2018 Graduate Exhibition

The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition has an established reputation as the showcase exhibition of South Australia’s most promising emerging artists.

Selected from Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA / Flinders University), and the School of Art, Architecture and Design (University of South Australia) by a distinguished independent panel, the exhibition features works across a range of creative disciplines including ceramics, glass, painting, jewellery, photography, printmaking, video, installation and sculpture. In 2017 the exhibition was expanded to include works by Masters and PhD candidates.

Now in its 23rd year, the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition has a long history of launching the careers of South Australia’s up-and-coming visual artists, with many going on to receive further funding, awards and scholarships, and achieving local and national gallery representation and recognition.

Exhibiting artists will be eligible for 15 awards valued at $60,000 to be presented on the opening night of the exhibition. The awards will be judged by a panel of arts industry leaders including Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, and Hugo Michell, Director of Hugo Michell Gallery.

VIP Vernissage (exhibition preview)
Wednesday 14 February 2018
Doors open at 6:30pm
Tickets: $90 per person + booking fee
Includes canapés and drinks, including of course, Moët!
Bookings: www.vernissage2018.eventbrite.com.au
Free parking is available on the Parade Ground

Opening Night & Awards Presentation
Thursday 15 February 2018, at 6:00pm
Grigori Wines available to purchase, proceeds will go towards Helpmann’s programs and services.
Free parking is available on the Parade Ground

Exhibition dates
Friday 16 February to Sunday 11 March
10:30am to 4:30pm daily

Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground
Victoria Drive, Adelaide

Header image: Brianna Speight, Pearl (detail), image courtesy of the artist

Major Event Partner



“They’re all wonderfully executed works that pack a punch.”
The Advertiser

“The future is bright for emerging artists in SA.”
The Adelaide Review



Kate Bohunnis
Arviegail Cahilig
Neville Cichon
Casey Deed
Martha Dimitriou
Khoa Edgecombe
Laura Garcia
Rebecca Hastings*
Joseph Haxan
Yusuf Hayat
eDuard Helmbold
Jane Heron-Kirkmoe
Steven Hill
Marye Hobbs*
Brianna Humbles
India Kenning
Simone Linder-Patton
Kate Little
Jay Lord
Emilie Plunkett
Carly Snoswell*
Brianna Speight
Joy Stahl
Sarah Sturm
Jess Taylor*
Felicity Townsend
Hannah Vorrath-Pajak
Sera Waters**
Molly Willson

*Masters candidate ** PhD candidate

Click here for a list of the 2018 award winners

The Helpmann Academy gratefully
acknowledges the support of our
following Partners:

Wine Partner
Grigori Family Wines

Award Partners
Hill Smith Gallery
University of South Australia
The City of Adelaide
City Rural Insurance
Peter Walker Fine Art

Award Donors
Roger and Helen Salkeld
David Raffen
Rob Lyons
David Hayden