The Collections Project 2017 EOI

Domenico de Clario, Yellow ectoplasm (store room) 2013 (full caption below)

The Collections Project is a collaborative project between Guildhouse, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Botanic Gardens of South Australia and Flinders University Art Museum, with previous project partners including the Adelaide City Council and the South Australian Museum. This unique project provides artists the opportunity to research an area of one of the institution’s collections and develop new work for exhibition. The development and exhibition of work produced when creative practitioners undertake research at such institutions not only allows for new interpretations of their collections but also results in new audience experiences and develops new audiences for creative professionals.

Call for Applications

Applications are now open for The Collections Project 2017 with Flinders University Art Museum (FUAM). A collaborative project between Guildhouse and the Art Museum, the project will provide selected artists with the opportunity to respond to the University’s extensive collection of art and develop new work for exhibition at Flinders University’s Bedford Park campus. FUAM have a proud and active history of opening their extraordinary and diverse collections to contemporary artists. Importantly, these endeavours have proved significant professional development opportunities for emerging and established artists while activating FUAM’s collection in innovative new ways.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 9am Wednesday 5 April 2017

Artists will receive a $4000 artist fee.

Read the Project Guidelines for more information

The Collections Project Application Form


FUAM houses the University’s art collection, which encompasses more than 8,000 works, making it one of the largest University art collections in Australia.

It has four major collection areas including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art;
  • European Prints from the Renaissance through to Modernism;
  • Conceptual Australian Art from the 1960s and 1970s; and
  • Australian political posters.

FUAM also has smaller collections including colonial and 20th century Australian Art, Indigenous art from Papua New Guinea, North America and Africa; and Japanese woodblock prints.


Artists working with FUAM will have the opportunity to develop work for presentation at the Flinders University Bedford Park campus (not the City Gallery in the State Library Building on North Tce). This site offers many conventional and less conventional spaces for the exhibition and presentation of works. The recently launched Student Hub and Plaza for example boasts a terraced amphitheatre – including Super Screen – with a capacity for 2,000 people. Extending from the hub are the beautiful, natural surrounds of Bedford Park campus including its Central Lake. We envisage ephemeral installations by the lake; video works on the Super Screen; or pop-up exhibitions that activate and engage with the Hub and Plaza and associated communities.

The University’s cohort of 25,000 students and 2,000 staff represents a captive audience for project outcomes. Audiences beyond the University will also be targeted by aligning the exhibition and public programs resulting from The Collections Project with the South Australia Living Artists Festival in 2017 and 2018.

Tour of FUAM

Before making an application, artists are strongly advised to participate in a tour of the Flinders University Art Museum collection and Bedford campus during which the scope of the project, including access to the collection and presentation options, will be discussed.

Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017
Time: 2pm (Please note: the time may vary, depending on the size of the tour group)
Location: Flinders University Art Museum, Ground Floor, Social Sciences North Building (off carpark 5, Humanities Rd), Flinders University, Sturt Road, Bedford Park
*Please allow plenty of time for parking and navigating the campus.

Register here for the tour


Image caption: Domenico de Clario (Australian) born Italy 1947 lives Northcote, Victoria. Yellow ectoplasm (store room) 2013, performance / installation in Flinders University Art Museum collection store, Bedford Park, South Australia video, DVD, 24 minutes duration. Gift of the artist Flinders University Art Museum Collection 4814, Photograph and video edited by Lisa Harms. Image © the artist and Lisa Harms



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Liz Williams – Botanic Gardens of South Australia


Kate Kurucz – Art Gallery of South Australia
Zoe Kirkwood – Art Gallery of South Australia


Jason Sims – Art Gallery of South Australia
Raymond Zada – Art Gallery of South Australia
Maarten Daudeij – Art Gallery of South Australia

Dan Withey  – Adelaide City Council Library and Archives
Chris De Rosa – Adelaide City Council Library and Archives


Deidre But-Husaim – Art Gallery of South Australia
Dan Withey – Art Gallery of South Australia
Deborah Prior – South Australian Museum