Guildhouse is South Australia’s leading organisation for visual artists, craftspeople and designers.
Our vision is for creative practitioners to have sustainable careers and to be recognised and valued by our community. Guildhouse is a dynamic for-purpose organisation with a 54 year history, supporting a thriving visual arts, craft and design ecology through working directly with practitioners to develop their practice and work with ambition.
We have over 1000 members across diverse areas of contemporary visual arts practice at all career stages, as well as arts organisations, businesses and guilds.
With a clear focus on creating opportunities for artists and leading sector development, Guildhouse engages and supports artists with creative and career development programs such as residencies, mentorships, one-on-one advice, tailored business skill development, network development and opportunities to create new work.
Guildhouse has developed a diversified business model, with a growing network of philanthropic supporters and a burgeoning social enterprise that is creating new forms of revenue for the creative industries.
Guildhouse is comprised of a dynamic team, supporting a growing membership base and presents a thriving annual program of events and initiatives in partnership with South Australia’s leading cultural and corporate partners.
We are located in Adelaide’s vibrant west end, in the Lion Arts Centre.
Explore our Folio platform to see a portfolio of a selection of our members.
Andrew Cohen (Chair)
Director – Cohen Group of Companies
Andrew is Director of a leading Australian retail property management, investment and developer – The Cohen Group of Companies. Former CEO of the Cohen Group from 2000 to 2017, Andrew oversaw the sustained expansion and success of the Cohen Group’s signature Burnside Village shopping centre, their Commercial & Industrial property portfolio expansion and the Group’s organisational restructure.
A family business at its core, Andrew continues to sit on the Board’s – Risk & Audit Committee, Finance Committee and Development Committee.
Andrew is a two-time graduate of Harvard Business School and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Andrew holds a diploma in Hospitality Management from the Regency International School of Food and is a Member of the Property Council of SA.
He has extensive governance and business experience as Director of Cohen Group of Companies, Director of Hutt Street Centre and a former member of the Lot Fourteen Steering Committee.
Andrew’s arts interests are varied. He Chairs the Burnside Village Foundation, is a passionate South Australian arts collector and has sourced Art installations worldwide for Burnside Village.
Clare Belfrage (Deputy Chair)
Born in Melbourne and based in Adelaide, artist Clare Belfrage has maintained a distinguished practice for over 30 years. Her detailed and complex glass drawings on blown glass forms reflect the high-level skill and mastery of her craft that makes her one of the country’s most renowned artists in this medium. Inspired by nature and its various rhythms and energies, Belfrage’s exquisite sculptural objects express her fine attention to detail and interest in the minutiae of the natural world. Belfrage has received several prestigious awards including the inaugural JamFactory FUSE Glass Prize in 2016 and the Tom Malone Glass Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2005 and 2011. She was the featured artist for the 2018 SALA Festival and celebrated as one of South Australia’s most influential artists working in a craft medium through JamFactory’s Icon series, presenting a solo exhibition, A Measure of Time for a 3 year national tour. She has held a number of influential industry roles, including Creative Director of Canberra Glassworks from 2009 to 2013. Her involvement in the education sector has seen her teach at universities in both Australia and the US and she has taught workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand, the US and Japan. She is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia. Belfrage continues to exhibit extensively and is represented in major public collections throughout Australia, the US and Europe including the National Gallery of Australia, the Corning Museum of Glass, USA and Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark.
Director, JL Lawyers
Talia is a corporate and tax lawyer with close to 20 years’ experience, including the last 5 years as an owner and director of boutique law firm, JL Lawyers.
An honours graduate of the University of Melbourne, Talia initially honed her legal skills at a top ten national law firm in Melbourne before returning to her much loved home state of South Australia.
Talia has prior experience in the not for profit sector in both professional advisory and governance roles.
She is also an Associate member of the Tax Institute and currently holds a position on the Risk and Finance Committee of Sensei Product Solutions, which advises to the Board of this national IT company.
Talia has a keen and broad interest in the Arts and in supporting the growth of the sector in South Australia (albeit little artistic credentials herself…).
Christian Hall is a studio-based contemporary artist working in the field of object art and design. Initially trained in jewellery and metal techniques, his practice has evolved across the production of jewellery, everyday objects, sculpture and installation. The foundation of his practice has been an ongoing curiosity and experimentation with object making via a research-led, solo exhibition practice. He also works across production and commissioned works, teaching, mentoring and other areas of professional engagement.
