2019 British School at Rome Residency

14 February 2019

The Helpmann Academy is thrilled to announce that Jonathan Kim, University of South Australia Honours graduate and sculpture artist has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 British School at Rome (BSR) residency, valued at $25,000.

Now in its sixth year, the three-month residency gives recipients access to the BSR’s preeminent research facilities, a thriving artistic community from around the world, and all the rich culture and history Rome has to offer.

Jonathan will receive an allocated studio space at BSR, including residential accommodation – giving him the time and space to develop his practice in a new environment. The residency runs from April – June 2019 and culminates in the BSR’s prestigious ‘Monstra’ exhibition, where Jonathan will exhibit alongside visual artists from all over the world.

Jonathan graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2018. His work is currently featured in the 2019 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition. Generously funded by David and Pam McKee and the Lang Foundation, Jonathan was announced as the recipient of the residency by David McKee and Kirsty Roderick (of the Lang Foundation) at the 2019 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition VIP Vernissage on 13 February 2019.

In his speech at the event, Jonathan revealed that attending the British School at Rome had been a long-time dream of his.

“Two years ago, I was in Rome on a two-week study tour. When I visited the British School at Rome at that time, I swore I would go back there two years later as the recipient of the Helpmann Academy. And now I am standing here making a recipient speech for the residency. This three-month residency programme will be an invaluable opportunity to expand and develop my artistic perspectives and ideas.”

Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO, said that Jonathan is the perfect candidate for the residency.

“We are thrilled to once again be sending an emerging artist to the British School at Rome. We know this experience will be transformative for Jonathan and we can’t wait to see the work that is inspired by his time abroad. We want to thank our residency donors for their continued support of this unique opportunity.”

Photo: Jonathan Kim giving his acceptance speech with David McKee AO and Kirsty Roderick. Photo by Georgia Matthews