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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 7th of August, doors open at 12 noon 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.

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)

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
7 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.