2022 Guildhouse Annual Report

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We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we work.

We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

2022 was an incredible year for Guildhouse, representing a period of significant growth and impact.

In the 2022 year, Guildhouse’s operations returned a healthy surplus and maintained a strong financial position with substantial cash reserves. The annual surplus accommodated investment in the expanded staff model and the set-up and ongoing running costs for a second leased office space in Sturt Street.

I am pleased to reflect on the past year and to share our aspirations for the future.

Regeneration, strengthening and expansion were the key themes that underpinned 2022. Following the disruption of the last few years, we embraced our trusted role as the peak body in the State and National arts sector and with the support of our partners actively steered the beginnings of renewal in our industry.

Guided by the development and introduction of our new 2022-2024 strategic plan, we set ourselves a bold and exciting agenda that responds to the continuing needs and hopes of the visual arts community. Our values remain at the heart of the strategic plan. We are artist-led, we nurture diversity and we are connected.

In 2022, demand for Guildhouse’s services had never been higher.

Our flagship artistic programs flourished, our professional services initiative prospered and we established many new

philanthropic connections and crossindustry partnerships. All of this combined to enable us to extend our reach and positive impact.

Our extraordinary revenue growth of 51%, compared with the previous year, was purposefully re-invested to expand the volume and influence of our services. As a result, our South Australian visual arts, crafts and design ecology is visible and making a vital contribution to our culture and identity.

All this was only achieved through the generous support of our funding partners and donors. Thank you all for your shared values and commitment to artistic practice as an essential means to grow vibrancy in our communities and build social wellbeing.

I would especially like to acknowledge the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and their ongoing support for the Guildhouse Fellowship, the Day Family Foundation for their backing to improve the accessibility and functionality of our membership portal and the Adès Family Foundation for its amplification of our focused First Nations and Regional professional development program. Our leading artistic mentorship program Catapult simply wouldn’t be possible without the support of our generous Creative Champions, newly established Creative Visionaries donor circle, Country Arts South Australia and Ian Potter Foundation.

A special highlight of 2022 has been the momentum gained in our social enterprise, Guildhouse Professional

Services. Underpinned by the start-up grant from State Government of South Australia’s Research Innovation Fund, we successfully leveraged, via our sector expertise and project management skills, to triple our output of innovative public art outcomes in a single year. We have many more projects in the pipeline.

I thank Deputy Chair Clare Belfrage and my fellow Directors for their generous and considered contributions throughout 2022. I was delighted to welcome Dameeli Coates and Stuart Symons to the board this year. Collectively, the Board’s wisdom and expertise have provided expert governance.

2023 is poised as a year of consolidation as the Guildhouse team transforms, builds on the solid foundations and carves out new opportunities.

Andrew Cohen FAICD. Image supplied.

2022 was a year for Guildhouse to celebrate. A year when art and creativity was harnessed, nurtured and promoted in a myriad of ways. Congratulations to all our members, partners and supporters for sharing your passion, energy, skills and ideas with each other and with the wider community.

Throughout the year Guildhouse services were sought out, valued and made a real and lasting impact on the careers of visual artists, principally those based in South Australia and increasingly across the country. Guildhouse was active in stimulating and contributing to the emerging buoyancy and revival of the arts sector. We look forward to continuing to build upon and assist with such important work in coming years.

In all that Guildhouse accomplished, we celebrated and championed the voice of the artist. The year was brimming with artistic and skills development experiences that provided opportunities for artists to practice, evolve and share their ways of working and seeing. We were proud to once again extend our annual pattern of increasing our spend on artist and arts worker wages by 35%.

Supported by the City of Adelaide, Brad Darkson in consultation with Aunty Lynette Crocker created Unceded Seeded (Ngampa), a neon public artwork, showcased at Guildhouse’s headquarters in the iconic Lions Art Precinct, acknowledging the significance (and our respect) of this land to the Kaurna People.

Creative development opportunities flourished in partnership with South Australia’s leading collecting institutions, thanks to support from the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia. The Guildhouse Collections Project resulted in wonderful new works by Elyas Alavi, Kate O’Boyle and Louise Hasselton, created in response to the European print collection at Flinders

University Museum of Art. Chelsea Farquhar was inspired by how costume enables engagement with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Festival Centre, while Kasia Tons was immersed in exploring the human relationship with plants at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium. First Nations artists Peter Turner and Clem Newchurch presented works that reflect upon and celebrate the continuing Kaurna culture at the South Australian Museum.

Deep dialogue that supports the ambitions of our members is at the core of our celebrated and game changing Catapult mentorship program. A record number of 22 practitioners participated in the program in 2022, generously supported by The Ian Potter Foundation, Country Arts South Australia, City of Adelaide and our Creative Champions donors. Artist led; these mentorships are incredibly powerful as illustrated in Professor Susan Luckman’s (University of South Australia) published final report Mentor Mentee: a creative relationship. This vital resource evidences and reinforces the value of the Guildhouse approach, demonstrating over the four-year longitudinal survey that mentorships significantly expand artist capabilities, embed meaning and provide connection with professional practice.

Our flagship Guildhouse Fellowship program continues to transform and ignite the careers of artists. Generously supported by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and delivered in partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia, we welcomed 2022 Fellow Tom Phillips to begin his exploration of sociopolitical issue through his painting practice. While also revelling in the innovative developments of 2021 Fellow and glass artist Liam Fleming and celebrating the extraordinary presentation outcomes of 2020 Fellow and textile artist Dr Sera Waters.