Hall has exhibited and been engaged in projects nationally and internationally, held teaching positions in TAFE and universities and worked as the Creative Director for JamFactory’s Jewellery and Metal Studio. He is a mid-career artist currently engaged in practice-based PhD research. His belief in the visual arts as a form of research has pushed his practice to continually develop into new areas, technically, conceptually and across a topology of object-based practice. This contribution has been recognised via regular funding support from state, federal and overseas agencies since 2003.
Hall has a particular focus on skills-based and material-led practice and has predominantly practiced in the area of metals. He gained introduction to the field by training at Sydney College of the Arts with preeminent visual artists, the late Margaret West, and silver smith Helge Larsenfrom 1994-1998. He achieved Masters under the supervision of Dr Marl Edgoose and Dr Karin Findeis in 2003. From these antecedents he has gained both a technical and critical perspective upon practice. Hall believes in the artists role as one that challenges the normative conventions of their area of practice and the broader social context. He seeks to nurture this criticality in ever aspect of his work in the visual arts.
Highly respected South Australian Government Architect Kirsteen Mackay is Director of the Office for Design and Architecture SA and the Deputy Presiding Member of the Adelaide Park Lands Authority, a member of the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia and a Royal Society of Arts Fellow.
Kirsteen studied architecture at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She was also an inaugural Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, a centre that is a global leader in Inclusive Design, Design Thinking and Creative Leadership that works with government, business, academia and the third sector.
Director/Owner, Sarah Mountain Journeys Pty Ltd
Katie Sarah currently owns and manages Sarah Mountain Journeys Pty Ltd.
Her experience and education have developed skills in a variety of industries and roles. She has worked in roles ranging from a national organisation to family business, in technical, sales, and managerial roles.
Her business experience combined with field experience in extreme conditions and environments has led to the acquisition of skills in project management, working with third world business partners, logistics, and risk management in high pressure situations. Working both as a member of a team, and in leadership and managerial roles has given her a wide range of experience and expertise.
Katie’s first climbing experience at altitude was a successful summit of a 6542m peak in Bolivia in 2006. Katie was the first Australian woman to summit Mt Himlung, Nepal (7126m) in 2009, and participated in an expedition that pioneered a new route on Mt Vinson in Antarctica in 2008.
In 2010, Katie summited Mt Everest, the world’s highest peak at 8848m, becoming the first South Australian (and sixth Australian) woman to do so.
As of June 2013, she was one of the few Australian women to have completed the 7 Summits – the highest peak on each of the seven continents.
As of January 2018, she is the only woman in the world – one of approximately 9 people – to have completed both the 7 Summits and the 7 Volcanic Summits. Having successfully skied the Last Degree to the South Pole, with a similar expedition to the North Pole to be undertaken in April 2019, she will add the Explorers’ Grand Slam to these achievements, becoming not only the first woman in the world to complete the Explorers’ Grand Slam plus 7 Volcanic Summits, but one of only approximately 4 people in the world to have ever successfully completed this goal.
On a professional level over recent years Katie has also taken ownership and control of Sarah Mountain Journeys, to turn it into a successful niche business operating in extreme and adventure travel.
Katie is married with three adult sons. She counts herself fortunate enough to be able to combine work with a passion for the outdoors, spending as much time as can be spared from home and family pursuing outdoor hobbies such as rock climbing, mountaineering and training for Ironman triathlons as well as maintaining an active interest in several not for profit organisations. Katie is Chairperson for Holiday Explorers, Board Member of Guide Dogs SA/NT and Patron of Nature Play SA, as well as an active volunteer for the Leukaemia Foundation and Meals on Wheels. She is also associated with brilliant SA organisations such as Catherine House, SAHMRI and Sight For All.
Stuart is a corporate communications and strategic planning leader with a lifelong interest in South Australia’s cultural life.
As Head of Public Affairs, Communications & Planning for Australia’s largest credit union, People’s Choice, Stuart has 25 years of corporate experience, including 13 years with ASX-listed entities, in Australia, the UK and Papua New Guinea.
Stuart has more than a decade of board experience, with previous roles including Chair of Brink Productions (one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies), Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Tomorrow’s Director Committee and Councillor with the Financial Services Institute of Australia.
Through Modernist Adelaide, Stuart’s mid-century architecture tours, exhibitions, presentations, publications and social media increase public appreciation and preservation of the city’s design heritage and contribute to economic growth through heritage tourism – acknowledged with the City of Adelaide Prize Commendation 2021 and South Australian Emerging Historian of the Year 2019.
