The Collections Project
Call Out

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.

The Guildhouse Collections Project with

  • Flinders University Museum of Art
  • The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia, at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany
  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with Adelaide Festival Centre

Guildhouse proudly launches three The Collections Project call outs, with each partner institution nominating fields within their collection for response. Across three institutions five artists will be awarded the opportunity, with three artists working within the Flinders University Museum of Art collection.

In addition to the public presentation of new works responding to a collection through the artist lens in 2022 and 2023, print and/or digital catalogues will be produced, in addition to digital documentation of each project and its creative processes and outcomes.

Applications open from Tuesday 10 August
Closing Monday 13 September, 9am

Guildhouse and The Collections Project presenting partners are committed to working with artists from diverse backgrounds and nominate at least one recipient to be from the First Nations community.

The core aims of the project are to:

  • promote public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of visual art, craft and design
  • to activate museum and institution collections in new ways
  • provide economic and artistic opportunities for South Australian creative professionals
  • offer professional development opportunities for visual art, craft and design practitioners
  • develop new and diverse audiences for participants
  • demonstrating value and respect for the collection

For more information scroll down to view the available collections within each institution and any affiliated information sessions. Contact Debbie Pryor Guildhouse Artistic Programs Manager on 8410 1822 for further details.

Book a 30 minute Zoom or phone appointment with Debbie to discuss your application using the link below. Appointments are available on:

Monday 30 August, 11am – 2pm
Wednesday 1 September, 3pm – 5pm
Thursday 2 September, 3pm – 5pm
Friday 3 September, 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 8 September, 9am – 11.30am

This opportunity is open to South Australia-based Guildhouse financial members.

The Collections

Flinders University Museum of Art

FUMA is a cultural facility responsible for preserving, developing and presenting the University’s contemporary and historical collections of art and connecting them with students and staff. With over 8000 works of art in its care, they are one of the largest University art collections in Australia.

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

Home to an amazing permanent collection, dating back 130 years, the Santos Museum of Economic Botany is the last Museum of its kind in the world. Artists working with BGSH will not only have access to this collection but also the Garden’s living collection, library & State Herbarium.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with Adelaide Festival Centre

For over 80 years, the ASO has been there to corroborate life and contribute to South Australia’s identity. Today the ASO plays a major role in Adelaide’s cultural and economic vibrancy, and enriches the community through a diverse program of world-class performances.

Images (L-R): Michael Kutschbach, fuliguline (HD digital video still), 2021, photograph courtesy the artist; Ray Harris, Ritual Nature (installation view), 2021, photograph Brianna Speight, courtesy FUMA; Kath Inglis, of uncertain value (installation view), 2019, photograph Daniel Marks; Michael Kutschbach, fuliguline (installation view), 2021, photograph Claudio Raschella.