Our commitment to share knowledge and

inspire participation in a creative career is embedded in all that we do. We were proud to evolve our reVision series to feature a diverse range of local and national guest curators, panel discussions, tech mentors and a face-to-face symposium exploring topics that deepen connections and strengthen creative practice. In 2022 we also launched the Guildhouse podcast series, creating a library of resources and extending the reach of these important conversations.

In describing the many achievements of the year, I must admit that it feels premature of me to say “we”. It is an immense privilege for me to have commenced my stewardship of Guildhouse’s important mission to connect art, artists and community. I am deeply grateful to those who have worked strategically, tirelessly and with compassion and drive to deliver such a respected, relevant and necessary service.

Big thank you to Emma Fey, outgoing Chief Executive Officer, for her leadership and significant impact in growing Guildhouse’s profile, partners and responsive programs leading to a plethora of opportunities for artists to build a sustainable career. Thank you to Debbie Pryor for her deep commitment as long serving Artistic Programs Manager. I also extend my gratitude to Dr Ali Gumillya Baker for her invaluable contribution and insights as a member of the Guildhouse Artist Advisory Group.

And thank you to the amazing and talented Guildhouse team who invest their hearts and minds every day to create new experiences, respond to the needs of members, forge productive partnerships and embrace new challenges. Our quality programs and services would simply not happen without you.

Full steam ahead. The year is bright and full of potential.

Sarah Feijen. Photograph Lana Adams; Emma Fey. Photograph Denis Smith.

Celebrating Collaboration

Genuine partnership is fundamental to the way we work at Guildhouse. This commitment to working with valuesaligned organisations and people allows us to have a far greater reach and impact than if we were attempting to go about it alone. By collaborating in the way we do, we multiply the talents, skills and potential opportunities available to our members – including new ways of working, funding, collaboration and reaching audiences.

It is the strength of our relationships throughout the cultural sector that enables our artistic program and member services to be so ambitious and dynamic.

Guildhouse was thrilled to be recognised for its collaborative commitment, positive impact and outstanding contribution to arts and culture in South Australia at the

2022 Ruby Awards. We were awarded the Outstanding Contribution by a smallto-medium Organisation or Group for our leadership in nurturing and empowering creative practice in the visual art, craft and design sector, garnered over our 56 years of service history. We are the glue that connects artists with institutions, with supporters, with the sector and with each other.

Our 2022 program outcomes demonstrate our embedded commitment to collaboration. In reality, almost everything we do to empower and support artists and makers is through partnership. We work meaningfully to build authentic, shared relationships with a breadth of governments, creative institutions, corporate organisations, foundations and communities. Our successful layered program of professional development,

mentoring, creative development based residencies and professional services rely on the trust, energy, time, expertise, imagination and shared resources of our valued collaborators.

We thank and acknowledge each and every collaborator across 2022 for their generosity and commitment to working with Guildhouse to grow artistic careers, which in turn provides the benefit of a rich cultural life for all.

In 2022 we sustained

37 value based partnerships.

I commend Guildhouse's commitment to collaboration, which has been the catalyst for many new initiatives for artists and led to significant new opportunities for the creative engagement and employment of South Australian artists. Guildhouse's creativity, artistic excellence and enthusiasm contributes greatly to our state's identity, our creative and cultural life, our economy and our wellbeing. It makes South Australia a great place to live and to visit.

Guildhouse Board Chair Andrew Cohen (right) receiving the Ruby Award from Hon. Andrea Michaels MP, Minister for Arts, 2022. Photograph courtesy Arts South Australia.

Our Intent

Guildhouse is South Australia’s peak body for visual arts, craft and design.


We are artist-led

We listen to and are led by the artists, craft people and designers we represent, and provide relevant and meaningful services that respond to the needs of our community.

We nurture diversity

We are committed to building awareness of the increasing diversity in the sector and making our organisation and program inclusive and accessible.

We are connected

We build collaborative, cross-sector partnerships with clear professional outcomes to maximise our impact and reach.

Vision Purpose

We create opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers to be sustainable and build the connectivity, capacity and profile of the arts community.

Connecting art, artists and community, Guildhouse leads a bold and diverse visual art, craft and design sector that positions artists at its core.


Our Members

1040 Members

Guildhouse members continue to represent the diversity of the creative sector, working across visual art, craft and design.

On the 1st of July 2022 our Guildhouse Membership structure was streamlined to better represent the needs of our members and to reflect feedback from the sector.

This update involved simplifying our membership tiers into three easy to understand categories (Accredited, Community and Student) and upgrading our membership portal through the generous support of the Day Family Foundation.

In response to the needs of artists, this restructure also introduced flexible payment options. Insurance based memberships can be paid in full, 50% upfront followed by monthly instalments or quarterly. Community memberships can be paid in full or monthly.

13% of our membership is SA regional based.

Accredited Membership

Offering a range of benefits, including one on one support, eligibility for Guildhouse programs and tailored insurance cover for practitioners.

Community Membership

For practicing members who want to participate in Guildhouse programs and receive one-on-one support but do not require insurance.

Student Membership

Free for the duration of their studies, students enrolled in tertiary or postgraduate level study.

77% Accredited Community Student 13% 10%
Voice of the Artist commission launch, Guildhouse, Lion Arts Precinct, 2022. Photograph Lana Adams.

Our Members

In 2022 we created

In 2022 we provided artists with

88% of participants reported our programs exceeded their expectations.

In 2022 we reached over 56 opportunities for artists to create and exhibit new bodies of work.

500,000 tailored career and professional development support services.


local, national and global audiences, showcasing SA practitioners.

The Guildhouse Collections project with the South Australian Museum has provided us with the opportunity to further explore our Culture and the Cultural Practices of our Old People and Ancestors, adding to what we have learnt from our Elders over many years. It has provided us with the opportunity to share some of our journey in trying to revive Cultural Practices that may not have occurred in our language group nations for over 100 years. For us, this contributes to a life-long journey of learning, trying to bring back some of what has been lost due to the impact of colonisation on Our People.

