This Is A River


In 2015 Country Arts SA will place 10 artists in seven small communities and townships that hug South Australia’s stretch of the River Murray, stretching along nearly all its 500 kilometre length.


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For their residencies these artists will explore the idea of “same place, different view” through the theme of Resilience as Process.

The theme has a direct reference to the effects of the recent drought on River Murray towns and populations. Resilience is not a trait you either have or not; it is the process and outcome of adapting to challenging experiences.

Country Arts SA is interested in understanding the communities’ processes of learning from the past, how they might share these through the creative and artistic lens of an artist in residence and preparing themselves for the next challenge.

We are at an opportune time to discuss this as the waters have returned… to an extent … but what does it take for us not to forget?

For full details check out our special This is a River magazine hosted below, or available in hard copy at venues across the state. You will also be able to keep up to date with all of the artists and their residencies through separate blogs published here on The Dirt.


03. 02. 2016

The River Keeps Flowing

Between July 1 and Septmber 30 2015, 3728 people attended a This Is A River public event – these events involved, exhibitions, performances, screenings and public gatherings with a difference. The residencies employed 25 artists with just over 50% of them being based in regional South Australia. The residencies also utilised a number of other […]


Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett


July to September 2015


Artists in Residence with Community Participation



Raukkan, Wellington, Murray Bridge, Mannum to Morgan, Waikerie, Berri, Renmark

Country Arts SA recognises and respects that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.