Stuart is a graduate of AICD’s Company Directors Course and holds MBA, BA (Hons) and journalism and management qualifications.
Chief Executive Officer
Emma is an experienced leader, drawing from experience in the arts, higher education and not-for-profit sectors. Emma’s diverse professional practice lends itself to a strategic approach to advocacy, partnerships, business development and community engagement.
Over the course of the last fifteen years Emma has brought her corporate experience to bear in the arts, driving an ambitious development agenda for the Art Gallery of South Australia and now as CEO of Guildhouse.
Since 2017, Emma has led a period of effective advocacy and increased engagement with the artistic community and audiences; growing cultural, corporate and government partnerships, and increasing capacity through philanthropy and social enterprise.
Emma holds a Graduate Diploma in Art History from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Management (Marketing) from the University of South Australia.
She is a previous board member of No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability and is currently co-Deputy Chair of Community Bridging Services, South Australia’s leading Disability Service Provider.
Artistic Programs Manager
Debbie Pryor is an artist, curator, writer and producer based on Kaurna land in Adelaide.
Debbie has led galleries and programs at some of Australia’s leading visual arts, craft and design institutions, including Guildhouse and JamFactory in Adelaide, Australian Design Centre, Powerhouse Museum and Firstdraft in Sydney, and Craft Victoria in Melbourne.
Her advocacy for Australian artists and makers is evident through her curatorial and programming practice, which creates innovative and accessible outcomes for artists and audiences.
Trained in ceramics and glass, Debbie’s creative practice centres around domestic objects – particularly ceramics and jewellery. Her work spans multiple mediums and experiments with domestic production and commercial construction materials. Her work is stocked in shops and boutiques across Australia.
Debbie’s writing has been commissioned by or published in Sydney Living Museums, Verge Gallery, CraftACT, inside magazine, and more.
She is currently a Board member of the The Australian Ceramics Association and Hahndorf Academy.
Marketing & Development Manager
Olivia has more than 15 years of diverse communications, marketing, engagement, development and event and project management experience from across the arts, community and social justice sectors.
A creative thinker and leader, Olivia is driven to make an impact with a deep sense of purpose and commitment to life long learning. She is passionate about supporting and empowering artists and communities.
Prior to joining Guildhouse, Olivia worked with the Helpmann Academy, leading marketing and engagement strategy and programs and contributed significantly to a time of change and growth for the organisation. She has also worked in various roles with the Don Dunstan Foundation, Vitalstatistix, Carclew. Mercury CX and the Adelaide Fringe.
Olivia holds a Masters in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of South Australia.
Olivia lives on Kaurna Land and particularly enjoys bushwalking and spending time in nature.
Tracy Le Cornu
Producer, Professional Services
Tracy has worked in the visual arts for twenty five years. Based largely between London, Sydney and Adelaide, she has honed a diverse skill set in auction administration, gallery management, client and stakeholder-focussed services, fine art research, collection advisory services, secondary art market valuing, public art advisory and business development.
In 1999 she was awarded a degree in the Theory of Art and Design from Winchester School of Art, UK. Her career began in the auction world at Sotheby’s in London, moving into gallery management and fine art research. Since 2010 her primary focus has been on contemporary Australian visual art.
Working collaboratively with artists, government, architects, interior designers and public art professionals, Tracy thrives on helping artists build sustainable careers by creating meaningful opportunities outside of the typical gallery space.
When not doing all things art you may well find her doing all things nature, with gardening and plant nurturing being a particular passion.
Born and raised on Kaurna land, Laura Geraghty is a recent graduate from the University of Adelaide where she specialised in Art History/Visual Culture and Gender studies. Currently at the beginning of her own artistic journey, Laura is undertaking various classes at AC Arts and has embarked on a term of self-driven development around arts practice.
Motivated by and passionate about decolonisation, cross cultural investigations, solidarity, inclusivity, and accessibility, Laura ultimately aims contribute meaningfully to the world around her be it personally, academically or professionally. She’s always up for a chat and some activism.
Originally from a remote community on Gayiri country, Central Queensland, Samantha relocated to Kaurna country where she runs her practice ‘Butter and Gravy’ studio. From her studio she runs a mixed medium practice, including the functional series of ‘I AM SAM’ ceramics.
