Our workshops and events are facilitated by highly skilled professional artists who have a passion for working with people of diverse backgrounds, skills and interests. They offer members of our community and the broader public opportunities to learn while gaining new creative skills in an open, friendly and supportive environment.

Here’s some of our workshops, classes and other events:


Art – not just a pretty picture, it’s good for the brain

Presentation by Dr. Bridgette Minnuzzo, followed by artists floor talks


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Image:  Bridgette Minuzzo, The Ranges Revisited (detail), 2018.

Art is good for the brain is presented by Dr. Bridgette Minnuzzo, who will give an overview of her research into the positive effects of arts engagement, screening a video of a play she staged for Perform Your Science 2018.

Bridgette will also show examples from  her recent exhibitions and visual art projects, ranging from public art, photography, video and soundscapes.

After Bridgette’s talk you can stay on and tour the gallery with a glass of bubbly in hand, while artists from our community exhibition (From the Kitchen Table) provide insights into their works.

About Dr. Bridgette Minnuzzo:

A freelance visual artist based in Adelaide with over 20 years experience in arts project delivery and management.

Her recent PhD research focused on visual art, urban spaces and how arts engagement can improve the environments where people work and study.

One of Bridgette’s strengths is the ability to initiate creative ideas and make them happen.

When:  Saturday 7 December, 4.30 – 7.00pm

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio

Cost:  Free



Print it for the Festive Season

Mono printing workshops with print artist Sally Caston

Come and get your fingers dirty and make some expressive Christmas themed mono prints that we will turn into swing tags, gift cards or wrapping paper! Let us bring out your inner child at Gallery 1855.

Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that allows you to create unique, freeform printed images every time. This will allow you to produce abstract compositions, more complex details, and traced contour images. Monoprinting is a quick process and you will get results much more quickly than other printmaking techniques. This means that you can also improve more quickly through repeated attempts and move up the learning curve toward brilliant quality prints.

When:  Two sessions available. 10:00am- 12:30pm,

Friday 29 November or Friday 6 December

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio

Who:  Beginners, 15 years and older

Cost:  $25 per session

Materials:  All materials provided


Images provided by the artist.  Creative outcomes will vary and are dependant on participant skill level and ability to follow the facilitator’s instructions.


Jewellery Workshop

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Using semi-precious stones and metal, make a neckpiece with designer maker Regine Schwarzer

Guided by Regine, you will learn the basic techniques required to create your own unique piece.  You will learn how to shape and texture decorative metal discs for
connecting neckpiece components.

About the artist: Regine trained in jewellery making and metalwork in Germany and currently works from her studio in the Adelaide Hills. Her creative practice is
inspired by earth’s natural elements such as minerals, rocks and metal.

When:  10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday 30 November 2019 (includes an optional 1/2 hour break)

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio

Who:  Suitable for people 16 and older. No previous jewellery making skills required

Cost:  $60 (all materials provided)



The Art of Ideas

A workshop series for anyone who wants to explore their creativity with Leigh Gregurke

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Over 3 sessions you will generate creative ideas and then interpret them through art making.

Leigh will guide you through a series of activities and techniques. From  journal making to visual notation and from lotus diagrams to conceptual maps, each session will involve the creation of an interesting art object.

Get ready to immerse yourself in lively discussions and collaborative interactions – all about making art.

About the artist: Leigh is a community arts worker, teacher and mentor who works across a number of disciplines and media.  He likes to link the artist  with locality while exploring the meaning and value of culture.  Leigh examines the intersection of high and low art through sculpture, drawing, music and writing and unpacks the way in which we see and interact with our world.

When:  10:30am- 1:30pm, Thursday 14 , Friday 22 & Thursday 28 November 2019

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio

Who:  Beginners, 15 years and older

Cost:  Free

Materials:  Some materials provided.

Show and tell

Bring along a significant object or keepsake and tell us all about it.

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Sit back and relax with a glass of bubbly while listening to other speakers’ stories.

