2017 Graduate Exhibition

16 February 2017

Twelve South Australian emerging visual artists have been presented with $45,000 in awards at the 2017 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Opening Night.

Now in it’s 22nd year, the exhibition was officially opened on Thursday 16 February by Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia.

The exhibition features a group of 31 graduate artists, and over 100 works in a range of mediums. Exhibiting artists were chosen from the Helpmann Academy’s visual arts partner institutions: TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts / Flinders University and UniSA’s School of Art, Architecture & Design.

For the first time in 2017, the exhibition was expanded to include Masters and PhD candidates.

Tom Moore, glass artist and UniSA PhD candidate, received The Hill Smith Gallery / University of South Australia Postgraduate Award ($10,000 cash). The award is new in 2017 and recognises the achievements of a Masters or PhD candidate.

Kate Bohunnis, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate, received The Watson Award ($7,500 cash). The acquisitive award is an opportunity for an emerging artist to have their work become part of The Watson’s prestigious collection, and recognises the winner as an artist with a promising future.

Mirjana Dobson, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate, received The City Rural Insurance / Helpmann Travel Award ($5,000 cash). This award provides the recipient the opportunity to travel, informing their practice with new ideas and experiences.

Karlien Van Rooyen, UniSA graduate, received The Minter Ellison Award ($5,000 cash). This award is new in 2017 and recognises an emerging female artist with outstanding creative potential.

Madeleine Collopy, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate, received The Worth Gallery Barn Studio Award (valued at $5,000). This award is new in 2017 and provides the recipient with a three-month residency at The Barn in Stirling.

Sonya Moyle, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate received The Raffen Award ($3,500 cash). An acquisitive award, the work becomes part of a significant private collection.

Marissa Ziesing, UniSA graduate, received The Rob Lyons Award ($3000 cash). New in 2017, the award recognises artistic excellence and talent.

Jim Jones, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate, received The Bluethumb Award (valued at $2,500, including a $1,000 cash prize). The award is new in 2017 and provides the recipient with an artist profile on the Bluethumb website, plus in-kind support, including a photo shoot and 12 months of mentoring.

Nerida Bell, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate, received The David Hayden Professional Development Award ($1,000 cash). The award is for the purpose of purchasing materials to assist in furthering the winning artist’s practice.

Ursula Halpin, UniSA graduate, received The Peter Walker / Helpmann Encouragement Award ($1,000 cash). The award goes to an artist who deserves particular encouragement to continue their practice.

Kelsey Reynolds, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate, was presented with The SALA Award. The award provides premium registration for the 2017 SALA Festival and $530 cash prize.

Tracy Lymn, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate, was presented with The Royal South Australian Society of the Arts Backers’ Prize ($500 cash). The prize is selected by representatives from our partner institutions, including security staff, art suppliers and facility managers who support the artists behind the scenes during their studies.

Chris Boha was the winner of The Watson People’s Choice Award ($500 cash). The award is voted by the public throughout the duration, and announced at the close of the exhibition.

The Awards judging panel included Emma Crimmings, Assistant Director, Artbank; Erica Green, Director, Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art; and Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia.

The Helpmann Academy acknowledges the incredible generosity of the 2017 Graduate Exhibition Award Partners and donors, who make these fantastic awards possible.

The 2017 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
Friday 17 February to Sunday 12 March
10:30am to 4:30pm daily
Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive

All photos by Russell Millard