Burnside  Painting  Group

Community Art Group

Social Nights

Social nights are held on specific Wednesday evenings, usually between 7.30pm to 9.30pm. 

Both members and non-members are welcome to attend.   

Enjoy some supper (members are welcome to bring along a plate of food to share), whilst chatting to others. Hear our guest speakers talk about their work and what inspires them, or see a demonstration of their painting or drawing technique. It's an opportunity to pick up new tips and tricks and ask any questions you have.

You are invited to show your recent works at our social nights, too.
Members are invited to bring along their recent artworks to display.  

Venue: The Hall, 67 Bridge Street, Kensington (off Kensington Road) 

2021 Social Night schedule

Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 7.30pm

Guest Speaker:  Jane Skeer

JANE SKEER will be our guest speaker, followed by coffee, tea and a light supper which will be provided on the night.  All are welcome - so bring along family or friends who are interested in attending.

We have a few Awards to present also. 

Jane is an exciting, creative installation artist who works with recycled materials.

She predominantly works in sculpture and installation, creating works in response to her observations of people, objects and materiality.

She represents familiar ready-made objects imbued with their associated sensory/haptic memories, highlighting the vitality she sees in them. The physical process of assembling material en-masse allows her the time and space to inhabit, contemplate and work collaboratively with the material.

As Covid19 rules still apply please advise Kathy Tyrell if you are attending by no later than 14th March so that we can organise compliant seating and catering.

We look forward to seeing you on 17th March, and we look forward to meeting up with our BPG friends and colleagues again. 

Due to the Covid19 restrictions, numbers are restricted and shared platters prohibited, so we will likely be serving refreshments to you instead. 


Later in the year we are hoping to have the Tsering Hannaford come and tell us about her journey to winning her Archibald Prize last year.

It has also been suggested that we have a combined “Picnic in the Park/Plein Air” social occasion so you can come along, catch up with friends, see the Plein Air Group in action and join in the fun. 

Plus more great speakers and fun throughout the year. More on all of the above to come.

Cancelled Social Night:  Wed 2 December 2020
End of Year event:  Putting on the Ritz

Towards the end of a somewhat challenging year, on 2nd December we invite you to shake off the shackles of 2020, spritz it up, and have some fun!

For this year's end of year event, why not dress up a little; don a hat and/or gloves, or just wear some sparkles, sequins or feather boa!  It is, after all, the 20's once again!

COVID restrictions may still apply.  However, we think it will be a fun evening. More details to be provided soon.  Mark the date in your diary!


Previous Social Night: Wed 9 October 2019
Guest presenter:  
Dr. Sera Waters

REVIEW  by Sue Ward

Sera gathered the 20 attendees around her in the most wonderful way. It was like she stitched us together and nothing else intruded into our minds for that hour we spent listening to her stories and seeing pictures of her work, which centres around embroidery, stitching and other. 

She told us her main passion is reclaiming the domestic arts of her women forebears-telling their stories through so many works-honouring their lives, their challenges, their bravery and the “domestic” ways they found to be creative.  Sera has just completed her PhD entitled “Genealogical Ghostscapes: Unsettling Settler Colonial Homemaking Legacies in South Australia”. 

About Sera Waters

Dr. Waters is an Adelaide-based artist, arts writer and academic.  A graduate of the South Australian School of Art, Uni SA, she was awarded her Phd in 2019 and has been a lecturer in Art History at the Adelaide Central School of Art since 2009. Her embroideries and hand-crafted sculptures examine the home-making practices of women and her own genealogical ghostscapes.  

In 2017 she was the recipient of the inaugural ACE Open SA artist commission, and staged a solo exhibition Domestic Arts. In 2006 she was awarded a Ruth Tuck Scholarship to attend the Royal School of Needlework (Surrey, UK) to study hand embroidery. Major works have been shown in Sappers and Shrapnel, Art Gallery of SA, and Nadlewerk at Galerie Handwerk, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include Dark Portals, at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of WA (2013), Ghostscapes at Fontanelle Gallery (2014), and Spectre Folk at Hugo Michell Gallery (2015). Her works are in the Cruthers collection of Women’s art, Ararat Regional Gallery, the Art Gallery of SA and private collections nationwide.

(Synopsis from https://www.acsa.sa.edu.au/the-school/staff/academic-staff/dr-sera-waters/)  Website… https://serawaters.com.au/home


Wed 5 June 2019 at 7.30pm

Guest presenter:  Peter Bok

Topic: The Function of the Still Life in learning to Paint

Peter will introduce and discuss:

How still life painting develops the artist's understanding of the essential elements of painting, AND How an investigative approach to the still-life advances an artists personal journey.  This discussion will be supported by samples of Peter's own work.

NOTE: Peter will be tutoring a term of classes later in the year in Term 5 on Monday mornings.

Peter Bok presenting images of his work, 2019.


Guest Speaker: Renate Nisi

Guest Speaker: Renate Nisi

Renate gave a fascinating presentation about her art practice, which encompasses the making of sculptural objects and installations that explore aspects of embodiment.

Her slide presentation provided plenty of examples of her inspired use of a wide variety of techniques and materials, including paper, bone, shell, pewter and Mt Gambier stone, as well as marble, to produce astounding results.

Renate graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2001 and completed an MA in Visual Art at the University of South Australia in 2012. 

In 2006 Renate started Union Street Studios as a teaching studio and shared studio space, where she and other tutors conduct art groups and workshops. She also teaches Sculpture at the Adelaide Central School of Art.

2018 Social nights

Above:  Craig Bowyer does a painting demonstration at our French 'boat party' themed end of year social night on 5 December 2018.

There was a good turn out for our Social Night on 10 October 2018 to see Tsering's very interesting and inspiring presentation.

2018 Social nights

23 February: Annual General Meeting.Guest presenter: Greg Donovan 

16 May: Guest presenter: Ingrid Kellenbach from Adelaide Central School of Art

10 October: Guest presenter: Tsering Hannaford spoke about her art practice.

December 5: Christmas / End of Year Event - Renoir boat party theme

Tsering Hannaford:  Self Portrait

Wednesday 10 October 2018 from 7.30pm to 10.00pm

Special Guest: Tsering Hannaford 

Tsering Hannaford is a realist painter based in Adelaide. Portraiture is a focus of her practice and she has been hung four times in the Archibald Prize. In 2014 she was highly commended for the Portia Geach Memorial Award and she has been a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

We are excited to having Tsering as our special guest, and very much looking forward to this special event.

For more information go to: www.tseringhannaford.com.au 

Twitter:  twitter.com/tchannaford

Wednesday 23rd February 2018 at 7.30pm
Burnside Painting Group Annual General Meeting (AGM)  

with guest presenter, Greg Donovan 


2017 End of Year Event with Guest:  Artist Philip David

There will be a jukebox pumping out some tunes to get your feet tapping!   

Bring along a plate of supper to share. Drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcholic options will be provided.

Phil David demonstrating portraiture painting (subject: Helen) at our 2017 Christmas Social Night, held on Wednesday 6 December.

Following:  Photos of some of our members at our social night in May 2016

Above:  Members Masako Haga, Margaret Rothenburg and Pam Hailstone