Peter Turner & Clem Newchurch The First Nations Collections Project, South Australian Museum

Life lines ART WORKS Artist & Curator Talk, Adelaide Town Hall, 2022. Photograph Lana Adams.

To have an opportunity like this has completely revitalised what I feel is possible for my practice. I am far more ambitious now when I think about the next 5 years of my career and what I hope to achieve, exploring international opportunities, funding and a further mentorship. And the seed of all of this growth was Catapult.

In 2022 we saw a

60% increase in opportunities for artists to create and exhibit new bodies of work.

In 2022 we offered

55 tailored one-on-one Advice Bank sessions to our members.

90% of artists engaging with our research and residency programs anticipated a lasting impact on their practice.

Guildhouse has increased my confidence in my artistic goals and has provided me with so much support & advice over the years. I greatly appreciate everything they've done for me.

2021 Guildhouse Fellow Sera Waters, Future Traditions, installation view, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2022. Photograph Lana Adams.

2022 was a year of revival, with Guildhouse maintaining its strong financial position.

Substantial growth across our diversified funding streams provided a 51% increase to our year-by-year revenue. This exponential growth in revenue enabled us to invest in our operations and deliver an expanded program of initiatives that directly benefited the artistic community.

In 2022 Guildhouse continued its positive impact, expending 87% of our revenue on the employment of creative workers. We employed more artists than ever before, increasing our investment in artist fees by 35% when compared to 2021.

Philanthropic funding flourished by an exceptional 247% compared to 2021 through strategic project grants and individual giving. Continued support from the Ian Potter Foundation and James and Diana Ramsay Foundation underpins our flagship artistic programs. New commitments from the Day Family Foundation and Adès Family Foundation supported investment in new member services. And notably, our Creative Champions and newly established Creative Visonaries donor circles secured long-term opportunities for artists.

Significant traction was realised through our social enterprise, Guildhouse Professional Services. The two year investment by the

Government of South Australia, through the Department of Innovation and Skills, towards business development in this area resulted in an increase of 149% of earned revenue compared with the previous year. This continues to demonstrate the value of artistic practice in the public realm and provides vital employment of creative personnel.

We acknowledge the ongoing support of the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia’s commitment of multiyear funding through the Arts Organisations Program stream. This financial continuity fortifies Guildhouse’s ability to grow the volume of its service to the sector in 2023 and beyond.

80% of reVision tech mentorship participants learnt new technical skills

Caitlin Berzins artwork, The Wyatt Trust, delivered as part of Guildhouse Professional Services, 2022. Photograph Sam Roberts.
Percentage of total annual expenditure towards employment of creative personnel 76% 2020 2021 86% 2019 2022 75% 87%

Other Australia Council for the Arts

State Government


Other grants

Donations & sponsorship

Earned revenue

COVID-19 stimulus (2020)

Web & design professionals

Industry professionals

Photographs & videographers

Artists, curators, writers

Guildhouse income, expenditure and reserves trends

Guildhouse employment of creative personnel

30% 50% 10% 20% 40% Guildhouse source of revenue by year ( % ) 2020 2021 2022 9 400,000 500,000 600,000 700,000 800,000 900,000 1,000,000 100,000 2019 2020 2021 2022 200,000 300,000 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2020 income without stimulus Reserves Expenditure Income 2% 0% 18% 24% 9% 47% 3% 0% 4% 25% 30% 38% 2% 1% 8% 3% 27% 28% 29%

Thank you

We are so incredibly grateful for the generous and passionate support of our partners, donors and collaborators. The contributions made by these organisations and individuals enable Guildhouse to continue to provide crucial support and opportunities to creative practitioners, which in turn, benefits our collective cultural wellbeing.

Our community is our most precious resource, and it is strengthened by the diversity of its members. Our supporters are an essential part of this community and play a very special role; enabling artistic growth, exploration and the creation of new work, as well as empowering artists to develop the skills required to build fulfilling, sustainable careers.

We acknowledge the generosity of all our donors and partners and offer our heartfelt gratitude for their dedication and enthusiasm in 2022.


Launched in 2022, the Guildhouse Creative Visionaries benefactors contribute to Guildhouse’s core purpose, enabling the organisation to forge ahead with its vision to connect art, artists and community and lead a bold diverse visual art, craft, and design sector that positions artists at its core.

Andrew Cohen

Geoff Day OAM

David McKee AO

Catherine Sarah


The Guildhouse Creative Champions provide essential support for our game-changing Catapult Mentorship Program facilitating impactful professional growth through timely investment, meaningful exchange, enduring partnerships and broadened horizons.

Rosey Batt

Talia Begley

Sarah Boucaut

Josephine Evans and Nat Campbell

Annie Clough

Emma Fey and Alexei Fey

Olivia Fuller and Will Fuller

Kathy Gramp

Professor Emily Hilder

Annabel Hill-Smith

Rosina Hislop

Jane Jeffreys

The Hon Dr Diana Laidlaw AM

Brigitte Lane and Stephen Lane

Don Manifold

Carolyn Mitchell

Chris Schacht

Judith Sellick

Anne Skipper AM


Adès Family Foundation, Paul Anderson, Jayne Bates, Rosey Batt, Talia Begley, Sarah Boucaut, Freddie Brincat, Nic Brown, Jingwei Bu, Burnside Village Foundation, Nat Campbell, Sundari Carmody, Annie Clough, Andrew Cohen, Geoff Day OAM, Day Family Foundation, Josephine Evans, Emma Fey & Alexei Fey, Olivia Fuller & Will Fuller, Ian Gibbins, Kathy Gramp, Adam Hannon, Professor Emily Hilder, Annabel Hill-Smith, Rosina Hislop, James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, Jane Jeffreys, The Hon Dr Diana Laidlaw AM, Kirsten Johnston, Brigitte Lane & Stephen Lane, Stephanie Lyall, Don Manifold, David McKee AO & Pam McKee, Carolyn Mitchell, Charmaine Osborne, Anthony Peluso, John Phillips, Tony Priest, Chris Reid, Jani Roche, Madhu Saraf, Catherine Sarah, Chris Schacht, Judith Sellick, Anne Skipper AM

In 2022 we engaged

30 artists in funded, flexible mentoring experiences that support the development and extension of practice.

