Just Add Water - An Exhibition of work out of CountryArtsSA Grindell's Hut Artist Residency 2019

October 02, 2020

In 2019 I received the Grindell's Hut Art Artist Residency, thankyou to Country Arts SA. Grindell's Hut sits within Vulkathunha-Gammon ranges National Park, in Adnyamathanha Country. This work will be exhibited at Yarta Purtli Cultural Centre in Port Augusta, opening 3 October 2020, at 3pm. A selection of this work will be on display at Collective Haunt Studio Inc. in the Foyer Gallery during SALA 2020.

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Good Mother

August 13, 2018

Adelaide Central Gallery

Glenside Cultural Precinct 7 Mulberry Rd, Glenside, 8299 7300

Fight for Self Collective (Polly DANCE & Heidi KENYON), Zoe FRENEY, Jess MARA, Jess TAYLOR, Fran CALLEN

Good Mother

Through a series of contemporary and experimental works, six mother-artists challenge what it means to be a 'Good Mother'. Throughout history the myth of the submissive and self-sacrificing mother has pervaded the Western imagination. By breaking down patriarchal constructs and exploring the nuances of the lived maternal experience, these artists show us the struggles and triumphs of motherhood.

12 Aug-7 Sep

Sun 10am-4pm

Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 9am-5pm

Wed 9am-6:30pm

Opening Event 14 Aug 6-8pm

Artist Talk Curator's Talk with Gabrielle Lane

Fri 17 Aug 12:45pm

Forum Fight for Self: Forum on Motherhood and Art

Sat 18 Aug 12:45pm

Workshop Collaborative Mums & Bubs Tabletop Drawing with Fran Callen

Fri 24th Aug 12:45

Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize 2019

August 13, 2018

This drawing has been shortlisted in the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize 2019.

SALA Festival 2018 at BMGArt

August 10, 2018


444 South Road, Marleston, 8297 2440

Fran CALLEN, Zoe WOODS and Michelle JONES explore their retrospective themes through mixed media, glass, acrylics and collage on cavnas.

11 Aug - 1 Sep Wed-Fri 12-5pm, Sat 2-5pm

Opening Event 11 August 3-5pm

'Mad For More' - SALA 2018 at Light Square Gallery

August 01, 2018

'Mad for More' presents the thought-provoking and outstanding work of 11 professional artists from their diverse lived experience as mothers.

Alice Potter

Amanda Radmoni

Ashley Playfair

Billie Cook

Eleanor Zecchin

Elizabeth Wojciak

Fran Callen

Heidi Kenyon

Laura Wills

Shelley Smith

Suzy Fagan

Public opening event: 6-8pm 2nd Aug opened by Tammy Franks MP


Gallery opening times:

Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
+ Sunday 12th August 10am – 2pm
+ Late night Thursday 9th August until 7:30pm in partnership with Art After Dark


Special events open to the public:

(no RSVP required)


Artist talks: Tuesday 7th August 3:30pm

Collaborative Mum’s & Bub’s Tabletop Drawing with Fran Callen Part 1: Friday 17th August


11:00 - 1:30 Exhibition concludes 5pm 30th Aug https://www.tafesa.edu.au/adelaide-college-of-the-arts/light-square-gallery https://www.instagram.com/mad_for_more


Light Square Gallery, 39 Light Square, Adelaide College for the Arts, 8463 5024


Media enquiries: eleanorzecchin@gmail.com

Paul Guest Drawing Prize

June 28, 2018

Paul Guest Drawing Prize! This special canvas 'Dappled Things' has traveled to Bendigo Gallery for the Paul Guest Drawing Prize which opens at Bendigo Gallery on Friday 29th June. The drawing was created during 'The Collections Project' with Flinders Art Museum, thanks to Guildhouse. It's inspired by the botanical work of Ferdinand Bauer. Thankyou too, to Kaurna Warra Karrapinthi for advice and permission to use Kaurna words for local plants amongst the drawing.

Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize

June 15, 2018

'Gather' has made its way into the Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize! There's two opening events...Stump Hill Gallery at the McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, 5-7pm, and Signal Point Gallery the following day, June 17th, 12 noon-2pm. This canvas has been gathering stories over our tabletop, front yard, from within the washing machine and buried beneath local Eucalyptus trees. Thankyou Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi (the Kaurna Language Committee) for permission to write Kaurna words for local plants within the drawing.

The Collections Project is a collaboration between Guildhouse and Flinders Art Museum.

My artwork typically explores human behavior and interaction, more recently focusing on motherhood and domesticity. In this project I have explored my current ‘tabletop process’ in new ways. A process where what lands on a surface over a period of time is recorded in layers of mark making - recording everyday moments in a suggested narrative. Increasingly my interest in native plants, their uses, functions, and the role they can play in our lives, winds its way among these marks of daily life. During this Collections Project I’ve researched botanical and scientific artists from the Flinders University Art Museum’s  permanent collection. In moving drawing surfaces between my home and Flinders Campus, indoors and outdoors (including burying them beneath ‘gum trees’ for weeks at a time, and laying canvases for collaborative drawing at Flinders Tavern), a drawing ‘palimpsest’ developed. I have explored elements of the traditions, processes and techniques of botanical illustration. Intrigued by Ferdinand Bauer’s use of an elaborate ‘paint by numbers’ colour code, and his carefully considered compositions, I used these as a basis to begin each canvas, starting with strict rules and eventually breaking them. The early Renaissance technique of ‘pouncing’ (used by Leonardo Da Vinci in transferring botanical drawings), is a process I have explored in works on paper. These are based on my daughter's creation – a ‘giant pipe cleaner squid’, made after a visit to the SA Museum.

Thankyou to Kaurna Warra Karrapanthi for help, advice, and permission for using Kaurna words for some of the native plants I have drawn. They are embedded amongst my canvases near the appropriate plants. Thankyou, also, to The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre for advice and education about local plants represented in the artwork.

Fran Callen 2017

Side By Side 2

Side by Side 2

Curated by Sarah Northcott

Artists: Fran Callen, Nadia Caon, Declan Lee, Bridgette Minuzzo, Lee Salamone, Ursula Halpin, Helen Sherriff

Opening Sunday 6 August

Contemporary artists create new works in response to artworks selected from the Prospect Gallery's Permanent Collection.

I have selected 'Resevoir' by Berenice Carrington as my artwork of great inspiration!

June 30, 2016

I'll be drawing in the Central Market two days a week throughout July and August for the 2016 SALA Festival.

What I'll do is throw some canvas 'tablecloths' over  a table here and there...and draw whatever lands on it to capture in layers the ethos, energy, and atmosphere of the central markets, and the changes in time passing. You can join in with one of them if you like. Sit down and throw your shopping on the table, and draw too. Collaborative drawing! Or just sit down and chat. That would be nice too.

I'll run around drawing on small recycled things that I find about the place too.

And I'll eat cheese.

And draw cheese.

And lots of other things.

I'll be there throughout August on Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30 - 1:00pm

I'll be there at some other times too, if you want to make a time to come in email sketchyfran@gmail.com.

SketchyClasses at BlueBird Cafe - Drawing Life from Life

June 24, 2016

Sketchyclass is about broadening your approaches to drawing. About loosening up. Experimentation. Building drawing confidence, or just getting back into drawing. We focus on skills & techniques appropriate to drawing life from life. They help build your general drawing skills. There are no pre requisites - just an enthusiasm for drawing! For any skill level. Sketchyclass is a series of fun, social drawing workshops, each with a different focus. And you can drink great coffee while you sketch...and even sketch with it.

Contact Fran on sketchyfran@gmail.com for more info. Or look up dates on Wunderkammer Gallery Gift Website. We will more info here too soon!

There's classes throughout June, & also in September...

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