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. We especially encourage applicants to consider online options for mentorships at this time.

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 encouraged 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 to consider 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.

KEY DATES 2020

Mentorships Round 1 – Dates have been updated in response to COVID-19 
Opens week commencing 30 March 2020
Closes Monday 4 May 2020 at 11:59pm ACST
For activity occurring between 1 June 2020 and 31 January 2021

Mentorships Round 2
Opens week commencing 19 October 2020
Closes Friday 4 December 2020 at 11:59pm ACDT
For activity occurring between 1 February 2021 and 31 July 2021

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]

Resource: Read Australia Council for the Arts Guide to Mentoring

Image: Emerging filmmaker Tamara Hardman undertook an Elevate Mentorship with screenwriter Matthew Cormack of Closer Productions to develop the script for her short film, Everything ALL AT ONCE. Photo by Morgan Sette.

Presented in partnership with the City of Adelaide


ELEVATE MENTORSHIPS ROUND 2 | NOW OPEN

Applications close Friday 4 December at 11:59pm ACDT

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