2018 Elevate Mentorships round 1

13 September 2018

The Helpmann Academy is delighted to announce that five emerging South Australian artists have been awarded mentorships with established artists through the Helpmann Academy Elevate Mentorship Program.

The Elevate Mentorship program seeks to pair emerging creatives with industry leaders to assist in the development of their professional practice at a point of transition and exploration. 2018 Mentors include writer and director Richard Jasek (Home and Away, Neighbours, The Secret Life of Us) and public art activist Peter Drew (‘Real Australians Say Welcome’, ‘Monga Kahn – Aussie’).

Filmmaker Stephanie Jaclyn (Flinders University) will be working alongside Richard Jasek, classically trained pianist Thea Maxwell (Adelaide University Elder Conservatorium) will be mentored by music teacher and owner of studio Music Alley Emma Barson, sculptor/public artist Pat Welke (Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA/ Flinders University) will be learning from sculptor and painter Craige Andrea, multidisciplinary artist Carolyn Corletto (Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA/ Flinders University) will be expanding her practice with sculptor Julia Robinson and photographer Neville Cichon (University of South Australia) will be mentored by public art activist Peter Drew.

Neville Cichon is excited about the prospect of challenging his current artistic process.

“I expect to be taken out of my comfort zone. This is very likely to create an experience with significant impact on where my art practice is at and where it is heading. I chose Peter Drew in part because I am curious about his independence and ability to create his own calendar rather than being linked to art sector cycles.”

Stephanie Jaclyn is looking forward to making new connections in the television industry through her mentorship with Richard Jasek.

“Richard has a wealth of television directing and industry experience behind him which is extremely beneficial for me as, not only am I an aspiring television director, but I’m also writing and developing a number of television projects, the most recent being the Media Resource Centre funded sci-fi, drama web series, The Fading.”

Since 2002, the Helpmann Academy has facilitated over 200 mentorships for South Australian artists – with mentors over the years including film and television personalities 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 and choreographers Amanda Phillips and Kate Champion.

Image: 2018 Elevate Mentorship recipient Stephanie Jacylyn on the set of her web-series Freemales.