New Dates: Evocative Arts Workshops from Moira Simpson, Adelaide Hills:  MARY HETTMANSPERGER from the USA will teach in September (metal, jewellery, textiles). DATES of the 3-day workshop are correctly 25-27 September  10am – 4pm daily.  Participants can use sheet metals, screens, wires, linens, papers, fibers, paints, beads, natural and recycled materials and found objects and will become comfortable using the propane torch to create colour effects on metal using heat, patinas, enamels and embossing powders, surface burnout and more. Low-tech metal-smithing, nails, nuts and bolts, brads, eyelets, rivets, concrete, wax, medium, weaving, and wire-working techniques will be used for connections or creating structures. The Venue is Cherry Gardens Memorial Hall, 312 Cherry Gardens Road, Cherry Gardens (near Blackwood, 30 mins from Adelaide CBD). Price: $460 (includes fees, delicious lunches and refreshments) plus $40 materials fee payable to artist. Email: to indicate your interest.  You can see images of Mary’s work, and download an illustrated flyer and a booking form from Moira Simpson’s website at:

     CHINA AND THE WORLD continues at the Art Gallery of South Australia until 11 June 2018 in Galleries 19a, 19b, 20, 21. Free entry. The display explores the global popularity and influence of Chinese art in the pre-modern era when the sophistication of its painting, ceramics, lacquer ware, textiles and furniture making traditions, was almost unequalled around the globe. With more than one hundred and fifty works of art from the Gallery’s own collection and major Australian private collections, many on public display for the first time, China and the World tells the story of this country’s extraordinary aesthetic heritage and its gift to Europe, Asia and the Islamic world.

T’arts Collective, until 30th June: Maude Bath is holding a mini exhibition – the ‘Brave Heart series; celebrating the strong women in my life.’  Location: 10G Gays Arcade, Adelaide Arcade, Rundle Mall Adelaide. Opening hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat. Closed Sundays.

     “Growth” Oz TAPESTRIES by Tapestry Weavers from Australia & New Zealand to be exhibited at the Handspinners & Weavers Guild Hall, on display from – or before – Wednesday/Thursday 6th or 7th June – Thursday 28th June 2018 during Little Glory Gallery hours or by arrangement with, specific day groups. Tapestries are no larger than 20cm square, with a differing theme each year. The theme for 2018 was “Growth”. SA Artists include Bev Bills, Jan Lowe, Pat Michell, Kaaren Temme, Elly Webb. Venue: Handspinners & Weavers Guild Hall, 196 South Road, Mile End. Enter through Little Glory Gallery open: Wed & Sat 11 – 3pm, Sun 1-4pm, ask to view the Oz Tapestries Or call HS&WG 8352 4843 or Bev Bills 8443 6102 or 0415 616 900 for best times.

THE AGE OF ELEGANCE continues until 29th July at Ayers House Museum, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide. Ayers House was the home of Henry Ayers, the eight Premier of South Australia. A successful businessman, he and his wife Jane entertained in lavish style at Ayers House. Acclaimed costumier Marion Boyce (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Dressmaker) has created a unique experience with more than 40 authentic period costumes organised into breathtaking tableaux that invite you to immerse yourself in a whimsical world of elegant living in Adelaide’s grandest Victorian home. The exhibition is located throughout the house with different themes reflected in each room. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm; Fridays late till 9pm. Enquiries: (08) 8223 1234.

HELLEN BAKHOFF The Beauty of Biology at Burra Regional Art Gallery, June 7 – July 15. Hellen Bakhoff has been working for many months on textile pieces inspired by cellular structures and medical images. The results are together entitled “The Beauty of Biology”. The exhibition also includes several photographic compilations by Matt Nettheim, loaned by Flinders Medical Centre that have been inspirational to Hellen for a variety of reasons – some of her textile work relates to these. You are cordially invited to join me in Burra for the launch of the exhibition on Saturday 9th June at 5.30pm to celebrate and hear the opening speaker, Associate Professor Anne Hamilton-Bruce who is Principal Medical Scientist and Management. 0425 330 868; Gallery hours: Tuesday – Sunday 1 to 4 pm. Open Public Holidays. 6 Market Street, Burra.

     Beanies to Berets exhibition: Port Noarlunga Arts Centre 29 June – 30 July. Entry forms and works to be delivered to the Arts Centre 22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga 23 June 10 – 4pm. Includes a Creative Textile Weekend: 30 June – 1 July. Email registration forms to or Forms can be downloaded from

Waterhouse Natural Science Prize at South Australian Museum from 8 June – 5 August 2018. Open 10am – 5pm daily. The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize was launched in 2002 and commemorates the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse. The prize is an opportunity for artists to investigate the world around them, and present their perspectives on natural science. It encourages artists to make a statement about the scientific issues facing our planet, and offers a valuable platform for them to contribute to the environmental debate. Over the years the competition has become a much loved fixture on the arts calendar, allowing artists and audiences to explore natural science through a range of creative outlets.

