To support emerging artists in South Australia, the Helpmann Academy works with numerous local organisations to present the following awards:
Neil Curnow Award
Valued at $7,000-$10,000, this award is open to performing arts graduates and final-year students from Flinders University Drama Centre and Adelaide College of the Arts (TafeSA). The award is made possible through the generous bequest of the late Neil Curnow and allows the recipient to undertake further study interstate or overseas. The award is administered by the Independent Arts Foundation.
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award
Valued at $5,000, the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award is presented to a top graduate from one of the Helpmann Academy's partner schools at the annual Maestros & Apprentices fund raising dinner.
Hill Smith Gallery/Friends of the Helpmann Academy Award
Valued at $5,000, this is awarded at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition and is open to all visual artists exhibiting in the show. The prize provides travel and expenses for international professional development, and is supported by the Hill Smith Gallery.
City of Adelaide Award
Valued at $3,000, this award is for an artist to hold a solo exhibition in the centre of Adelaide. It is awarded at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition and is open to all visual artists exhibiting in the show. Supported by the Adelaide City Council.
The Raffen Prize
The $3,000 Raffen Prize is an acquisitive award, selected from the exhibitors at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition. The chosen work becomes part of a significant private collection.
Peter Walker Fine Art Encouragement Award
The $500 Peter Walker Fine Art Encouragement Award is presented at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition.
SALA Festival Award
The SALA Festival Award is awarded at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, presented to the artist who would most benefit from having their work exhibited in the SALA Festival. Valued at $410, the award covers the cost of Premium Registration for the Festival.
Fisher Jeffries Christmas Card Commission
Valued at $2,000, the Fisher Jeffries Commission is open to students at the South Australian School of Art (UniSA) to design the company's corporate Christmas card.
Totalling $9,500 a range of prizes are offered to the state’s top jazz graduates and undergraduates of the Elder School of Music at the University of Adelaide. The awards are sponsored by various private and public sector organisations, including the InterContinental Adelaide and the Adelaide City Council.
Classical Music Awards
Totaling $7,000, these awards recognise four of South Australia’s most outstanding music graduates from the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium, supported by Macquarie Private Wealth and the Adelaide City Council.
Minter Ellison 'Fringe and Beyond' Award
Valued at $4,500, this award is offered to a female artist presenting a production in the Adelaide Fringe Festival, to fund an interstate or overseas production of the show. The award is supported by the Minter Ellison Womens' Network.
Wilson Vineyard label commission
Since 1988, the Wilson family has commissioned South Australian visual artists to create work to be featured on the label of the Wilson Vineyard Polish Hill River Riesling. Each year, the Wilson family offers a $1,000 acquisitive commission to graduates of the Helpmann Academy's visual arts partners.