The Guildhouse Fellowship, valued at over $50,000, will be awarded annually to one South Australian mid-career visual artist, craftsperson or designer. In 2020 we will award the second Guildhouse Fellowship.

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

Given the enormity of the situation facing the artistic community at this time, we acknowledge the importance of continuing to offer South Australian artists ambitious opportunities.

Our valued Artist Advisory Group has noted ‘This level of support and investment in mid-career artists is exactly what we need right now’.

Lisa Slade, Assistant Director at AGSA has said, ‘The Fellowship is of national importance – providing South Australian artists with a pivotal opportunity to accelerate and expand their practice.’

The Fellowship 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.

The 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.

Applications close Monday 20 July, 5 pm.

‘As a mid-career artist, receiving the Guildhouse Fellowship has been a transformative experience that has given me the freedom to focus exclusively on my practice. Most importantly, the Guildhouse Fellowship has contributed to a new confidence in myself, to reflect on my life’s work to date, and has reignited my drive to realise the full potential of my art practice.’

Troy-Anthony Baylis

Recipient of the inaugural Guildhouse Fellowship, 2019

The Guildhouse Fellowship: In Conversation with Rhana Devenport and Troy-Anthony Baylis

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 outcomes
  • Presentation outcomes may include but are not limited to an event, performance, exhibition, incursion etc.
  • The presentation outcomes will be planned in conjunction with the artist, AGSA and Guildhouse to extend and respond to your practice.

  • Applications open Thursday 9 April 2020
  • Applications close Monday 20 July 2020
  • Announcement of recipient August 2020
  • The selected recipient will undertake the Fellowship over a 12-month period. The beginning date of the Fellowship is likely to be August 2020 and this will be confirmed as the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic unfold. The presentation outcome at AGSA will take place in the subsequent 12-month period.

  • Mid-career visual artist, craftsperson or designer.
  • Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia, born or living in South Australia.
  • Guildhouse financial member.

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 interview as part of the selection process.

Selection Panel

The selection panel will be comprised of representatives from:

  • AGSA
  • Guildhouse
  • An established artist

Application Checklist
  • 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 (max two references, up to 10 high quality images/video links (max 10 mins), CV)

Further Information 

For more information please read the FAQ sheet below.

One-on-One Appointments

Contact Artistic Programs Manager Debbie Pryor on or 8410 1822 to discuss your application or arrange a meeting on screen or on the phone.

Face-to-face meetings are available via screen on the following days:
Wednesday 3 June 11 am – 1 pm
Thursday 18 June 11 am – 3 pm
Wednesday 24 June 2 pm – 5 pm
Thursday 2 July 12 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday 8 July 2 pm – 5 pm
Tuesday 14 July 1 pm – 3 pm