The concept of the open studio started in the early 80’s when Rita was residing in the old Coach House at Mount Lofty House, now a boutique hotel in Crafers, South Australia. The hotel was owned by friends who welcomed the idea of interested general public and guests visiting the full production studio and Rita at work.
After a few years and a change of direction from the large wall hanging production Rita moved her studio to the family home in Crafers West. Strawberry Hill, 6 acres of land that, on a clear day, had views as far as Yorke Peninsular and was at the very heart of Rita’s practice. Over 26 years, so many people were warmly welcomed to open studios, printmaking workshops and the occasional party, held high on the hill hosted by all members of the family. It was there that the ethos of the open studio really came alive. Rita’s firm belief that art needs to be seen in the original, coupled with the fantastic opportunity for the public to view works in progress or leisurely look over the archives, glass of wine in hand meant an enduring, warm affection for people to immerse and share in the creative hub of her art practice.
Strawberry Hill was sold in 2011, and after a few sea and tree changes and the devastating loss of Rita’s husband David Jackson in 2017 Rita moved to Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, to settle, reaffirm and most importantly get back to work. Being just a short distance from the main street, Rita welcomes interested parties by appointment to her home and studio to browse the archives and discuss works that may be for sale.
Small group bookings are also available to hear Rita present her work and techniques, please contact us to to enquire.