In 2020, Signal Point Gallery at the Goolwa Wharf Precinct, hosts a retrospective exhibition dedicated to the significant South Australian artist, Annabelle Collett. Dates: Feb 1 – March 29. The work on show will give a complete picture of the journey of the artist over decades from fashion designer to contemporary artist. From hand painted textiles, woollen knits, wall mounted sculpture made from domestic plastics, laser cut perspex, to lampshades made from children’s toys, as well as two dimensional work made with vintage fabric – to describe just a few. Traditional techniques associated with the ‘gentle arts’, embroidery and ‘dress making’  created  by a twentieth century feminist with a wicked sense of humour, manifests an exhibition that will not be repeated and is a must see to truly understand the talent, wit and wisdom of this artist. Every year since 2013, Annabelle Collett (1955 – 2019) curated the ‘summer block buster ‘exhibition in Signal Point Gallery, Alexandrina Council’s premier contemporary art space. Each year, Annabelle brought together an extraordinary array of local, national and international artists encouraging visual conversations. Subjects ranged from serious and topical, through to a celebration of absurdism, and everything in between. These exhibitions were renowned for their intense creativity, high level of excellence, were eagerly anticipated, and drew enormous crowds annually. Wakefield Press has published Annabelle Collett: Creator and Catalyst which will be launched at the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, 1 February at 2pm by Jane Hylton with exhibition curator Eleanor Scicchitano and book author Kathie Muir. Signal Point Gallery  Goolwa Wharf Precinct 31 January to 29 March  Monday to Friday 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm Enquiries  Being held at Signal Point Gallery in conjunction with this exhibition, on 16 February: workshop – Plastic Fantastic with artist Samuel Mulcahy utilising repurposed plastic objects from Annabelle Collett’s extensive and impressive collection. Create your own art work.  Cost $60.

     At the Old Goolwa Police Station Gallery: South Coast Regional Art Centre from 20 March – 3 May: Audacious by Cheryl Bridgart. Free -hand embroidery as drawing with her sewing machine. Enquiries At the South Coast Regional Art Centre (Old Goolwa Police Station).Phone 8555 7289 or to

     Onkaparinga Museum:  FABRIK Gallery, Building 20, Old Woollen Mill Lobethal,  15 February – 15 March: Blanket exploring the blanket as metaphor verb and object, this exhibition is nestled within the industrial walls of an old blanket factory, the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill. Also from 15 February – 15 March: Tall Trees and UnderstoriesRe-imaging our connection for forest landscapes and an antidote to loss, this exhibition is a unique and life affirming response to lived and anticipated experiences of climate change. Multi media, weaving sound, sculpture, projection, painting, workshops and poetry. Open Thursday to Sunday 11 – 4pm. Ph 08 8408 0570

     Linhay Gallery  from  14 February – 1 March: Colours of the Outback by Felters (Wednesday) Handspinners & Weavers Guild of SA  Opening Saturday 15 Feb at 2.00pm. The gallery is located at Main North Road, Auburn SA 5451. Open Fri – Mon 10 – 4.00pm.   Enquires to Hellen on 8242 2228 / 0457 824 222. 

      T’Arts: Textile Arts Collective, Feb 2-29, Window 2. Helen Moon and Maxine Williams: BOOKS.  
Last year we made books. Meeting once a month, we experimented with dyeing paper and cloth to create the ingredients for our books. We used coffee, tea, onion water, eucalyptus leaves, paints and silk dyes as well as some printing. In between we played with stitching things together and making a variety of books, bookmarks and cards. We want to create a space to sit and enjoy our love of books”.
 (T’arts stands for Textile and Arts Collective and the shop is located in Gays Arcade, Rundle Mall, downtown Adelaide). An exciting shop and gallery run by the artists themselves. Over 35 Australian Artists & Designers. One off pieces and limited editions. Wearable, decorative. Handwoven items, shawls, scarves and much more.

