DARE TO DIFFER 2019: Contemporary Quilt Exhibition: The Quilters’ Guild of South Australia Inc invites all quilt/textile artists resident in Australia to participate in this selected exhibition at Gallery M – Marion Street, Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park e: P: 8377 2904 Mon – Fri 10 – 4pm, Sat 10 – 4pm, Sun 1 – 4pm Closed pub holiday. Dare to Differ will be in place from 5-29 September 2019.  Online Applications to enter cease on 15 June.  Or contact the Convenor, Suzanne Gummow (08) 8268 7005 (h) Email:

     No god but God: Art of Islam, curated by James Bennett – Aug 24 – Oct 31 at the Art Gallery of South Australia. This is the first comprehensive survey of Islam’s extraordinary artistic heritage, spanning a period from the medieval ‘golden age’ of Islam until the contemporary era. The exhibition features gold illuminated manuscripts, stone and wood carving, metalwork, ceramics and textiles, produced over a vast geographical region stretching from Morocco to Indonesia.Intricate abstract geometric and floral patterns for which Islamic art is justly celebrated as well as figurative paintings, including a rare portrait of the Prophet Muhammad riding the magical buraq steed, feature in this display.

     Tarnanthi, the Art Gallery of South Australia’s festival of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, returns for its fourth iteration in October 2019. Internationally acclaimed and recognised as the largest festival of its kind, Tarnanthi 2019 encompasses a major exhibition at AGSA, a city-wide festival held at close to 30 partner venues and a dynamic Art Fair presented over the opening weekend. Tarnanthi 2019 will feature over 1000 artists from the length and breadth of the continent; from the Tiwi Islands to Broken Hill, Ceduna to Port Hedland. The Festival’s creative vision is led by Barkindji artist and curator Nici Cumpston, Tarnanthi’s Artistic Director. Dates: Tarnanthi Festival, 18-27 Oct 2019; Tarnanthi Art Fair, 18-20 Oct 2019; Tarnanthi at AGSA, 18 Oct 2019 – 27 Jan 2020.

     67 The Strand SALA 444 1 – 31 August: String Theory 2 by Liz Davies colourful textured paintings using string, lace, embroidery and a variety of fabrics to piece together delightful stories.  18 The Strand, Port Elliot  Ph 0407 180 899  Open Mon – Fri 9 – 5pm.

     FABRIK  SALA 529 & 530 & 531 8 Aug – 1 September: About a Wall – Mill Textile Art Group – Adelaide Hills artists interpret photographs of a beautifully textured, weather beaten Mill wall – inscribed by time and traces of workers to reveal the past. 9 August – 1 September: Borderline: sampling the edge – Exploring the edges of textile practice in South Australia. What traditions are masterfully preserved and what boundaries are being stretched by practitioners in this state? Artists include Bev Bills, Cheryl Bridgart, Jane Bowden, Kay Lawrence, India Flint, Di Fisher, Catherine Buddle, Aunty Ellen Trevorrow, Sera Waters .  9 August – 1 September: Swatch – Knowing that good things come in small packages, the artists in this exhibition responded to the challenge to represent their practice on a small scale.  9 August – 1 September: Soft Vessels by Anne Griffiths Opens 6.00pm Thursday 8 August by Lisa Slade, Ass Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of SA. 1 Lobethal Road, Lobethal  Ph 8408 0570  Thurs – Sun 11 – 4pm.

     Freshfield Farm Studio SALA 468 3 – 25 August: Felted Murray River Stories by Jennifer Gunson demonstrating felting techniques and display of small slow stitched and felted artworks, bowls, and brooches and disply of chairs.  236C McHaig Creek Road, via Ashbourne, McHaig Creek  Ph 8536 6130 Open Sat & Sun 10 – 4pm.

     Coming up at FABRIC OF LIFE: EMERGING from Susan Chenery, 7 -31 August. Texture, when applied to visual art can be actual, simulated, abstract or invented. Chenery’s work uses texture to evoke a visual ‘feel’ in the observer. This exhibition is part of SALA 2019 at Stitch Adelaide.  Location: 263 Gilbert Street, Adelaide 5000.

     Audacious by Cheryl Bridgart, 11 – 31 August: A visual feast of stitched narratives in the form of wall & wearable art. Open Wed to Sun 11 – 5pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday Ph: 0417 813 779 Beltana House, 364 Carrington Street, Adelaide.

     Parra Hills Community Hub SALA 254 1 – 31 August: P’Art Quilts  by Patricia Ingram. A display of art quilts. 17 Oswald Cres, Para Hills. 

     West Torrens Auditorium Gallery:  1 – 31 August: VIRIDESCENT – exploring green, greenish, slightly green, becoming green. Artists include Bev Bills, Katharine Annear, Ali Symonds… Contact  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.  
     SALA exhibition announced. The Embroiderers Guild of S.A. has decided on a theme of A Celebration of Water for the 2019 Sala.The exhibition will run from the 2nd-10th August 2019 and will be held in the Guild Gallery at 16 Hughes Street, Mile End, Adelaide.

     WORKSHOPS coming up through Moira Simpson & Evocative Arts:  From 30 August – 1 September: Tangled Felt with Wendy Bailye will be offered through Moira Simpson and Evocative Arts . Create handmade felt with patterns inspired by the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing and Wendy’s unique embossed felting techniques. Details and bookings at 

     Using Your Sewing Machine as a Creative Tool – A workshop by Kathryn Harmer Fox, award-winning textile artist from South Africa. 5-8 September 2019: Evocative Arts, Adelaide area. This is a workshop that Kathryn has developed in order to share the different techniques she has developed; you will you learn how to make a piece of textile art and to develop your signature style. See the website for images of Kathryn’s amazing work:  To register your interest for Kathryn’s workshop and receive priority for booking, please contact the workshop convener: Moira Simpson, Evocative Art and Heritage, at You will then be sent details of price and venue as soon as they are available, and will have first chance to book for what is likely to be a very popular workshop.

The program for 2020 is also shaping up nicely with a range of workshops: Sacha Laurin (USA) – Vegan Cheesemaking and Brewing Kombucha Tea; Charity van der Meer (The Netherlands) – Felted Jackets with optional collars, cuffsand other features; Chris Lines (UK) – two workshops – Telling Stories: Digital Imagery on Felt and Abstract Approaches to Collage; Dagmar Binder (Germany) –Abstract 3d structures for wearable or wall-hangings; Alysn Midelow-Marsden (New Zealand) – Metal & Stitch; Nikki Parmenter (UK) Fish‘n’Fowl, 3D Mixed Media & Stitch; Natalya Brashovetska (Cyprus) – Fabulous Felted Footwear. To join the mailing list for details of future workshops by other artists, visit   

      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. 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 details of workshop content and prices.

     The first major national touring exhibition for the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering was created in a partnership between Girringun Aboriginal Corporation from Cardwell in far north Queensland and the South Australian Museum, and is toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This exhibition features contemporary artworks by 19 artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, together with selected cultural objects drawn from the South Australian Museum (SAM) collection gathered from the Girringun region. Almost half the works in the show are basket forms made either from naturally sourced fibres from the rainforest, or created using found discarded materials like metal fencing wire. It has beautiful examples of both contemporary and traditional basket forms represented. Dates and venues for SA: Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA: 7 February – 15 March 2020; Nautilus Arts Centre, Port Lincoln, SA: 23 March – 9 May 2020;

     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.

     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 to 8 September 2019; Jam Factory at Seppeltsfield, SA: 4 October – 24 November 2019.

     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).