Bev Bills, OAM, BAVA, Assoc Dip Textiles, JP

RSASA Director from 2010

Being a member of a historical art organisation such as the Royal SA Society of Arts has its many benefits and especially being involved with curating and organising exhibitions for our artists of today and learning more about the history of such an amazing society have major benefits. As a Past President (2002-07) and now as Director Bev is continually rewarded by working alongside other artists. Bev joined the RSASA in 1995, and was awarded RSASA Fellowship in 2002, Exhibitions Chairperson 2001 -2007, Life Member 2007, and having served several years on the RSASA selection committee, and also is a founding member of the Textile Arts Collective (Tarts) and Patron of the Henley & Grange Arts Society. Bev was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2013 for Services to Visual Arts & Textiles.

 Her experience and skills cover a wide agenda of Co-ordinating of exhibitions and various projects over the years. There has been many Community based projects, encouraging people in the community to discover their own abilities and further these skills e.g. writing, textile related arts/crafts, gaining awareness and achievements.

 Bev says, “Being an artist is not easy, but I do consider my career to be extremely rewarding. As a creative person, my day flows through many different ways of thinking, through mediums, from weaving, printmaking or taking photos. If I could not explore and delve into these mediums at least once a week or thinking about them on a daily basis my life would be somewhat boring, there is no time for that”.

 As a practising artist, in the fields of weaving and other associated textile arts with experience and practice in photography, printmaking & artist Books, holds workshops in Loom Weaving (Beginning & Advanced), Tapestry Weaving, Papermaking, Book Binding (using simple book structures) & Printmaking in relief techniques.

 Bev’s formal years of education commenced as a mature age student, having completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1994 majoring in Printmaking, which has seen her arts journey and skills gain in experience. Her love of weaving and anything textured has been encouraged over many years with involvement in the Handspinners & Weavers Guild of SA as President, Secretary and many other roles which have continued to provide her with knowledge and the benefit of sharing of these skills.

 Other qualifications include, Associate Diploma of Arts (Textiles), 1989, Advanced Art/Craft Certificate, 1980

 PUBLIC COLLECTIONS of art works: are held in Mortlock Library, SLSA; National Library Canberra (self published artist books) & History of the Handspinners & Weavers Guild (1995); Tapestries & weavings in churches, St John Vianney & St Richards of Chichester Lockleys; Coat of Arms Tapestry, Sir Samuel Way Building, Court Room 4; Tapestry, Tree of Life, Catholic Education Centre, Thebarton; Tapestry, Water LiliesCity of Marion Collection RSASA Collection: Botanical papers of plant fibre at the Botanical Gardens of SA; The Print Moved Forward, woven tapestry for Hawke Centre, Uni SA West Campus (Text tapestries project); Print, Nagoya University of Arts, International Art Exh of Students work.(1994) & Private Collections.



Washed ashore on the tide, handwoven tapestry