We’ll start you off with a story of our own.  Then hand the rest of the evening over to you.

This event is inspired by artist Lee Walter who features personally significant objects in her artwork currently on show in the gallery

When: 6.00pm – 9:30pm, Friday 1 November 2019

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Who: 18 years and over. Anyone with a story to tell about their object.
No previous story telling experience required.

Cost: Free



Spontaneous Watercolours with Zinia King

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Image:  Zinia King,  Flying Man (detail), 2019, watercolour on paper

Ever wanted to have a play with watercolours, but didn’t know where to start?  Want to loosen up your artistic hand and just have some fun?

Ever wanted to let your imagination run wild in a non-judgemental creative environment? Now’s your chance!

Join artist Zinia King for a sensational session of watercolour painting. You’ll be surprised by the interesting creations you’ll come up with. Expect lots of laughs and learning.

 When:  10:30am – 2:30pm Friday 25 October  2019 (short optional break)

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio

Who:  Suitable for people 16 and older. No previous watercolour painting skills required

Cost: $30 (all materials provided)


Image  of Flying Man by Zinia King is indicative only.  Creative outcomes are determined by each participant’s skills level and ability to follow the facilitator’s instructions


Sculpt a portrait in clay

Using clay you will learn how to create a half life-size human head with ceramic sculptor, Judith Rolevink

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You will learn basic clay sculpting techniques while looking at the bone structure and anatomy of the human head.

About the artist:  Working from her studio in Tea Tree Gully, Judith has a degree in Ceramics and also trained as a sculptor.  Her bronze sculpture of Mary Mackillop and Children, can be seen outside the Catholic  Cathedral, Victoria Square and the bronze of cricketer George Griffin on the grounds of the Adelaide Oval.

When:              10:00am – 4:00 pm, Saturday 19 October 2019

Where:             Gallery 1855 courtyard, 2 Haines Road Tea Tree Gully

Who:                  Beginners 16 years and over. No previous clay sculpting experience                                        required.

Cost:                  $65 (most materials provided)


Image provided by the artist is indicative only. Creative outcomes will vary and are dependant on participant skill level and ability to follow the facilitator’s instructions.

Introduction to life drawing

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Guided by figurative painter and drawer Ruby Chew, learn the fundamentals of drawing the human figure from a live model over three sessions.

About the artist: Ruby is a practicing visual artist specialising in realism.  She graduated from the Adelaide Central School of Art and has studied at the Florence Academy of Art and Central Saint Martins, London. She’s an Associate Facilitator of the Art Gallery of South Australia and regularly works with Carclew as a Teaching Artist.

When:  6:30-9:30pm Thursdays,  26 September, 3 and 10 October 2019

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio

Who: Beginners, 18 years and older

Cost: $60 (for 3 sessions)

Materials: List provided before 1st class to registered participants

Other information: Participants will be working with a live unclad model



Clay Soiree

In the studio

Here’s how our community connected with Clay Imaginings exhibition and its artists

The Nature of Drawing

A plein air exploration of drawing with John Whitney



Guided by John who combines a range of drawing materials, you will explore simple techniques for drawing a plein air. Working outside you will learn how to observe, study and record aspects of the natural and built environment.

John will also demonstrate a variety of methods such as grid drawing, perspective, proportion, tone and shading.  By the end of the day you will have created your own colour or black and white study.

Note: A significant proportion of this workshop will take place outdoors. In case of severe weather workshop will take place indoors.

When:  10:00am – 2:30pm, Wednesday 10 April 2019 (includes 1/2 hour break)

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio

Who:  Suitable for people 16 and older. No previous drawing experience is required

Cost:  $45 (all materials provided)


This workshop is associated with The Shed 26, South Australian Company Stores Series.
An exhibition by John Whitney.  Concludes 27 April.