Project and Cultural Partners

Catapult mentor Tim Gruchy and mentee Orlando Mee, 2022.
Photograph Lana Adams.
Wine Partner Media Partners Funding Partners
Day Family Foundation Arts South Australia
Guildhouse is supported by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Professional Services

Guildhouse Professional Servicescreating a meaningful sense of place

Guildhouse Professional Services supports organisations and individuals in engaging with exceptional artists, craftspeople, and designers. By building partnerships with private and government sectors, we enable artists and creative enterprises to access commercial opportunities leading to significant outcomes in public art, site specific installations, private commissions and exhibitions.

A particular focus and passion of our social enterprise is providing skills development and hands on experience for creative practitioners with little or no experience in public art, enabling artists to navigate the often complex journey in a supported, informed and safe way. In turn, our partners play a pivotal part in a broad creative ecosystem that supports skills development and the growth of a diverse and experienced pool of artists, ultimately leading to the enrichment of public art across South Australia.

Our 2022 partners included:

• Buchan Group


• Camp Coorong Ngarrindjeri Weavers

• Cohen Group

• Exhibition Studios

• Gasparin Group

• JensenPLUS

• Lot Fourteen

• Multiplex

• Outerspace

• Oxigen

• Renewal SA

• The City of Adelaide

• The City of Marion

• The City of Port Adelaide Enfield

• The Department of Infrastructure and Transport

• The Department of the Premier and Cabinet

• The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation

• The University of Adelaide

• The Wyatt Trust

• Tjanpi Desert Weavers

• Visualcom

• WAX Design

• Woods Bagot

The last thing I expected to be working on last year was a big sculpture on North Terrace. As a solo, independent practitioner these large projects can be intimidating and come with an overwhelming amount of bureaucracy. If I had seen a public art call-out for a project of this scale I wouldn’t have considered applying. I am so grateful that Guildhouse supported me on my first public art project and introduced me to a whole new audience and a new way of working.

Sundari Carmody Artist, referring to her artwork One: all that we can see, Lot Fourteen.

Project: Lot Fourteen, Sundari Carmody, One: all that we can see, 2022. Photograph Sam Roberts.

What a year it has been! In 2022 Guildhouse Professional Services supported 37 artists in the delivery of 11 exceptional public art outcomes:

• Engaged by Port Adelaide Enfield Council, and working with WAX Design, Guildhouse delivered Sam Songailo’s paving, lighting and mural designs which have been integrated into the Prospect Road, Blair Athol Upgrade.

• Engaged by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, working closely with Multiplex and in consultation with the Department’s Aboriginal Engagement Team, Guildhouse commissioned Anangu artist Elizabeth Close to create an integrated ceiling design for the Department’s new offices in Pirie Street.

• Engaged by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Renewal SA, and working closely with Exhibition Studios, Guildhouse delivered Sundari Carmody’s artwork commission One: all that we can see, which can now be seen at Lot Fourteen in front of the McEwin Building on North Terrace.

• Engaged by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, working closely with Multiplex, the Tjanpi Desert Weavers and cultural advisor Jelina Haines, Guildhouse commissioned nine woven artworks by Ngarrindjeri and APY

Lands weavers. The significant artworks have been suspended across nine floors of the Department’s new offices on Pirie Street.

• Engaged by The University of Adelaide, and in consultation with Kaurna Cultural Advisor Uncle Rod O’Brien, Guildhouse worked with Ngarrindjeri and Narangga artist Cedric Varcoe and Visualcom on the creation of a design for vinyl to be placed across a 42-metre-long window on the Hub building, at the heart of the Kaurna Campus.

• Engaged by The Wyatt Trust, Guildhouse commissioned artworks by Matthew Fortrose, Caitlin Berzins and Amy Joy Watson for integration into three areas of their new business hub at Frome Street.

• Engaged by BHP, and in consultation with Woods Bagot, Guildhouse commissioned Kaurna artist Lawson Dodd to create a design for the main wall of the Adelaide office’s Family Friendly Room.

• Engaged by Buchan Group, Guildhouse commissioned an artist to create a mural artwork on the North-Eastern ground entrance wall of the Rundle Carpark located at 90-100 Grenfell Street. Jasmine Crisp was chosen for her concept She knew the way by heart, which utilises Adelaide reference imagery produced by Kieran Hookway over several years.

Project: Department


• In 2022 City of Adelaide commissioned nine new public artworks by local artists. Part of the City of Adelaide’s $20m+ Reignite Adelaide program, the initiative is designed to give back to our community, celebrate and support local traders and businesses and provide employment opportunities for creatives. Delivered in partnership with Guildhouse, the $300,000 initiative sees artworks activate key precincts over a twelve-month delivery period. In 2022 the first three artworks were delivered by artists Jack Fran and Nicky Create.

