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.

     WOODLAND WANDERING to 31 March: Susan Napoli & Joy Harvey explore the theme of nature using a range of techniques including fabric manipulation, machine embroidery and contemporary reverse applique. Where: 10G Gays Arcade, Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide. Ph 8232 0265

     DEDICATED FOLLOWER of FASHION to 17 March (check days open in Adelaide Fringe guide). Mod, pop, youthscape, swinging London and psychedelia. When fashion shifted from couture to clothing made by and for the people. Inspired by the working class. Worn by royalty and rock stars alike. An exhibition of works inspired by the fashion and icons of the sixties. Rare Notion: Shop 110 Balcony Level, Adelaide Arcade.

     GALLERY M: Now until 11 March 2018: Natural Fabrications – an exhibition of textiles and silver work by Penelope Morrison, Rob Morrison, Jenni Simpson & Niki Waterhouse. Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park e: P: 8377 2904 Mon – Fri 10 – 4pm, Sat 10 – 4pm, Sun 1 – 4pm Closed pub holidays.

Marion Cultural Centre: 20 April – 13 May : COLOUR STREAMS – an exhibition of textile work by Wild Fibre Artists: Bev Bills, Gem Congdon, Margaret Harris, Jackie Pearce, Lynne Radcliffe, Liz Steveson, Kaaren Temme, Yvonne Twining, Vikki Waller Opening Friday 20 April at 6.30pm by Kathryn Hill. Marion Cultural Centre is located at 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park: e: P: 8377 2904 Mon – Fri 10 – 4pm, Sat 10 – 4pm, Sun 1 – 4pm Closed pub holiday.

     RAFT: to 8 April – an exhibition of art works by Kathryn Hill, Sandra Tredwell, Jann Makepeace, Helen Dorsman & Liz Yates. Exploring the theme ‘raft’ ranging from raft as a floating device, a large collection of objects, a corralling of ideas and of other abstract groupings. We share an interest in contemporary approaches to art making, and use various methods and materials in our explorations. Between us, we use techniques as varied as basket-weaving, glass, printmaking, collage, painting, felt-making and installation. Fleurieu Arthouse in Hardys Tintara 202 Main Road, McLaren Vale.

Belly Dancer Arabesque presents DRESSING THE DANCER and exhibition of costumes, textiles and accessories. This is an Adelaide Fringe 2018 exhibition being held at Studio Arabesque, 23 Payneham Road, College Park. Dates of opening (10am-4pm daily): 8-9 March & 15-16 March. Dates of opening (11am-4pm daily): 10-11 March & 17-18 March.

     At Stationmaster’s Gallery until 29 April you can see THREADS – an exhibition of fabric art by gallery members Rosi Gates, Judith Stephens, Helen Moon, Dianne Downer, Maxine Williams, Kathleen Cain & Shane Coussins + 12 members of Class Act.

     West Torrens Auditorium Gallery: PRETERNATURAL – Suspended Between The Mundane and the Miraculous Now until 18 March 2018. Local artists explore the theme “Preternatural” with visual arts and multi-media works. Explorations of liminal space, time, sound and texture will invite audiences to explore the spaces in between things. Artists, Katherine Annear, Bev Bills, Ali Symons, Jessica Curtis, Helen Panagopoulos, Rebecca Calabro, Marianne Hooper. Katharine Annear, Community Development Officer, City of West Torrens, 165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton SA 5033 Phone: 08 84166252 Email: Hamra Centre, 1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton. Ph 8416 6252 Open daily during library times. Email

     THREADS OF THOUGHT- the language of stitch is on show in Goolwa until 12th March 2018. Works by artists who use thread as a tool for expressing ideas about social, political and artistic issues. Curated by Annabelle Collett. Artists include- Julie Abbott, Caitlin Bowe, Catherine Buddle, Luci Callipari-Marcuzzo, Cath Cantlon, Olga Cironis, Look Comb, Paloma Concierta, Juniper Darling, Deb Drake, Rosie Hannam, Lyn Elzinga Henry, Gail Hocking, Annabel Hume, Michelle Jahn, Jennifer Layther, Russell Leonard, Evy Moschakis, Maggie Moy, Samuel Mulcahy, Judy Parham, Jenny Ramos, Rima Rowe, Trevor Smith,  niki Sperou, Jeff Trahair, Rosemary Whitehead, Kenita Williamson, Kerry Youde and Annabelle Collett. Venue: Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa S.A. Visit the website

