• Rob Lyons, Marissa Ziesing and Jane MacFarlane.
  • Min Wong, installation view, Tammy & Jim, Feltspace, 2017. Photo by Grant Hancock.
  • Jesse Budel, photo by Val Buber.
  • Madison Bycroft, Wearing you wearing me satorial design for swimwear (detail), 2017.
  • Tess Fowler, photo by Chris Herzfeld.


1 June 2017

The Helpmann Academy has awarded $50,000 to emerging artists from a range of creative disciplines in its first round of competitive grants for 2017.

A total of 23 projects to be supported by Helpmann include a range of overseas professional development opportunities and residencies in the USA, Europe and Asia, local and interstate performances and a number of visual art exhibitions.

Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO, said that the number and quality of applications received was unprecedented. “The quality of applications we’ve received is a reflection of the exciting new artistic talent emerging from our arts institutions in South Australia.”

“The Helpmann Academy is pleased to support these emerging artists, which in turn enriches our creative community,” Jane said.

Helpmann Academy grants are open to staff, students and recent graduates of Elder Conservatorium of Music (University of Adelaide), the Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA), Flinders Drama and Screen Production (Flinders University) and the School of Art, Architecture and Design (UniSA).

Applications for Helpmann Academy’s next round of regular grants will open in August 2017.

Full List of 2017 Regular Grant Round recipients:


Rita Bush | Adelaide College of the Arts
Will be developing work with local independent choreographer/ dancer Alison Currie for The Human Arts Movement, which will then be performed by the group.


Bethany Hill | University of Adelaide
Will be attending The Nelson Bach Residency in New Zealand, where she will attend workshops, seminars and coaching sessions that explore Bach’s music.

Tim Whittington | University of Adelaide
will create an interactive album release for the ‘Geisel’ project, an album presently being created in a collaborative effort with 11 up and coming Adelaide musicians.

Emily Bettison | University of Adelaide
Will be working on a marketing and media and design creation supporting the release of the second EP for her indie-pop band Mackenzie.

Jesse Budel | University of Adelaide
Will be undertaking a professional development tour of the US and Canada, in his research and practice area of environmental music and sound art. During these travels, Jesse will be participating in Composing in the Wilderness, a two-week outdoor composition program in Denali National Park (Alaska) culminating a responsive creative work to be premiered at the 2017 Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Erin McKellar & Lauren Henderson | University of Adelaide
Will be attending the annual International Jazz Voice Conference will be held in Finland with association with the Sibelius Academy.


Robbie Greenwell | Flinders University
Will tour the one-man theatrical show, Mirror, to the Sydney Fringe Festival in September 2017.

Clara Solly-Slade | Adelaide College of the Arts/Flinders University
Will travel to Umbria in Italy to partake in the 2017 International Symposium for Directors/ Theatre-Makers with LaMama Theatre Company.

Tess Fowler | Adelaide College of the Arts/Flinders University
Will be creating a solo show: ‘Revelations of an Angry Beast’ for the Cabaret Fringe.

Samantha Donvito | Adelaide College of the Arts/Flinders University
Will be attending an eight day intermediate and advanced level training intensive course with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre in New Zealand.

Annabel Matheson | Flinders University
Will collaborate with Flinders University Drama Centre Fourth Year actors and Ladylike Theatre Collective on script development and a performance of Misfits by Eliza Oliver.

Visual Art

Aleksandra Antic | University of South Australia
Will travel and present an exhibition, Fiber of Our Being, in the GRAD European Centre for Culture and Debate. GRAD is a joint initiative of the Cultural Front Belgrade (Serbia) and the Amsterdam Felix Meritis Foundation (an independent European centre for art, culture and science), located in the former industrial complex in Belgrade, Serbia.

Marissa Ziesing | University of South Australia
Will attend a six-week international residency with Center for Metal Arts (CMA) in Warwick Valley, New York.

Lee Walter & Tracy Lymn | Adelaide College of the Arts/Flinders University
Will, as part of the 2017 SALA Festival, create an exhibition at Two-Bit Villains, situated in the refurbished grand ballroom of the Adelaide Arcade. The Exhibition will showcase new and existing photographic works.

Nikki Marcel | University of South Australia
Will attend the 2017 Pilchuck summer school workshop in USA, Vitrecoustics and Beyond, by Mark Zirpel and Abram Deslaurier.

Abbey Rawson | Adelaide College of the Arts/Flinders University
Will undertake a three-month printmaking residency in the heart of Glasgow (Scotland).

Yusuf Ali Hayat | University of South Australia
Will be attending two intensive skills-based courses at the “Prince’s School of Traditional Arts” in London.

Min Wong | University of South Australia
Will be presenting a solo exhibition that further investigates U.S. countercultures in the 60s and 70s and aims to reflect the paradoxical search for spiritual collectivism amidst testimonials of human failure.

Elyas Alavi | University of South Australia
Will present 3 bodies of artworks including 2 video works, a new performance art piece and a new paintings series, at “The First Contemporary Art of Afghanistan in Iran” exhibition at Neyavaran Cultural Centre in Tehran, Iran.

Emmaline Zanelli | Adelaide College of the Arts/Flinders University
Will undertake an artist residency in London to attend a four-week intensive visual arts residency held at the Slade Research Centre, called the London Summer Intensive.

Kristen Coleman | University of South Australia
Will undertake a month long artist residency at Watch This Space ARI, in Alice Springs. The residency will provide the opportunity to spend an extended period of time within the desert working amongst a diverse group of artists within a unique landscape.

Madison Bycroft | University of South Australia
Will undertake two residencies, two facilitated workshops and two confirmed exhibitions spanning across four locations: Athens, Marseille, The Netherlands and Adelaide.