When we set out with our fitout design, we wanted to ensure it had an inherently subtle, respectful design solution that acknowledged the diversity of our staff, clients and community, especially the Aboriginal cultures of South Australia. Guildhouse Professional Services were able to deliver exactly that, by facilitating the Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Ngarrindjeri Weavers creating artwork that recognised the connectedness of Aboriginal people and culture.

Cameron MacLeod

Department for Infrastructure and Transport

of and Transport, nine suspended artworks by 26 South Australian Aboriginal weavers, 2022. Eliza Wangin, Pauline Wangin, Betty Mula and Harriet Bryant with their completed frame. Photograph courtesy Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

Program Highlights


Alex Frayne, Amanda Westley, Amrit Gill, Amy Joy Watson, Amy Yangki, Anna Dowling, Anna Révész, Annelise Forster, Annette McRae, Anthony Peluso, Arlon Hall, Asha Southcombe, Aunty Ellen Trevorrow, Aunty Lynette Crocker, Bailey Donovan, Betty Chimney, Betty Muffler, Betty Mula, Bin Bai, Brad Darkson, Bridget Currie, Bruce Trevorrow, Caitin Bowe, Caitlin Berzins, Cara Kirkwood, Carly Snoswell, Carly Tarkari Dodd, Carollyn Kavanagh, Catherine Hewitt, Catherine Truman, Cedric Varcoe, Chelsea Farquhar, Christine Cholewa, Claire G Coleman, Clem Newchurch, Coby Edgar, Cristina Metelli, Daisy Barney, Dallas Gold, Dave Court, Dominic Guerrera, Dr Ali Gumillya Baker, Dr Sera Waters, Eleanor Alice,Eleanor Scicchitano, Eleen Deprez, Eliza Wangin, Elizabeth Close, Elverina Johnson, Elyas Alavi, Emmaline Zanelli, Fiona Dodd, Fiona

In 2022 we engaged

158 artists in our artistic programs.

Schubert, Fru Kenez, Glenn Barkley, Grant Hancock, Greta Laundy, Gus Clutterbuck, Hanah Williams, Harriet Bryant, Heather Kamarra Shearer, Henry Jock Walker, Iteka Ukarla, Jack Fran, Jackson Preuss, Jacob Stengle, James Holdsworth, James Tylor, Jan Brown, Janette Gay, Jasmine Crisp, Jay Lord, Jelina Haines, Jess Ervin, Jesse Price, Jingwei Bu, Jonathan Kim, Jorji Gardener, José Da Silva, Julianne Pierce, Julie Yangki, Kasia Tons, Kate Kurucz, Kate Larsen, Kate Little, Kate O’Boyle, Kathy Dodd, Kay Lawrence, Lara Tilbrook, Laura Couttie, Laura Wills, Lauren Murphy, Lawson Dodd, Liam Flemming, Loren Orsillo, Louise Flaherty, Louise Haselton, Makeda Duong, Margaret Yai Yai, Maringka Burton, Mark Feary, Mark Niehus, Mark Valenzuela, Marlon Haines, Matthew Fortrose, Max Callaghan, Maxine Stewart, Megan Robson, Melanie Bone-Manser,

Michael Carney, Michelle Driver, Michelle Kelly, Min Wong, Monika Morgenstern, Naomi Hunter, Nellie Coulthard, Ngilan Dodd, Ngilla Mungkerie, Nicky Create, Oakey, Olga Sankey, Orlando Mee, Pauline Wangin, Peter Turner, Priscilla Singer, Raelene Wallatina, Rayleen Forester, Rhonda Young, Rita Norman, Rita Rowley, Rosemary Whitehead, Sam Brook, Sam Roberts, Sam Songailo, Sarah Weston, Sebastian Henry-Jones, Seiichi Kobayashi, Shane Cook, Sharmonie Cockayne, Sheena Dodd, Sienna Blok, Sonia Bannington, Sonya Rankine, Steph Fuller, Stephen Gilchrist, Sue Kneebone, Sue Ninham, Sundari Carmody, Susan Bruce, Taerim Claire Jeon, Tess Martin, Thom Buchanan, Tilly Tjala Thomas, Tim Gruchy, Tom Phillips, Will Nolan, Will Stubbs, William Mackinnon.

The residency has given me art industry connections I didn’t have before. This first taste of making a public work of art has been incredible and I now feel strengthened and nurtured to bring my art practice to another level.

Jingwei Bu

ART WORKS Artist in Residence, City of Adelaide

The Guildhouse Collections Project: After the Fall, Flinders University Museum of Art, 2022. Photograph Sia Duff.


Generously supported by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and presented in partnership with AGSA, the Guildhouse Fellowship is valued at over $50,000, and awarded annually to one South Australian mid-career visual artist, craftsperson or designer.

The Fellowship offers a transformative opportunity for artists each year, including $35,000 to support research and development and the creation of new work for presentation at AGSA.

After a competitive call out, Tom Phillips was announced as the 2022 Guildhouse Fellow. An Adelaide-based expressionist artist, Phillips paints from a place of personal experience, highlighting issues of social justice and capturing everyday experiences of loneliness, alienation, vulnerability and hardship.

The subjects of his figurative paintings are often naked or stripped bare, set in domestic, urban and post-industrial surroundings and built up in gestural layers of oil paint and oil pastels. In 2021, Phillips was the recipient of the SALA Festival Don Dunstan Foundation Award, and in 2022 was featured in SALA’s 25th anniversary exhibition, SILVER, at Queen’s Theatre.

James & Diana Ramsay Foundation Executive Director, Kerry de Lorme says, ‘This year’s Guildhouse Fellow, Tom Phillips, reflects how important and unique this opportunity is for South Australian artists. We are thrilled that Tom will now be able to dedicate the next year entirely to his art practice, which is grounded in socio-political issues of great importance to our times and society.’

