Samstag Program sponsors Writer in Residence

Wednesday, 26 October, 2005 – For immediate release


The University of South Australia has announced establishment of an innovative ‘Writer in Residence’ scheme at the South Australian School of Art, to be sponsored by the Samstag Program.

In a co-operative venture between the School of Art and the Samstag Program, well-known Adelaide art critic and freelance writer, Wendy Walker, will be the inaugural Samstag Writer in Residence at the School of Art throughout 2006. She will conduct research into the lives and work of Gordon and Anne Samstag, towards a forthcoming publication on the famous benefactors, and she will also participate in a number of projects with staff and students of the School’s art and design disciplines.

Wendy Walker has written numerous essays, articles and reviews on a broad range of the visual arts, craft and design for national and international journals, exhibition catalogues and Adelaide's Advertiser newspaper. She is the author of the SALA/Arts SA monograph Beautiful Games on artist Deborah Paauwe, published by Wakefield Press in 2004 and is also curator of Australian Contemporary for Collect 2006 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Co-ordinated by JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design with assistance from the Australia Council, Australian Contemporary was established in 2003 to promote international awareness of contemporary Australian applied and decorative arts.

Describing the residency as “timely and exciting”, School of Art head, Professor Kay Lawrence, says the initiative will bring a highly respected visual arts professional into the heart of the school’s daily culture. “Because Wendy will be pursuing her own research and writing projects while based at our new City West complex, there will be obvious synergies of contact for both staff and students alike,” she says.

Professor Lawrence also noted that the collaboration with the Samstag Program “shows how the benefits of Mr Samstag’s benefaction have grown well beyond the function of awarding Australia’s most prestigious scholarships for study overseas in the visual arts, though this of course remains the primary activity of the Samstag Program”.

Now widely recognised as Australia’s greatest-ever bequest to visual arts education, the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships were established in 1992 through the bequest of American artist Gordon Samstag, who taught from 1961 to 1970 at the South Australian School of Art, now a part of the University of South Australia. His will provided for funding a number of generous, annual scholarships, to enable Australian visual artists to "study and develop their artistic capacities, skills and talents outside of Australia".

The 2006 Samstag Scholarships will be announced by the University on Friday, 4 November 2005. The catalogue for the 2006 scholarships includes an essay by Wendy Walker.


For further information contact – Ross Wolfe, Director, Samstag Program

Tel + 618 (08) 8302 0869; 0417 814 188 (m);