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Call for Proposals

July 11, 2011

FELTspace is now accepting proposals, due Monday August 15th 5pm,

check the proposals page for details.

Katrina Simmons- strange deeply & Zoe Brooks- I Heard

July 10, 2011
Opening the 13th of July, Wednesday 6pm at FELTspace
From the 14th-30th of July
Katrina Simmons- strange deeply


Zoe Brooks- I Heard

Katrina Simmons- strange deeply

In Jean Luc Godard’s 1965 movie Alphaville: The Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution, words are continually removed from the official dictionary. Poetry, conscience, why and love have all been banned but also weeping, autumn light and tenderness. In Godards’, futuristic dystopia emotionless citizens are ruled by technology and the logic of science has replaced the independent thought of artists, thinkers and poets.

Strange deeply, a new exhibition by Katrina Simmons opening July 13th at FELTSpace, draws on Godard’s screenplay, among other things, to investigate the slipperiness of contemporary meanings. Utilising a diverse range of materials, including beeswax, paint, concrete, leather, thread and found objects, these new sculptures are deliberately provisional or process based as she argues that “meaningless” work also reflects an important understanding of lived experience.

Katrina Simmons- Biography

Katrina Simmons is an installation and sculptural artist whose work deals with failure, dysfunction and instability within social communication and interpersonal relationships. Her recent work has been concerned with the breakdowns and ruptures that occur between the internalised anxieties of the artist and contemporary socio-cultural and political systems. Katrina holds a PhD in Visual Arts from the University of South Australia (2009). She has exhibited in solo shows at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and Adelaide Central School of Art. Group exhibitions include Epic Fail (FELTspace, 2010); Room (CAST, Hobart, 2007); Something Shows Something to Someone (Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2006); Snapshot: Contemporary South Australian Art (Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 2006); and Modern Love (Downtown Art Space, Adelaide). Katrina is also active in arts writing and has lectured extensively in the visual arts at TAFESA and the University of South Australia.

Image attached: Katrina Simmons, Evocation (Detail), embroidery thread, acrylic paint, beeswax, masking tape, found wire frame (2011) variable dimensions.

Zoe Brooks- I Heard

I heard divulges into an undisclosed perverse psyche revealing a sense of personal evaluation, confessional thought, hidden agendas and perception of character. Ideals of belonging intertwine to create self-righteous statements that question our connection to life, existence and ones sense of place in society.

The unravelling of text mimics a language of youthful curiosity and configuresin explanations of things beyond ones comprehension. A text that spells out the difference of social behaviour as personality soon develops after separation, as we grow from our mould.

The progression of journey may be different but it’s the connection to each other and

to something bigger is in question.

Zoe Brooks- Biography

Zoë Brooks is an emerging young Adelaide based visual artist. With shifting mediums that blur the boundaries of paint, installation and sculpture, her art becomes a transformation of space. Zoë draws on the inspiration of being a young person – with underlying themes of subverting the innocence as she creates “naughty art” drawn from experiences of the everyday. As ideals of belonging intertwine with the relationships we encounter, the subject for creating and recording becomes endless.

Since the completion a Bachelor of Visual Arts from O’Halloran Hill TAFE in 2009, Zoë was selected to exhibit in the 2010 Helpmann Academy Graduate Show and constructed large scale street installations using the city as a back drop for paintings. Her recent achievements include winning the Dr. Kemeri Murray AO Award in the 2010 Youth Scape, Royal South Australian Society of Arts Prize.

Image attached: Zoë Brooks, The Herd (Detail), (2011) variable dimensions.

Silence is Golden: Matt Warren (Tas)

May 31, 2011

Opening Wed. June 2nd 6pm

Exhibition open 3rd to 20th June.