In November 2022, the 2020 Guildhouse Fellow Dr Sera Waters presented the outcome of her Fellowship, Future Traditions, at the Art Gallery of South Australia. In this second iteration of the Guildhouse Fellowship, Waters’ imagined a new future for us all – one where ancient textile traditions can craft hope in the face of climate change.

A printed exhibition catalogue with photography by Grant Hancock and Sia Duff, and an essay from Melissa Keys (Senior Curator Heide Museum of Modern Art) accompanied the exhibition.

2021 Fellow Liam Fleming continued research and his creative development of new innovative glass works for presentation at AGSA in late 2023.

2022 Guildhouse Fellow Tom Phillips in his studio, 2022. Photograph Aubrey Jonsson, courtesy InReview.
The Guildhouse Fellowship is really coming at a critical moment for me, when I’ve invested a great deal of energy into taking my work in new directions
Liam Fleming 2021 Guildhouse Fellow
As an artist, I believe art should say something about the world that we live in. The Guildhouse Fellowship will change my life; giving me the opportunity to further develop my painting technique and explore new subject matter, to work with curators and the Art Gallery of South Australia, and most importantly allow me to become a full-time painter which has not been possible until now. I can now call myself an artist.
Tom Phillips 2022 Guildhouse Fellow


A collaborative project between Guildhouse and iconic state collections: The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Flinders University Museum of Art, South Australian Museum and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presented in partnership with Adelaide Festival Centre.

The Collections Project provides artists with the unique opportunity to explore and research the collections of these institutions and develop new work for exhibition. Championing the art and artists of our time while celebrating our cultural, historic and scientific heritage, this program has the demonstrated ability to provide new audience experiences while delivering long-term benefits to the artistic and career development of participating artists.

Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium

Louise Flaherty and Laura Wills’ Plant Notes was extended through to the end of January 2022 at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany (MEB).

2021 recipient Kasia Tons undertook her research throughout 2022, with an outcome presentation at MEB planned for February 2023. Ton’s research proposes an exploration of the symbiotic relationship held

between plants and humans using hand embroidery, and soft sculpture.

Flinders University Museum of Art

After the Fall, featuring new work by Elyas Alavi, Kate O’Boyle and Louise Haselton, was presented at Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA). Curated by Alice Clanachan, new works in sculpture, painting, video, and printmaking were shown alongside more than 60 historical prints from the FUMA European print collection.

Presented during SALA Festival 2022 After the Fall was accompanied by a catalogue with curatorial essay and video documentation of the project, its creative processes, and outcomes.

Exhibition floor talks with curator Alice Clanachan were held in the FUMA gallery. An In Conversation and performance event featured the artists and curator, opening with a poetry performance with artist Elyas Alavi and improvised musical performance by shamisen musician Noriko Tadano.

The Guildhouse First Nations Collection Project with South Australian Museum

After researching the South Australian Museum collections, First Nations artists Peter Turner and Clem Newchurch presented their exhibition KAURNA: Still Here. Featuring

Chelsea Farquhar, Fluttertongue, Adelaide Festival Centre, 2022. Photograph Sia Duff.

carved, painted and woven works the exhibition was a celebration of continuing Kaurna culture. A printed catalogue was produced with professional photography by Grant Hancock. The artists further exhibited the work at Gallery M, Marion and Aldinga Payinthi College, City of Onkaparinga.

The project formed part of the SAM STEAM collaboration project supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presented in partnership with Adelaide Festival Centre

Chelsea Farquhar’s Fluttertongue was presented on Adelaide Festival Centre’s external screen, King William Road during SALA Festival 2022. Through the creation of contemporary interpretations of historic dress, Chelsea created abstracted scenes that exist out of time inspired by how the ASO carry the past into the present.

A digital catalogue featuring a curatorial essay by Mish Grigor accompanied the work. Farquhar and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Managing Director Vincent Ciccarello presented an In Conversation to an opening night audience. Video documentation of the project, its creative processes, and outcomes was produced.


Guildhouse's Catapult programs provide creative professionals with essential funding and support to further develop their artistic practice through a meaningful mentorship.

The projects of Catapult recipients show ambition, drive and dedication. Mentees engage with inter/national mentors to develop skills, realise projects and allow time to learn more about their practice.

With the generous support of donors and the Ian Potter Foundation, Guildhouse awarded 8 mentorships in 2022, directly supporting 16 artists. With support from Country Arts SA, two of these mentorships were awarded to regional artists.

• Eleanor Alice with William Mackinnon

• Heather Kamarra Shearer with Sera Waters

• Jonathan Kim with Taerim Claire Jeon

• Kate Kurucz with Tess Martin (Netherlands)

• Michael Carney with Mark Valenzuela

• Naomi Hunter with Michelle Kelly

• Oakey with Catherine Truman

• Orlando Mee with Tim Gruchy


Guildhouse partnered again with AGSA to award a further Catalpult + Tarnanthi career development mentorship program for South Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, craftspeople and designers.

Expressions of interest closed in late 2022 with Anangu visual artist Elizabeth Close awarded the opportunity to commence in early 2023.

The program, supported by BHP, will enable Elizabeth to be funded to work over 2023 with celebrated Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens as mentor to expand, reflect and develop her established arts practice, resulting in a presentation of new work as part of the Tarnanthi 2023 Festival.


The ongoing success of the Catapult mentorship model extended in 2022 to include the Catapult + Tarntanya mentorship program, delivered in partnership with City of Adelaide.

This opportunity saw two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists mentored by established practitioners to develop their technical capabilities in public art, as well as their project management, stakeholder, and communication skills.

