Image: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Photograph: Claudio Raschella

Guildhouse is thrilled to partner with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) to present a new Collections Project for 2020 with the Adelaide Festival Centre and the City of Adelaide. This opportunity connects visual artists, musicians and composers, and public cultural spaces to result in the creation and presentation of new digital works of art.

This project will deliver a new iteration of The Collections Project artist research model. It will engage a South Australian visual artist to undertake research and to create new media-based work in response to the ASO as a ‘Collection’ – potentially comprising the ASO archives, Composer in Association and key members of the orchestra. The new work will include a digital outcome, and will be premiered at the Adelaide Town Hall corresponding with a major ASO performance in early 2021, in conjunction with presentation at the Adelaide Festival Centre and across key City of Adelaide venues.

Given the specific presentation opportunities, this Collections Project will target visual artists with a creative practice that incorporates moving image and multi-media.

The Collections Project is an initiative of Guildhouse. In partnership with significant state institutions, the Project provides exceptional South Australian visual artists, craftspeople or designers with the opportunity to access and research collections, collaborate with curators and other experts, leading to the production of new works of art that are exhibited for the benefit of diverse audiences.


The core aims of the project are to:

  • promote public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of visual art, craft and design
  • to activate ASO collections in new ways
  • 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
  • demonstrating value and respect for the collection
Monday 24 February EOI open
Late April Successful recipient begins research
February/March 2021 Presentation

APPLICATION DEADLINE Monday 30 March 2020, 5 pm
  • Download The Collections Project Guidelines for full information before starting your application.
  • Contact Guildhouse to discuss your application, speak with Artistic Programs Manager Debbie Pryor on 8410 0822 or debbie.pryor(at)
  • Apply online here. Please note that the online form does not save an application, it is advised to collate all the information before submitting the form.
  • The Collections Project ASO is open to artists/artist teams who are Guildhouse Accredited, Allied or Associate Members. For more information on becoming a Guildhouse Accredited, Allied or Associate member go to:
Selection Criteria
  • Artistic merit;
  • Strength of research and project proposal, including your interest in working with ASO;
  • Potential for engaging ASO visitors through visual art, craft and/or design
  • Capacity to deliver the project proposal outcomes to a high standard of craftsmanship and in a professional manner.
Shortlisting 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 City of Adelaide, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Festival Centre 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 Wednesday April 15.
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.