Elevate Mentorship Program

The Elevate Mentorship Program is a valuable way to build on an emerging career by providing knowledge and experience beyond study, at a point of transition and exploration. This can take the form of creative development or business/entrepreneurial acumen.

The mentorship structure can vary considerably depending on the goals of the mentee and what the mentor can offer. Applications should include a proposal outlining how the mentorship will be structured and what the expected outcomes will be.

Examples of how a mentorship can be structured include (but are not limited to):

  • Studio visits, allowing for the hands-on development of skills and observational learning
  • Development sessions for a dance, music or theatre work
  • Film script development and advice on editing a film
  • Advice on mounting an exhibition
  • Assistance with establishing the business and practical side of an arts practice (e.g. writing a business or marketing plan)

Proposing online alternatives for all activities is welcomed in the current global environment. An online mentorship is an amazing opportunity to connect with a mentor without the barrier of geography. You have the freedom to choose whatever mentor you deem most beneficial to your artistic development at this time, regardless of their location. The only limitation is your imagination! Please get in touch if you would like assistance when considering your options.

Since 2002, the Helpmann Academy has facilitated over 200 mentorships for South Australian artists. Over the years, mentors have included film and television personalities such as Mary Coustas, Noni Hazlehurst and comedian Tom Gleisner, photographers Deborah Paauwe and Mark Kimber, visual artists Hossein Valamanesh, Helen Fuller and Marise Maas, ceramicists Kirsten Coelho and Akio Takamori, glass artist David Reekie, choreographers Amanda Phillips and Kate Champion, as well as South Australian Film Corporation audio mixer Pete Smith.

The Elevate Mentorship Program is supported by a generous group of donors. If you would like to support an emerging artist to undertake a mentorship, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. 

For more information contact Helpmann Academy at [email protected]


Mentorships Round 1
Opens week commencing 10 May 2021
Closes Friday 25 June 2021 at 11:59pm ACST
For activity occurring between 1 August 2021 and 31 December 2021
For graduates from eligible programs (final year students are not eligible in round 1)

The Helpmann Academy will only be running one round of the Elevate Mentorships program in 2021. We recommend artists who wish to undertake a mentorship in early 2022 to submit your application via our Creative Development Grants program, which opens the week commencing 4 October 2021.

Resource: Read Australia Council for the Arts Guide to Mentoring

Image: Visual artist Anna Revesz undertook an Elevate Mentorship with Hossein Valamanesh to expand her practice into sculptural/installation works alongside her photography. Photo by Sarah Sturm.