Bev Bills, OAM, BAVA, Assoc Dip Textiles, JP2018-02-27T14:55:38+00:00

RSASA Director (2010-)

As a Past President (2002-07), and now as Director, Bev is continually rewarded by working alongside other artists. Being a senior member of the Royal SA Society of Arts, such a historical art organisation, has many benefits, but for her it especially flows from involvement with curating and organising exhibitions for current artists and learning more about the Society's history.

Bev joined the RSASA in 1995, and was awarded RSASA Fellowship in 2002. She served for several years on the RSASA Selection Committee and was Exhibitions' Committee Chairperson 2001-07. In 2007 she was made an Honorary Life Member of the Society.

She is also 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.

As Director her experience and skills cover a wide range, including managing the office and volunteers and co-ordinating exhibitions and various projects over the years. These include many Community-based projects, where people are encouraged to discover their own abilities and further these skills, such as  writing, textile-related arts and crafts, gaining awareness and achieving successful outcomes. As a practising artist in the fields of weaving and associated textile arts, and with experience and practice in photography, printmaking & artist books, she is a regular exhibitor at the Society and other venues; and she teaches workshops in Loom Weaving (Beginning & Advanced), Tapestry Weaving, Papermaking, Book Binding (using simple book structures) and Printmaking in Relief.

Bev’s formal years of education commenced as a mature-age student, having completed an Advanced Art/Craft Certificate in 1980, an Associate Diploma of Arts (Textiles) in 1989, and her Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1994, majoring in Printmaking. Her arts journey has been profound since then, gaining her range of skills and experience. Her love of weaving and anything textured has been encouraged over many years by 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 skills.

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”.

She is represented in numerous public collections of art works: Mortlock Library, SLSA, Adelaide, SA; National Library, Canberra, ACT (self-published artist books and the History of the Handspinners & Weavers Guild, 1995); Tapestries & weavings in churches, including St John Vianney & St Richards of Chichester, Lockleys, SA; Coat of Arms Tapestry, Court Room 4, Sir Samuel Way Building, Adelaide, SA;  Tree of Life tapestry, Catholic Education Centre, Thebarton, SA; Water Lilies tapestryCity of Marion Collection, SA; RSASA Collection, Adelaide, SA; Botanical papers of plant fibre, Botanic Gardens of SA, Adelaide, SA; The Print Moved Forward, woven tapestry, Hawke Centre, University of SA City West Campus (Text tapestries project), Adelaide, SA; print, Nagoya University of Arts' International Art Exhibition of Students work (1994), Nagoya, Japan; and in numerous private collections.

Washed ashore on the tide, handwoven tapestry