Samantha holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of South Australia, where she began working with the ‘Student Design Construct Program’ (SDCP). The connection to communities, design, construction, logistics, fabrication and material for over 12 years in many capacities across multiple projects instilled a passion for process and industrious practice. Her portfolio expanded to include contemporary art in pursuit of material language and experimentation. Through this Sam has continued to explore the intersections between people, spaces, places, bodies and objects that form the phenomena of our experience and our collective contributions.
She is a passionate artist and facilitator who has developed and delivered creative programs across multiple sectors in local, metropolitan, regional and international communities. She is dedicated to co-created outcomes, inclusive practices, capacity building and ever seeking opportunities to encourage and amplify the expansion, sustainability and resolve of creative practices and people.
Program Administration Officer
Polly Dymond is a contemporary jeweller, maker, writer and coordinator from Melbourne. Moving to Adelaide at the beginning of 2020, she is based on Kaurna land as a Jewellery and Metal Associate at JamFactory.
With a background in marketing and communications she has a Bachelor of Arts from Swinburne University, and held diverse roles in teaching, cinema exhibition, visual arts, marketing and event management before her lifelong preoccupation with making grew too strong to ignore. Prior to her move to Adelaide, Polly worked in public programs for the National Gallery of Victoria and marketing for the Jewish International Film Festival.
Her creative practice is driven by a deep love of the natural and elemental combined with despair over the loss of craftsmanship and disposability of contemporary objects and materials. A finalist of the DIA GOTYA Awards (Jewellery) and a recipient of the NMH Metalworks Prize for Smithing she completed and Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2019.
Communications and Design Officer
Lana Adams is an emerging artist working with photography based on Kaurna land in Adelaide. Her practice is diaristic and personal, seeking to illuminate moments of stillness often by using the slow, reflective medium of analogue film. She loves to pause moments in time that are imbued with feeling so that they can be relived again.
Lana graduated from a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Honours, in 2014 from The University of South Australia. Since then, she has reconciled her love and interest in the personal memories, meanings and histories held in objects by beginning postgraduate study in the realm of Museum Studies.
Prior to joining the Guildhouse team, Lana honed her skills working in the fast-paced auction environment at Scammell Auctions, where she overhauled their online and social media presence, managed in-house photography and marketing, and worked in a small team managing their Collections auctions.
If you invite her over you can find her curiously looking at what you decided to put on a shelf, and what stays hidden in the drawers.
ART WORKS Early Career Curator 202
Erin O’Donohue is an emerging curator working and living in South Australia. Currently in the early phase of her career Erin has curated five exhibitions across the state. Including Neon Revival (2018) supported by the Port Adelaide Artists Forum, 10 years from now… (2020) presented by Flinders University at Victoria Square and Sing my body electric (2021), an exhibition spotlighting the works of SA artist, Annie Forster. The later was the outcome of Erin’s yearlong Curatorial Fellowship with the Centre for Creative Health, presented by the Helpmann Academy. This position included the opportunity to work with CCH’s curatorial team in their galleries in the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the outcome of running her own exhibition. With pride for being the inaugural recipient, this position spurred Erin’s confidence and passion for curation further.
Holding a BA in visual art and English from Flinders University Erin focused her studies on curation and the merging of written and visual art forms. Carrying this fascination through to her honour’s, she studied how image style and placement influences readers belief in graphic memoirs. This now translates into Erin’s curatorial practice, as she prefers to work closely with artists and organisations to best tell the story of their work. Using techniques from comics to communicate with audiences and utilizing space, shapes and distance to emphasize tone and emotion.
Majority of Erin’s experience lies in her time volunteering with Arts in Health and later, her Fellowship curating in Hospital galleries. Having primarily worked in atypical exhibition spaces, Erin continues to challenge herself. Striving to progress her practice and her understanding of what curation can look like.
Artist Advisory Group
Guildhouse established an Artist Advisory Group in 2017 to ensure the relevance of our programs to artists, craftspeople and designers across South Australia. The following artists currently comprise the Artist Advisory Group:
Dr Ali Gumillya Baker
Dr Ali Gumillya Baker is a Mirning woman, an academic, filmmaker, visual and performance artist who has grown up on Kaurna country. Ali’s maternal family are from the Nullarbor and the West Coast of South Australia. Ali is Senior Lecturer in the College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University and an artist, writer and member of the Unbound Collective.
Brad Darkson is a South Australian visual artist currently working across various media including carving, sound, sculpture, multimedia installation, and painting.
