2021 Program

A record of our 2021 Program.

Welcome to our 2021 program of core activities. These activities are where we are focusing our energy this year and most of our activities have a hybrid model, using both in-person and virtual experiences. 

We remain unashamedly focused on Riverland tastes, interests, ideas and futures in everything we do.

If you’d like to make a contribution to keep our programs running and affordable, we have a virtual tip jar here.

Submit your ideas for the 2022 program here.


Taking Up Space 

This is a new iteration of our Thinker in Residence program. Full details and application form here. Applications closed midnight 19th April 2021.

Five residents were selected and are Taking Up Space from June – November 2021.

The selected residents are:

Tim Tol

Kat Bell

Keely Pampling

Louise Little

Kirste Vandergiessen

Part of Fringe 

Want to co-create a new performance work for Adelaide Fringe 2022?

The process will kick off in August 2021 and continue into 2022 with rehearsals and production. Register interest here to be kept up to date. 

Novel November 

What would a version of the Riverland full of dragons and magic look like (and how can that help us better care for and build the real Riverland)? Novel November is a month-long collaborative experiment re-imagining our local haunts and habits. Writer and creative ‘doer’ Alysha Herrmann will lead a process of world-building and creative responses with other Riverland creative folk to generate short stories, poems, illustrations, songs, installations, experiences and ideas for the general public to explore a yet-to-be-named and yet-to-be-created alternate version of the Riverland.

Full details about how to get involved can be found here.

Novel November is the first stage of an ambitious multi-year speculative fiction project right here in our Riverland. Novel November forms part of Alysha Herrmann’s Regional Arts Australia 2021 Fellowship.

Symposium, by the Instigators 

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 11th September & Sunday 12th September. See the program and book into workshops here.

Symposium is a skills-sharing project by and for young people that will culminate in a festival weekend of workshops curated by young people for other young people. The festival and workshops are being developed and designed by a core group of young people aged 18-26, who have named the project Symposium and themselves the Instigators. 

This is the outcome of “Riverland Skillin’ It”  which we received funding for last year from FRRR ABC Heywire Grant and LGA Youth-Led Recovery Grant in partnership with Barmera Central and Berri Barmera Council. 

Riverland Projection Collective 

We are nurturing space for creative folk to co-create projection artworks across the Riverland. This is a self-organising group with support and admin by Part of Things. 

We welcome anyone based in the Riverland who would like to be part of the collective. We are currently working on outcomes for Glossop and Barmera Centenaries (funding dependent) and some smaller outcomes led from within the collective. Join the collective here. 

Interested audience members should follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and/or sign up to our newsletter for all the updates on projection artworks when they are ready to view.


This year Monash, Barmera and Glossop are all celebrating their centenaries. Part of Things will be responding to the past 100 years by looking forward into the next 100 years. Activities as part of 2121 will include a SALA exhibition, writing competition and other ways for creative folk and community to get involved. Register interest here and/or stay tuned for all the details. 

The first of our 2121 activities is a Drabble Competition. Drabbles are short stories of exactly 100 words in length. See all the details and how to submit your story here. Submissions closed 18th July.

Our SALA exhibition titled “2021 dreams of 2121” invited local artists to respond to the question “What will the Riverland be like in 100 years time?” View the exhibition here or in person at Part of Things during advertised viewing times.

Dear Democracy

We live in a complicated and messy world. The news is hitting us all the time with new disasters and things to be worried about (even more so today than when we started Dear Democracy in 2019). How many of us feel like we should be doing *something* (anything) in response?

Dear Democracy in 2021 is an online and asynchronous program, with opportunities for in-person meet-ups and excursions offered across the year. The program kicks off in April 2021 but new-comers can join at any time throughout the year. Join here. 

Dear Democracy is for people who want to be more active citizens and need somewhere to start. Dear Democracy is not about party politics and is not a place for political recruitment or canvassing or any kind. It is a space for local connection and to build grass-roots democracy in action. Building on 2019 & 2020 versions, Dear Democracy is about connecting Riverlanders with ideas, information, mentors and small actions for collective impact on the issues that matter to them. 

Super Secret Mystery Things 

The first of our Super Secret Mystery Things is a very special in-person poetry writing workshop with Amy Bodossian as part of the Soul Language Tour by Art Is…Festival 2021. A full day workshop for aspiring, beginner and experienced poets to explore their voice and write something new. 10am – 4pm Saturday 15th May. Book your spot here.

We are working with the team from Our Town Berri to develop a new storytelling project in and all about Berri. See more information here.

Borderline Poetry: Funded by the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia and BPD Co, Borderline Poetry is a workshop and live reading event, on the 2nd of October, dedicated to those living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Organised by Barmera creative Jess Weidenhofer, Borderline Poetry aims to combat stigma and celebrate the strengths and resilience of people with BPD. Full details and register here.

Be Part of Things

All the other bits Part of Things does: co-working, space hire, mentoring & producing. 

All year round (even when our other programs are dormant) Part of Things is available as a space to run your own workshops, meetings and projects. We also have co-working desks available on a pay-what-you-can basis and we can offer bespoke mentoring and producing services to support your big ideas.

Check out our Hire Space page for info on using the space and get in touch with us via the Contact page for mentoring and producing queries. There is no one size fits all so working together always starts with a conversation to see what you need and how we can help.


Check out the Projects tab for past activities and more detail on 2021 activities. If you’ve got an idea for a virtual or small in-person gathering/project/event that you’d like to deliver under our umbrella, get in touch here.


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