About Sauerbier House


Sauerbier House is a City of Onkaparinga arts initiative which operates as both a creative space and a cultural destination. Situated close to the banks of the Onkaparinga River/Ngangkiparinga (Women’s River – Kaurna), the colonial villa (c.1898) is a state heritage community asset. Opening to the public in 2015, Sauerbier House is now an established arts centre which supports artistic and cultural exchange through contemporary visual arts whilst retaining connection to the rich history of the coastal location.

The house sustains an interactive studio-based artist in residence program alongside a vibrant exhibition schedule presented through the [GRAFTd] exhibition program. Local and visiting professional artists at all stages of their career can utilise supported opportunities to develop site responsive projects and exhibit contemporary artworks previously unseen in our city before. Interactions with other residents, locals and visitors are offered through regular studio sessions, artist’s talks or workshops.

As a gallery space, Sauerbier House publicly presents a diverse and rolling calendar of accessible exhibitions and launch events across the year, offering visitors the opportunity to experience a myriad of contemporary creative processes. See upcoming artists for 2023-24 program.

As a residency space, two working artist studios accommodate the development of up to eight, investigative projects, through which the wider community can regularly become involved or contribute. The residencies provide a platform for arts practitioners to creatively respond to a complex and culturally significant coastal location. See upcoming artists for 2023-24 program.

Community engagement is a key element of our programming with both resident and exhibiting artists engaged for their willingness and availability to connect with the general public. Interactions with locals and visitors are fostered and creative relationships developed through regular open-studio sessions, artist’s talks, gallery tours and interactive workshops. These unique and sometimes spontaneous offerings provide visitors and arranged groups with a rare glimpse into the practice and process of a working artist. 

Getting here

We are located at 21 Wearing Street, Port Noarlunga. 

Closest bus stop: Stop 73 Saltfleet Street, northeast side or Saltfleet Street - southwest side.

Bus routes: 747, 747A, 745, 745A, 745C.

Parking: Free parking is located along Wearing Street on the southern side of the building. Two disability designated parks are available on Wearing Street. Parking is located 10m from the access ramp at the eastern side of the building.

Grounds for hire

Our grounds are available to hire for functions and events. Including decking and performance area, outdoor power and kitchen access we could be the perfect location for your next function.

Submit a booking enquiry and we'll contact you to discuss your needs.

Booking enquiry


Maximum capacity within the grounds and building is 500 people

Facilities and Equipment

Inclusions are:

  • Formal garden
  • Decking and performance  area
  • Outdoor power
  • Kitchen and toilets

Fees and Charges


  • daily rate - $518
  • hourly rate (min 3 hours) -  $142

Incorporated Associations within City of Onkaparinga

  • daily rate - $466
  • hourly rate (min 3 hours) - $103

Please contact Sauerbier House for more information. 

External grounds at Sauerbier House

External grounds at Sauerbier House

External grounds at Sauerbier House

Sauerbier House from the outside

The kitchen at Sauerbier House

Reference Group

The programming of Sauerbier House culture exchange is overseen by the Sauerbier House Reference Group. The reference group consists of practicing industry professionals with broad experience and a solid understanding of contemporary art practice and current creative trends.

The current members are: 

Louise Hasleton

Louise Haselton makes sculptural works using materials gleaned from the world around her. In 2002 Haselton completed a Masters of Visual Arts (Sculpture) by research at RMIT University, Melbourne and in 2005 undertook an artist residency at Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi, India and in 2018 at Phasmid Studios Berlin, Germany. Haselton has held solo exhibitions, in 2011 at The Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, and in 2014 at The Australian Experimental Art Foundation. In 2015 Haselton participated in do it adelaide, at The Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art and in Magic Object:The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art  in 2016. In 2019 she will present a major solo exhibition at The Samstag Museum of Art. She is a lecturer in The School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia and is represented by GAGProjects, Berlin/Adelaide.

Sue Kneebone

Sue Kneebone works across different media creating tableaux and installations that incorporate mixed media and montage to explore the spectre of history as multiple pasts in the present. In 2001 Sue completed a Masters in Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, and in 2010 a PhD from the University of South Australia.