Born in Burnie, Tasmania.  Relocated to Hobart in 1991 to study visual art at University of Tasmania’s
Centre for the Arts, emerging in 1995 with Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma in Art
Craft & Design. Working primarily in time-based media, Matt creates installations, single channel video,
audio works, and performance. His work investigates memory, transcendence and suspension of disbelief.In 1999 Matt received an Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship to undertake
Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice research at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
Other awards received include the Marie Edwards Travelling Scholarship (2008) Australian Postgraduate
Award (2006) and the New Media Skills and Arts Development grant from Australia Council for the Arts (2003),
with which he travelled to Germany to undertake research into Germany Expressionist cinema and Krautrock,
the latter being the subject of a documentary, Stoic Rhythms – A Krautrock Fan’s Journey. He has also created
a documentary about Canadian electronic musician/composer Jean-Yves Thériault (2000) and an audio/radio
documentary about UK musician/composer Mick Harris (2008).

Matt has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Vancouver, Montreal, Tábor; Czech Republic, New Zealand and
throughout Tasmania. He has held residencies with Jean-Yves Thériault in Montreal, Canada, with Damo Suzuki
in Cologne, Germany and at Raw Space in Brisbane as well as multiple residencies at CESTA (Czech Republic).

Within his visual, aural and performance practice Matt has collaborated with Sean Bacon, Edward Colless,
Concrete Lung, Scot Cotterell Eli Crews, Tom Hall, Leigh Hobba, Beth Lisick, Deborah Pollard, Sally Rees,
Lena Stuart, Damo Suzuki, Jean-Yves Thériault and John Vella amongst others.

Matt’s music and sound activities include the solo projects mumble(speak) (which undertook an Australian tour in 2010),
Broken Tiny, the improvisational electronic music trio TRIAD (2009 Australian tour), collaboration with Scot Cotterell called dÜo
the psyche/drone duo Untermorast and the industrial/metal duo M.O.I.O (Machines Of Indeterminate Origin).

In 2009 he completed PhD research in time-based media at UTAS.
Matt lives and works in Hobart.

image: Matt Warren, ‘üüüüüüüüüü’ (Detail), (2011) variable dimensions. 

LaLaLahLaLaLaLah: Maarten Daudeij with Mal Wass and backroom Ordered Chaos: Mary Coventry

May 2, 2011


Opening Wednesday 4th May at 6:00pm.
Exhibition open 5th til 22nd of May    

Artist talk Friday May 20th at 6pm.

Maarten Daudeij with Mal Wass

The Way IT isN’T.
Just ways beyond to stay where you are: Zen, Jung, phenomenology, the singularity problem – Daudeij and Wass adrift, paddling, kicking, gasping – only to return with artworks; just ways beyond to stay where you are.

Maarten Daudeij-(b. 1981 Well, The Netherlands) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Sculpture and Installation at the University of South Australia. In his work he explores the notion of exploring.

Image (left): Maarten Daudeij, Design for Exhibition Space Super Position (2011

Ordered Chaos

Mary Coventry

Chair and Table stack #26 exists for the first time in FELTspace gallery. It has been born there and it will die there and therefore is entirely site specific to the space. Each stack in the series has been built using the same objects or building blocks in an ongoing investigation pushing the limits of balance and gravity as fixings. As a result of this method of making, the stacks cannot be exhibited together as they only exist one at a time.

Mary Coventry is a processes based sculptor who works primarily with found objects,wooden furniture and building materials. Her recent work explores ideas of structural elevation using gravity as a fixing; the last eight months culminating into a series of stacks. After sourcing many chairs, tables, and other miscellaneous objects, she then uses these individual objects as building blocks to create structurally precarious, even dangerous yet delicate self-supporting stacks.

Mary completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts with honours at Adelaide Central School of Art in 2008. She lives and works in Adelaide and has previously exhibited at Gallery 211, Tin Cat Café Gallery and several times at Adelaide Central Gallery.

Image (right): Mary Coventry, Chair and table stack #3, (2010) variable dimesions.


April 24, 2011

FELTspace is looking to extend opening hours allowing local and interstate artists greater windows of opportunity for exposure and we need pro-active people like you to do this. If you would be interested in volunteering some time please contact us on or chat to us at one of our openings. Volunteering not only looks great on your CV but is also a valuable networking platform to the Adelaide arts community.