Linhay Gallery has invited artists to submit an imaginative representation of a shoe(s) or boot(s) for the SALA show, Fabulous Applications footwear exhibition. Choose your favourite media – paint, pastels, photography, textiles, mixed media …. or be bold and decorate an existing shoe or boot. Opening Event Saturday 4th August – Artists may invite family and friends to the opening event. All participants are invited to wear their own fabulous footwear to the opening, in the spirit of the exhibition. Formal invitations will be emailed a month before the opening. Gallery hours Linhay Gallery is open to the public from Friday – Monday, 10am – 4pm. The exhibition runs from 4-27 August.  Location: 13 Main North Road, Auburn, South Australia, 5451.

     The Barossa Regional Gallery until 11th June: Australia Wide Five Oz QUILTS: 37 stitched, layered works showcase original and diverse interpretations of contemporary textile art from Australia’s leading and emerging quilt artists. 3 Basedow Road, Tanunda Ph 8563 0849 Open Monday, Wednesday- Sun 11 – 4pm

     Murray Bridge Regional Gallery – 28 July  to 8 September: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial 2017. The gallery is located at 27 Sixth Street, Murray Bridge, Open Tues – Sat 10.00am – 4pm, Sun 11 – 4pm Ph 8539 1420.

EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD of S.A. Museum Exhibition until Sept 2018. “ Barbara Rowney A Passion for Textiles” The venue is located at 16 Hughes St MILE END.  Open to Public on Tuesdays 10am – 2pm. Groups are always welcome, for a group booking to view the exhibition at an alternative time.  Please contact Ph (08) 8234 1104. Barbara Rowney, a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of S.A. since 1993 has been a generous donor to the Guild museum. This is the chance to see some of the exquisite objects she has donated which range from small textile fragments to complete costumes.  This rotating exhibition will have exhibits that change from time to time.

Embroidery ExhibitionALL STITCHED UP (Biennial Members’ Exhibition) by The Embroiderers’ Guild of SA Inc at 16 Hughes Street, Mile End, SA from 29 September to 13 October 2018.  Entry $5.00.  Groups by appointment.  For further information, e-mail:, tel: 08 82341104

      PEPPER STREET ARTS CENTRE (558 Magill Road) : Friday afternoons 12.30 – 3.30pm Wilma Bajka-van Velze is the weaver in residence, at work at her loom, bringing artists and the community in contact with each other. Open Tues – Sat 12 noon – 5pm Closed public hols Pepper Street Arts Centre, 558 Magill Road, Magill, cnr of Pepper Street. Ph 8364 6154  Check out the workshops offered at Pepper Street Art Centre.

Moira Simpson offers workshops in Encaustic Art. She can provide detailed information; several dates are available for each workshop with a minimum of 2 people required. Download an illustrated flyer and booking form at or contact Moira Simpson or 8388 2371. Facebook: EvocativeArtsWorkshops . As well you can find out about 1-5 day workshops in felting, stitching, dyeing, encaustic, collage, painting, pastels, printing, jewellery, paper-making, artist’s’ books and more. Download a brochure at for details of workshop content and prices.

The National Basketry Gathering 2019 takes place from 3-9 April, 2019 in Aldinga at the Aldinga Beach Holiday Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

     To apply for an ANNE AND GORDON SAMSTAG International Visual Arts Scholarship (tuition, travel and US$30,000 stipend for students and recent graduates) contact the Samstag Program, SA School of Art, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide SA 5001 – phone 08.8302.0195 –Email  Website  Entries close in June each year, for the following year. Location: Cherry Gardens Hall, 312 Cherry Gardens Rd, Cherry Gardens, Adelaide, SA 5157 (30 mins from Adelaide city centre).
     FAN (Fibre Artist Network) is a group of fibre artists, friends and those interested in textiles. “We wish to encourage the sharing of ideas, exhibitions, information, books, historical connections, show & tell, etc. We hope to exhibit and have workshops regularly.” FAN meets every three months on the second Monday of the month (Feb, May, Aug, Nov), anyone welcome. Convenor: Suzanne Gummow )- (08.8268.7005); Email  Meetings are usually held at Marden Senior College, Marden Road, Marden (Adelaide) in the Art Room, 7pm open; 7:30pm start. Cost of $3 per person. Plenty of parking available.