Sauerbier House Culture Exchange


Current Exhibitions

Hallway Gallery  | 4 November 2017 - 27 January 2018

Paul Gazzola Collectors ColectionsCollectors/ Collections - Onkaparinga  |  Paul Gazzola

COLLECTORS/ COLLECTIONS is an ongoing investigation into the aesthetics of popular culture seen through the eyes of local collectors and their private collections. It unearths collecting as a passion, quest, obsession or habit. In COLLECTORS/COLLECTIONS the personal becomes the catalyst for a cultural discourse that blurs the boundaries between art and the everyday.

Working with the frame of Sauerbier House as a site for cultural exchange, COLLECTORS/COLLECTIONS - ONKAPARINGA encourages the presentation of practices that don’t fall within traditional boundaries of ‘legitimate’ culture or ‘high art’. The eclectic collections validating how material objects can be seen as art works unto themselves, opening up the gallery space for other interests that has direct ties to the local community and the social geographies/histories of people, site and place. The process inviting participants into a space of dialogue, exchange and shared fascination that explores personal interests and cultural perspectives.

By creating a co-authored exhibition, COLLECTORS/COLLECTIONS - ONKAPARINGA aims to generate an open invitation to people who normally would not consider to visit the gallery, underpinning how Sauerbier House plays an important role in the construction of cultural knowledge and contemporary cultural literacy.

Overall, COLLECTORS/COLLECTIONS - ONKAPARINGA offers insights into the inherent pleasure of collecting as it exposes the secret world behind people's front doors.

COLLECTORS/COLLECTIONS is an ongoing collaborative project with Nadia Cusimano and forms part of Paul Gazzola’s PHD research into the spaces of engagement within participatory art projects. This version of the project is supported by The University of Tasmania.


Lounge Gallery  |  16 December - 27 January 2018

Heidi Karo Trusting WalkingTHE BRIDGE   |  Heidi Karo

The act of creating with others is captured, stretched and amplified. In a range of shared making events with multi-disciplinary artists and community, Karo connects, crosses boundaries and builds bridges.

The Sauerbier House residency has unlocked an important elaboration to the already multi-layered approach within Karo’s practice as a painter and installation artist. New works involve movement, performance, community painting events, film and musical collaborations. These multidisciplinary interactions with artists in Australia and Estonia are threads of cultural, familial and relational linking.

These connections and experiences of shared creative process are the means to the healing Karo speaks of in her new body of work. Vulnerability, honesty, trust and protection have been tested and delivered in a range of forms and extend beyond the surface.

THE BRIDGE is an ongoing process of healing, research and investigation of the spaces between people, places and ideas, realised through shared practice and making.

Karo explores the role of process in her work and highlights the necessity of rawness in her paintings. The flat, still and stagnant surface of the canvas no longer offers the empowerment it once did. Raw canvas is wrapped and tied across the works. New lines and layers are exposed. The Artist records as she paints, singing the work into being.

The Bridge is the end of a story and a new beginning. Straps and strips of paintings made by children and community are woven into rope. Piano accordion by Tuulikki Bartosik (Estonia), clay kick wheel cycle recordings by Amanda Karo (Brisbane) and cello by Noah Jordan (Adelaide) play whilst Heidi Karo, Zoe Brooks, Greta Wyatt and Angela London investigate limits and boundaries, vulnerability, stillness and trust. The rope ties, stretches, protects, joins, wraps and contains the spaces between.

Image credit : Trusting Walking, acrylic, canvas, 2017, 1.2m x 1.2m.  Photo courtesy of artist. 

Other upcoming events

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Residency Program 2017 - 18

January – March: Margit Brünner, Rosemary Whitehead

April – June: Kim Shanahan, Lindsay Nightingale

July - September: Paloma Concierta, Christobel Kelly

October - December: Heidi Karo, Paul Gazzola

January – March : Henry Jock Walker and friends

April – June: Laura Wills,  Rebecca McEwen 

Exhibitions remain for one month after each residency concludes.


[GRAFTd] Exhibitions 2017-18

August: ABX Group, Lauryn Arnott |  4 August – 2 September 2017

November:  Kim Thomson  | 4 November – 2 December 2017

February: Timothy Casiero | 3 February – 3 March 2018

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