GALLERY ONE: Life & Death Exhibition – opens 16 March – 11 April – Special opening night fashion parade featuring designs by Artist in residence fashion designer Nathan Song. Theme: “Day of the Dead” – exhibition at Gallery One in March / April 2018. or ph: 0417 579 595. Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street Mitcham SA 5062. Business Hours : Tuesday- Friday 10am-4.30pm Phone : 08 8272 4504 Email :

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 Exhibition (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

     UPCOMING WORKSHOPS with SOUL STRONG SOCIETY & the ADELAIDE SUSTAINABILITY CENTRE (ASC), 111 Franklin St, Adelaide SA Bookings via ASC Eventbrite website or contact / 7228 6809.

  1. FERMENTING & NATURAL DYE WORKSHOP – Tuesday 20th March, 6:30-9:30pm, $90 Waste free art! Prepare traditional Sauerkraut with local organic veggies, and create your own remnant silk natural-dye scarf with the colourful leftover ‘waste’. Participants will take home 2 jars of fermented foods and a hand-dyed silk scarf. Your insides and outsides will thank you.
  2. NATURAL DYE WORKSHOP with SAMORN SANIXAY & ALANA GREGORY – Sat 24th & Sun 25th March, 10am-4pm, $350 Samorn Sanixay was born in Laos and the co-founder of Eastern Weft, a weaving cooperative based in Vientiane. She is all about creating local, sustainable and zero waste colour. In this hands-on beginners course you will explore a variety of natural hand dyeing and colour application techniques and create your own fabulous colours on silk fabric using natural methods and materials.
  3. THE SUSTAINABLE ARTIST WORKSHOP, Saturday 14th April, 10am-4pm, $150 Sustain your connection to place, your art practice and the environment. Learn to make natural inks, unique brushes and charcoal using local renewable materials.
  4. MUD DYE WORKSHOP, Saturday 26th May, 10am-4pm, $150 Apart from the joy of playing with mud, there is good evidence to conclude that: breathing in, playing in, and digging in dirt is good for your health! In this hands-on beginners course we will explore the use of local clays, ochres, and earth to create colourful designs on cloth.


      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.

     At Pepper Street Arts Centre: ORGANIC CONTRASTS 3 – 27 April Marden Senior College Graduates – Creative artists presenting a diverse body of work which includes complex engineered paper installations, textiles, weavings, paintings, drawings and encaustic. Open Tues – Sat 12 noon – 5pm Closed public hols Pepper Street Arts Centre, 558 Magill Road, Magill, cnr of Pepper Street. Ph 8364 6154

     Evocative Arts Workshops from Moira Simpson, Adelaide Hills:  Hurry to enrol for Katia Mokeyeva, the wonderful, internationally-renowned felt artist who is coming to Adelaide to teach not one – but two workshops! (24-25 and 26-29 March). The emphasis will be upon learning a variety of textural / surface design techniques with new and exciting methods that she has been developing over the past two years. – these will build on Katia’s previous workshop, which some of you attended two years ago. These workshops are for intermediate feltmakers – this means you must have had previous experience and should feel competent and confident with basic nuno-felting skills. For the second workshop, you should also have made some prior experience of garment-making (ie using resists and templates) – and this will take you to next stage. BUT if you wish to, you can use the surface decoration techniques for making wall art rather than a garment. Download an illustrated flyer and booking form at or contact Moira Simpson or 8388 2371. Also, Mary Hettmansperger from the USA will teach in September (metal, jewellery, textiles). Price includes tuition fees, delicious lunches and refreshments. Location: Cherry Gardens Hall, 312 Cherry Gardens Rd, Cherry Gardens, Adelaide, SA 5157 (30 mins from Adelaide city centre).
Moira Simpson herself 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.

     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.