As the city’s edge gives way to the suburban settings, our lifestyles are marked by a myriad of ever-changing factors intertwined deeply within the merging of old and new ideals. Paul Gazzola

PROJECTS OF THE EVERYDAY (POTE) is OSCA’s ongoing commissioning program that seeds, develops and presents artist-led projects in a model responsive to community. By positioning artists in direct contact with local participants, POTE engages the community in innovative spaces of creativity, making, experimentation and inclusive outcomes.

PROJECTS OF THE EVERYDAY offers innovative South Australian artists long term support to research, create and present participatory projects in the suburb where they live. This OSSA funded initiative simultaneously seeds, develops and presents artist-led projects in a model responsive to local ideas and situations. Works have included a series of community walks, installations, music events, public forums, artist talks and workshops.

Major project outcomes are the final creative development of site-specific community based initiatives that champion OSCA’s interest to develop new forms of presentation in the public domain.


Creek Lore by Laura Wills was a weekend of guided walks along First Creek  involving the community to discusses public and private land ownership and share their ideas and experiences of the creek. REALISED in May 2017.

Foragers, Weed Gardens and Gatherings (FWG) –  Through a series of community focused workshops, gatherings, foraging expeditions, recipe exchanges and art events, FWG explored and celebrated contemporary/historical knowledge and use of local, native and imported vegetables, flowers, weeds and greens. REALISED in Oct/Nov 2017.

Gardens Don’t Lie… by Mona Khizam is a documentary style video work which explores how our gardens can reveal the truth about our values, our finances and the lives we lead. Shot in Salisbury, Elizabeth Grove and Parkside, Gardens don’t lie… traverses the suburbs of Adelaide and finds surprising things in unexpected places. REALISED in Oct 2018.

Gardens don’t lie… will have its premiere screening  on Thursday the 4th October 2018 at  6pm – Fontanelle Gallery, 175 Vincent st, Port Adelaide. Download the pdf invite here.

GUITARCHESTRA by Matthew Timmis  is an inter-generational electric guitar ensemble made up of 100 local community members from the City of Mitcham. Conceived and led by composer Matthew Timmis, the work will engage a diversity of amateur guitarists in the creation of an immersive multi-phonic, sound work. A work in progress for 2019

Monumental Appeal by Ben Leslie involves the greater community of Port Adelaide in the development of a set of public sculptures that traverse the line between participatory public monument, placemaking and playground equipment. An accompanying series of Port Adelaide community workshops will address the use of recycled materials in their creation. A work in progress.