Winter Sculpture Workshop 

Over 4 sessions create your own sculptural artwork using clay and other media with artist Jane Bailey

In this workshop  series you will  work  with clay and other materials  to conceptualise and create your own themed artwork.  Bring along your ideas and over four weeks you will  design, create and sculpt a unique piece of art primarily using  ceramic
construction methods.

When: 1-4pm, Sundays 19 May, 2, 9 and 16 June 2019

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio, 2 Haines Road Tea Tree Gully

Who: Suitable for people 16 years and over

Cost: $80 (covers all sessions and all materials)


Dream Words

A creative writing workshop with Amelia Walker

Are you fascinated by your dreams and impressions they leave you with?  Why not explore this this landscape using poetry or prose to unlock their imagery, symbolism and narratives.

Amelia, whose most recent poetry collection Dreamday responds to artworks about dreams and dreaming, will provide a supportive creative environment  for you to delve into this inner world.

When:  1pm – 5pmSaturday 27 April 2019

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio, 2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully

Cost:  $40 per person


This workshop is a cross art-form extension of Gallery 1855’s exhibition  A Doll That Phyllis Never Gave Me.  A response to a disturbing dream about a doll. Created by visual artist Catherine McAvoy. Concludes 27 April.

Paper Jewellery Workshop 

Explore the personal significance of jewellery and using metallic paper make your own unique piece with artist Sahr Bashir

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The jewellery we wear can be an expression of our emotions and unique identity.

With Sahr’s guidance you will explore this idea, while focusing on how the objects we acquire carry a sense of connectedness and familiarity with the world around us.

Thinking about ‘home’ and ‘identity’ you will design and make your own brooch or pendant. Using simple jewellery and paper construction techniques, your unique piece will be intimate and reflective of your creative exploration.

When:              10:00 am – 2:30 pm, Friday 29 March 2019

Where:             Gallery 1855 Studio, 2 Haines Road Tea Tree Gully

Who:                  Beginners skills base, 16 years and over

Cost:                  $40 (materials provided & BYO lunch)


Image is indicative only. Artworks produced on the day will vary.

Concertina Book Illustration & Making Workshop

Over 2 days Illustrator Sally Heinrich will guide you through the process of taking your story from words on the page to an illustrated concertina book.

Beginning with character development and initial sketches, you will plan a storyboard, complete your illustrations and finally construct your book.

We will also look at how specific elements in illustrations create a visual language that extends and complements the text.

Bring along a story, poem or song lyrics to illustrate and anything else that may relate to your story.

When:  10:30 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 March 2019 (lunch break included, BYO lunch)

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio, 2 Haines Road Tea Tree Gully

Who:  Beginners skills base, 16 years and over

Cost:  $80 covers both 5 hour sessions (materials provided & BYO lunch)


This 2-day workshop coincides with Gallery 1855’s Fringe Festival exhibition Décalage, curated by Sally Heinrich and opening 3 February 2019.

Images: Illustrations are by Sally Heinrich and are indicative only. Creative outcomes will vary and are dependent on participant skill level.

Babes at Gallery 1855

A mid-morning cultural experience

Led by prominent SA illustrators Sally Heinrich and Danny Snell

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Image: Danny Snell, Pussycat At The Door, 2018, mixed media, digital image
Publication: Let’s Go Strolling, Little Book Press, 2018. Author: Katrina Germain

Bring your young ones along for a talk and tour of our Fringe Festival exhibition Décalage, followed by morning tea.  Also hear how Danny and Sally successfully integrate parenthood into their creative careers.

This event is designed for parents and caregivers of infants and young  children.

A craft activity will be offered to pre-school children attending this event.

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Wednesday 20 February 2019

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Cost:  Free


Make a Lantern for Display at Gallery 1855

Presented by Michelle Jahn


Participants created hanging lantern that were displayed at Gallery 1855 over the Christmas Period

When:  10am – 2pm, Wednesday 12 December (includes a 30 minute break)

Where:  Gallery 1855

Cost: Free (all materials supplied)

Who: Beginners to intermediate skills base, 16 years and over

Image of lanterns made by Michelle Jahn is indicative only.
Creative outcomes produced on the day will vary.