     Red Poles:  Gallery, food, B & B, Cellar Doors, Events and Live Music. 15 February – 15 March: Malka Wiri Wiri Aboriginal Art ExhibitionIteka and Temaana Sanderson-Bromley and mentor Liz Wauchope host an exciting interactive experience focused on bush foods and exploring Indigenous cultural themes of place and identity. Weekly workshops, demonstrations including elders from the Yuratu-Mathana collective, cultural talks and participatory large scale silk paintings. Check out our website for further information or ring Ros at Red Poles (08) 83238994. Open: Wed—Sun 9—5pm, open Pub. Hols. Live music Sundays 90 McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale.!/red_poles  Phone: 08 8323 8994

    Urrbrae House 15 February – 27 February: Tracks Through Weaving – Basketry SA present an exhibition of works by members, developing their own unique style, tracking though the discovery of the potential of natural and recycled materials, interacting and learning from each other and the wider world of weaving in other cultures, countries and through time. Waite Campus, Waite Young Ave, Entry via Fullarton Road, Urrbrae.

     MORRIS & CO at AGSA (Art Gallery of South Australia) during 2020. AGSA’s Morris & Co. display has been reimagined with a new presentation of the iconic works, including furniture, ceramics and textiles and the addition of recent acquisitions. Co-founded by William Morris, one of the most prolific and well-known designers of the nineteenth century, Morris & Co. is a furnishings and decorative arts manufacturer and retailer famous for its focus on handmade craftsmanship. The display, which showcases the largest Morris & Co. collection outside Britain, features many works linked to Adelaide’s prominent Barr-Smith family, who were major clients. It includes a number of designs by May Morris, daughter of William Morris, who was one of the leading female contributors to the Arts and Crafts Movement. She was an innovative designer of embroidery, wallpaper and jewellery, and ran the embroidery department of Morris & Co. as well as co-founding the Women’s Guild of Arts in 1907.

     The Museum of the  Embroiderers’ Guild  of South Australia Inc. will show Victoriana – A Period in Time from now until April 2020. The Museum Open Day is Tuesday 10 am – 2pm and at other times by appointment. Free for members; $2 for non-members. Location: 16 Hughes Street,  Mile End   5031 South Australia Phone: (08) 8234 1104. Guild Home Page: Email Address:

     Fabric of Life has moved – The new home is at 3A Percy Court, Adelaide, 5000. The new trading hours will be Tuesday to Thursday from 10am to 4 pm or by appointment 7 days a week. We will continue to provide full textile conservation services, sell handmade products and hold special exhibitions from time to time. Keep up to date by checking our website or by following on Facebook

Workshops coming up at Evocative Arts through Moira Simpson:
Charity van der Meer, felt artist / fashion designer (The Netherlands) – Jacket with options: hoods, collars, cuffs, layers, pleats, godets, ruffles, fringes, and more!Sat 7 to Tues 10 March 2020. You will learn how to make a long-sleeved nuno felted jacket perfectly fitted to your body and design it with various features to suit your preferences (Intermediate/advanced).
Chris Lines, felt artist (UK) – Two workshops using digital imagery, hand felting, and multilayered collage to interpret personal themes and narratives. Sat 21-Tues 24 March 2020:  Making it Personal (Photographic processes, photo-sensitive dyes, discharge dyeing, heat transfer images to create collages using nuno and prefelts). Also from Wed 25-Thur 26 March 2020 Chris Lines will offer  Developing Approaches to Abstract Felt Collage with Pre-felt, Nuno and Stitch. In this workshop you will explore abstraction & create multilayered felted collage. Take both as a 6-day Masterclass and enjoy even bigger savings.

Dagmar Binder, feltmaker (Germany) – Two workshops or a masterclass using wet-felting methods to create 3d structures or wearable. Workshop 1: Thurs April 30 – Sun May 3rd 2020 – Abstract 3D structures and multiple layers suitable for wearables or dramatic wall-hangings. Create sculpted, multi-layered sleeveless waistcoats, scarves / boas, or turn your attention to decorative art for the home by making dramatic sculpted wall hangings. Learn techniques for creating layers, tongues, spikes, slashes and holes.
Workshop 2: Tues May 5 – Thurs May 7 2020 – Inspiration from Nature. Take both as a 7-day Masterclass and save 10% discount. 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 for 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.

     The Handspinners and Weavers Guild of South Australia will host the 28th Annual International Scarf Exchange which will result in a wonderful exhibition of creative scarves etc  to be  held at the Auditorium Gallery of the Hamra Centre Library, 1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton SA 5033 from 22 June until 5 July 2020. More information, registration and entry forms (if you wish to participate) is available at: Co

     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).