Now But Sweeter | Exhibition


Curated by Carclew’s 2023 Curator in Residence, Lia Karabatsos, ‘Now But Sweeter’ is an exhibition that incites the viewers to explore the present day through the nostalgic lens of film. Featuring the compelling works of emerging Adelaide photographers Sam Sharplin, Ryan Denner, and Ben Preston-Ward, the exhibition offers a unique perspective on the powerful connections between memories, love, and nostalgia. Through their images, these photographers are challenging viewers to consider the ways in which we romanticise the present, mourn the future, and cling to memories. 

Join us for the Launch Night EventWednesday, 7th of June 5:30-7:30pm 

Now But Sweeter is open till Monday 17th of July, 9-5pm, during weekdays at Carclew House. 


Ben Preston-Ward 

Ben Preston-Ward is a new and emerging Adelaide (Kaurna land) based artist coming from a global family whose roots can be traced back to English descent. Calling back to his youth spent mostly abroad in Singapore traveling the local region, as well as to family bases around Europe and Australia, Ben developed an eye for the world around him from a young age. Picking up his first camera at an early age and never putting it down.  

His work attempts to convey the beauty of the world and people around him through any photographic medium available. With digital, 35mm, 120 and polaroid formats all included in his works there is an element of experimentation in his work, playing with light and colors and occasionally abandoning perfectionism and adopting the beauty found in the mistakes of miss processing and mishandling equipment. 

Ryan Denner 

Ryan Denner is a visual artist and graphic designer living on unceded Kaurna Yerta. He is a current member of the 2023 Carclew Sharehouse residency program and believes bigger is better. His practice is informed by a distrust of definitions and a love of everything beautiful. He has been a film photographer for over 10 years.  

Samantha Sharplin 

Sam Sharplin is a photographer, filmmaker, and arts event organiser based in Adelaide. Since graduating from Flinders University, she has been working on film projects big and small. At a smaller scale, Sam has directed and produced short films and music videos. On large-scale projects she has worked in the production office, in co-ordination roles. She is dedicated to promoting and contributing to the local arts industry.


Lia Karabatsos @ghostbbird


This event is accessible with accessible toilets and all activities all happening on the ground floor of Carclew House. There will be no use of strobe lighting at this event. Check our website for more information.

Smoking is not permitted on Carclew Grounds. Patrons are asked to leave the premises to smoke. Please note this also includes vaping.

Lost property will be taken inside the house to the Reception desk. If you have lost a personal belonging, please speak with the Front of House staff at reception. After the event, please contact or call 61 8 8267 5111.

There will be no cloak room on site for the storage of patrons personal belongings.

Parents and guardians are advised that filming and photography of the event may be taking place, and recognisable images/footage of minors may feature on Carclew’s social media platforms after the event.

Should you wish for a minor in your care to not be filmed or photographed whilst at the event, please email or speak with the gate staff upon your arrival to the event.

Getting to Carclew is easy, no matter your mode of transport. If you are coming by bicycle, there is a bike rack within the on grounds car park to lock it up in. Street parking is available on Jeffcott Street and Strangways Terrace. Buses 98C, 235, 238 and 239 all stop in front of Carclew at Stop 3 Jeffcott St – West Side or Buses 98A, 271, 273 and 974 stop at Stop 3 Jeffcott St – East Side.