• Sonya Rankine with Helen Fuller

• Shane Cook with Reko Rennie


Professor Susan Luckman of the University of South Australia completed her four year

longitudinal research study examining the impact of mentorships in the ongoing development of creative careers, based on the experiences of Catapult recipients.

The final report titled Mentor Mentee: A creative relationship was published in 2022. The report fills a gap in published research, documents the value of mentorships in amplifying artistic careers, and confirms the best way to shape artist-led learning going forward.

The findings of the study were presented at the 12th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research in Antwerp, Belgium by Dr Susan Luckman, Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries and Director of Creative People, Products and Places (CP3) at the University of South Australia and Emma Fey, CEO of Guildhouse.


Supported by the City of Adelaide, the Voice of the Artist commission created the opportunity for a neon-based public artwork to be installed in the iconic Lions Arts Precinct. Artist Brad Darkson worked in consultation with Aunty Lynette Crocker, Ngangki Burka Senior Kaurna woman, to create Unceded Seeded (Ngampa).

A community-based public launch event featured Brad and Aunty Lynette in conversation.

Brad Darkson in consultation with Aunty Lynette Crocker, Unceded Seeded (Ngampa), Guildhouse, Lion Arts Precinct, 2022. Photograph Lana Adams.


reVision is a seasonal online program thoughtfully curated to deepen connections, strengthen creative practice and grow artist skills.

The program aims to increase connectivity globally in a flexible format that responds to personal preferences. It offers an opportunity for artists to increase their wellbeing and find new models of sustainability for their practice.

reVision Speaker Series

A first for 2022, the reVision Speaker Series featured a guest curator delivering two sessions featuring panels of artists, curators, and arts practitioners from around the country.

Coby Edgar curated Level – Level; the roles and contributions of non-First Nations peoples in First Nations industries, lives, and culture.

Looking Back

Panel: Dr Ali Gumillya Baker, Stephen Gilchrist, Will Stubbs

Looking Forward

Panel: Dallas Gold, Elverina Johnson, James Tylor

reVision Tech Mentor Program

Complementing the speaker series, the reVision Tech Mentor program enabled artists to grow skills where they’re needed most, particularly within areas of video and editing, VR, design software, social media and digital marketing and analytics, website development and online sales and brand development.

reVision Tech Mentors:

Adam Drogemuller, Marina Pullin, Erin Faehrmann, Kristy Cutts, Juan Pieschacon, Antara Joglekar, Todd Fischer, Nerissa Douglas, Jordaine Chattaway, Matilda Toepfer and Josh Newnes.

reVision Tech Mentees:

Sienna Blok, Melanie Bone-Manser, Kate O’Boyle, Jan Brown, Bailey Donovan, Jess Ervin, Jorji Gardener, Sue Kneebone, Cristina Metelli, Lauren Murphy, Greta Laundy, Jackson Preuss, Fiona Schubert, Rosemary Whitehead and Hanah Williams.

reVision Symposium

Exploring the theme of Radical Practice, the 2022 reVision Symposium provided a platform to explore big and small gestures that shape our individual and collective practices. Held in person at Sauerbier

House, Port Noarlunga, three discussion panels were accompanied by a musical performance from Tilly Tjala Thomas and a marketplace of locally produced goods.

Small idea, big passion

Facilitator: Jayne Bates OAM

Panel: Louise Flaherty, Henry Jock Walker, Clem Newchurch

Radical Practice

Facilitator: Rayleen Forester

Panel: Elyas Alavi, Dr Ali Gumillya Baker, Lara Tilbrook

The Relationship is the Project

Facilitator: Kate Larsen

Panel: Claire G Coleman, Cara Kirkwood, Anthony Peluso


The Guildhouse podcast series, Voice of the Artist, launched in 2022. Pre-existing video recordings of the reVision Speaker Series and Symposiums have been made accessible in an audio format. The podcast features conversations with creative minds from around the globe discussing contemporary arts practice.

All episodes of the podcast are available to listen via podcast apps and online.

Rayleen Forester, Lara Tilbrook, Elyas Alavi and Dr Ali Gumillya Baker at the Radical Practice reVision Symposium, Sauerbier House, 2022. Photograph Lana Adams.


The 2022 iteration of ART WORKS expanded on the residency model to offer three Artist and Writer in Residence opportunities alongside the Early Career Curator. This new model embraced three artist and writer collaborative teams and an emerging curator who presented a comprehensive exhibition and public program presented in partnership with City of Adelaide.

Guildhouse delivered a diverse, artist led program, with a strong focus on socially engaged contemporary practice, connecting communities through the location of artists and the presentation of artwork in accessible civic spaces.

Artist & Writer in Residence

Eleanor Scicchitano and Kate Kurucz

Eleen Deprez and Jingwei Bu

Dominic Guerrera and Carly Tarkari Dodd

Early Career Curator

Erin O’Donohue 2022-23

Ann-Marie Green 2021-22

Adelaide Town Hall exhibitions:

Art as a Visual Language

Michelle Driver, Kate Little, Annette McRae, Monika Morgenstern, Mark Niehus, Sue Ninham, Olga Sankey, Kasia Tons, Iteka Ukarla and Amanda Westley


Susan Bruce, Ali Gumiliya Baker, Dave Court, Catherine Hewitt, James Holdsworth, Sue Kneebone, Seiichi Kobayashi, Will Nolan, Jesse Price and Min Wong

Memory Bank

Sonya Rankine, Annelise Forster, Jingwei Bu, Alex Frayne, Caitin Bowe, Aunty Ellen Trevorrow and Kate Kurucz

Life lines

Sera Waters, Asha Southcombe, Cedric Varcoe, Anna Révész, Jonathan Kim, Kay Lawrence, Anna Dowling, Loren Orsillo, and Janette Gay

An extensive series of public programs were presented throughout 2022. Each exhibition was accompanied by a curator and artist talk delivered by the Early Career Curator. The Artist and Writer in Residence invited participation from the public during their residencies in a variety of formats.