Print It

Printmaking with artist James Parker

Images above:  Participants create their own templates using cut out motifs from decorative papers.  James Parker demonstrates how to mix paint colours and the type of effects which are possible to achieve in your prints.

In this workshop you will produce drypoint and wallpaper intaglio prints using German
and Japanese paper that you have stained with pigments.

When:   10am – 4:30 pm, Saturday 8 December (includes 30 minute lunch break)

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio, 2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully

Who: Beginners to intermediate skills base, 16 years and over

Cost: $40 includes materials (BYO lunch)

Images above:  James Parker sets up the press and then removes a finished print.

Images above:  Some examples of student’s work.

Make a Papercut Wreath

Presented by artist Ellen Schlobohm


The festive season is approaching! In this fun workshop you will experience the magic of paper cutting with Ellen Schlobohm of Ellen Marie Artistry. You will finish the afternoon with a least one beautiful and intricate paper-cut wreath created from white and coloured papers. Hang it on a door, in a window or even on a tree.

Make your wreath using templates provided by the facilitator or from your own design. Suitable for participants 16 years and over. No previous papercutting skills required.

Images:  Participants at the workshop interpreting a traditional Christmas symbol as a papercut wreath.

When:  10am – 3pm, Saturday 1 December 2018 (includes a 30 minute break)

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio

Cost:  $25 (covers materials and use of tools)


Image is indicative only. Artworks produced on the day will vary.


Babes at Gallery 1855

A mid-morning cultural experience

Bring your young ones along for a talk and tour of our current exhibition
‘Drawing upon…(live)’, followed by morning tea.

Hear how Melanie Fulton visual artist and curator of this exhibition integrated parenthood into her creative career.

When:  10:00 – 11:30am Wednesday 5 September 2018

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio

Cost:  Free


Images above:  Mothers, grandmothers and young children enjoyed a tour of the Gallery, led by artist and exhibition curator Melanie Fulton.  Melanie also spoke about her experiences mixing artistry and motherhood.

Drawing Upon…Flora

An introduction to drawing flora and plants


Guided by Melanie who combines visual art with her floristry practice, you will explore simple techniques for drawing flowers and plants.  Looking at flower and plant shapes, along with growth patterns, you will discover how your drawing can take shape.

Melanie will also explain the differences between scientific botanical illustration and artistic or decorative drawing.  by the end of the day you will have created a study of a flower or plant.

When:  10.30am – 4.30pm, Saturday  1 September 2018 (includes a half hour break)

Where:  Gallery 1855 Studio

Who:  Suitable for people 16 years and older.  No previous drawing experience is required.

Cost:  $40 (all materials provided)



Gallery 1855 – Participate

What does place mean to you?

Painter, Scott Rathman will work with participants to explore connection to place through the use of colour, symbols and pattern.


Scott Rathman, Someday at the River, acrylic on canvas.


The group will work together to design and paint readymade seating cubes that will be displayed and utilized in Modbury’s Civic Park during NAIDOC week 2018.

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When: 10am – 1pm, Saturday 16 June 2018

Where: Gallery 1855 studio, 2 Haines Road Tea Tree Gully

Who: Beginners skills base, 13 years and over

Cost: Free

This participatory project coincides with Gallery 1855’s NAIDOC Week
exhibition Some Identity: who are you? by Scott Rathman.


Adventures in Bricolage with Maggie Moy


Inspired by the artworks in The Doll Redefined exhibition we will begin by discussing the various methods of bricolage used by different artists. We will look at wire work, paper mache, stitching and joining methods. A table full of beautiful fabrics, unusual ceramic objects and other ‘treasures’ will be available to construct a bespoke doll with a
contemporary twist. Participants can bring their own selection of objects to work with.
Bricolage is borrowed from the French word ‘bricoler’ – to tinker. Simply put, it refers to art work created from a diverse range of found objects.

