• Mashrabiya by Yusuf Ali Hayat
  • Awash by Tamara Baillie

2018 British School at Rome Residency

15 February 2018

For the first time ever, the Helpmann Academy has selected not one, but two emerging South Australian visual artists as recipients of the annual Helpmann Academy British School at Rome (BSR) Residency, valued at $25,000 for each artist.

Yusuf Ali Hayat and Tamara Baillie will each undertake three-month residencies in Rome during 2018 and will be allocated studio space at the BSR, including residential accommodation. 

The British School at Rome is Britain’s leading humanities institute and one of the most prestigious foreign academies in the Italian capital. Now in its fifth year, the residency gives recipients access to the BSR’s world-renowned research facilities, a thriving artistic community, and all the culture and history Rome has to offer. At the end of their residencies, Yusuf and Tamara will exhibit their work in one of the BSR’s prestigious ‘Mostra’, alongside visual artists from all over the world.

Yusuf Ali Hayat graduated from the University of South Australian with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2017. Yusuf’s work is currently featured in the 2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition. He said that being awarded the residency was a massive compliment.

“This is a very generous award that I am grateful to receive. Knowing there are people who value my practice enough to make this available to me is incredibly encouraging. I feel like the things that are important to me in my practice are valued by the arts community in Adelaide. It motivates me to be more active and make a positive contribution.” Yusuf said.

Tamara Baillie graduated from TAFE SA with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2006 and the University of South Australia with a Master of Visual Arts in 2016. She said that she had been wanting to do the residency for a number of years.

“When I first got the call, I didn’t fully understand what was happening – I thought I was being let down gently. It actually took a few days to sink in because it was so far beyond my realm of possibility.” Tamara said.

Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO, said that the quality of applications for 2018 BSR Residency were once again, of an extremely high standard.

“We are thrilled to be able to send two incredibly talented and deserving artists to the British School at Rome this year. The BSR Residency is a rare opportunity for the recipients to focus solely on their visual arts practice, in an internationally renowned institution. We thank our residency donors for seeing the potential in both these applicants and increasing their contribution to enable them both to have this invaluable opportunity.” She said.

The residency is generously funded by David and Pam McKee and the Lang Foundation. Yusuf and Tamara were announced as the recipients of the residency by David McKee and Kirsty Roderick (of the Lang Foundation) at the 2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition VIP Vernissage on 14 February, 2018.

Header images:
Yusuf Ali Hayat, Mashrabiya, installation detail, 2016
Tamara Baillie, Awash, installation detail, ArtSpace, Sydney, 2016. Photo by Jessica Maurer
David McKee, Tamara Baillie, Yusuf Hayat, Kirsty Roderick.