Bringing issues to life through art

Under The Weather

Images of climate change from the streets

Concluded October 2018

Small scale photographic exhibition at Surrey Downs Community Centre. Showed the risks posed by climate change through the lens of people experiencing homelessness.
The 12 photographs were produced as part of the Under the Weather project, a series of workshops and larger exhibition presented last May by Hutt Street Centre in the City of Adelaide.

The participants from Hutt St Centre’s Pathways to Education and Aged City Living programs were provided with cameras and taught the skills to photograph their immediate environment and their everyday experiences of rain, wind, storms and heat.
They produced a wide range of images that revealed how the changing weather patterns are impacting on the homeless.


Shoes and Can image by Salvador
‘Shoes and Can’ by Salvador


It's a long way from the top by Karen
‘It’s a long way from the top’ by Karen

We hope this smaller exhibition at our community centre encouraged thoughtful conversations about climate change and a deeper awareness of living rough in a changing climate.
This exhibition was facilitated by Gallery 1855. These 12 photographs are a part of the Under The Weather project. It was supported by The University of Central Queensland and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility’s (NCCARF) Vulnerable Communities Network, who all worked in collaboration with Hutt St Centre.
Gallery 1855 and Surrey Downs Community Centre would like to thank Danielle Every, Senior Research Fellow, The Appleton Institute, CQ University, Adelaide and Hutt St Centre for the loan of these 12 poignant images.
The Surrey Downs Community Centre is located at 6 Zanoni Cres, Surrey Downs SA 5126.
Telephone:  (08) 8397 7423.

Garden Instinct

Stories (by Connie Berg, Penny Cowell, Malcolm Walker) and photographic documentation (by Sam Oster) of 8 Tea Tree Gully based gardeners whose lives have been enriched by their gardening pursuits. Their commitment and passion for their respective gardens, whether ornamental, business or produced based is celebrated through this community based project.

Over the last 12 months, we have been working with these gardeners; interviewing and photographing them, and then sharing aspects of their gardening lives with
audiences to consider and enjoy.

Four of our eight gardeners participating in this project include: Monica’s Organics (A small family owned business operated by Monika Fiebig and her son Daniel who take pride in producing certified organic vegetables that are nutritious and chemical free); Megha Sharma (Megha migrated from Delhi, India 8 years ago to meet her husband Subodh in Australia). Megha creates the most delicious chutney from the mint that she grows in her suburban garden.); Pioneer Court Community Garden (Run and shared by residents in the Highbury community. It is filled with an abundance of fruit trees, vegetable and other flora.); Ruth de Mazzeo (Over several years Ruth transformed the desolate back of her small housing commission home into a colourful rose and floral sanctuary. Ruth is forever photo documenting her blooms and sharing them with her friends.) and Our Lady of Hope Catholic Primary School (Features a gardening program for the students who prepare food using the veggies and herbs grown and harvested by them at school).

Garden Instinct public outcomes were exhibited during the 2017 SALA Festival and will also be presented at various locations within the City of Tea Tree Gully.

Garden Instinct images (L-R) Ruth de Mazzeo, Pioneer Court Community

Garden Instinct images (L-R) Monika Fieberg (Monica’s Organices), Megha Sharma

Garden Instinct images (L-R) John Hall (Newman’s Nursery), Our Lady of Hope Catholic Primary School

Garden Instinct images (L-R) Dean Roberts, David and Val Baker


Our Arts and Culture team have been working with a number of artists to develop a range of temporary and not so temporary outdoor artworks for Modbury. Look out for woven fences, urban jewellery, turf drawings and a number of murals. Over the next few weeks, we’ll publish project updates.

Here’s a few examples

Urban jewellery by Jessamy Pollock and Tea Tree Gully Youth.

Outside the  Library, City of Tea Tree Gully Civic Centre, 571 Montague Road Modbury.

Jessamy is a contemporary jewellery and object designer/maker with a broad practice that includes community art and small public art projects. For this skills development and public art project she taught local youth to create and install a range of jewellery pieces for the outdoor environment.

Here’s some images from the workshops at Gallery 1855 Studio







Here’s the install and the artwork








A series of collagraph prints


Material world
Image: Workshop participant Frank Agenburg at the print press with Simone Tippett


These artworks were created by members of our community alongside visitors to our
City, at Gallery 1855 Studio as part of the Material World community arts project,
which included a number of workshops

A collagraph is a printmaking technique that has its basis in collage. Guided by print artist Simone Tippet, workshop participants used everyday waste material to create their
individual artworks. The aim of the Material World creative skills development
workshops was to encourage all of us to think differently about waste, and to be
creative by imaginatively repurposing things we would otherwise throw away.

These are a few of our remaining prints and they were created by:
Jane Bailey, Lisette Burgess, Hella Fiebig, Alison Main, Erin Mauger, Jocelyn Munro
Edwina Shannon and Ann Whitby.

If you would like to know more about our workshops and projects, please contact
our Arts and Cultural Officer by email: