2019 Graduate Exhibition

The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition has gained a reputation for being the perennial arts event to kick off the new year and 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 exhibit their work nationally and internationally.

Twenty-seven of South Australia’s top graduating visual artists from Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University and the University of South Australia will feature in the 2019 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition.

Featuring around 150 works, the exhibition takes on a special significance in 2019 as it falls in the 25th anniversary year of the Helpmann Academy. A range of creative disciplines will be presented including ceramics, painting, jewellery, photography, printmaking, video, installation and sculpture.

Exhibiting artists will be eligible for 15 awards valued at over $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 Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art, Melinda Martin, Director, Linden New Art, and Brian Parkes, Chief Executive Officer, JamFactory.

VIP Vernissage (exhibition preview)
Wednesday 13 February 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm
Tickets: $100 per person + booking fee
Ticket includes Mumm Champagne, fine wines & canapés.
Bookings: https://vernissage2019.eventbrite.com.au
Free parking is available on the Parade Ground

Opening Night & Awards Presentation
Thursday 14 February 2019, 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 15 February to Sunday 10 March
10:30am to 4:30pm daily
Free entry

Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground
Victoria Drive, Adelaide

Header image: Sam Gold, Embody (detail), photo by Jordan Fowler.

Major Event Partner

“The Graduate Exhibition is, by its nature, a survey of our tertiary arts education and a telling insight into the hearts and minds of these emerging artists. Each of the works asks to be considered as a piece in the continuing puzzle of contemporary arts practice. Keep the catalogue and see how each develops over the coming years.”

Download the 2019 Grad Show catalogue


Eleanor Amor
Julia Lana Anne
Boris Drazetic
Sam Gold
Susie Jane Hall
Joseph Haxan
Yusuf Hayat**
Scott Hedges
Barbara Hesselschwerdt
Alison Holmes
Alice Hu
Angelique Joy
Emilija Kasumovic
Jonathan Kim
Kate Little
Emmaleise Maxwell
Frey Micklethwait
Jacinta Mwangi*
Mitchell Othen
Nathan Peacock
Nima Porkar
Monique Robert
Tara Rowhani-Farid
Georgia Scott-Mills
Carly Snoswell*
Ellie Weckert
Jessica Zoethout

*Masters candidate **PhD candidate

Click here for a list of the 2019 award recipients

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

Major Event Partner
City Rural Insurance

Wine Partner
Grigori Family Wines

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

Award Donors
Roger and Helen Salkeld
David Raffen
Rob Lyons
The Lang Foundation
David McKee AO & Pam McKee
David Hayden

Media Partner
The Adelaide Review