UniSA Business has partnered with Guildhouse to present an annual series of exhibitions by contemporary South Australian visual artists in the flagship City West Yungondi Building The aim of the program is to provide new ways of engaging with key areas of research.

The 2022 program included exhibitions by contemporary South Australian artists Steph Fuller, Elizabeth Close and Jay Lord.

Each artist presented an artist talk to UniSA Business staff and University of South Australia Contemporary Art students.


INFORM provides professional development sessions and networking events designed to provide creative professionals with the knowledge, skills, information, and contacts vital to sustainable creative practice.

A mix of online and in-person sessions were delivered, catering to the needs of participants.


Responding to sector needs, two rent-free studio spaces were made available as part of a pilot studio program at Guildhouse Lion Arts, in close proximity to contemporary art galleries ACE, Nexus, JamFactory and SAMSTAG.

After a competitive call out, Makeda Duong and Fru Kenez were announced as the inaugural Guildhouse Studios artists.

ART WORKS Artist & Writer in Residence, Kate Kurucz and Eleanor Scicchitano, City of Adelaide ArtPOD, 2022. Photograph Sam Roberts.


Presented in partnership with JPE Design Studio this new residency opportunity sees two artists a year in creative exchange within the JPE studios, culminating in new work presented during SALA and Fringe. The initial callout offered residency positions for two artists, but JPE generously extended the program to include a further two positions after receiving numerous high calibre applications.

The successful applicants are Matthew Fortrose, Craig Glasson, Michelle Kelly and Henry Wolff.

Involved in project conversations, research, and collaborative opportunities at JPE, inaugural recipient Matthew Fortrose presented Safety Measures during SALA 2022 exploring concepts of safety and structures in his work.


In 2022 Advice Bank continued as a core monthly offering to our members providing invaluable one-on-one online and phone advice on grant funding applications, business plans, professional documentation, marketing, communications and more.


Co-presented by Adelaide Contemporary Experimental, Nice to Meet You is a series of public talks which invites visiting curators to share their knowledge and experiences with Adelaide audiences and arts communities.

The project is part of ACE and Guildhouse’s shared motivation to create points of connection, exchange and learning within the visual arts communities between South Australia, Australia and other parts of the world.

The inaugural offering saw seven interstate curators share their career journeys and insights: José Da Silva (UNSW Galleries), Sebastian Henry-Jones (West Space), Glenn Barkley (The Curators Department), Amrit Gill (4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art), Laura Couttie (STATION), Mark Feary (Gertrude) and Megan Robson (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia).


In 2022 Guildhouse continued to develop and refine our professional development toolkits as part of the free resources offering on our website with the publication of two new toolkits: Social Media Strategy and Increasing your Online Viability


Folio is a platform to showcase a curated selection of South Australian visual artists, craftspeople and designers. Folio enables independent practitioners to include a gallery of images, a biography and links to social media platforms.

Built into the Guildhouse website, the platform is a source of editorial and social media profiles of individual artists. Folio is supported by a Google NFP Adword Grant, which allows us to access up to $100,000 in free keyword digital advertising.

Emma Fey introducing Nice to Meet You, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental, 2022. Photograph Lana Adams.
The Catapult mentorship has been instrumental in helping me to strengthen my career goals in the creative sector. I am grateful for the guidance and support that my mentor and Guildhouse have provided and feel more confident in my artistic path as a result.
Michael Carney Catapult Mentee


Sarah Feijen Chief Executive Officer

Laura Geraghty Operations Manager

Tracy Le Cornu Producer, Professional Services

Samantha Faehrmann Program Producer

Lana Adams Communications and Design Coordinator

Sian Watson Membership and Administration Assistant

Polly Dymond Program Administration Officer

Erin O'Donohue ART WORKS Emerging Curator 2022

Clare Suridge Finance Officer

Emma Fey Chief Executive Officer (Outgoing)

Debbie Pryor Artistic Programs Manager (Outgoing)

Olivia Power Marketing & Development Manager (Outgoing)

Emma Bedford Operations Manager (Outgoing)


Christine Cholewa Project Manager

Julianne Pierce Curator

Carollyn Kavanagh Curator and Designer

Steph Cibich Curator


The Guildhouse Board consists of eight directors all of whom bring a wealth of experience and expertise from the visual arts, craft and design industries and business.

Andrew Cohen, Chair

Clare Belfrage, Deputy Chair

Talia Begley

Dameeli Coates

Christian Hall

Kirsteen Mackay

Katie Sarah

Stuart Symons


The Guildhouse Artist Advisory Group provides input into our programs to ensure their relevance to artists, craftspeople and designers across South Australia.

Roy Ananda

Thomas Buchanan

Brad Darkson

Bernadette Klavins

Kay Lawrence

Kaspar Schmidt Mumm

Dr Ali Gumillya Baker (retired)

Guildhouse 2022 Staff (L-R): Sian Watson, Debbie Pryor, Tracy Le Cornu, Lana Adams, Laura Geraghty, Olivia Power, Sam Faehrmann, Polly Dymond and Erin O'Donohue. Photograph Thomas McCammon.
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Cover image: Sera Waters, Survivalist Sampler #3, 2022, cotton and glow-in-the-dark thread on repurposed linen, 33 x 39 cm. Photograph Grant Hancock.

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