The Helpmann Academy

Empowering emerging creatives

The Helpmann Academy is the only organisation of its kind in Australia.
We empower South Australia’s most promising emerging creatives to realise their visions and build sustainable practices. We provide professional development opportunities including grants and awards, fellowships, mentorships, masterclasses and seminars, advisory services and international artist residencies, all tailored specifically for South Australia’s higher education students, graduates and emerging artists.

The Helpmann Academy is a unique collaborative partnership, unifying the skills and resources of the state’s universities. Since 1994 the Helpmann Academy has been supporting emerging creatives, promoting South Australia as a centre for excellence in creative education, and contributing to the artistic community of the state.


For emerging creative practitioners to prosper, be valued and celebrated.


To empower South Australia’s most promising emerging creatives to realise their visions and build sustainable practices. To foster a culture of recognition and appreciation for the challenges that emerging creatives face and build a supportive community around them.


We believe the arts are an essential part of society, and that the talented and dedicated emerging creatives we support are valuable contributors, who deserve to be encouraged and celebrated.

A career in the performing or visual arts is a tough road to tread. Helpmann’s aim is to develop connections and pathways for successful and sustainable careers and walk alongside emerging creatives as they make the transition from study to professional practice.

We collaborate with a passionate community of partners, donors and cultural organisations to provide a unique and valuable program of professional development, fellowships, residencies, mentorships, grants, awards, masterclasses, seminars and one-on-one advice.

Together, we work to ensure artists are exposed to a range of opportunities and support, providing the best chance to develop their artistic identity and act as the principal driving force of their careers.


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 to 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.


Images L-R: Jeremy Leone, photo by Matt Schirrripa, Sam Gold, photo by Thomas McCammon and Mary Angley, photo by Anna Fenech.