Artist opportunities

Raewyn Spinks - Clay Talk installation 2023 Exhibitions - Arts Centre

Call for expressions of interest

The Arts Centre Port Noarlunga is calling for Expressions of Interest from Artists and/or Curators for exhibition proposals featuring new work by artists working in any media for 2023.

Exhibition spaces are generally allocated for one month, between February and November, while exhibition works should be less than 12 months old and not have been previously exhibited at the Arts Centre.

Expression of Interest forms and gallery information sheets are available to download below.

Expression of interest form(PDF, 137KB)

Gallery information(PDF, 320KB)

Applications close on 19 September 2022.

Expressions of Interest for 2023 exhibitions can be emailed to:

Co-ordinator, Arts Centre Port Noarlunga


Annual Art Commission

Each year the City of Onkaparinga commissions an artwork which can be either a public art piece or a visual artwork to recognise an event, activity, or opportunity of significant historical importance to our city. 

Last year, we funded the ‘Centenary of Port Noarlunga Jetty’ which is being created by artists Will Cheeseman and Laura Wills with an artwork called ‘Sea Stars’ which will see a series of local sea creatures and plants that live in and around the jetty represented along the jetty in bronze and aluminium. 

In this first stage, we are inviting everyone to get involved by suggesting ideas for the art piece to be completed in 2022. The chosen idea will be developed into an artist's brief and brought to life through a finished public art or visual art piece.

Survey closed Sunday 15 May at 5pm.

Expressions of interest from artists will open later this year.


Can it be public art, or visual art?

It can be either public art, or visual art.

How much is available to artists for the commission?

There is a total of $5,000 available (includes artists fees, fabrication/creation, materials, and installation costs if a public artwork).

Who selects the artist?

We will form a panel. The panel will include staff, an elected member and an artist.

Does the artist have to be a resident of the City of Onkaparinga?

A preference will be given to artists that reside or have a relationship with the city.

What is considered to be visual art?

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

What is considered to be public art?

Artwork must be outside and accessible to all.

  • Stand alone - artworks are defined by being three-dimensional and independent of other structures, such as buildings, like a sculpture in a park.
  • Integrated - public artworks include street paving, sculptural seating, and windows.
  • Applied - murals on buildings, chalk drawing on footpaths, legal 'street art'.
  • Performance based - dance, theatre, music and other live actions in public space.
  • Kinetic - moves in some way.
  • Sound - public artwork are as a broadcast, soundscape, voice, or musical performance.
  • Digital - video played on an outdoor scree, or computer-generated imagery.


For further information about this project, please contact Jason Haskett, Team Leader Arts, Reconciliation and Cultural Development on 0408 956 849. 

City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator Award 2022

SALA logo The City of Onkaparinga is proud to again partner with SALA in offering the SALA/City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator Award 2022. The City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator award aims to foster and support contemporary curatorial practice in the City of Onkaparinga and is open to all SALA registered curators at any stage in their professional career.

For details and how to apply visit  SALA Awards  

About the award

The award offers the winning curator or curatorial team $1000 prize money and the supported opportunity to curate a SALA [GRAFTd] exhibition at Sauerbier House in August 2023. Participants who register as a curator in SALA 2022 will be eligible to self-nominate for the award.  The applicant curators will be judged on the originality and clarity of their proposal along with their ability to realise their vision through their nominated SALA exhibition. By applying for the award, the curator affirms their availability to curate the SALA exhibition at Sauerbier House in 2023.

About Sauerbier House culture exchange

Established in 2015, Sauerbier House culture exchange is a renovated colonial homestead located in the coastal township of Port Noarlunga, South Australia. Sauerbier House programs are dedicated to the creation of living cultural dialogues and local creative exchange expressed through contemporary arts practice. The house offers two main galleries, external grounds and an outside washhouse to curate an exhibition in.

About [GRAFTd] exhibitions

[GRAFTd] exhibitions are programmed to run concurrent to the established artist in residence program, offering local or visiting professional artists/curators a platform to exhibit contemporary works, newly imagined or previously unseen in South Australia. Exhibitions run between four and six weeks and are heralded with a public exhibition launch. The opportunity is open for artists/curators at any stage in their career. It is obligatory that an element of community engagement, for example a workshop, talk or demonstration will be programmed and facilitated by the successful curator or contributing artists during the exhibition period.

About SALA 2023

  • Exhibition dates for 2023 SALA exhibition are 5 August – 23 September
  • The exhibition will be installed within both internal gallery spaces at Sauerbier House with the Wash House and garden optionally available.
  • To support the City’s local arts community the curator is required to include the work of at least one local artist who officially resides within the city boundaries into the 2023 exhibition.
  • An exhibition launch will be held on Saturday 5 August, 2-4pm with simple catering provided. Liquor license will be obtained if liquor sponsorship is arranged.
  • Curator and/or represented artists are requested to gallery sit the exhibition at least twice on a Saturday 1-4 pm during the exhibition dates.

About support

  • The winner will receive $2000 (paid by schedule), as material support fee to assist with the generation of a cohesively curated exhibition.
  • The successful curator will be provided with a contract outlining the terms and conditions of engagement following the conclusion of SALA 2022.
  • Material support is paid by schedule following contract signing.  
  • The successful winner will also be provided with the following in-kind support;
  • SALA 2022 registration and community event listing
  • professional support from Sauerbier House staff including artist contracts
  • exhibition space and gallery support for six weeks including programmed launch
  • promotion of exhibition – across print and electronic platforms
  • additional payment is available for curator or participating artist/s to facilitate   community engagement workshop. (T&C apply)

About judging

  1. Applicant curators will be shortlisted on strength of application with consideration given to;
    • originality of proposal 
    • thematic approach
    • suitability of venue
    • selection of artist/s disciplines 
  2. Exhibitions by shortlisted curators will be judged and the winner selected following on-site visitations to the nominated exhibition/event by the Sauerbier House Reference Group.
  3. Winner will be selected on the curators’ ability and success in realising the proposed exhibition/s as outlined in the initial application.

Note: The winning curator will be required to provide the Sauerbier House coordinator with a summarising statement outlining the 2023 exhibition (max 120 words) including working title, names of any confirmed contributing artists, and indicative signature image (and attribution) by 1 October 2022 for inclusion in the 2023 Port Noarlunga Arts Precinct program.