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 ans 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

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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View the 2020 Call Out

2019: Troy-Anthony Baylis

The inaugural recipient of the Guildhouse Fellowship, Troy-Anthony Baylis (b 1976) is a descendant of the Jawoyn people from the Northern Territory, and of Irish ancestry. Troy-Anthony has developed a manifold practice encompassing making, curating, lecturing and research in the visual arts, as well as parallel work with Reconciliation. His large scale text-based works in reconstituted faux-mesh entitled Postcards recently featured in The National at Carriageworks, Sydney.

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View the 2019 Call Out

Fellowship exhibitions, news & events

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

16 June 2020

AGSA Director, Rhana Devenport ONZM and inaugural The Guildhouse Fellowship recipient Troy-Anthony Baylis discussed the impact of a Fellowship on an artist’s practice. Baylis developed new works as part of the Fellowship for presentation at AGSA in 2020.

The Guildhouse Fellowship Announcement 2019

20 June 2020

Guildhouse, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation are delighted to announce that Troy-Anthony Baylis is the inaugural recipient of the Guildhouse Fellowship, aimed at elevating mid-career artists to explore, research and create and extend their practice.

The Guildhouse Fellowship: In Conversation with Lisa Slade and Kirsten Coelho

8 April, 2019

AGSA Assistant Director, Artistic Programs Lisa Slade and internationally renowned local artist Kirsten Coelho discussed the impact of a Fellowship on an artist’s practice. As the recipient of an Arts South Australia Fellowship, Coelho was conducting international research and developed two new bodies of work in porcelain.

Images (L-R): Troy-Anthony Baylis, Nomenclature (Klemzig), (detail), 2020, Adelaide, acrylic and synthetic thread on canvas. 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. Photograph Sia Duff.