The Collections Project

Honor Freeman, Shape of Tears (detail), 2019, porcelain. Photograph Grant Hancock.

The Collections Project is a collaborative project between Guildhouse, the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, Flinders University Art Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

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.

Being able to respond to AGSA’s collection is an incredible privilege. The project has allowed me to explore new directions within my work whilst working with the support of a phenomenal team of people. The Collections Project is one of the most challenging and rewarding projects I have done.

Zoe Kirkwood

The Collections Project with the Art Gallery of South Australia, 2016.

Not only was The Collections Project a huge boost for the visibility of my work, and an amazing opportunity to connect with very insightful people; it allowed me to redirect my work with guidance and feedback which gave me the confidence to create something I had not originally envisioned. I feel unbelievably lucky and grateful for this opportunity.

Kate Kurucz

The Collections Project with the Art Gallery of South Australia, 2016.

Explore The Collection Projects

The Collections Project: Jake Holmes

The Collections Project Jake Holmes Writing the climate Flinders University Art Museum 7 October - 13 November, 2019   Thursday 10 October, 20193 - 4pm | Artist Talk in conversation with curator Madeline Reece4-5pm | Exhibition launch   South Australian...

The Collections Project: Cynthia Schwertsik

The Collections Project Cynthia Schwertsik: UTE-ilitarian 29 July - 30 August, 2019 Flinders University Art Museum Exhibition Events: Performative artist talk, in conversation and launch: Thursday 8 August, 3 - 5pm. Lunchbox lecture: Tuesday 13 August, 12 - 12:15pm...

The Collections Project: Honor Freeman

Honor Freeman, Shape of tears (detail), 2019, porcelain. Photograph Grant Hancock.   The Collections Project Honor Freeman: Ghost objects July 27 - September 29, 2019 Art Gallery of South Australia Official Launch: 2 August, 2019 As part of the Art Gallery of...

The Collections Project: Kath Inglis

Image: Kath Inglis, Epiphyte Brooch, 2019. Photograph Grant Hancock.   The Collections Project Kath Inglis: of uncertain value July 14 - September 29, 2019. Santos Museum of Economic BotanyAdelaide Botanic Garden Opening: Sunday 14 July, 2019. 3pm Guildhouse and...

The Collections Project: Gail Hocking

Peripheral Disturbance: Wandering Between Worlds The Collections Project Flinders University Art Museum 6 October – 30 November 2018 Gail Hocking works across sculpture, installation, site-specific works and new media. Through an exploration of a transient state of...

The Collections Project: Heidi Kenyon

From little things ... The Collections Project Botanic Gardens of South Australia 18 June - 29 July 2018 Heidi Kenyon’s contemporary sculpture and installation practice is motivated by the curious complexities and stories embedded within found objects and common...

The Collection Projects Events

The Collections Project: Jake Holmes, ‘Writing the climate’

Image: Jake Holmes Writing the climate (A), 2019, screenprint, colour inks on paper. Photograph Flinders University Art Museum. © the artist.   Thursday October 10, 2019 3 - 4pm | Artist Talk in conversation with curator Madeline Reece 4 - 5pm | Exhibition Launch...


Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

The international Craft Film Festival comes to South Australia Guildhouse is thrilled to be hosting the South Australian premiere of Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival. Real to Reel is an international short film festival curated by Crafts Council UK aimed at...

Monthly Advice Bank: January 2020

Tuesday 21 January 2020 10 am – 2 pm Pricing: Members: free Location: Guildhouse Presenter: Guildhouse Executive Officer Victoria Bowes and Artistic Programs Manager Debbie Pryor. Monthly Advice Bank sessions for Members Book in for one-on-one advice with Guildhouse’...