The Collections Project with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Research within the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra archival and living collection
  • Responding digital work displayed on the Adelaide Festival Centre external screen
  • One artist recipient or artist team
  • $7,500 artist fee (per artist or artist team)

Following on from the inaugural partnership in 2020 between Guildhouse, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Festival Centre, the 2022 Collections Project will connect visual artists with musicians and composers, and public cultural spaces to result in the creation and presentation of new digital artwork.

Situated within the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, a South Australian visual artist will undertake research and create new media-based work in response to the ASO as a ‘living collection’ – engaging with the ASO through access to key members of the orchestra, rehearsals and performances, or co-composition opportunities using graphic scores. The work created will include a digital outcome, and will be presented on the Adelaide Festival Centre external screen as part of SALA 2022. A printed catalogue, in addition to digital documentation of the project and its creative processes and outcomes, will accompany the exhibition.

Further information will be available via an online conversation with ASO and Guildhouse staff unpacking frequently asked questions and providing more information on the research opportunities within the archival and living collections. Details available soon.


One of Guildhouse’s key objectives is to promote contemporary visual art, craft and design. The Guildhouse Collections Project provides a unique opportunity for Guildhouse to promote our members to broad, new and diverse audiences.

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 following activities will be undertaken by the recipient

Research, development and production of new work will be undertaken over an extended period. This will enable the selected artist/s to produce well considered, high quality creative outcomes that reflect their extensive engagement with ASO. The activities undertaken during this period will include:

  • consulting and interacting with specialist ASO and Guildhouse staff
  • accessing collections relevant to their area of interest
  • developing and producing new work appropriate to their research

Both ASO and Guildhouse feel it is essential that selected artists take full advantage of this research opportunity in order to produce innovative and complex work that thoroughly engages with their area of interest.

The Exhibition
The new digital work produced will be presented on the external screen at Adelaide Festival Centre. Additional screening options may also be available.

Guildhouse will commission professional documentation of the work and/or exhibition for the purpose of promoting the artist, their work and the program.

Public Programs
A program of artist talks and academic and community engagement activities will be developed in support of the program. These activities should relate to the ideas and creative processes associated with the project.

Guildhouse will conduct an evaluation process of the project to gain important information about the success of the program outcomes. Participating artists will contribute to this process by producing a short report at the end of their project.

Project Dates

Tuesday 10 August – Applications open
Monday 13 September, 9am – Applications close
Mid October 2021 – Successful applicants notified
October 2021 – Successful applicants begin research
August 2022 – SALA presentation at Adelaide Festival Centre

How to Apply

Proposals must include:

  • A completed application form, including your personal details, project details, a brief description of the project (30 words or less) and your preferred project period (if any).
  • A project outline (maximum 1 page only at 11pt font), including a brief description of your practice, your motivation for applying to the project responding to the ASO. Please note, the project is intended to provide participants with the opportunity to undertake a period of research and development of new work and thus it is not anticipated that applications include details of the work to be produced.
  • A current CV (maximum 2 pages).
  • A PDF or PowerPoint of six (6) high quality images of recent work with artwork details, including title, date, medium and dimensions. (If applying as a team, four images per artist are allowed). *Applicants are asked to re-size their images to screen size before creating the PDF or PowerPoint.
Selection Process
  • The Guildhouse Collections Project 2021 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 ASO;
  • Capacity to deliver the project proposal outcomes to a high standard of craftsmanship 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 ASO, AFC and Guildhouse.
  • Short listed applicants will be required to attend a short interview with the selection committee. Times and dates to be advised.
  • Successful artists will be notified by mid October 2021.
Artist Fees
  • Selected individual artists or artist teams will be paid a total fee of $7,500 (ex. GST).
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday 13 September 2021, 9am

Artists are strongly advised to discuss their proposals with Guildhouse staff before making an application.

Book a 30 minute Zoom or phone appointment with Guidlhouse Artistsic Programs Manager Debbie Pryor 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

If these appointment times are booked out or unsuitable, please contact Debbie on 8410 1822 or to set up an alternative time.

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

View the application form here.

Images (L-R): Michael Kutschbach, Fuliguline (installation view), 2021, photograph Claudio Raschella.