Love Modernist architecture? So does SALA Festival chief executive Kate Moskwa — and she’s lucky enough to live in an apartment building designed by influential architect Jack Hobbs McConnell. Kate shows us a few of her home favourites.
NAME Kate Moskwa
Chief executive, SALA Festival.
Being appointed chief executive officer of the SALA Festival in October last year was a huge honour, but the personal highlights happen over the course of the festival when I get to see how individuals and communities are enriched by participating in the arts.
I’VE LIVED IN MY HOME FOR…
Nearly two years.
MY HOME IS…
An apartment in one of South Australia’s earliest examples of Modernist architecture. Jack Hobbs McConnell designed the building in the early 1940s and my flat still maintains original features including the wonderful turquoise terrazzo, curved mantelpiece and ceramic kitchen basin.
I LOVE MY HOME BECAUSE…
It’s just a beautiful space to be in to enjoy some downtime and collect my thoughts. Prior to living there I was in the city for eight years so gazing out the window at the spectacularly green and luscious garden brings me great joy.
BUT I STILL NEED TO…
Spend more time at home enjoying it! Life is very hectic, especially during SALA season and I wish I had more daylight hours to appreciate home life.
MY DECORATING STYLE IS…
It’s not so much a style as a collection of things which vie for attention. If I love an object for sentimental or aesthetic reasons it will find a place.
A small and beautiful painting by local artist Cassie Thring that I picked up at the FELTspace gallery fundraiser.
Books, jewellery and the work of local artists. But I have a genetic predisposition to collecting and in a small apartment I have to exercise restraint.
The dual-aspect living room with lots of light and its view into the garden.
– Grandpa’s butterflies from PNG: Even though I have a phobia of moths I display these as they remind me of him and his love of travel. He wrote their scientific names on the back so it’s also a beautiful record of his handwriting.
– Matryoshka dolls: My babushka (grandma) is Ukrainian and so over the years I have acquired sets of nesting dolls from her, my parents and from a trip to Ukraine my sister and I took to visit babushka’s village and meet our family.
– Connie Augoustinos teacup: Her hand-built ceramic pieces are beautiful to hold. I reserve using my cup for drinking tea while I am reading so I associate it with warmth and unwinding.
IN MY GARDEN I HAVE…
It’s a communal space with a shared herb garden and many wonderful trees including cypress, poplars, lemon, pomegranate and cumquat which all thrive thanks to my neighbours.
WHEN I GET HOME AT NIGHT,
I get into my pjs and read a book. If it’s early enough I’ll listen to a podcast or music while cooking and singing – apologies to my neighbours.
AT WEEKENDS I LIKE TO…
Catch up on cuddles with Donald, the Boston terrier in my life.
I LIKE TO LISTEN TO…
Oh, gosh, lots of things. I love melancholy music so there’s a lot to choose from. Spotify tells me my recent plays include Kate Bush, FKA Twigs, Patsy Cline, Nina Simone and local artist Naomi Keyte.
AT THE MOMENT I AM READING…
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe.
As a Screen Studies graduate there are hundreds of artistically or aesthetically superior films I could choose but I am going to have to say Beaches because it’s wonderful.
CLEAN FREAK OR MESSY BESSIE?
Look, I wouldn’t say my place is hospital-grade clean but I like things to be orderly.
ON MY WISHLIST IS…
I’ve been looking for the perfect reading chair but so far it eludes me.
WHEN I’M HOME I LIKE TO COOK…
All sorts of things. I like trying new ingredients, so often go to the market and buy something I’ve never seen before, read up on it and then experiment in the kitchen.
FAV CAFE/RESTAURANT/ BAR
That’s a real Sophie’s Choice! I love Malaysian food and my top picks are Mamak Corner, Pappa Rich and NanYang.
Adelaide tap water.
WHEN I WAS A CHILD I WANTED TO BE…
FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY
I had a very happy childhood so there’s a lot to choose from but one of my favourite memories is building a worm circus with my brother and sister.
IF I COULD CHANGE CAREER NOW I WOULD BE…
In forensic linguistics because I love language and my friends would tell you I have an irritating obsession with details.
FAVOURITE SA HOLIDAY SPOT
The Kings Beach Retreats near the Waitpinga cliffs. There’s a beautiful secluded beach and uninterrupted views of the blustery Southern Ocean.
DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION
I would love to spend some time in South Korea visiting the contemporary art scene – and of course, sampling delicious Korean pickles and dumplings.
FAVOURITE SPORTS TEAM
The Van Goals, a mixed netball team comprising of local artists.
SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
I would love to see SALA become central to interstate and international visitor itineraries and for South Australia to be a leading cultural destination for tourists and arts-loving audiences.
MY NEIGHBOURS ARE…
A very friendly bunch. Many past and current festival directors and arts industry players have lived in these apartments over the years – and still do now. It’s a lovely community who gather under the cumquat trees for drinks in summer.
I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT…
IF I COULD AFFORD IT I WOULD LIVE…
I’m very happy where I am – I love being close to the beautiful Adelaide parklands as well as the city.
A place to slow down.
SALA is on during August, salafestival.com/