Past Artists in Residence

SALA Festival has partnered with various organisations to offer an array of artist-in-residence opportunities to South Australian artists. These residency opportunities allow artists to access extraordinary spaces to make work and develop their arts practice and engage with different sectors of the local community.

View past residencies in the list below.

Artists in Schools Program 
Billy Oakley – Le Fevre High School 
Elizabeth Yanyi Close – Carlton School 

Tutti Artists Residency – Jake Holmes 

Schools Artist in Residence Program, presented in partnership with Credit Union SA:

Avenues College – Thomas Readett
Christies Beach Primary School – Dave Court
Lobethal Primary School – Louise Flaherty
Northern Adelaide Senior College – Jimmy Dodd
The Grove Education Centre – Henry Jock Walker
Stuart High School – Olivia White

Adelaide Studios Artist in Residence

Artist: Madison Bycroft
Known for her video installations and sculptural work which often intersect, Bycroft is a multi award-winning artist whose work has been exhibited all over the world -most recently at this year’s Venice Biennale and the 2019 Milan Design and Architecture Triennale.

Centre for Creative Health
Lee Walter
Host: Royal Adelaide Hospital
Guided by her conversations and cherished interaction with patients and families living with dementia during her residency, Lee Walter created a body of work representing the essence of the time she has spent with each individual. 

Christopher Williams & Therese Williams
Host: Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre
Williams uses the piano as a metaphor for the fragility, beauty and dignity of the human body.

Cassie Thring
Host: Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre
Cassie Thring engages residents of Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre as both makers and explorers, exhibiting their artworks throughout the Centre.

Country Health SA 

Donovan Christie
Josef Felber
Host: Glenside Health Site
Artists Donovan Christie and Josef Felber produce a body of work responding to time spent at the Glenside Acute Psychiatric Unit.

Flinders Medical Centre

Laura Wills
John Blines

Through drawing, investigations and site-specific participatory works, Wills explored the properties of ten medicinal trees; uncovering their uses, manufacture and how they relate to and heal the body. Blines’ Placebo explored the potential of knowing that a treatment has an organic, plant-based origin in making it more acceptable, tolerable and efficacious.

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
Naomi Hunter
Naomi focused on understanding the brain and research into Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. Her glass sculptures and video works explore the interplay between scientific or medicalised knowledge and the role of the lived experience of ‘being a body’.

South Australian Film Corporation
Amos Gebhardt
Host: Adelaide Studios
Gebhardt discusses their moving image practice with a finished work to be displayed at the Samstag Museum during SALA 2020.

Supported by SALA:

Government House Residency Project
Margaret Worth
As One
Host: Government House
The Government House Residency provided Worth with space and time to construct self-directed research culminating in a new sculpture which was displayed in the Government House Grounds during SALA 2019.

Adelaide Festival Centre
Tom Borgas
Elise Bonato
Both artists were given the opportunity to respond to the working life of the Adelaide Festival Centre. Borgas created sculptural and performative works responding to the documentation and presentation of the performing arts.
Bonato created a site-specific video installation responding to the iconic architectural forms of the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Flinders Medical Centre
Bridget Currie
Currie created drawings and sculptural objects which make visible the powerful but often unseen experience of pain.

SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute)
Laura Wills & Anna Dowling

Hosted by The Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, the Heartlines exhibition featured an Indigenous-themed community drawing project. The collaborative drawing evolved across a giant canvas on the floor of the SAHMRI foyer throughout August.

Country Health SA
Thomas Readett
Aston Boyd AKA Bay the Artist
Host: Glenside Health Site
Both artists interacted with patients and staff, researching the possibilities of communicating using artistic practices. The resulting artworks were exhibited in Raj House.

Royal Adelaide Hospital 

Lorry Wedding-Marchioro
Jane Skeer
Wedding-Marchioro produced a series of kinetic sculptural installations which were displayed in several of the small courtyards in the RAH. Skeer responded to the site, installing found material sculptures in the meditative garden spaces of the RAH.

