Sauerbier House Culture Exchange







Background information

Sauerbier House is an innovative artspace providing a platform to support cultural exchange through contemporary visual arts. Situated on the bank of the Onkaparinga River or Ngangkiparingga, (‘Women’s River’; Kaurna), the colonial villa is a state heritage community asset transformed from domestic residence (originally George Sauerbier c.1897), into a centre that supports and promotes contemporary arts practice and creative cultural expression within this region.

Sauerbier House offers established and emerging contemporary artists and writers, site responsive residency (non-resident) and independent exhibition opportunities. The extended residencies provide a platform for  arts practitioners to creatively respond to a complex and culturally significant coastal location. Interactions with other residents, locals and visitors are offered through regular studio sessions, artist’s talks or workshops.

Each residency extends over three calendar months with artists/writers to apply via an expression of interest process. Applications are open in July each year. The programme is overseen by a reference group consisting of arts industry professionals, local and cultural representatives. The panel endorses a transparent selection process and helps guide the programming to authentically represent contemporary art within our community. 

[GRAFTd] exhibitions run concurrent to the residency program offering exhibition opportunities for emerging and established local or visiting contemporary visual artists, researchers, students or arts collective and provide an ideal stage to experiment with works in progress, mid degree research concepts or to exhibit new or previously unseen bodies of work.

For visitors, Sauerbier House provides an opportunity to experience the often unseen processes of an artist at work, to participate in workshops or to simply enjoy contemporary artwork in a colonial setting.

Sauerbier House is dedicated to the creation of living cultural dialogues and local creative exchanges.