2014-2018         PhD, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia

                        Doctoral title: Genealogical Ghostscapes: unsettling settler colonial home-making legacies in South Australia’.

                        Supervisor: Emeritus Professor Kay Lawrence. Co-supervisor: Dr Kathleen Connellan.

2003-2006        Masters of Arts in Art History, Adelaide University

1997-2000        Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours), SASA, University of SA



2020      [upcoming] Domestic Arts, touring with Country Arts SA to SA regional galleries (from 2020-2021)

2019      Dazzleland, Hugo Michell Gallery, SA

2019      Going Round in Squares, Ararat Gallery (TAMA), opening November, Ararat  Vic

2018      Genealogical Ghostscapes, praxis ARTSPACE, Adelaide SA

2018      Limb by Limb, Art Collective WA, Perth WA

2017      Domestic Arts, ACE Open, Adelaide SA

2015      Spectre Folk, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide SA

2014      Ghostscapes, Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide SA

2013      Dark Portals, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia WA

2011      CavernLight, Lowrise Projects, Melbourne VIC

2011      Flocked, Inside SAM’s Place residency, SA Museum (with Craftsouth), Adelaide SA

2010      Flyblown, FELTspace, Adelaide SA

2009      Craft’n Disaster, The Project Space, Contemporary Art Centre of   South Australia, Adelaide SA

2008      artroom5, Adelaide SA

2006      Crooks & Nannies, downtown art space, Adelaide SA




The Partnershipping Project, curator: Pat Hoffie, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier SA (touring to Bernie, Tas) (see:

Drastic Fabric, curator: Andrew Purvis, Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery, Adelaide SA



Ramsay Art Prize 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA

Domestic Craft, curator: Nicole O’Loughlin, Rosny Barn, Hobart TAS



2018 Chaozhou International Embroidery Art Biennial, China

Stitch Cult, artisan, Brisbane Qld

DECADE, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide SA              

WORD, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide SA

Psychache, Holy Rollers, Adelaide SA

Making History, Hahndorf Academy, SA



Wangaratta Textile Award, Wangaratta Gallery, Vic

ATWAIR2016, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne Vic

The Great Suffragist Dirigible, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide SA

Craft Anonymous, curated by Polly Dance, touring regional SA



Sappers and Shrapnel, curator: Lisa Slade, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA

Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016, Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf SA

Craft Anonymous, curated by Polly Dance, touring regional SA

Even Still, curated by Jo Kitto, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide SA

Illusions of History, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide SA

Meta Ort, curator: Karen Paris, Unley Museum, Adelaide SA

Fleurieu Art Prize, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide SA

Guildhouse 50, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA

Vote For Me, Format Gallery, curators: Powerhouse (Brigid Noone & Kate Power), Adelaide SA

SPRING1883 (Hugo Michell Gallery), Melbourne Vic

15 Artists 2016, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Redcliffe, Qld

Slipstitch, touring exhibition extended to NSW, curated by Belinda VonMengersen



FELTpublic, FELTspace, Adelaide SA

Skin Off Our Time, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide SA

Slipstitch, curated by Belinda VonMengersen, Ararat Regional Gallery (and touring) Vic

Mythology of my Land, .M Contemporary, Woollahra NSW

Craft Anonymous, curated by Polly Dance, Adelaide Town Hall, SA

Life in Still, curated by Melinda Rankin, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, SA



135th Meridian East, curated by Andre Lawrence, aeaf, Adelaide SA

The Extreme Climate of Nicholas Folland, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA

Art House: the local ghost laboratory, curated by Brigid Noone, Stall 61, Adelaide Central Markets, Adelaide SA

RendezVOODOO (art writing in response to work of Ben Leslie and Oscar Perry), Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide SA

Not just a pretty face, Adelaide Town Hall, curator Carollyn Kavanagh, Adelaide SA



Life, Stitching, curators: Linda Marie Walker & Pam Hale, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier SA

Crystal Palace, curator: Lisa Harms, Flinders University Gallery, Adelaide SA

Beyonce is a feminist, Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide SA

See Unseen, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide SA



End of the World, curator: Bigid Noone, Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide SA

Nadlewerk, Galerie Handwerk,Curator: Elisabeth Bosch, Munich, Germany                   

Sensation Seekers, Fontanelle Gallery,Curators: Brigid Noone & Ben Leslie, Adelaide SA

Objectified, SASA Gallery, curator: Karen Paris, Adelaide SA me a city, AEAF, curated by Vivonne Thwaites, Adelaide SA

Life, Stitching, Hawke Building (SALA), curators: Linda Marie Walker & Pam Hale, Adelaide SA



Sensorial Loop, Tamworth Textile Triennial, curated by Patrick Snelling, Tamworth, NSW (+ touring)

Imagining Interiors, curated by Wendy Walker, Jam Factory, Adelaide, SA

Home Stories, Adelaide Central Gallery + Migration Museum, curated by VivonneThwaites, Adelaide SA

Covet, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide SA



Moving Wounded (ongoing participatory project):

Consumed, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide SA

Little Weeds, online ( + Peel Street exhibition space (with Format Festival) + Seedling Art Space, curated by Lisa Harms, Adelaide SA



Nell Pearson, Sera Waters, Claude Jones & Beci Orpin, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane Qld

Just Is, Max Dawn Gallery, curated by Bev Southcott, Adelaide SA

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Vic

artroom5, Adelaide SA

Talente 2009, International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany



Spirited Away, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide, SA

Quiet Hands, Gaff Gallery, curated by Rayleen Forrester, Port Adelaide SA

Hedgemaze, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide SA



Hatched, National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth WA



2019       Selected for Ramsay Art Prize 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA.

2018      Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups funding, Australia Council for the Arts

