Artist opportunities

Centenary of Port Noarlunga Jetty Commission

This opportunity is open to a public art, or visual art response, with preference going to artists that reside or have a relationship with the City of Onkaparinga.

This project is to mark the significance of the Jetty, with the centenary being celebrated by the local community this year. The winning commission should reflect the diverse and constant usage of this structure, from fishing to scuba divers’ access to the reef, walking and even occasional temporary public art.

The work should showcase the natural context in which the jetty sits and the value of it to those who use it both historically and at present. It is a well-used and highly visible landmark at Port Noarlunga for residents and tourists alike.

Artist brief(PDF, 297KB)

Expressions of interest close 5pm Tuesday 2 November 2021.

Surf Art exhibition

2021 Surf Art Exhibition and Art Market

The City of Onkaparinga’s annual Surf Art exhibition is open to all Australian artists celebrating the ocean, the coastal environment and the culture of all things related to surfing. 

The Surf Art exhibition marks the beginning of summer and has become one of the pivotal features of the annual program at the Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga.

Carving a place in the hearts and souls of the southern arts calendar, the exhibition celebrates not only surfing culture, but our region’s history, stunning coastal environment and lifestyle.

Application are now open for the 2021 Surf art exhibition, along with a new event for 2021, being the Surf Art Market, to be presented in conjunction with the 100 year celebrations of the Port Noarlunga Jetty.

Applications for Surf art exhibition and Surf Art Market close on Friday 12 November 2021.

Surf Art Exhibition 2021 entry form(PDF, 97KB)

Surf Art Exhibition 2021 entry form(DOCX, 54KB)

Surf Art Exhibition 2021 terms and conditions(PDF, 360KB)

Surf Art Market 2021 entry form(PDF, 383KB)

Surf Art Market 2021 entry form(DOCX, 57KB)

Statement by supplier(PDF, 129KB)

Old Reynella Murals

This mural project is for the southern end of Old South Road in Old Reynella. The City of Onkaparinga and the Department of Infrastructure and Transport are enhancing two buildings: the Noarlunga Model Railroaders Inc shed and the yet to be built Bus Driver Amenities Building and an adjacent retaining wall at the Reynella Bus Interchange. Individual artists and artist teams can apply.

CLOSED: 5pm, Monday 4 October 2021.

Artists brief(PDF, 2MB) 

Sauerbier House artist in residence program 2022-23


Expressions of interest are currently open for practicing contemporary artists’ (at any stage in their professional career) to undertake a supported, three-month, site responsive open-studio residency at Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga, South Australia.

As an open-studio residency, artists are encouraged to interact with visitors to the house and generate engaging and inclusive opportunities for the wider public to experience their practice and processes.

At the conclusion of the residency, artists will be supported to present an exhibition of studio made works.

Residencies and exhibitions will be programmed to take place between July 2022 - June 2023.

For full details on the residency, facilities and T&C’s please read the accompanying PDF.

To apply, complete the accompanying application.

Along with providing all participating artists details, you will be prompted to provide a concise project proposal, short artist biographies (for all participating artists) and outline your proposed community engagement. You will also be requested to upload 10 examples of current/relevant work and upload a one-page CV.

Should you have difficulty with the application’s accessibility please contact program Coordinator on 8186 1393 to discuss. 

Sauerbier House Artist in Residence application - Terms and conditions(PDF, 168KB)

Applications closed midnight Monday 27 September.

Sauerbier House [GRAFTd] exhibitions


Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga is currently seeking applications from contemporary artists or curators (at any stage of their professional career) interested in exhibiting in the 2022-23 [GRAFTd] exhibition program.

[GRAFTd] exhibitions occur quarterly across the year and are installed within the house or grounds for five to six weeks.

Two gallery spaces are available, and artists can apply to exhibit in either one or both galleries. An external space and garden are also available. Please identify your preference on the application form.

It is anticipated that all artwork exhibited in a [GRAFTd] exhibition is new work or works that have not previously been exhibited in South Australia.

Exhibitors are also requested to generate at least one engaging and inclusive opportunity for the wider community to experience the artist/ curators practice and process during the exhibition dates.

For full details on the exhibition program, support and facilities please read the accompanying T&C’s.

To apply, please complete the accompanying application.

On the application you will be prompted to provide a concise exhibition proposal, short artist biographies, and outline your community engagement. You will also be requested to upload 10 examples of current/ relevant works and upload a one-page CV.

 Should you have any difficulty with the application’s accessibility please contact program coordinator one 8186 1393 to discuss. 

[GRAFTd] exhibition application - Terms and conditions(PDF, 182KB)

Applications closed midnight Monday 27 September 2021. 

2022 Arts Centre Exhibitions

The Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga, is seeking expressions of interest from artists and curators, for exhibition proposals for 2022.

Expressions of Interest are invited for the presentation of new work by artists working in any media.

Expressions of Interest are also invited from curators, who may like to develop an exhibition of new work by an artist or group of artists working in any media.

Exhibitions spaces are available from February through until November 2022, with all exhibitions generally being on display for 4 weeks.

Exhibition proposals may also request to be on display to co-incide with state-based events, such as SALA, Adelaide Fringe Festival, etc.

Expression of interest closed on Monday 27 September 2021.

For further information, contact the Tim Rollason, Co-ordinator, Arts Centre:
Telephone: 8326 5577

Gallery information(PDF, 320KB) 

SALA Artist Registration Fee Subsidy

This scheme acknowledges the role that artists and local venues play in the cultural life of the City of Onkaparinga.

Subsidies of $125 are available to assist individuals and groups with the cost of registering for the SALA Festival.

Subsidies will be provided:

  • to artists who are residents of the City of Onkaparinga who are exhibiting either in or outside of the council area
  • for costs associated with registrations for SALA, up to $125
  • to the first 24 applications received

Artists are required to:

  • firstly register for SALA via the SALA website by the closing date of Monday 10 May 2021
  • pay the relevant fee to SALA
  • fill out this form including the Electronic Fund Transfer information
  • fill in a Statement by a Supplier form, if not a holder of an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • attach a copy of their SALA registration receipt
  • display the City of Onkaparinga ‘supported by’ logo on exhibition promotional material acknowledging the support, to be provided

Additional information:

  • applications will be dated in order of receipt and no correspondence will be entered into
  • multiple applications may be considered
  • subsidies will only be provided for costs associated with registrations for SALA 2021
  • the reimbursement will be processed according to council’s payment procedure timeline

Key dates:

  • SALA registrations close Monday 10 May 2021
  • Subsidy applications and supporting documents due by COB Monday 24 May 2021
  • Notification of application approval will be by Friday 4 June 2021
  • SALA Exhibition August 2021