Opal Evolution is a grass roots community art and culture initiative in Andamooka that aims to bring new vitality to the town through the creation of an annual workshop series and multi-arts festival in collaboration with a diversity of professional artists and OSCA. Conceived by local artist Leila Day, this initiative responds directly to local aspirations and the profound impact COVID has had on this small regional town in the far north.
Whilst focused on Andamooka and its unique opal fields, geological formation and rich palaeontological connections, Opal Evolution will also become a significant and ongoing opportunity for the far north communities of SA. By promoting cross-community collaboration and the fostering of artistic, cultural, and social connections and engagement, Opal Evolution seeks to reignite and strengthen the bonds between people through a common purpose in direct response to the way that COVID forced them apart
Opal Evolution will culminate in a nationally recognised community arts festival in 2027 when Andamooka hosts the International Opal Symposium.