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SILO (detail), 2017, Reclaimed grain sacks, light, Port Adelaide


Built Environment, Furniture, Glass, Installation, Outdoor, Public Art, Sculpture, Textiles, Timber

Artists Deb Jones and Christine Cholewa began collaborating over seven years ago when they realised it was more fun working together. The collaboration started at JamFactory where they managed the daily operations of the hot glass studio, training program and studio commissions. In 2012 they dubbed their partnership CHEBart. While Jones and Cholewa maintain separate exhibition practices, they work together on larger public art projects and some exhibition work. With the aim of making work that looks great, functions well and is thoughtful, they don’t preference any one material or set approach when working on public commissions and instead let each opportunity shape their practice in new ways.

CHEBart’s portfolio spans from the fun and engaging to the sleek and subtle. Adelaide locals may be familiar with Terrazzo Trees and Branchracks, a commission celebrating 175 years of Adelaide City Council, or The Space Between, a memorial that acknowledges the pain and grief of past forced adoptions in South Australia. They also specialise in the functional. Bike racks, benches, workspaces and fencing are just some of the projects you will find sprawled around the city infused with their signature blend of innovation and simplicity.


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Group Exhibitions

Since its inception in 2009 CHEBart has participated in an ongoing series of exhibitions held in Port Adelaide that brings together a group of contemporary artists to produce works based on simple elemental themes based on gritty and quintessential elements found in any waterfront or harbour.

2017, GRAIN
2016, GRIT
2015, KNOT
2014, SMOKE
2013, TAR
2011, SALT
2009, RUST


1993-1994, Traineeship, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, SA
1991-1992, Graduate Diploma of Art, Australian National University, ACT
1987-1989, Bachelor Visual Arts, Canberra School of Art, ACT

2004-2006, Glass Studio Associate, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide
2000-2003, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary AB, CA
1998-2000, Sculpture program, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto ON, CA


2017, Glade Crescent Reserve and Wetland Public Art Entrance Artwork, City of Marion, SA
2017, Artistic Consultants – Delluva Wines Cellar Door, Greenock, SA
2016, Terrazzo Tree and Branch Racks, Commemorative Artwork, Adelaide City Council, Adelaide, SA
2016, The Space Between, Past Forced Adoptions Commemorative Artwork, Relationships Australia, Park 12 Grundy Gardens, Adelaide, SA
2016, Arty Fencing, Jervois Street Park, Marion, SA
2015, Colonel Light Marker, New Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA
2015, Collecting Water, Water Courtyard Sculpture, New Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA
2015, Access All Levels, Flinders University CSEM, Tonsley, SA
2015, Stripes and Socks, Princess Elizabeth Playspace, Adelaide City Council, Adelaide, SA
2015, Which Way?, Mike Turtur Bikeway Artwork, City of Marion, SA
2015, Interactive Playspace and Seating, City Holdfast Bay SA
2014, TILT Public Bike Shelter, City Holdfast Bay, SA
2014, Dale Street Revitalisation Public Artworks, Port Adelaide, SA
2013, Adelaide City Bike Art Trail, 3 sites, Botanic Gardens, Hutt Street and Tandanya, Adelaide, SA
2013, Courtyard and Facade Graphics in collaboration with Rachel Harris, New Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA
2013, Glenside Hospital Redevelopment in collaboration with Danica Gacesa McLean and Trevor Wren, Glenside, SA