2021 Graduate Exhibition

The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition is an annual showing of the next generation of South Australia’s contemporary creative voices.

Over twenty emerging artists from Flinders University and the University of South Australia will showcase their graduate works at this preeminent arts event – presented in its new home, South Australia’s flagship contemporary gallery, ACE Open.

A range of creative disciplines will be on display at the event, including ceramics, painting, jewellery, photography, printmaking, video, installation and sculpture. Exhibiting artists will be eligible for 16 awards valued at over $65,000 to be presented on the opening night of the exhibition, making it one of the most significant opportunities for emerging artists in the country.

The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition continues to provide a visible platform for emerging artists to launch their creative careers, while also providing the wider arts community with an insight into the future of art in South Australia.

VIP Vernissage (exhibition preview)
Thursday 28 January 2021, doors open 6:30pm
Tickets $100 each + booking fee, includes champagne, fine wines & canapés

Opening Night & Awards Presentation
Friday 29 January at 6:00pm
Opening speaker: Rhana Devenport ONZM, Director, AGSA
*Please note this event is at capacity, no further registrations will be accepted*
Registration is required due to COVID regulations
Register to attend: https://2021gradshowopeningnight.eventbrite.com.au
Drinks available to purchase, proceeds will go towards Helpmann’s programs and services

Exhibition dates
Friday 29 January to Saturday 13 February 2021
Monday to Friday, 11am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm

ACE Open
Lion Arts Centre, North Tce
Kaurna Yarta, Adelaide

Header image: Ellis Moseley, Super Duper Flying Fun Show, photo by Michael Haines

Major Event Partner

Presenting Partner

“This exhibition supports and acknowledges the essential contribution that creative practitioners and thinkers continue to make to human cultures and future outcomes.”
Dr Melanie Cooper

Bin Bai
Ashley Bartsch
Renee Bell
Alicia Butt
Amber Cronin
Lucille Crowder
Isobel Davies
Martha Dimitriou
Stephanie Doddridge
Chantelle Fey
Jessa Kloeden
Rio Mignone
Ellis Moseley
Taylor Parham
Maiko Pettman
Bianca Pibworth
Tricia Ross
Melissa Shinn
Asha Southcombe
Jessica Stephens
Meng Zhang

Click here for a list of the 2021 award recipients

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

Major Event Partner
City Rural Insurance

Presenting Partner
ACE Open

Wine Partner
Grigori Family Wines

Award & Exhibition Partners
The City of Adelaide
University of South Australia
Hill Smith Art Advisory
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
The Lang Foundation
Linden New Art
Peter Walker Fine Art
Signs of the Time
Black Squid Design
Ivy Entertainment 

Award Donors
Roger & Helen Salkeld
David McKee AO & Pam McKee
Diana & Philippe Jaquillard
Paul & Fatima McHugh
David Hayden

Media Partner
Solstice Media