Hope to hear from you!

Things that recall us to Earth : Talia Wignall with Here No Evil : Yanni Floros

April 3, 2011

Opening on Wednesday 6th April at 6pm,
Exhibitions run 6th-23rd of April

Talia Wignall -Biography
Talia Wignall completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design at Adelaide Centre for the Arts in 2006, then graduating with Honours in visual arts and the South Australian School of Art (SASA).

Upon graduating Talia has exhibited solo and in group exhibitions at spaces such as Light Square, FELTspace, Gallery 139, Artspace at the Adelaide Festival Centre and Carclew Youth Arts. Her work has received a number of commendations and awards including The artEast Maras Group $1000 art prize (2007) and the Art Stretchers Award for Highest Student Graduate in Painting (2006). In 2008 Talia was a recipient of the Helpmann Academy Optus mentorship program, being mentored by renowned Adelaide artist Chelsea Lehmann. Talia was selected a finalist in the 2009 National Youth Self Portrait prize at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

Top Image: Talia Wignall, Ain’t no mountain high enough (2011) 65 x 102cm, pencil on paper.

Yanni Floro’s -Biography

Yanni Floros is an Adelaide based artist that trained at the National Art School in Sydney graduating as a sculpture major. Since then he has shown his work around Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and has been a finalist in art prizes such as the Dobell Drawing Prize 2010 and the Lethbridge 10000. He also exhibits with Scott Livesey Gallery, Melbourne and Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane. His work extends across the disciplines of painting, sculpture and drawing and focuses on the pursuits of man and how those pursuits impact our development.

Bottom Image: Yanni Floros, Here No Evil (2011) 102cm X 72cm, charcoal on paper

Also FELTspace has been nominated in the Thousands Awards, so please show your support for the Adelaide arts community and vote!

And show your SA support and  vote for the other great Adelaide nominees like Format.

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FELTspace GOLD Publication Launch.

February 28, 2011

FELTspace Gold: A Survey of Emerging Contemporary Art Practice in South Australia 2011

will be launched at FELTspace, Wednesday March 9th 6.00 pm.

FELTspace GOLD presents the work of South Australia’s brightest up and coming contemporary artists, it surveys the practices of twenty eight emerging artists working in the areas of cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration, performance, video, glass, sculpture, painting, and drawing. The work of each artist is wonderfully illustrated and accompanied by a specially commissioned text from one of four emerging arts writers. This beautifully produced publication continues the commitment of FELTspace to building an active and supportive contemporary arts community in South Australia through an exciting regular program of exhibitions and ongoing projects with local and interstate arts organizations. It marks a significant point in the ARI’s development and its aim of developing a nationally recognised platform for emerging contemporary artists, writers and curators in Adelaide. FELTspace GOLD has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts’ Opportunities for Young and Emerging Artists (Artist Run Initiatives) Program.

Come join us as we launch this exciting publication and celebrate emerging Adelaide artists.

Stay tuned for updates on launch program and events to be announced soon.

EXTENDED exhibition period

February 24, 2011

FELTspace is extending the current exhibition for one week only! If you missed the opening last night you have till Sunday to see Jasmin Coleman’s installation and Cara-ann Simpson’s sound work.

Pop up Exhibition: STABILISERS by Jasmin Coleman

February 17, 2011

FELTspace is pleased to present a new installation by Jasmin Coleman(with audio by Cara-Ann Simpson)  for a one night only pop-up exhibition on Wednesday 23rd Feb.

Jasmin Coleman  Biography

Jasmin Coleman is an emerging visual artist from Brisbane, QLD. Her hybrid art practice shifts between large-scale installations, sculptures and painting. Jasmin employs, dislocates and appropriates a variety of ‘common’ materials and processes used within the construction industry. She is interested in the potential value of their innate transformative properties to discuss notions of flux in contemporary society and within the context of contemporary art.

