Sauerbier House Culture Exchange


Current Exhibitions

Lounge Gallery  |  23 June - 28 July

The Laungage of Sunbeams  |  Rebecca McEwan

Rebecca McEwan - The Language of Sunbeams

‘The bee's life is like a magic well: the more you draw from it,
the more it fills with water’

Karl Von Frisch (1886 – 1982)

The honey bee was introduced into South Australia in 1839 and by the late 1800s there were around 200 beekeepers within the state, supplying the settlement with honey and wax. With the first commercial plantings of almond trees (in 1898, in the Southern Vales town of Willunga), there came the need for honey bees to pollinate the blossoms.   

The Southern Vales has a strong and continuing link with bees, beekeeping and pollination. Beehives are kept on vineyards as barometers of the health of the land and the by-products sometimes used within the viticulture process. Whilst the need for pollination of almond blossom has decreased due to the reduction of almond orchards, a greater understanding of the role bee’s play in maintaining a healthy equilibrium in the ecosystem has arisen. Property owners are beginning to recognise the essential need to create biodiverse environments to support bees and the greater ecosystem.      

Pollination is the single most important process in the survival and continuation of most flowering plants and it is not only European Honey Bees which provide this invaluable service. In South Australia there are around 500 native bee species pollinating native and introduced flora.

Humans have fostered an intrinsic relationship with bees on many levels. Historically, people believed bees were messengers from the heavens. Bees have been mentioned throughout ancient texts, art history and modern verse. You only need to spend a few moments talking with a bee keeper about their love for bees and you begin to understand the intoxicating effect the bees can have on a human.

The residency at Sauerbier House has allowed me to explore the evolving stories of bees, beekeeping and pollination within the Southern Vales as a valuable adjunct to time spent recently at the State Herbarium examining pollen from local native flora.

‘Interconnectedness is a fundamental principle of nature.
Nothing is isolated. Each event connects with the others’.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Image credit: Honey vessel, 2018, honey, glass, cork.  Image Suzanne Mustan.

Hallway Gallery  |  23 June - 28 July

Woven Acts and Spoken Maps  |  Laura Wills

Laura Wills - Woven Acts and Spoken Maps

Talk to the river, stand alongside it, stand in it, lie in it, take some out for a while and chat to it, sleep next to it, float on it, sing to/with it, walk along it - all the way?!

Woven Acts and Spoken Maps, explores a personal and interconnected relationship to the land surrounding Sauerbier House. The unique natural environment of the Ngangkiparri (Women's River/Onkaparinga River) is the inspiration for new drawing, installation and song works.

The Ngangkiparri Estuary bends and winds its way ten and half kilometres from Port Noarlunga to Old Noarlunga. Responding to the river, the work entitled House Estuary is a living map of the estuary growing within the grounds of Sauerbier House. 

Audiences are invited to add to this living installation.

The new drawing works are part of the in conversation with series.

This series explores an imagining of stories and histories of the Land such as experienced by trees, rocks and the river banks, 'what have they witnessed?'  Inspired by and aligned with these explorations, Laura has collaborated with South Australian singer song writer Naomi Keyte to perform new works at the exhibition launch.

This residency has been linked with The City of Onkaparinga’s Sustainability Team through the Climate is Change | arts exchange program. Laura collaborated with the City of Onkaparinga’s biodiversity team in the creation of the House Estuary participatory installation and community workshop. Laura also accessed the Council's mapping data for the creation of her new drawing works. 

Laura Wills is an Adelaide-based visual artist with an expanded approach to her practice. She employs contemporary art to explore          social and environmental themes through found materials, collaborative processes and community-based projects.                     

Laura is represented by Hill Smith Gallery. 

Image credit: Courses, 2018, pastel, pigment, ink on rag paper, 70 x 84 cm.   


Other upcoming events

Residency Program 2018-19

January – March : Henry Jock Walker and friends

April – June: Laura Wills,  Rebecca McEwen 

July – September:  Alice Blanch,  Neville Cichon

October – December:  Andrew Smith, Tristan Louth-Robins

January – March: Gail Hocking, Rachel Anne Buch

 April – June:  Kristy Darlston, Louise Flaherty

Exhibitions remain for one month after each residency concludes.


[GRAFTd] Exhibitions 2018

February: Timothy Casiero | 3 February – 3 March 2018

May: Simone Kennedy, Ewa Skoczynska. | 4 May – 2 June 2018

August: Matthew Fortrose  | 4 August- 8 September

November: Emiko Artemis, Brianna Speight | 3 November - 8 December 2018