2018      Winner of The Hill Smith Gallery/UniSA Postgraduate Award, Helpmann Graduate Exhibition 2018.

2016      Winner of Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016

2016      Australian Tapestry Workshop residency, Melbourne

2016      Scholarship (fee waiver) to attend Textile Society of America Symposium, Savannah, Georgia

2015      Hawke EU Centre Travel Bursary: Mnemonics: Memory and Materialism workshop, King’s College, London

2014      NAVA Travel Bursary: Future/Forward, Sydney NSW

2013      New work – Mid-career, Australia Council for the Arts

2013      Project Grant, Arts SA

2010      Project & Development Grant, Arts SA

2005      Ruth Tuck Scholarship, South Australian Youth Arts Board



2018      Coleman, Sheridan, ‘Sera Waters unpicks the long stitches of Australian History ‘, Art Guide Australia

              (online:, October 2018.

2017      Kelly, Miriam, ‘Sera Waters: Domestic Arts’, Artlink, December

2017      Interview with Sarah Kanowski, ‘Sera Waters’ Ghostly Embroideries’, Friday 21 July 2017, Radio National

2017      McDonald, John, ‘Sappers and Shrapnel’, Sydney Morning Herald, January 13

2017      Llewellyn, Jane, ‘Sera Waters celebrates the Domestic Arts’, The Adelaide Review,  July 21 2017

2016      Pitt, Elspeth, ‘Sappers & Shrapnel: Contemporary Art and Art of the Trenches,  Artlink, November

2016      Purvis, Andrew, ‘Vote For Me’, Artlink, September

2016      de Boer, Janet, ‘A Curious Collision’, embroidery (UK), July/August 2016, pp. 28-33.

2015      Peers, Juliette, ‘Slipstitch’, Artlink, vol 35 no 2, June 2015.

2014      White, Sara, ‘Ghostscapes: Sera Waters’, Artlink, vol 34 no 2, June.  

2013      Coleman, Sheridan, Dark Portals: Sera Waters’, Art Monthly Australia, 264 October 2013, pp. 39-42.

2012      Neylon, John, 'Sparks in the Dark', The Adelaide Review, November

2011      Benson, Garry, ‘Sera Waters: Danger and Domesticity’, Textile Fibre Forum, Vol 30, Issue 3, no 103, pp. 32-35.

2011      Harms, Lisa, ‘Sera Waters’, FELTspace GOLD, pp. 116-119.

2011      Neylon, John, ‘Flights of Fancy’, The Adelaide Review, April

2011      Nunn, Louise, ‘The Birds up there’, The Advertiser, July 7

2010      Hart, Jenny, ‘Sera Waters’, Embroidery as Art blog, Jan 12,       (

2009      Hemmings, Dr Jessica, ‘The Dark Side’, embroidery (UK), vol. 60,   Sept/Oct 2009, pp. 24-27.

2009      Dunt, Nerina, ‘Craft’n Disaster: Sera Waters’, Object, issue 59,   October, p. 58.

2009      Adams, Jude, 'Three Artists- in the world: Anne Kay, Irmina Van    Niele, Sera Waters', Artlink, vol 29, no 2.

2007      Zeplin, Dr Pamela, ‘Sera Waters: Crooks & Nannies’, Craft Culture   online, Craft Victoria



2020                    Invited speaker at This is not just a piece of cloth. Care-full entanglements - A discussion,

                           London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London UK

2017                    Invited speaker at 250 Years of Embroidery symposium, Hand & Lock, Carriageworks, Sydney

2015                    Mnemonics: Memory and Materialism workshop, King's College and University of Westminster, London.

2010-current        Studio member of The Incinerator, Thebarton, SA

2005-current        Committee Member on Adelaide Visual Arts Critic Circle

2005-current        Lecturing and tutoring in Art History at Adelaide Central School of Art, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia

2013-2014           Visual arts representative, Project and Development Advisory Committee, Carclew Youth Arts Board

2011-2012           Contemporary Embroidery workshops, Art Gallery of South Australia

2004–current       Arts writer for various local and national publications and catalogues

2010                   AAANZ conference, presenter in Relational Craft session + Chair, Post Graduate Symposium

2007-2009           Peer Assessment Panel, Arts SA

2007                   Key note speaker, SALA Festival, Art Gallery of South Australia

2005-2009           Studio member of Hedgemaze, Port Adelaide, SA

2005                   Project Assistant, Tatsuo Miyajima residency, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia



The Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art: University of Western Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia

Ararat Regional Gallery

Private Collections across Australia



Sera Waters is an Adelaide based artist, arts writer and academic. Since being awarded a Ruth Tuck Scholarship in 2006 to study hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework (UK), Waters’ art practice has been characterised by a darkly stitched meticulousness. Her embroideries and hand-crafted sculptures dwell within the gaps of Australian histories to examine settler colonial home-making patterns and practices, especially her own genealogical ghostscapes. Major exhibitions include Dark Portals, at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia (2013), Sappers and Shrapnel at Art Gallery of South Australia (2016), and Going Round in Squares at Ararat Gallery TAMA (2019). In 2017 she was the recipient of the inaugural ACE Open South Australian artist commission, where she staged her solo exhibition Domestic Arts. This exhibition will tour South Australian regional galleries from June 2020 with Country Arts SA. Her works are held by the Cruthers collection of Women’s art, Ararat Regional Gallery, the Art Gallery of South Australia and private collections nationwide. Waters is a studio member of The Incinerator, Thebarton, lecturer at Adelaide Central School of Art, and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.