When: 10:30am – 4:30pm Saturday 26 May 2018

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Who: 16 years and older. No prior knowledge of bricolage required

Cost: $35 | Most materials provided

Images above:  Facilitator Maggie Moy guided participants in bringing their hybrid creations to life.

Images above:  Some of the amazing works produced at the Bricolage workshop.


Crochet a Minnie Babushka Doll

with Vesna Petiq from Minnie Crochet Boutique

Inspired by Vesna’s artworks in The Doll Redefined exhibition you will create your own unique Babushka doll.

When: 10am – 2pm Wednesday 23 May 2018

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Who: 16 years and older with basic crochet skills

Cost: $20 | All materials provided

Images above:  Participants enjoyed creating their own unique crocheted dolls in the style of the traditional Russian Babushka (granny), in this workshop facilitated by Vesna Petiq.

Learn to Use Watercolour, Acrylic, Oil or Mixed Media

With artist Jane Bailey

Art class

Suitable for participants at all levels. Beginners are guided through basic
drawing and colour theory, while other levels are supported in their own project of choice. You will explore different methods and techniques for each media.

When: 6 – 9:00 pm, Wednesdays from 2 May 2018 over 9 consecutive weeks

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio, 2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully

Who: Beginners, intermediate and experienced skills base, 16 years & over

Cost: $155 for the 9 week course.  Materials: list provided upon request.

Make Paper and Tin Pendants

Guided by jeweller Sue Garrard, you will create pendants using two bead making traditions. You will recycle everyday materials such as soft metal, paper leather and fabric into contemporary jewellery.

The tradition of paper bead making began in Victorian England in the late 1800’s. Recycled paper bead making also has a long history in Africa. It plays an important role there today as a source of income for women, enabling them to create micro-businesses that help support their families.

When:         10:30am – 2:30 pm, Wednesday 21 March

Where:        Gallery 1855 courtyard, 2 Haines Road Tea Tree Gully

Who:           Beginners skills base, 16 years and over

Cost:           $20



Images above:  Sue Garrad guided participants through the meticulous process of making paper and tin pendants.

Gallery 1855 – Participate

Fence Work

Create an artwork alongside ANEW exhibition artist Jane Skeer

Using an assortment of discarded materials, community members contributed to the design, production and installation of one large-scale artwork on our fence.

When: 10am – 4:30 pm, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March 2018

Where: Gallery 1855 courtyard, 2 Haines Road Tea Tree Gully

Who: Beginners skills base, 16 years and over

Cost: Free

This participatory project coincided with Gallery 1855’s Fringe Festival exhibition ANEW by Jane Skeer.


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Images above demonstrate participants assembling and choosing materials, planning a design and construction of the Fence Work project.

Garden Instinct Workshop

Knot it

Macrame with Knot Modern’s Mary Atkins


Using Mary’s newest design, the Hanging Garden, participants learnt how to make a macrame hanging planter pot using this textile knotting technique.  It has 3 panels from which you can hang 3 small flower pots or herbs in jars

When: 10am – 2:30pm, Wednesday 6 September 2017.

Who: beginners

Cost: $20  (all materials and equipment supplied

Garden Instinct Workshop

Hand built sculptural planter pots with ceramic artist Alison Smiles 

Step by step guidance through all the technical aspects involved in creating a ceramic pot, full of personality and ready for firing by the end of the workshop.

When: 10am – 2:30pm, Wednesday 23 August 2017.

Who: beginners

Cost: $20  (all materials and equipment supplied)

Indigenous Foods Presentation , Tasting and Guided Tour.

Identification of edible plants, collection and preparation techniques.

Presenter: James Tylor, an Australian artist and photographer who examines racial and cultural identity in Australian contemporary society.

When: 12-4pm, Friday 2 June 2017.

