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.

The Guildhouse Fellowship is critically important to the sustainability of artistic excellence in South Australia. This is a nationally significant opportunity for artistic development, enabling mid-career artists to push boundaries and contribute to our cultural conversation. AGSA is delighted to continue our partnership with Guildhouse and the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation to support this vital opportunity for South Australian artists.

Rhana Devenport

Director, Art Gallery of South Australia

Liam Fleming

In Conversation with Liam Fleming and Rebecca Evans

Join 2021 Guildhouse Fellow Liam Fleming and AGSA Curator of Decorative Arts & Design, Rebecca Evans as they discuss the impact of a Fellowship on an artist’s practice. Learn more about what the Guildhouse Fellowship can do for your practice.

Guildhouse Fellows

2022: Tom Phillips

2022 Fellow Tom Phillips paints from a place of personal experience, highlighting issues of social justice and capturing everyday experiences of loneliness, alienation, vulnerability and hardship. The subjects of his figurative paintings are often naked or stripped bare, set in domestic, urban and post-industrial surroundings and built up in gestural layers of oil paint and oil pastels. Phillips has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions nationally and his works are held in private and public collections in Australia and New Zealand. 

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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 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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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.