Hilyard MP, (Shadow Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence)


HST is incredibly excited to present a safe and secure experience at the theatre. To ensure public safety we have implemented a COVID Safe plan. Social distancing, density and hygiene practices will be adhered to at all times. Only attend the event if you are feeling well. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms please ensure you get tested as soon as possible and follow social isolation guidelines until you recover.

The safety and health of our patrons, staff and performers is our main priority and we will do everything we can to ensure a fun and safe evening out.

Learn More about our Covid Safe Practices Here.

The Shore


Genre: Art/Exhibition

Season: SALA 2021

Origin: SA

Dates: 1st - 31st Aug

Opening Times:
Thurs - Fri: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Also open on show nights

Art-Making and Its Therapeutic Value - Talk by Penn
28 Aug: 12:30pm

Artist Available to talk
28 Aug: 11:00am - 3:00pm

General Admission: FREE

Venue: 32 Holden Street

34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007


HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all patrons. Unfortunately, 32 Holden Street does not have accessible seating. Please contact staff if you wish to see The Shore and you require accessible entry.

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Holden Street Theatres' support of this project has been made possible through Arts South Australia funding.