Things have changed …

Go to the FABRIK Arts & Heritage website to see what’s happening at this wonderful venue: www.fabrik.org.au.

Adelaide Hills Council have established Fabrik, an emerging Arts and Heritage Hub under the directorship of Melinda Rankin and located within the State heritage listed buildings of the old Onkaparinga Woollen Mill. For details see www.fabrik.org.au

Having achieved our original objective, h.ART are focusing internally for a period of time and operating as a local artists network organising workshops, retreats and other arts based activities for members.

This website will operate until May 2020 for provenance purposes, after which it will no longer be available. Thanks to our amazing artists who have been instrumental in helping us to achieve our goal of creating an arts precinct at the Lobethal Woollen Mill.



h.ART was a not for profit community group with the aim of facilitating and promoting arts activity in the central Adelaide Hills region.

When we formed in 2015, our vision was ‘to facilitate an arts precinct at the Onkaparinga Woollen Mills which offered contemporary spaces for innovative arts practices led by artists and communities’.

In the Beginning …

h.ART held 14 pop up exhibitions between 2015 – 2018 at the Onkaparinga Woollen Mills to demonstrate the viability of this vision.  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.

Our original Mission was to:

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

Our original 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:

  • Respond 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

‘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’ August 2016.