The Art Gallery of South Australia will reopen its doors to the public on Friday June 5 – ahead of the long weekend – in line with phase two of the state government’s winding back of Covid-19 restrictions.

The gallery was initially slated to reopen on June 8, before it was announced that phase two would be brought forward to June 1. Under the revised plans, AGSA will be permitted to host up to 80 visitors (albeit no more than 20 per area).

“While attendances will be diligently monitored and the safety guidelines outlined by Government adhered to, we are so pleased to welcome a limited capacity of visitors back into the Gallery, reopening windows to other worlds through art,” AGSA director Rhana Devenport said in a press release.

The gallery closed temporarily on March 25, cutting short its 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Monster Theatres, which opened a month earlier.

AGSA has also confirmed it will extend the exhibition, giving visitors until August 2 to experience the Biennial’s 30th anniversary year. The exhibition was originally scheduled to run until June.

“We are delighted to extend the life of the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres, said Devenport. “Visitors are welcomed back into the arena to experience the re-emerged monsters of our time in this prescient exhibition.”

In the meantime, AGSA will continue to offer its digital experiences to engage audiences at home. There are online workshops for educators; daily activities for kids and teens; virtual tours; and podcasts featuring curators and artists. You can even operate one of the biennial’s showpiece artworks, Reclining Stickman, a nine-metre-long robot by performance artist Stelarc.

Keep an eye on AGSA’s social media channels and website for further updates.

This article was updated on Tuesday May 26.