About me

Donna Gordge completed a Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts) in 1994, majoring in textiles. Whilst this is still a strong area of interest, Donna prefers working with non-traditional materials but utilising textiles techniques and processes.

Donna’s current practice takes a range of forms including artist books, sculpture and installation. The themes at the heart of her practice are memory, place and collective acts of grieving. Artefacts, animals and found objects with deep personal meaning often become part of her work. Donna is a storyteller – much of her art is built around narrative snippets, recalled experiences, recollections and reflection. 

As an art educator, Donna teaches a broad range of workshops from her Camden Park studio, other sites around South Australia and occasionally interstate. Donna has taught adults and children in all kinds of settings – TAFE, university, primary and secondary school, outreach and community arts programs. She very much enjoys sharing the knowledge gained through her many different creative experiences. Donna has also been involved in several Creative Recovery programs with bushfire and flood-affected communities in both South Australia and Victoria.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

CROSS-DISCIPLINARY COLLABORATIONS:

2023

‘Solace’ – with poet Caroline Reid – Mrs Harris’ Shop, Torrensville

SOLO:

2024 

‘Empty Spaces: exploring loss & longing’ – Ngutungka West Lakes

2022 

‘Light from Dark Places’ – Mrs Harris’ Shop, Torrensville

2020

‘My story always starts with you’ –  online through Mrs Harris’ Shop, Torrensville

GROUP:

2024

‘Multiplicity’ – 6 Manton Gallery – upcoming

‘Artist’s Books’ – Gallery M, Oaklands Park

‘Hills Edge Clay’ – Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully

2023

‘Catalogue’ – The Adelaide Remakery, Adelaide

‘Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize’ – Finalist, Gallery M, Oaklands Park

‘Bibliophilia’ – Mrs Harris’ Shop, Torrensville

‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ – West Torrens Auditorium Gallery, Hilton

‘A Conflict of Green’ – Wonderground Barossa, Tanunda

‘Paths Crossed’ – with Creative Exchange participants, 6 Manton Gallery, Hindmarsh

2022

‘Parts Within’ – Pure Earth Café, Adelaide

‘Inside Story – Histories of Home’ – Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully

‘Retelling’ –  Fabrik Arts + Heritage, Lobethal

‘Westside Stories: Little Galleries’ – Mrs Harris’ Shop & The City of West Torrens, Hilton

‘Westside Stories’ – Mrs Harris’ Shop, Torrensville

‘Unravelled; Paths Crossed, Stories Told’ – with Duck n Weave Artist Collective + Friends, Ginger’s Coffee Studio, Goodwood

2021

‘I See You/You See Me’ – Gallery 1855, Tea Tree Gully

2020

‘Safe Travels’ – with Duck n Weave Artist Collective + Friends, Ginger’s Coffee Studio, Goodwood

‘A Quarter Turn Around the Sun’ – Bachelor of Contemporary Art Students, South Australian School of Art Gallery

‘SALA Stobie Pole Art’ along Jervois Street – Mrs Harris’ Shop, Torrensville

‘Balance’ – with Duck n Weave Artist Collective, Cru Tapas Bar and Kitchen, Goodwood

2019

‘3 X Three’ – with Duck n Weave Artist Collective, Cru Tapas Bar and Kitchen, Goodwood

‘3D Contemporary Art Practice’ – Kaurna Building, University of South Australia, Adelaide

‘All the Small Things’ – with Duck n Weave Artist Collective, Cru Tapas Bar and Kitchen, Goodwood

2018

‘Places Found’ – with Duck n Weave Artist Collective, Cru Tapas Bar and Kitchen, Goodwood

‘Finding Spaces/Holding Places’ – with Duck n Weave Artist Collective, Cru Tapas Bar and Kitchen, Goodwood

2017

‘Looking Beyond’ – with Duck n Weave Artist Collective, Chateau Yaldara, Lyndoch

‘Made by You, For You, With You’ – with Duck n Weave Artist Collective, Ginger’s Vintage Lounge Bar, Goodwood

‘Bouquet’ – with Port Adelaide Artist’s Forum, Gallery Yampu

2016

‘Under The Desk’ – with Duck n Weave Artist Collective, Australian Education Union, Adelaide

2001

‘Pickled Pink Teeth’ – Onkaparinga Institute of TAFE Graduate Show, Bruce Wilson Gallery, Adelaide

1999

‘Teaches Art’ – The Meat Market Gallery, Melbourne

1994

‘Textiles Graduate Exhibition’ – Bachelor of Education: Visual Arts, The Meat Market Gallery, Melbourne

EDUCATION
1994 University of Melbourne – Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts) – Textiles Major

2000 Onkaparinga Institute of TAFE – Selected Studies – Textiles, Clothing & Footwear

2001 TAFESA – Certificate IV in Art Practice (Textiles)

2019-2021 University of South Australia – Selected Studies – Bachelor of Contemporary Art