Darkson’s practice is regularly focussed on site specific works. His current research interests include seaweed, surveillance, ritualised human behaviour, and the pitfalls of neo-capitalism, as well as reconnecting with culture.
Conceptually Darkson’s work is often informed by strong ties to both his Narungga First Nations and Anglo Australian heritage.
In 2015 he completed a BFA at the University of South Australia and in 2017 he completed a MFAD at the University of Tasmania. Selected exhibitions include Adelaide//International (Samstag Museum) 2020; International Symposium on Electronic Art (South Korea) 2019; VIETNAM – ONE IN, ALL IN (Country Arts SA national touring exhibition) 2019 – ongoing; The Return (group exhibition) Dark Mofo, Hobart 2018; LOSS.GAIN.REVERB.DELAY. (solo exhibition) Vitalstatistix 2017.
Based in Tartanya (Adelaide), Bernadette Klavins is an artist working in the field of sculpture. Through processes of casting, Klavins draws out the poetic potential of materials and interrogates our human relationship to deep time. In 2016, Klavins graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art with First Class Honours and received a Major Travel Award. The following year, she completed a residency at The Icelandic Association of Visual Art in Reykjavik. Klavins has since exhibited at spaces including Watch This Space (NT), Canberra Contemporary Art Space (ACT), Cool Change Contemporary (WA), FELTspace (SA), Floating Goose Studios (SA), Adelaide Central Gallery (SA), Art Pod (SA) and Carclew (SA). Klavins has an upcoming solo exhibition at FELTspace in July 2022. Klavins has also lectured in First Year Sculpture at Adelaide Central School of Art, been a Co-Director at FELTspace, and currently works at the Art Gallery of South Australia in the Public Programs team. Klavins works from Switchboard Studios in Norwood.
Thom Buchanan’s practice traverses a Cross-disciplinary mode of investigations. Informed by his background in drawing and painting, it also incorporates installation, photography, video, performance, sound, murals and collaborations. Buchanan is a master of large-scale live performative works and collaboration. He has been interrogating ideas of the physiological ramifications of built and natural environments for 15 years and still asking questions.
He has exhibited extensively locally, nationally, and internationally and has won a number of major art prizes and grants. His work has been commissioned by The State Theatre Company (SA), Australian Dance Theatre, Vivid Festival Sydney, Adelaide Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK), Slingsby Theatre Company, Fringe Festival (SA), SALA Festival, the Surge Festival in Glasgow, Cabaret Festival, Guitar Festival, Canberra Centenary, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Zephyr Quartet, Big Picture Pillar festival, Big Day Out, Rise Festival (NZ), just to name a few.
Kay Lawrence AM is Emeritus Professor at the University of South Australia where she had a distinguished career as an educator in the visual arts, becoming the first woman appointed to head the South Australian School of Art in 2002. She has an international profile as a tapestry weaver with work in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia.
In her visual art and writing practices she critically engages with matters of personal and community identity, exploring ideas of loss and connection through the materiality of textiles. She has completed a number of major commissions for public spaces in Australia and overseas and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989 for service to the arts as designer of the Parliament House Embroidery.
In 2002 Telos Press in the UK published a monograph on her work. Her scholarly writing has been published by Berg Publishers, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, The University of Sydney and Melbourne University Press.
Kaspar Schmidt Mumm
Born in Germany in 1990, my family immigrated to South Australia in the year 2000. My mother was an immigrant to Canada as a result of the civil war between Pakistan and India. My father is a German with a Columbian upbringing.
My education in the arts is based on Mentoring from people such as James Brown IV (MASH Designs), Darren O’Donnell (Mammalian Diving Reflex) and Koruna Schmidt Mumm (Art Therapist). I have always avoided institutionalisation, for better or for worse.
Today the primary parts of my practice are; my music (Slowmango); street performance (Baitfridge); and collaborative gallery performance (IMMI). These projects are deeply collaborative and involve an array of artists and non-artists. Whenever I present an artwork, it comes with an entourage of collaborators. I have an extremely social practice that melds and changes with my community. A process of communication, healing and expression that is centered around play.
Sun 01 March 2009 - Sun 22 March 2009 Location: Prospect Gallery, Nailsworth, South Australia Bookings are no longer available. Revealing Meaning in Cloth opened Sunday, 1 March 2009, at Prospect Gallery, Nailsworth, South Australia. Independent curator Vivonne...