2023 sees the fifth iteration of the Guildhouse Fellowship, valued at over $50,000 and awarded annually to one South Australian mid-career visual artist, craftsperson or designer. 

The Fellowship is generously supported by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation and is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA). 

This Fellowship is intended for artists who have moved beyond the early years of their practice; they have a distinct artistic expression, and seek an expansive opportunity to explore, research and create. The Fellowship will be awarded to an artist who can demonstrate its instrumentality to their arts practice – and thus – their contribution to the ambition and artistic excellence of the visual arts sector in South Australia. 

The Guildhouse Fellowship offers a transformative opportunity for one mid-career South Australian visual artist each year, including $35,000 to support research and development, including the creation of new work. Delivered in partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia, the opportunity will include the presentation of new work at the Gallery.  

The establishment of this Fellowship acknowledges the expanse of artistic talent in South Australia. The Fellowship is of national importance – providing South Australian artists with a pivotal opportunity to accelerate and expand their practice.

Lisa Slade

Assistant Director, Art Gallery of South Australia

This project offers a significant opportunity for one artist – but it signals to the entire community that we continue to invest in excellent work by South Australian artists, with a legacy well beyond the immediate award.

Applications close Tuesday 22 August, 9:00am ACST.

Please ensure you read the information below thoroughly before commencing your application.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
What is included
  • A $35,000 artist fee to support research and development, materials, etc.
  • Professional interpretative documentation, practice and material specific, developed with the artist.
  • A presentation outcome with AGSA following the Fellowship.
Presentation outcome
  • The presentation outcome is a valuable extension of the core intentions of the Fellowship.
  • The presentation outcome may include but are not limited to an event, performance, exhibition etc.
  • The presentation outcome will be planned in conjunction with the artist, AGSA and Guildhouse to extend and respond to your practice.
  • Applications open Monday 10 July 2023, 9am
  • Applications close Tuesday 22 August 2023, 9am
  • Announcement of recipient October 2023
  • The selected recipient will undertake the Fellowship over a 12–18 month period. The beginning date of the Fellowship is likely to be November 2023 and this will be confirmed with the recipient.
  • Presenting in 2025
Selection Criteria
  • Potential impact of the Fellowship on your practice.
  • Viability of your proposal including relevance to your practice and timeline.
  • The strength of your artistic career.
  • Quality and/or diversity of your previous work.

Shortlisted applicants may be approached for an interview as part of the selection process.

Selection Panel

The selection panel will be comprised of representatives from:

  • AGSA,
  • Guildhouse, and
  • an established national artist/curator
Application Checklist

Address the following questions via text OR video:

  • Proposal summary (150 words)
  • Biography (max 1 page)
  • Artist statement including (250 words)
    • The key ideas and goals that drive you to create
    • How you define your artistic practice as mid-career
  • Proposed activity – what will you do during the Fellowship period, and how will it lead to the development of new work? (1 page)
  • What impact do you believe the Fellowship will have on your practice? (250 words)
  • Support material (including two references, up to 10 high quality images/video links (max 10 mins), and CV)

Please respond to the criteria through the application form either via VIDEO or WRITTEN TEXT, applications not responding to the criteria will not be considered eligible. Please be in contact if you have any queries about this.

One-on-One Appointments

Applicants are strongly advised to book an appointment with Guildhouse Artistic Programs Manager Samantha Faehrmann to discuss their applications before submission.

Book an appointment here. Times are available throughout July and August 2023. 

Ahead of your meeting, please make sure that you have:

  • Read the application guidelines above.
  • Read the FAQ’s.
  • Developed ideas for research or development for your Fellowship project to discuss during the meeting.

Meetings are available via zoom or over the phone.


For more information please read the FAQ sheet here.

  • Applicants are strongly advised to book a one-on-one appointment with Guildhouse Artistic Programs Manager Samantha Faehrmann to discuss their applications before submission via the booking link.
  • Our Grant Writing Toolkit is filled with great advice about how to put your best application forward. Included in the Toolkit are links to advice for writing artist statements and your CV.
  • Nexus Arts offers a grant writing support service for artists from culturally diverse and First Nations backgrounds: WRITE UP. Contact Nexus directly to organise a time to discuss your application. Please note: Nexus are unable to meet with new applicants in the week prior to a round’s closing date.
The Guildhouse Fellowship In Conversation

Hear past and presenting Guildhouse Fellows – Troy-Anthony Baylis, Sera Waters and Liam Fleming – in an in-person panel discussion, exploring their experiences and the impact of the Fellowship on their practices. 

Hear more

Hear firsthand from Guildhouse Fellows Troy-Anthony Baylis, Sera Waters and Liam Fleming about their experiences:

In Conversation with Troy-Anthony Baylis and Rhana Devenport

In Conversation with Sera Waters and Lisa Slade

In Conversation with Liam Fleming and Rebecca Evans

For further information, please contact Samantha Faehrmann, Artistic Programs Manager at samantha.faehrmann@guildhouse.org.au or on (08) 8410 1822.