Riverland Black Screen Exhibition

Country Arts SA’s Black Screen is a free celebration of Indigenous film and culture that runs during National Reconciliation Week each year and promotes cultural awareness, Indigenous screen culture and entertainment in locations right across the state.

As part of this program, Country Arts SA in the Riverland will present an exhibition inspired and created by local artists.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists are invited to participate as a pair or small group in the spirit of reconciliation. This project aims to build artist networks, skills, stories and cultural sharing where Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists work together as a creative team and are supported by an experienced mentor artist.   It embraces the importance of giving Indigenous artists a voice to share their stories and strengthens our artist community.

Artists can submit an expression of interest as a pair or small team or as an individual artist. In the case of individual artists, Country Arts SA will work with those artists to facilitate pairings based on their EOI submission and an initial face to face network function.


Participating artists will work in partnership to create 1-2 works . Creative teams must be a mix of Indigenous artists and non-Indigenous artists.

The artworks are to be a joint concept between artists and should reflect themes of reconciliation and culture. These themes are of a personal nature and should not seek to represent cultural groups. While artworks represent the individual artist we ask that correct cultural protocols are respected.

Artworks must be no bigger than 1m by 1m. 3D artwork sizes are to be approved by Country Arts SA

The Chaffey Theatre Foyer is an open gallery space that is used by people of all ages, artwork content must therefore be appropriate for public display to an audience comprised of a range of age groups and social and cultural backgrounds.

Country Arts SA reserves the right not to exhibit any work that may be deemed offensive.

Equipment and Materials

Artists are to source their own materials.

Artist requirements

Artists are asked to document the process of their artistic journey for this project. This can be done via photography, video or journaling. Part of this documentation may be used as support material for the exhibition.

Artists are required to attend the following:

  • Network function and first workshop: 22 February
  • Progress workshop: 21 March
  • Progress workshop 18 April
  • Exhibition set up and Smoking Ceremony: 24 May

Where possible artists should also attend the Chaffey Theatre’s Black Screen event, Thursday 30 May.

Artist support

Artists will attend 3 workshops by Kat  Bell (Knuth) during the project. The workshops will also act as a progress update where documentation of the artistic partnership and the artwork is shared.

Where artistic partnerships may struggle, Country Arts SA and the Black Screen Exhibition program team will be available to facilitate a professional resolution.


  • Artist must be a permanent resident of the Riverland

Applications close Monday, February 18 at COB

Exhibition dates: 24 May – 22 July 2019

Fill out the form below to apply online or visit the Chaffey Theatre for hard copy application forms. For any enquiries about this opportunity contact Rebecca Farrant via email [email protected] .