Rethinking Participation is OSCA’s ongoing series of 2-day artist led think tanks and responsive research gatherings. These collegial assemblies, invite local and regional emerging and established First Nations and South Australian artists to come together to discuss their practices which focus on the creation of participatory and socially engaged artistic outcomes.

The first iteration in 2022 was attended by 14 artists who were invited to to step back from production outcomes and come together to reflect, share and consider new ways of working. The next series of gatherings with 16 artists is taking place over 23/24 in partnership with Carclew and Flinders University Assemblage research centre for creative arts. Assemblage is Flinders University’s research centre for artistic enquiry and art creation,led by Director Tully Barnett.

Lead questions

  • How has pandemic-related conditions affected your practice?
  • What new ways of collaborating have / continue to emerged from pandemic-related restrictions?
  • How has COVID-19 restrictions affected your sense of community and challenged the creation of shared experiences with the public?

Concept: Paul Gazzola

Collaborating partner: Tom Borgas

Publication design team: Rosina Possingham, Paul Gazzola and Tom Borgas

2022 Participating artists and curators

Regional: Leila Day (Andamooka), Alysha Hermann (Riverland), Shania Richards – Wongutha, Mirning, Barngarla, Ndaju, Gubrun, Bulang & Eliza Wuttke (Port Lincoln), Leila Day (Andamooka) & Cynthia Schwertsik (Adelaide Hills).

City and Urban: Rosina Possingham, Jesse Budel, Emmaline Zannelli, Kylie O’Loughlin – Kaurna/ Narungga, Amber Cronin, Tom Borgos, Laura Wills, Ida Sophia, Henry Jock Walker.

Observer: Tarsha Cameron

2023/24 Participating artists, academics and curators

Regional: Michal Hughes (Whyalla), Fleur Kilpatrick (Renmark), Boandik artists Sonya, Sarah and Suzy Smith (Murray Bridge)

City and urban: Jay Milera and Tania Taylor (Kaurna/ Narungga), Emma Beech, Mona Khizam, Keira Simmons, Fiona Sprott, Heidi Kenyon, Tully Barnett, Alice Castello,

Observer: Kelly Reynolds

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Our mission is to provide artists and non-artists with opportunities to create contemporary works that explore local ideas and new way of coming together in the public domain.

OSCA acknowledges we work on Kaurna Land – always was, always will be.

OSCA is funded by Arts South Australia. We also receive project support from the Australia Council, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Country Arts SA and the City of Onkaparinga.