Cost: $20

From Pencil to Print

Introduction to a variety of printmaking and drawing techniques by No Bridge Too Far Artists James Parker and John Whitney. Including the creation of hardboard portfolios to contain the creative outcomes.

When:10am – 4:30pm, Sunday 28 May 2017.

Who: beginners – intermediate skills base.

Cost: $35  (all materials and equipment supplied)

Artist Floor Talk

No Bridge Too Far Artists James Parker and John Whitney shared insights into the South Australian bridge as a landmark and anchor for identity and place.

When: 5:30-7pm, Sunday 28 May 2017.

Cost: Free

In the Studio during Hills Edge Clay

DECORATE IT (ceramics workshop). Introduction to surface decoration and treatments (decals, sprigging, slip trailing) with Anna Couper.

When:10am – 2pm, Saturday 18 March 2017.

Who: beginners.  Cost: $25  (all materials and equipment supplied)


ARTIST TALK BY PHILIP HART. Covering Phil’s ceramic practice, including the development of his ideas and material processes.

When: 3-5pm, Saturday 18 March 2017.

Artwork image: Philip Hart, James Pot, 2016, coil built, painted underglaze

Make a clay figure during Hills Edge Clay

Youth Development Workshop

We learnt how to create bright and funky ceramic figures with Hills Edge Clay artist Alison Smiles. Using terracotta clay we hand built and surface decorated our own creations over two fun sessions.

When:  4:30 – 8:30pm Tuesdays 21 and 28 February 2017.

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio (2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully).

Who: beginners.  Cost: $10 for both sessions  (all materials and equipment supplied)

Introduction to paper cutting

We made a mini decorative wreath and other intricate pieces with paper cut artist Ellen Marie Artistry. Ellen also explained and demonstrated different paper cutting approaches while guiding us through each step of the process.

When:  10:00am – 1:00pm and 1:30 – 4:30pm, Saturday 26 November 2016.

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio (2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully).

Who: beginners.  Cost: $25  (all materials and equipment supplied)

Paper making

We learnt to make paper with Catherine Hewitt (paper artist). Using recycled materials, we made different textured and colours papers (some with pressed flowers and seeds) that we later used for cards, artist books and other purposes.

When:  10:00am – 12:30pm and 1:30 – 4:00pm, Saturday 29 October 2016.

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio (2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully).

Who: beginners.  Cost: $30  (most materials and all equipment supplied)

Print a bag

We created our own layered designs and printed them onto a calico bag with Tooth & Nail’s very own Jake Holmes.

Presented by CTTG Youth Development.

When:  10:00am – 1:00pm 27 September 2016.

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio (2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully).

Who: For aspiring young creatives (15-25 years).  Cost: $5 (all materials and equipment supplied).

Luminous Lanterns

We learnt to make paper and glass lanterns with mixed media artist Catherine Hewitt. Catherine guided us through basic design and layering techniques to create our very own luminous lantern.

When:  Two workshops 10:00am – 1:00pm & 1:30-4:30pm, Saturday 27 August 2016.

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio (2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully).

Who: beginner to intermediate skills

Cost: $25 (all materials and equipment supplied)


Stitched Up

We learnt to make simple artists books by cutting, redacting, gluing, stitching and repurposing magazines and other printed ephemera with Barbara Coddington (writer and artist) and Simone Tippett (print artist).

Presented as part of the Print Council of Australia’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and the 2016 Year of Print.

When:  10:00am – 4:30pm Saturday 25 June 2016.

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio (2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully).

Who: beginner to intermediate skills

Cost: $45 (all materials and equipment supplied)








Screen Print Them

Participants created their own layered designs then screen printed them onto their own cotton tea towels with Jake Holmes from Tooth and Nail Studio. Jake guided them through all the basics, so they could achieve their own set of tea towels.

Presented as part of the Print Council of Australia’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and the 2016 Year of Print.

When:  Two sessions on 15 June 2016.  10:00am – 12:30pm and 1:00 – 3:00pm.

