Image: Christine Cholewa and Deb Jones, Ways of seeing, 2019, commissioned by Uniting Communities with support from Guildhouse, photograph Craig Arnold.

Uniting Communities – U City 

Commissioned by Uniting Communities with support from Guildhouse

Uniting Communities invited Guildhouse to engage local artists to create works that reflected U City’s vision of inclusiveness and connection, its commitment to sustainability, and the organisation’s long history of operating from the site in the city’s Market District. Guildhouse supported Uniting Communities through the process of identifying opportunities and potential artists, briefing, concept development and fabrication. The resulting artworks throughout the interior and exterior of the building are a nod to the original site (the old Maughan Church), whilst also looking forward to the organisations current vision.

Uniting Communities came to Guildhouse with a goal to invite South Australian artists to tell their stories of identity, of place, and culture. Together, we wanted to celebrate the past and be curious and open to the future. This project demonstrates the capacity of the private and NFP [not-for-profit] sector to play a lead role in creating vital opportunities for artists and audiences to coalesce. I applaud Uniting Communities for their vision.

Emma Fey

CEO Guildhouse

Read more about the project in “South Australian artists look to the past to enrich U City’s future” published by InReview on 25 February 2020.