Sauerbier House Culture Exchange

Reference group

Chris De Rosa

Chris De Rosa grew up in suburban Adelaide. De Rosa studied visual arts at the North Adelaide School of Art where she majored in printmaking.

De Rosa has shown locally and nationally, Florilegia, a Guildhouse curated project in collaboration with Adelaide City Library and Adelaide City Council Archives. 2017.

Since 1993 she has participated in a significant number of group exhibitions showing print based works, a number of which have toured regionally,these include Natural Language, Jam Factory, Adelaide, (2017); Silent Nature, Jam Factory, Seppelstfield SA; Contemporary Paper: Celebrating the year of Print, Pt.Jackson Press, Melbourne, Vic; Do It at the Samstag Museum Adelaide (as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts), (2015); Right Here Now National Visual Arts Showcase 2015 - Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra; Heartland Contemporary Art from South Australia at the Art Gallery of South Australia, (2013).

Her work has been selected as a finalist in a number of prizes including the 2015 Burnie Print Prize, 2014 City of Hobart Art Prize, The Alice Prize in 2014, Fremantle Print Award the Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award (where she received the premier award) and the Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial. In 2006 she won the Image Award For Excellence in the One exhibition (a selected exhibition of notable SA artists) and the print section of the Whyalla Art Prize in 2001.De Rosa’s work is held in the collections of the Australian National Gallery A.C.T, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, and the Whyalla City Council, S.A., Scott Hicks Collection, and numerous private collections.

In 2015 she presented a paper at the eighth Australian Print Symposium at the National Gallery of Australia, ACT and has participated as a peer on the  Arts South Australia funding panel.

In 2016 she was awarded Country Arts SA Artist Breaking Ground Award which will culminate in a major solo show scheduled for South Australian Living Arts Festival in August at AC Arts, Light Square, Adelaide. She has furthered her development through attendance at a number of significant print studios including a residency at The Australian Print Workshop in 2011, and more recently in 2015 at the Londonprintstudio. While in London she spent a month at the Natural History Museum undertaking research in the botany department investigating the collections of Jessica Hussey.

In June this year Chris will travel to Venice for the Biennale,and  visit Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples.

Dr Paula Furby

Paula has broad experience in the visual arts and has worked as government advisor in the arts. She has a Ph.D in Australian Art History, has taught art history and theory at the University of Adelaide and Adelaide Central School of Art, curated exhibitions and served on the Works of Art Committee of the University of Adelaide. She is currently a member of the Carclew Youth Arts Board.

Dr Jared Thomas

Jared has worked in arts and education roles with organisations such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Arts SA, the Australia Council for the Arts, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. He is an award winning writer of theatre and fiction.

Christian Lock


Robyn Holtham

Assoc Dip Art G&S, Fellow GSGA

Robyn was born in Melbourne in the ‘50’s into a creative family. In 1973, she was accepted into the school of Art & Design at RMIT where she studied Gold and Silversmithing full time.

Her passion and enthusiasm for the arts has seen her involved in the setting up and running of several Arts ventures including ‘Works II’ (The Basin Victoria), ‘Third Eye Creations’ (Belgrave, Victoria), D.Ranged Artworks Inc. (Dandenong Ranges Contemporary Arts Group) and the Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre (Now ‘Burrinja’) – Founding Member and Board Member. The latter project saw Robyn bring together 50 artists and over 500 art works to create an exhibition which convinced the local Council to save the former Shire offices from being sold off and instead, retain them for community cultural use. Her most recent venture was The Wild Lime Café & Gallery in Blinman, Flinders Ranges.

Robyn’s own designs are primarily inspired by nature and her interaction with it. As well as exploring nature continuously as a theme in her work, Robyn has, through consultation and assistance from palaeontologists at SA Museum and Tourism SA, recently developed a range of jewellery designs based on the Ediacaran Fossils found in the Flinders Ranges. These are now available for purchase at the SA Museum shop.

Robyn is currently teaching jewellery making as well as designing and making individual and limited edition pieces for commission and sale. She has exhibited her work widely and her work is represented in both private and public collections in Australia and overseas.

Georgina Williams

Ngankiburka-Mekauwe (Senior Woman-of Water),
Cultural Clan Custodian Kaurna

Georgina grew up on Point Pearce Mission, Yorke Peninsula, where the survivors of her dispossessed people were relocated having first been moved to Poonindie, Eyre Peninsula, from the Adelaide Plains. Through her Kaurna/Narrunga grandparents and ancestral links with Narrunga/Adjahdura people of Yorke Peninsula, she grew up with the Aboriginal knowledge of the long history and spirit of the land; an embodied respect for the traditional relationships to and responsibility for country. Through her early working careers as nanny/housemaid and nursing, she grounded a philosophy of healing and care, and in following her own journey home to her father’s Kaurna Clan country, she has become a leading activist in Kaurna spiritual and cultural renewal. Creatively, Georgina trained at Redfern Black Theatre in Sydney and since has been involved in activist and interactive projects.

‘Arts for Life’ activities began 40 years ago with the establishment of the Black Theatre Workshops for Aboriginal people at the first Aboriginal Community Centre in Wakefield Street, Adelaide and have been continuing in various art projects involving performance, theatre, music and poetry ever since. Her main and continuing work has been in recovering and maintaining an ‘Arts for Life’ relationship with the last open space places along the Tjirbruki (Tjilbruke) Ancestral Dreaming Tracks; at the sites where the old man cried and left his tears as springs. These tracks reflect 6,000-10,000 years of ‘Peace Law’ and the meeting grounds of trading routes for the people. 

Nadia Cusimano