Where: Workshops at Gallery 1855 Studio (2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully).

Who: beginner to intermediate skills

Cost: $25 (all materials and equipment supplied)







Public art creative development workshops

For local youth who want to learn how to create and install bright and funky out door furniture adornments with contemporary jeweller and object designer Jessamy Pollock

When: Workshop 1, 17 and Workshop 2, 24 May 2016. Both workshops 10:30am – 2:30pm. Artwork installation, 31 May from 12noon – 4:00pm.

Where: Workshops at Gallery 1855 Studio (2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully). Artwork installation at City of Tea Tree Gully Civic Centre (571 Montague Road, Modbury)

Who: Young creatives who are interested in public art, and developing craft and design skills. Aged from 15 – 25 years.

Cost: free (all materials and equipment supplied)

About the project facilitator:

Jessamy is a contemporary jewellery and object designer/maker with a broad practice which includes community art and small public art projects.

Exploring the design concepts of architects Daniel Libeskind, Peter Davidson and Donald Bates, she has been interpreting their philosophies through her own practice as a contemporary jeweller, whilst taking visual inspiration from patterns and repetition found in both the natural and the build world. Her aim is to incorporate all functional elements within my designs to ensure each forms independence as a sculptural object from its function as jewellery. Inspired by architecture, her miniature sculptures will provoke you to shrink with in your imagination and explore the forms internal spaces at an architectural scale.

In 2011 Jessamy completed the two year associate program in the Metal Design Studio at JamFactory, and received a Master of Arts Practice through Charles Sturt University in 2012. 2013 was an exciting year for her practice; coming runner up in Contemporary Wearables and winning the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia Award in the Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Awards.

In 2014 Jessamy was named as a finalist of the National Contemporary Jewellery Award where she won the Courtesy of the Artist prize. She was also lucky enough to participate in Adelaide City Councils ‘Community Arts in Place workshop’ were she received mentoring by Cindi Drennan and Sandy Elverd. This was a valuable experience which has reinforced her passion for community art and provided her with some amazing experiences within the local community.

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Jessamy Pollock, Prospect – Us, City of Prospect

Jessamy teaching jewellery making to local community members at Gallery 1855 Studio in 2015.




Enterprise Bootcamp

A one-day intensive about craft and design markets


  • Jane Barwick – Bowerbird Bazaar
  • Farley Wright – kittycamehome
  • Donna Tripodi and Jen Weeks – Frock Me Out

For young creatives who want to get their heads around planning and running their own market stalls.

When: 10:00am – 3:30pm, Tuesday 12 April 2016

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Who: Young and emerging creatives

Cost: free

Kitty Came Home_Katrina and Farley at a market

Farley Wright with Katrina Weber from kittycamehome


Farley Wright – kittycamehome


Market stall demo


Jane Barwick – Bowerbird Bazaar


Jane Barwick – Bowerbird Bazaar


Bootcamp participant Georgina Chatterton with Carly Didote, CTTG Youth Develpment Officer

DSC_0192Donna Tripodi and Jen Weeks – Frock Me Out


2:16pm stretch



Bioart 101

Introduction to Bioart and exhibition floor talk by Matrix artist Niki Sperou

When: 1:30 – 3:30pm, Friday 4 March 2016

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Cost: free






Mid morning cultural event

Babes at Gallery 1855

An exhibition tour and morning tea for parents and carers with babies and young children. Attendees also heard how ceramic artist and mother of four Sunshine March balances an arts career with parenting.

When: 10:30am – 12:30pm, Friday 23 January 2016

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Who: Parents and carers with babies and young children

Cost: Free






Ceramic workshop – Hand building with Anna Couper

Participants made a variety of bowls using slab building surface decorating techniques. Presented as part of Hills Edge Clay exhibition.

