About h.ART

h.ART is a not for profit community group  with the aim of facilitating and promoting arts activity in the central Adelaide Hills region. Contact us at h.art.advocates@gmail.com

Our Vision:10801992_871297199589173_6367761627880208341_n

The h.art group will facilitate an arts precinct at the Woollen Mills which offers contemporary spaces; for innovative arts practices led by artists and communities.

Our Mission:

  • We will have exhibitions; open studios, artists / thinkers in residences, workshops and masterclasses that will engage diverse audiences.
  • We will be visionary in our approach to create a sustainable legacy for the Adelaide Hills.
  • We will create this through our professionalism, our partnerships and a willingness to take on artistic risk.

Our Guiding Principles:

These principles are intended to guide the work of h.ART and provide a sound foundation for the development of arts initiatives at the Mill. We seek to:

  • dscn3943Respond to the site;
  • Promote external engagement with the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill; 
  • Collaborate with other organisations;
  • Advocate and facilitate broad artistic engagement at the Mill;
  • Build community, both locally and among arts practitioners;
  • Encourage cultural diversity and inclusivity;
  • Enhance skill development
  • Pursue innovation
  • Secure sustainability

h.ART’S first project was a series of pop up exhibitions at the Onkaparinga Woollen Mills. Vacant buildings were used as gallery spaces. Seed funding for the project was provided by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Small Grants Program and Adelaide Hills Council provided access to venues.

The first popup gallery exhibition was held in August 2015 during the South Australian Living Artists festival (SALA).  The SALA exhibition, ‘Blankets revisited: Woven at the Mill’ invited artists to create artworks using fabric from Onkaparinga Woollen blankets. It involved 42 artists from the hills, metropolitan and regional areas.

‘The Mill in Focus – Then and Now’ Photography Exhibition was held in January 2016. Photographs on loan from the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill Museum were displayed alongside contemporary photographs by 6 local photographers.

‘The Community Collection’ was held in April/May. Collections of artworks owned by community groups were displayed as well as work from the collections of local artists. Community members were also invited to be involved in the curation by offering items from their own personal collections to be displayed.

h.ART’S second SALA exhibition, ‘Threads of Industry, Changing Place, Making Place’ was held in August 2016.

Photo galleries of each exhibition are available on the ‘Exhibitions‘ page.

Contact us at h.art.advocates@gmail.com

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