For the Goolwa Wharf Precinct in partnership with Alexandrina Council

Generously funded by K&S Langley Fund

Presented by Helpmann Academy and Alexandrina Council, the Helpmann Academy Major Public Art Commission for the Goolwa Wharf Precinct will support an emerging artist or small collective of artists to create a major public art commission for the Goolwa Wharf Precinct.

This significant opportunity is valued at up to $150,000 and is made possible with the generous support from K&S Langley Fund.

The emerging artist(s) will work with renowned artists from George Street Studios, developing their abilities and confidence in producing large-scale public artwork. The process will include mentorship and guidance in all aspects of public art development including the concept design, fabrication, budgets, risk, project management, construction, and maintenance.

Helpmann Academy and Alexandrina Council are looking for artists/artist teams to exercise artistic expression, innovation, and freedom on the project, while referencing the theme of “family/ family connectedness”.  The artwork should be engaging for families and children from all cultures and abilities. It is anticipated the space will be used by locals and tourists alike.

This is an exciting opportunity for South Australia’s emerging creatives to create a work that will become a part of Goolwa’s cultural identity – while extending both their practical knowledge and skills. It is an unparalleled chance to build a profile and make solid connections in the public art realm.


This commission is an incredible opportunity for graduates who are up to 7 years from their final year of study from Helpmann’s partner institutions to gain valuable experience in developing public art and site-specific commissions.

Submissions are open to individuals or teams of graduates, provided all applicants meet the eligibility criteria.

For this opportunity only, eligibility has been expanded to include graduates up to seven years from graduation.

Click HERE for information on Helpmann Academy’s eligibility criteria.


STAGE 1: Interested parties are asked to contact Helpmann Academy at [email protected] to receive a detailed information pack.

STAGE 2: After thoroughly reading the information, applicants are then prompted to formally submit an expression of interest via an online form. For the formal expression of interest applicants will be asked to provide academic transcripts, CV’s, images of previous work and answer three brief questions.

STAGE 3: Three (3) shortlisted artists/artist teams will be engaged to develop a concept design proposal. Each artist/team will be provided with up to 12.5 hours mentorship with Tony Rosella and selected senior designers from George Street Studios (or mentor(s) of their choice) to develop their concept and guide budget.


Expressions of interest are to be submitted by Tuesday 29 June 2021 by 5:00pm ACST

For more information contact Helpmann Academy on (08) 7089 0720 / [email protected]




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