When: 10am – 4:30pm, Wednesday 20 January 2016

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Who: Beginners

Cost: $25, covering materials







Ceramic workshop – Raku with Angela Walford

Participants learnt how to surface decorate a ceramic piece using Raku technique. Then participated in the firing of your piece using Angela’s wood fueled kilnPresented as part of Hills Edge Clay 

When: 10am – 4:30pm, Thursday 26 November 2015

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Who: Beginner to intermediate skills base

Cost: $25, covering materials













Meet the Multicultural Maker 

Embroidery workshop – experience our community’s cultural diversity through creativity

Participants learnt the embroidery stitches and celebratory motifs depicting aspects of life in Bangladesh alongside experienced maker Masuma Akther.

They created their own embroideries using the stitch techniques taught by Masuma over two workshop sessions (totalling 10 hours).


1: Saturday 10 October from 10:00am-4:30pm

2: Sunday 1 November from 12:30-4:30pm Where: Gallery1855 Studio

Who: Basic needle work skills required
Cost: $50, covering the 2 sessions and materials










Watercolour workshop – learn how to combine traditional watercolour techniques with gouache alongside artist Jenny Clapson

When: 10am – 4:30 pm, Wednesday 30 September 2015

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Who: Beginner, intermediate and experienced skills base

Cost: $25, covering some materials

Working from Still Life subjects participants experienced the freedom that the incorporation of opaque white gouache allows when creating your own watercolour paintings.

Kangaroo Island based artist Jenny Clapson was a participant in Gallery 1855’s exhibition Ecologies of Place. Her creative practice spans over 40 years where she has worked and taught in a number of mediums, significantly printmaking, watercolour and gouache. Her paintings and prints are held in the National Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia and Parliamentary House collections.





Mark making on clay – learn to surface decorate clay tiles with ceramic artist Angela Walford.

When: Saturday 31 January 2015 10am – 4:30pm

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Who: Artists and non-artist. Beginner to intermediate skills base. Basic knowledge of handling clay required

Cost: $25 (covering materials and firing)

Angela Walford, Hills Landscape, 2014, stoneware clay, slips, oxides, 30 x 30cm. Image Courtesy of the artist.
Angela Walford, Hills Landscape, 2014, stoneware clay, slips, oxides, 30 x 30cm. Image Courtesy of the artist.

Material World – collagraph prints with Simone Tippet

Sundays 7 and 14 December 2014 10am – 4pm

Gallery 1855 Studio

Professionally led by print artist Simone Tippett, these two print making workshops encouraged community members to think differently about waste, and to change behaviours around the accumulation and disposal of waste.

Participants used a range of everyday waste products to create collagraph prints.

They were asked to think about their daily activities, about the waste they accumulate on a day-to-day basis, and also creatively interact with safe-to-use waste…to think about how to use waste creatively.

By using the collagraph printing process, community members worked (touch, manipulate, repurpose, cut, etc) with waste materials. The resulting prints were exhibited during the 2014 Fringe Festival at the City of Tea Tree Gully in 2015.






Material World – transforming fabrics into the unexpected with Annabelle Collett

Saturdays from 4 – 25 October 2014

Gallery 1855 Studio

An environment sustainability awareness building workshop series using waste fabric and other home wares.

Guided by Annabelle Collett participants worked through many processes and techniques to make an outdoor ephemeral textile installation which was placed in the adjacent park near Gallery 1855 at Tea Tree Gully.

Participants used a variety of waste fabrics (old clothes, bed linen, T towels, table clothes, fabric scraps, rags, irrigation hoses and other plastic). They cut them up, ripped, plaited, stitched, knitted, remade and transformed them into a new life.









Print making for ceramics

When: Saturday 10 May, 10am – 2:30pm

Where: Gallery 1855 Studio

Who: participants with basic clay handling skills and some kiln firing knowledge

Ceramic artists Angela Walford and Alison Arnold demonstrate printmaking techniques for ceramics. From creating a screen using a Gocco machine to low tech techniques including lino printing. Learn how to transfer an image on to flat and curved forms and create rich surfaces using layered decoration techniques.



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