Images (L-R): Shane Cook, photograph Renee Readett; Zhuzhu (Guiyong Zhu), image supplied; Will Cheesman, image supplied; Monika Morgenstern, photograph Bob Sabbage.

Guildhouse and JPE Design Studio are excited to announce the four South Australian artists selected to undertake the JPE Artist in Residence program presented in partnership with Guildhouse throughout 2024-2026.

Congratulations Shane Cook (SALA 2024), Zhuzhu (Guiyong Zhu) (Fringe 2025), Will Cheesman (SALA 2025) and Monika Morgenstern (Fringe 2026).

This residency opportunity sees two artists a year in a creative exchange within the JPE studios, culminating in a work or installation presented during SALA Festival and Adelaide Fringe.

Building upon the highly successful first iteration, the JPE Artist in Residence program continues creative exchange in collaboration with Guildhouse, following the standout inaugural two years of deep dive research and cultivated experimentation and collaboration across many specialised fields and mediums.

Each presentation of new works will be accompanied by a launch event during the festival period hosted by JPE Design Studio and Guildhouse. This event is an opportunity to showcase the Artist in Residence and celebrating their residency, research and professional arts practice.

Artists in Residence receive artist fees at $2,800 each, research space, access to collaborative opportunities with JPE staff and presentation offerings.

Shane Cook
SALA 2024

Shane Cook is a proud Wulli Wulli and Koa (Guwa) man with many family connections throughout Queensland.

Shane was born on Kaurna Yerta (Kaurna Country/Adelaide). He has successfully followed in the footsteps, of many ancestors who were also artists and retraced family bloodlines that were lost for many years due to colonisation.

Shane’s practice as an artist began from a young age learning to paint from his mother, his interests then developed further into graffiti culture, murals and tattooing as he got older. These art movements are hugely prominent in Shane’s unique contemporary style he has developed which has led him to becoming a nationally recognised artist.

Shane was named Mankitya which translates to ‘the scarred one’ by his Kaurna family and Elders.

Community development has been an essential part of Shane career. He is a family member of Kuma Kaaru who provide cultural services for community. He has created programs such as Street Dreamz Community Arts, First Nations Jiu Jitsu and most recently opened Second Nature Aus Studio where he shares his knowledge with young people and devotes time to many other community-based initiatives.

With intentional, incremental, directional movement to dismantle, deconstruct, connect and reconfigure aspects of life to shift perception, cause action and create a dialogue between both worlds.

Inspired by both street and country environments, nature and urban landscapes, his people and his lived experience.

Zhuzhu (Guiyong Zhu)
Fringe 2025

Zhuzhu (Guiyong Zhu), an Adelaide-based artist, holds a Bachelor of Mural Art (2011) and a Master of Property from the University of Adelaide (2020). She is a multi-disciplinary artist who brings her creative vision to life through a range of mediums, including murals, paintings, sculptures, and Jewellery.  

With an insatiable curiosity for art forms and materials, Zhuzhu worked as an art consultant for three years, collaborating closely with interior designers and architects in Shanghai. Her participation in art projects for star hotels, urban landscapes, and residential developments showcases her versatility and pursuit of artistic excellence. Her artwork “Mirror” series won the Academy of Fine Arts ‘Morning Light Award’ and was permanently collected by the Shandong University of Arts, China in 2011. Her artwork has also achieved several prizes in China.

Since her relocation to Adelaide, Zhuzhu’s murals and sculptures have been featured in public places around South Australia., while her paintings have been showcased in galleries, hotels, and wine centers.  Her self-portrait oil painting was selected as a finalist for the Gallery One Smallacombe Portrait Prize 2023 and sold. Her jewelry pieces are available for purchase at Gallery M and Murray Bridge Gallery. Her abstract painting “Hope” won the Second Prize in the 2D Category at the Murray Bridge Rotary Art Show 2024.

Zhuzhu’s artistic focus lies in public art, where she seamlessly integrates artistic expression with building environment awareness, transforming public spaces into vibrant hubs of creativity and cultural significance. Her immersive installations and murals engage communities, spark dialogue, and redefine public spaces as dynamic platforms for artistic expression.

Driven by a passion for placemaking and community engagement, Zhuzhu collaborates with local councils and organizations to enrich the cultural fabric of cities through her art. Her fresh perspective and innovative approach infuse every project with vitality and relevance. 

With a Master of Property degree informing her artistic practice, Zhuzhu is uniquely positioned to navigate the intersection of art, building environment, and community engagement. Her work invites viewers to reimagine their relationship with the built environment and experience the city as a canvas for creative expression.

Will Cheesman
SALA 2025

Will is an artist based in Tarntanya Adelaide on unceded Kaurna Yerta. His practice interweaves inclusivity, care and collaboration. His shifting and responsive methodology of practice emerges from a background in collective actions.

Living in squats in Europe and working in remote Indigenous communities he interweaves art practice with studies of Queer Permaculture, seasonal rituals and outdoor living. 

Recent projects include Tree Dreaming 2023, Create4Adelaide WCHospital, Wing Story 2023, Scotch College, Understory 2022, Post Office Projects, Port Adelaide, Weeds Weeding 2023, Heysen Sculpture Biennial, Until the Cows Come Home 2024, public art for Rural City of Murray Bridge, and Sea Stars 2022, sculptures embed into the Port Noarlunga Jetty, City of Onkaparinga. Current projects include fabrication of permanent public art for Beach Road, City of Onkaparinga and a residency at JPE Design Studio.

Monika Morgenstern
Fringe 2026

Monika Morgenstern, a contemporary visual artist born in Germany and currently residing on Ngarrindjeri Country in Strathalbyn, South Australia, is known for her investigation into colour as a mystical material.

Morgenstern’s gained a Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours in 2014 at the Adelaide Central School of Art, Adelaide. In 2021 she received an independent makers Arts SA grant, where she acquired expertise in using glass as a medium, and the Guildhouse Catapult mentorship, where she collaborated with Sasha Grbich, an artist, writer, and lecturer known for her responsive work with places and communities. And in 2022 she received an Arts South Australia fellowship in which she explored colour as a mystical substance, pushing the boundaries of her practice.

In 2023 she received the Eran Svigos award for the exhibition titled “I Dwell in Possibility.” Additionally, she earned the Fringe Best Visual Art & Design weekly award for the same exhibition. In 2023 she exhibited “Wordless Silence” at the Barossa Regional Gallery and created an immersive and contemplative visual experience over two rooms.

Monika Morgenstern has been consistently shortlisted, including the Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize in 2022 and 2023, the Heysen Prize for Landscape in 2018, 2019, and 2020, and the Tatiara Contemporary Art Prize in 2021 and 2023.

Earlier in her career, her work was shortlisted for the 2018 SALA Latent Photography Prize. In 2018 her video work “Visitors of the Night” was featured at the Adelaide Festival Centre, and “I am the Wind,” was shown at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery and Praxis Artspace in 2022.

More recently, in 2023/24, her work featured at Lake Macquarie’s Museum of Art and Culture “Shifter” exhibition.