In 2010 Jasmin moved to Adelaide from Brisbane to undertake an 11 month informal mentorship at George St Studios, Thebarton with established Adelaide-based public artists Tony Rosella and Greg Healey. Under the guidance of her mentors Jasmin will develop new manual skills to enable her to realise ambitious new artworks for temporary and permanent public art projects and exhibitions. In 2011 Jasmin will also be showcasingStabilisers in four locations across Australia – Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Coleman participated in The Jump National Mentoring Program facilitated by Youth Arts Queensland (2010). During this time she was mentored by Brisbane based visual and public artist; Lincoln Austin. Since completing formal studies in Fine Art (2004) her artwork has been curated in many group exhibitions both locally and interstate. She was selected as a top 10 finalist in the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (2010), was a Finalist in The Churchie National Emerging Art Exhibition (2009) and also LAUNCH: Clayton Utz Travelling Scholarship exhibition held at Metro Arts, Brisbane (2009). Coleman has participated in a number of interdisciplinary collaborative projects. Recently Jasmin has been commissioned by the Brisbane City Council and Museum of Brisbane to develop a temporary public artwork, which will be displayed in the new Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Busway in late 2011.

Cara-Ann Simpson Biography

Cara-Ann Simpson (b. 1985) is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on sculpture, sound, space and the participant. Cara-Ann is concerned with modes of listening/hearing in social situations and how people interact with sound. In 2010, Cara-Ann received an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to attend the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME2010, Singapore) where she presented a paper with collaborator Eva Cheng (research engineer) on an interactive sound installation. The Janet Holmes á Court Artists’ Grant Scheme supported the development of this installation in 2009, and Cara-Ann was subsequently featured in Real Time Magazine’s online Studio section.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts First Class Honours from the University of Southern Queensland in 2008, and received the University of Southern Queensland Faculty of Art – Visual Arts medal in 2007. Simpson was the recipient of the Hobday and Hingston Bursary from the Queensland Art Gallery in 2007 for being the most promising undergraduate student from a Queensland tertiary art course. Cara-Ann also received the Asia-Pacific Golden Key International Honours Society Visual & Performing Arts Sculpture Award (2008), and was short-listed in the Wilson HTM National Art Prize (2009), and Agendo (2009).

Simpson has had a number of solo exhibitions, sound releases and been involved in numerous performances and group shows within Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. Cara-Ann is the 2011-2012 Electrofringe Co-Producer (annual electronic arts festival and year-round programming), and is currently working on several collaborative and solo projects in Melbourne, Australia.

HARDCORE FOLKLORE II: Celeste Aldahn & A F1 PLAYER: Carl Giorgio

January 23, 2011

Opening Night Wednesday February 2nd, 6pm.
Open, 3rd February to 19th February.


Artist bio: I am an Adelaide born and based emerging artist. With a background in performance, currently my practice is mostly illustrative, sculptural and craft-ual and explores themes of mysticism and new-age spirituality.

While I have always found the most intuitive themes and content for my work to be the spiritual and the otherworldly, my creations are also testament to my belief in creation as a form of “homemade magic”. As a self-confessed ex pre-teen witch and the daughter of a culture dabbling with the new-age, my compulsion toward the mystic has roots deeply nested in my upbringing and experiences as a young girl.

I have recently graduated from the South Australian School of Art where I majored in Sculpture. While an undergraduate, I was extremely proactive and exhibited regularly- almost exclusively in self-executed and funded shows held in irregular sites or empty buildings. In addition to these, I have exhibited in Disco Beans Gallery, Melbourne; Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney; Format Space, Liverpool Street Gallery and FELTSpace in Adelaide. My work has been published in “So Nice to Finally Meet You”, 2009, edited by Philadelphian artist Joanna S. Quigley.

A F1 PlAYER: Carl Giorgio

Artist bio: Carl is an emerging South Australian artist working predominantly in drawing, photography and painting. He is currently studying at Adelaide Central School of Art.



limited books available on the night for purchase.

It’s the First opening for the year so come down, check out some art and have a drink!