The Guildhouse Collections Project with the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia 2019 provides artists with the opportunity to research the Botanic Garden’s extensive historical and living collections.  Beginning in February 2019, the research period will allow time for an artist to create responsive new work for exhibition at the Museum of Economic Botany in July 2019. The Collections Project has a rich history of connecting artists with state institutions, examples of previous collaborations with Flinders University Art Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia and the Museum of Economic Botany can be found here.

Guildhouse is committed to to promoting contemporary visual art, craft and design and supporting artists’ career development. The Collections Project provides a unique opportunity for artists to share their work with new and diverse audiences.

Treasure lies within the living and historic collections of the Adelaide Botanic Garden, and it was a thrill to unearth some of it.

This project was a significant professional development opportunity for me as a mid career artist, and gave me the impetus to explore and invest in new directions for my practice. The resultant body of experimental new work has already acted as a springboard for further opportunities, and has enabled me to build my audience base. It is likely that the impact of this residency will continue to unfold for years to come.

With the support of Guildhouse and the Museum of Economic Botany I was given the freedom to pursue independent research and the valuable opportunity to connect with professional staff and passionate volunteers across a range of disciplines, enriching the narrative of my work.
– Heidi Kenyon, 2018 The Collections Project, Museum of Economic Botany recipient

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5PM Thursday 31 January 2018

The core aims of the project are to:

  • promote public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of visual art, craft and design
  • provide economic and artistic opportunities for creative professionals
  • offer professional development opportunities for visual art, craft and design practitioners
  • develop new and diverse audiences for participants




  • The Collections Project 2018 is open to artists/artist teams who are Guildhouse Accredited, Allied or Associate Members. For more information on becoming a Guildhouse Accredited or Associate member go to:

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic Merit;
  • Strength of research and project proposal, including your interest in working with MEB;
  • Potential for engaging MEB visitors through visual art, craft and/or design
  • Capacity to deliver the project proposal outcomes to a high standard and in a professional manner.                                                                                                                                                                       

Short Listing and Final Selection

  • Proposals that best meet the selection criteria will be shortlisted by Guildhouse.
  • Final selection will be made by a selection committee comprised of representatives of the Botanic Gardens and Guildhouse.
  • Short listed applicants may also be required to attend a short interview with the selection committee. Times and dates to be advised.
  • Successful artists will be notified by mid February 2018

Artist Fees

  • Selected individual artists or artist teams will be paid a total fee of $4000 (ex. GST).
  • $2000 will be paid initially upon signing of contracts.
  • A final payment of $2000 will be issued on acceptable completion of the project and submission of an artistic report.

All enquiries regarding The Guildhouse Collections Project application process should be directed to Guildhouse.

Image: Heidi Keynon, From little things… (i) 2018, Eucalyptus camaldulensis sapling, U1 device with musical instrument digital interface, speaker, mixed media, 200 x 100 x 100cm