Image: Union Street Printmakers. Photograph: Aise Dillon.

Life, Death and Dying: a community-engaged arts project that investigates and repositions ‘end of life care’ with diverse cultures and the health sector

An exciting and innovative initiative driven by interdisciplinary artist Daniel Connell with Laurel Palliative Care Foundation funded by SA Health.

The project seeks three South Australian artists to work with a film maker, community leaders, art therapists, palliative care educators and clinicians to investigate and reposition the topics of dying, death, loss and grief into positive and accessible presentations.

The project invites three artists to build a series of works which will be presented both as a video documentary and exhibition of completed art works, in April 2021. The making of artworks in response to or collaboration with different members of the South Australian community in dying and death, loss and grief, will become the focus of discrete videos which present the stories and wisdom of senior members of the community to the wider public.

This intimate and unique project will attract artists who are experienced or interested in experiencing working with small groups and developing collaborative working processes.


  • The artists will be required to participate in a day of clinical based training (date TBC), followed by a full day workshop with the community representatives who have experienced grief and loss and have agreed to participate.
  • The artists will be expected to dedicate studio time to producing artworks in response to or in collaboration with the community representatives.
  • The artworks must be ready for documentation by December 2020 and exhibition by April 2021.
  • The artists must be prepared to be filmed and interviewed as part of the documentation process.
Applications open Friday 10 July
Applications close Sunday 26 July, midnight
Artist Fee

$4,065 – an estimate of 14 hours community consultation work, exhibition and material fee.


Start date | August 2020
Workshops commence | TBC
Work completed for documentation | December 2020
Exhibition date | April 2021

Application Process

Applications to be submitted via application form below.


Applicants must address the following criteria:

  • experience in community engagement, interest in and experience in working inter-culturally and collaboratively
  • interest in exploring grief, loss and end of life care
  • two page CV
  • artist biography
  • active Guildhouse membership
  • based in South Australia
Further Information

Contact Daniel Connell on for further information.

Guildhouse is proud to support the artist engagement aspect of this project.