She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions since 2001 and held solo exhibitions including Dark Manners at the SA Contemporary Art Centre in 2013, in 2016 at the Art Gallery of South Australia, in 2018 at Hugo Michell Gallery and in 2019 & 2020 at Sauerbier House and FELTspace. In 2019 she participated in an international residency in Mauritius and in 2020 she was a successful recipient of the ACE Open x KBF Pepper House Residency in Kerala, India. In 2016 Sue exhibited as part of an Irish/Australian cultural exchange for the Galway International Arts Festival. Sue has been a recipient of the Qantas Foundation Contemporary Encouragement Art Award, Australia Council and Arts SA grants. Her work is held in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia and private collections. Sue is a lecturer at the Adelaide Central School of Art.

Henry Jock Walker 

Henry Jock Walker's practice commonly explores possibilities of surfing, painting and performance through collaboration, and socially inclusive events. Walker has developed a national nomadic practice, utilising his Toyota Hiace van as an ever-changing exhibition/studio/performance site and mobile core of operations. Walker both questions and celebrates the place of contemporary art in Australia through public studio practice, thinking and working within various urban and regional communities.

Walker has been prolifically practicing, performing and exhibiting nationally for over ten years, showing in artist run spaces and contemporary art organisations; including solo shows at First Draft Gallery, and Sydney Contemporary, Sawtooth ARI, Constance, Penny Contemporary (Tasmania), TCB, Rearview Gallery, BUS Projects, West Space - as part of the Next Wave Festival, Substation - as part of AsiaTOPA (Melbourne), Felt Space, Fontanelle, Sister Gallery, CACSA, GAG (Adelaide). Walker was a founding co-director of the mobile ARI tarpspace.

Walker studied at the Art School of South Australia 2006-2008, partly studying abroad in San Diego, California and successfully completed his Honours in 2011 at the Victorian College of Art, Melbourne. Walker is an active member and founder of the performance collective The Bait Fridge. Walker is professionally represented by The Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul, NSW.


We would like to acknowledge and thank the following past Sauerbier House Reference Group members for their generous support and lasting contribution to Sauerbier House programs.

Thank you to Georgina Williams (Ngankiburka - Makauwe), Dr Jared Thomas, Paula Furby, Robyn Holtham, Greg Mackie, Anton Hart, Lisa Denis, Chris De Rosa, Nadia Cusimano and Christian Lock. 

Accessibility guide

Guide dogGuide and assistance dogs

Visitors with guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

Image of person sitting in wheelchair.  Accessibility

Sauerbier House is accessible by wheelchair, mobility aid and pram.

Toilet doors are braille signed. No baby or adult change facilities available.

There is ramp access to double glass door entry into the foyer, providing step-free access (pictured).

Steps at the Wearing Street back entrance and onto the deck (both ends) have tactile indicator studs.

Accessibility ramp at Sauerbier House

The main door facing Saltfleet Street has steps onto verandah with tactile indicators studs.

A small heritage hearth step is outside the main door and has white indictor lines along the edges only.

Door width is variable across the house:

  • Hallway gallery doorway - 74 cm wide - door pushes in only (from foyer).
  • Front door - 80 cm wide - door pushes in only.
  • Lounge gallery door - 78 cm - door pushes in only.
  • Studio doors -78 cm wide - door pushes in only.
  • Wash House - - cm wide - door pushes in only.

Toilet icon Facilities

There are three unisex toilets in the foyer: RH accessible, ambulant, and standard.

Toilet doors are braille signed. No baby or adult change facilities available.

House icon Spaces

The house hosts two internal gallery spaces (Lounge and Hallway gallery), two artist studios (Riverside, Sunroom studios) and a kitchen.

The galleries and studio floors are timber throughout. The foyer, kitchen and toilets are polished concrete.

The Wash House (pictured) is an external stand-alone exhibition space accessed by a loose pebble pathway on the western side of the house. The internal floor is concrete.

The Wash House

Sauerbier House - wash house path

Icon calendar  Exhibitions and events      

Contemporary artworks sometimes contain sensory experiences using sound or light that may affect visitor experience.

All of our exhibitions or events will include information on any strobe lighting or necessary content warnings.

Exhibitions launches are open to the public. Should an Auslan interpreter be required please let us know in advance.

Where possible, artist talks are recorded and shown live on Instagram.

Exhibition launch events are licenced and light hospitality is offered. Dietary requirements are not always catered for.

Seating is available.

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If you have any questions regarding accessibility and visiting Sauerbier House, please contact:

Jaynie Langford
08 8186 1393

Sauerbier House floorplan

Sauerbier House floorplan