The Guildhouse Fellowship

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

The Guildhouse 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. It is awarded to artists 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 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 AGSA 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.

Guildhouse Fellows

2021: Liam Fleming

2021 Fellow Liam Fleming is recognised for his unique sculptural objects which playfully test the constraints of glassblowing. Using a kiln to perform ‘controlled demolition’ of his work, he explores the complicated relationship between craft, art, design and architecture. A graduate of the prestigious JamFactory Associate program, Fleming is a finalist in AGSA’s 2021 Ramsay Art Prize and has exhibited extensively including at Melbourne Design Week and, internationally, at London Design Week, Milan Design Week and in Berlin for Australia Now.

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2020: Sera Waters

Sera Waters’ practice is driven by an investigation of truth-telling, informed by her own settler colonial inheritances, made manifest in home-craft, hand-based folk ingenuity, décor, pattern and textiles. Arcing from the historical evidence to contemporary manifestations, Waters casts light on these seemingly innocuous and unofficial objects as potent reminders of normalised traditions and hierarchies of gender and colonisation. As Waters explains, ‘Led by a feminist ethics of care and literally taking matter into my hands, I transform matter to present alternative pathways into a more survivable future.’

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2019: Troy-Anthony Baylis

Nomenclatures

Nomenclatures explores the legacies of colonialism, migration and historical amnesia by literally weaving together the changing place names of South Australian towns. Troy-Anthony Baylis has researched the Nomenclature Act of 1917 and added another layer to the reading of the work through the embroidery of the Aboriginal place names in Kaurna language over the German and English names. In doing so he has reinstated the unceded lands in an act of typographic decolonisation.

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Fellowship exhibitions, news & events

The Guildhouse Fellowship Announcement 2021

Guildhouse, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation are delighted to announce South Australian glassblower, artist and designer Liam Fleming as the 2021 Guildhouse Fellow.

The Guildhouse Fellowship 2021 Call Out

Closing Monday 14 June, 9am

Applications are now open the Guildhouse Fellowship, valued at over $50,000 and awarded annually to one South Australian mid-career visual artist, craftsperson or designer.

The Guildhouse Fellowship: In Conversation with Sera Waters and Lisa Slade

Wednesday 28 April, 11am

Join 2020 Guildhouse Fellow Sera Waters in conversation with AGSA Associate Director, Artistic Programs, Lisa Slade as they discuss the impact of the Fellowship.

The Guildhouse Fellowship Announcement 2020

Guildhouse, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation are delighted to announce South Australian visual artist Sera Waters as the 2020 Guildhouse Fellow.

Troy-Anthony Baylis: Nomenclatures

8 August 2020 – 21 January 2021

Inaugural Guildhouse Fellow Troy-Anthony Baylis explores the legacies of colonialism, migration and historical amnesia by literally weaving together the changing place names of South Australian towns.

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

Tuesday 16 June 2020, 11.30am

AGSA Director, Rhana Devenport ONZM and inaugural Guildhouse Fellow Troy-Anthony Baylis discuss the impact of a Fellowship on an artist’s practice.

Images (L-R): Troy-Anthony Baylis, Nomenclature (Klemzig), (detail), 2020, photograph Saul Steed; Ramsay Art Prize 2021 featuring Liam Fleming with the work Post-Production, 2020, photograph Saul Steed; Sera Waters with her work Falling: Line by Line, 2018 for the Ramsay Art Prize, photograph Nat Rogers; Troy-Anthony Baylis in the studio, 2020, photograph Sia Duff; Ramsay Art Prize 2021 featuring Liam Fleming with the work Post-Production, 2020, photograph Saul Steed; Sera Waters in her studio, 2020, photograph Sia Duff; Sera Waters with her work Falling: Line by Line, 2018 for the Ramsay Art Prize, photograph Nat Rogers; Troy-Anthony Baylis, Nomenclatures (installation view), 2020, photograph Saul Steed; Emma Fey, Troy-Anthony Baylis, and Rhana Devenport. Photograph: Saul Steed.