Adelaide Festival Centre
Jane Skeer
Host: Dream BIG Children’s Festival
Interventions – responding to observations of people, objects, and materiality, Skeer seeks to prove that the unwanted is in fact useful, and asks us to rethink our relationship with it. Respecting the life and qualities of the material, her aim is to work collaboratively with material agency to activate it in some way.

Country Health SA
Henry Stentiford & Jade Harland
Host: Glenside Rural & Remote Inpatient Unit
This residency encourages engagement with the staff, consumers and environment of the Glenside campus Mental Health facilities, and ongoing collaboration with the University of South Australia’s Mental Health Research team. It brings together academics, health care workers, artists and everyone in between to seek a better understanding of the process of recovery and the contribution of art.

Jamahl Pollard
Host: Berri Hospital Mental Health Inpatient Unit
Jamahl has lived with vision loss since birth, and said he could relate to some of the feelings experienced by the people he was mentoring. His art sends a message to people to focus on the abilities people have, rather than their disabilities.

Richard Parker
Host: Country Health SA Mental Health Service – Whyalla
Parker created an ambitious, collaborative multimedia project, featuring the production of a short film using a mixture of traditional animation, stop motion and puppetry techniques. The theme of the work was failure, exploring how feelings of failure not only inform our mental health, but also create barriers to innovation and creativity.

Flinders Medical Centre
Steph Fuller
Host: Arts in Health – Department of Medical Imaging
Internal Botany – Fuller proposed to poeticise diagnostic imagery, and spent time in various medical imaging modalities, such as X-ray, Ultrasound, Angiography, Nuclear Medicine, CT and MRI. She then used plants, flowers and garden matter to recreate the shapes and forms seen in her time at the hospital as a series of photographic prints.

SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute)
Sonali Patel
Host: Heart Health theme
A Heart has a Thousand Names – metaphorical explorations of love, transience and transformation. Musings on matters of the heart reflect the interplay of nature’s patterns mirrored within us.

Adelaide Central Market 
Fran Callen
Jam – Central Market moments fed onsite live-art and collaborative tabletop drawing.
Culminating in an installation of mixed media drawing incorporating ‘market appropriate’ media.

Adelaide Festival Centre
James Dodd
A Chat with Fred – in response to the works of Fred Williams that form part of the Festival Centre’s Works of Art Collection, James created a series of new works including a large scale mural and an exhibition. #achatwithfred

Flinders Medical Centre
Jessie Lumb
And then some become strong in the broken places – this project saw works created in the public spaces including foyers, corridors, cafes, gardens – places where art could integrate into people’s lives at unexpected moments.

SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute)
Joy Levins
Hosted by the Nutrition and Metabolism department. Joy explored imaging of the cell and created large scale ‘floating’ glass pieces (both sculptural and wall mounted pieces) so that the observer may imagine and realise the beauty in the minute.

Niki Sperou
Hosted by the department of Infection and Immunity. Niki surveyed the microbes that inhabit our bodies, their movements and variability. Through her residency Niki communicated contemporary narratives associated with microbial identification and tracking.

SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute)
Angela Valamanesh
Host: the Mind Brain Department.
Exploring the most recent medical imaging techniques. The initial outcome was a series of small paintings exhibited in the SAHMRI foyer.

Adelaide Festival Centre
Aurelia Carbone
Q*bert’s Ball – an outdoor art installation incorporating the simple illusion technique known as anamorphosis.

Adelaide Central Market
Laura Wills
Dear Golden Delicious – a participatory installation and gratitude project.

Centennial Park 
Ruth Gregor
Cycle of Life sculpture residency. Stone carving on site – the work is being acquired by Centennial Park to begin a sculptural trail in the Park.

Flinders Medical Centre
John Blines
Book Art Project with cancer patients and/or family. Exploring ‘what does cancer feel like’ and ‘what does cancer look like’. Exhibition and book outcome in December 2015.

Bridgette Minuzzo and Sonya Unwin

Adelaide Festival Centre
Steven Cybulka