Wednesday 25 August, 1pm 

Location: Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Featuring: Visual artists Laura Wills and Louise Flaherty, Adelaide Botanic Gardens Learning Partnership Manager Kelly Bramhill and Guildhouse Artistic Programs Manager Debbie Pryor

The Guildhouse Collections Project with The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia, at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany

Laura Wills and Louise Flaherty:  Plant Notes 

Artist Talk & 2021 Call Out Information Session

Join Laura Wills and Louise Flaherty for an artist talk discussing Plant Notes their The Collections Project research and exhibition on Wednesday 25 August at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany (MEB). 

Researching within the SA Seed Conservation Centre and the Botanic Gardens Library, Laura Wills and Louise Flaherty bring together their respective research processes to investigate the personal and environmental effects of native seed extinction. 

With the starting point of an ephemeral drawing project, the exhibition and associated sound work and workshops celebrate Adelaide’s flora and highlight human and plant relationships with a focus on South Australian native seeds that are extinct and threatened. This reflective and celebratory project comments on destructive colonisation and the beauty of nature by looking closely at seeds and their life giving potential. 

Follow Laura and Louise’s research and workshops at and view their Vitalstatistix residency with Belinda Gehlert and Naomi Keyte here. 

This session will be followed by a in conversation with Adelaide Botanic Gardens Learning Partnership Manager Kelly Bramhill and Guildhouse Artistic Programs Manager Debbie Pryor about the 2021 application process and potential outcomes.

About The Collections Project 

The Collections Project is a collaborative project between Guildhouse and South Australia’s state institutions. 

This unique project provides artists the opportunity to research an area of one of the institution’s collections and develop new work for exhibition. Championing the art and artists of our time while celebrating our cultural, historic and scientific heritage, The Collections Project has the demonstrated ability to provide new audience experiences while delivering long-term benefits to the artistic and career development of participating artists. 

Photographs and/or video may be taken at this event. 

By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. 

If you do not wish to be photographed please inform the photographer or a Guildhouse staff member. 

Plant Notes sound development 

Images (L-R): Laura Wills, Vulnerable Cress (detail), 2021, photograph Grant Hancock.