Workshops and events


Our workshops and events are facilitated by highly skilled professional artists. They offer members of our community and the broader public opportunities to learn and gain new creative skills in an open, friendly and supportive environment.

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

Garden Instinct Workshop

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.

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.

2013 Prospect-Us 2 (web image)

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: Gallery1855 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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