2022 Graduate Exhibition

The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition is an annual celebration of the strongest creative voices emerging from South Australia’s contemporary art scene.

Twenty-seven visual artists from Flinders University and the University of South Australia will showcase their graduate works at this prominent arts event – that is once again housed in South Australia’s flagship contemporary gallery, ACE Open.

Art lovers are invited to take in the eclectic and bold collection of works from Thursday 17 February until Sunday 19 March 2022. A range of disciplines will be on display at the event, including ceramics, painting, jewellery, photography, printmaking, video, installation, sonic art, sculpture, fashion and performance art.

Exhibiting artists will be eligible for 18 awards valued at over $71,000, to be presented on the opening night of the exhibition. The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition remains one of the most significant opportunities for emerging creatives in the country, thanks to the generosity of our award donors.

This event has a long-standing history of providing a launch pad for the next generation of South Australian creatives, while also providing a snapshot of the future of contemporary art in our state. Prepare to be moved by the drive and passion of the artists on display.

Exhibition Dates
Thursday 17 February to Saturday 19 March 2022
Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00am–4:00pm

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

Header image: Ashleigh Keller, To fear, to feel, to hurt, to heal (detail), photo by Michael Haines.

Major Event Partner






Presenting Partner


Susie Althorp
Emily Anderson
Talitha Benson
Chloe Bentley
Lauren Bzowy
Georgia Clark
Hannah Coleman
Camille Fitzgerald
Rosemary Helmis
Bianca Hoffrichter
Christopher Houghton
Lucy Keatch
Ashleigh Keller
Catrina Leske
Samuel Matthewman
Leslie Matthews
Tina McKenzie
Emily Megaw
Sydelle Mullen
Caroline Oakley
Holly Phillipson
Holly Rysdale
Izzi Selfe
Miriam Sims
Asha Southcombe
Cecilia Tizard
Claudia Turon

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
Commonwealth Private
The City of Adelaide
University of South Australia
Hill Smith Art Advisory
Square Holes
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
David McKee AO & Pam McKee
Diana & Philippe Jaquillard
Paul & Fatima McHugh
David Hayden
David Baker

Media Partner
Solstice Media