The Helpmann Academy
Empowering South Australia's best emerging artists to realise their visions and build sustainable practices
The Helpmann Academy is the only organisation of its kind in Australia. We empower South Australia’s best emerging artists to realise their visions and build sustainable practices. We provide professional development opportunities including grants and awards, mentorships, masterclasses, advisory services and international artist residencies, all tailored specifically for South Australia’s higher education students, tertiary graduates and emerging artists.
The Helpmann Academy is a unique collaborative partnership, unifying the skills and resources of the state’s universities and TAFE SA. Since 1994 the Helpmann Academy has empowered more than 6600 artists, promoting South Australia as a centre for excellence in creative education, and contributing to the artistic community of the state.
The Helpmann Academy was formed in 1994 in honour of South Australia’s iconic actor and dancer, Sir Robert Helpmann. The Helpmann Academy was established to maximise opportunities for professional development to assist arts students make the transition from study to professional practice.
Sir Robert Helpmann was born in Mount Gambier on 9 April 1909. Throughout his long and illustrious career, Helpmann made a significant contribution to the arts in Australia and around the world as an actor, dancer, producer and director.
Our activities are supported by a range of partners, patrons, donors, friends, volunteers and the staff of our partner institutions.