• Courteney Cox, photo by Chris Herzfeld
  • Daniel Thorpe, photo by Broken Chip for 3BS Records
  • eDuard Helmbold, O-O-O (video detail), photo by Laura Garcia Quijada


1 November 2017

The Helpmann Academy has awarded over $46,000 to emerging artists from a range of creative disciplines in its second round of competitive grants for 2017.

A total of 16 projects to be supported by Helpmann include a range of professional development opportunities such as international residencies, workshops, exhibitions, performances, film projects, and recordings.

Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO said that the diverse range of opportunities and projects being supported would have significant benefits for both the individual artists and the industries they are working within.

“We are delighted to be enabling artists to travel and experience global professional development opportunities, as well as empowering them to work with mentors, industry, and other emerging artists from South Australia,” 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 University), Flinders Drama and Screen Production (Flinders University) and the School of Art, Architecture and Design (University of South Australia).

Applications for Helpmann Academy’s next round of regular grants will open in March 2018.

Full List of 2017 Regular Grant Round 2 recipients:


Courteney Cox | Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA/Flinders University)
Will travel to Israel to undertake intensive professional development courses with Batsheva Dance Company, and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.

Petra Carolina Szabo | Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA/Flinders University)
Will develop her physical theatre work Slingshot, addressing neuroplasticity of the brain, good leadership and our connection to technology in correlation to each other.


Josh Belperio | University of Adelaide
Will produce a new cabaret show to be presented at the 2018 Cabaret Fringe.

Chelsea Smart | University of Adelaide
Will record and distribute an album of her original contemporary jazz compositions.

Daniel Thorpe | University of Adelaide
Will travel to Portugal to participate in the Estalagem da Ponta do Sol Residency for Contemporary Music and Electronics.

Visual Art

Sophie Corso | University of South Australia
Will present a new body of work at Sister Gallery.

Steven Cybulka | University of South Australia
Will present work as part of Umbra at Galerie pompom in Sydney.

eDuard Helmbold | University of South Australia
Will participate in a three-week arts residency at Arts, Letters and Numbers in upstate New York, USA.

Kate Power | University of South Australia
Will produce a new live performance work to be presented at Sister Gallery.

Hanah Williams | University of South Australia
Will undertake specialist printmaking training at Zeas May Printmaking in Massachusetts, USA.


Lucy Gale | Flinders University
Will engage a professional editing, sound design, composing and colour grading team to undertake the post-production of her short film White Lillies, about a failing florist who is unable to pay for his mother’s life-saving surgery. The film will be submitted to Tropfest and other film festivals. 

Darcy George | Flinders University
Will produce a short film featuring high-level visual effects and cinematography. The film chronicles the journey of a wandering soldier, traumatised by war, and her quest to build a new life in a new world.

Nicole Miller | Flinders University
Will create a short film exploring the themes of family, the importance of expressing your feelings, the added pressures of girlhood and the universal human need for true intimacy and understanding.

Kurt Roberts | Flinders University
Will produce a cross-platform media experience called Dead Centre, consisting of a four-part web series and an online virtual reality experience.

Alexander Salkicevic | Flinders University
Will develop and create a six-part Australian horror anthology web series titled MAD City, of which each episode will be a standalone short film.