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:

     Port Pirie Regional Gallery: SALA 695 to 9 September, Fibrespace Showcase. with artists Jon Hawkins-Clarke, Pam Stringer, Jenny Bourne, Helen Burt, pat Carter, Reta Coffee, Tammy Colman, Zena Cox, Cheryl Fischer, Ken Fischer, Jean Hucks, Chris Nayda, Melanie Sarantou, Meredith Schlink, Georgie Sharp, Catherine Summers, Ruth Tulloch, Melva Waterman, Judith Welgraven. A showcase of kaleidoscope mind boggling works, sunshine and shadows, dabulous, conversations with Lapland. Fibrespace is a forum for exploring textiles as an art form. Fibrespace has collaborated with artists from afar as Lapland and Finland. 3 Mary Elie Street, Port Pirie. Ph 08 8633 0681

   At the Art Gallery of South Australia until 21st October: An exhibition from CHIHARU SHIOTA.  Recognised the world over for her immersive string installations, international artist Chiharu Shiota is now showing at the Art Gallery of South Australia and has created a site specific installation that opened in late August 2018 and is expected to remain in place for up to two years  – comprised of 200 kilometres of red string, Absence embodied transforms the space within the Melrose Wing. Until 21st October: See the first solo exhibition of Chiharu’s work in an Australian public gallery. Spanning 25 years, this exhibition explores Shiota’s early performances captured through photography and video as well as presenting new sculptures, drawings and paintings.Also on view is a major commissioned acquisition for the Gallery’s collection featuring Shiota’s string practice.

     TARNANTHI Art Fair : 26 – 28 October 2018. Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia, TARNANTHI illuminates the diversity and depth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art by alternately staging an expansive city-wide festival in one year and a focus exhibition the following year. This year’s focus exhibition features master bark painter John Mawurndjul. The TARNANTHI Art Fair returns in 2018 offering the unique opportunity to buy works of art direct from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Australia. This year’s Art Fair welcomes ten new art centres, including Bábbarra Designs and the return of Maningrida Arts and Culture, both representing the community of TARNANTHI feature artist John Mawurndjul. The TARNANTHI Art Fair is presented in partnership with Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and supported by the City of Adelaide.

T’Arts Collective: Window 2 until 29 September: FIONA TRUEMAN who has been inspired by recent travels to Alaska from Wrangell to St. Elias National Park and the many walks along glaciers and forests in a beautiful and remote wilderness. On display will be silk scarves, wraps and fabric lengths which capture the memories other travels. 10G Gays Arcade, Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide. Ph 8232 0265

Hughes Gallery until 23 September, COLLEEN MORROW, In my Own Backyard. An exhibition combining Colleen’s love of flowers, plants, exotic textiles & baskets. Lino cuts using reduction printing, hand coloured. Exploring reassembled textures, pattern, shapes & colour to take you on a journey around her home and her backyard. Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton. Ph 8372 5180 Open 10.00 – 4.00pm Mon – Fri

     Linhay Gallery 13 Main North Road, Auburn SA 5451. 1 – 30th September – Collage to Stitch Four by four is a group of passionate textile artists from Adelaide – Suzanne Gummow, Maxine Fry, Ruth Galpin, & Sandra Obst, New & exciting colourful textile works developed from experimental paper collage and small textile works. This exhibition has toured regionally & interstate. Gallery hours Linhay Gallery is open to the public from Friday – Monday, 10am – 4pm. Check their website for more information and eventsPlease feel free to call if you wish to know more details. Phone Hellen Bakhoff on 8242 2228 or mobile 0457 824 222 .e: 13 Main North Road, Auburn Weekend workshop with Suzanne Gummow: Creative Raw Edge Collage: 15 & 16 September. Cost $160 10 – 4.00pm each day. Max of 8 participants. Contact Hellen if you are interested.

     The Barossa Regional Gallery: 5 September – 28 September, The Beauty of Stitches – by the Barossa Valley Embroiderer’s Guild of SA. A retrospective exhibition showcasing the diverse range of embroidery styles and techniques members have been inspired to use in the creation of pictures, articles and clothing. 3 Basedow Road, Tanunda Ph 8563 0849 Open Monday, Wednesday- Sun 11 – 4pm.

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.

     OPEN HOUSE 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial celebrates the open-ended, porous nature of textiles practice today. It introduces a group of artists who have not previously exhibited in the triennial. All are linked in some way to a sense of broader engagement with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the process of belonging that comes from working with other artists, while others take on wide-ranging issues such as the landscape and the environment, and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Bringing it all together is a kind of openness that comes through exhibiting, talking and creating which can involve both artist and viewer as equal participants. The making process is equally as important as the works themselves, and the conversations while creating and showing create an open house where all ideas and responses are welcome. Tamworth Regional Gallery’s association with textile art dates back to the early 1970s. The Tamworth Textile Triennial, held every three years, showcases the best of textile art from across the country, attracting artist participation from all states in Australia. The ARTISTS for the 3rd Tamworth Triennial are Sally Blake, John Brooks, GhostNets Australia, Gomeroi gaaynggal, ArtsHealth Program, Treahna Hamm, Joy Ivill, Carol McGregor, Rebecca Mayo, Noongar Doll Makers, Community Arts, Network, Raquel Ormella, Julia Robinson, Ema Shin, Jeanette Stok and Meredith Woolnough. Exhibition curator, Glenn Barkley; read his catalogue essay here: Venues in South Australia: Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, SA: 28 July – 8 September 2019; Jam Factory at Seppeltsfield, SA: 4 October – 24 November 2019.

The National Basketry Gathering 2019 takes place from 3-9 April, 2019 in Aldinga at the Aldinga Beach Holiday Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula.   Full details now available including registration and bookings (full payments due by 25th January 2019) – places are limited. Use email address to commence process of registering interest.

     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.