28 January 2020

The Helpmann Academy has awarded four emerging artists from a range of creative disciplines with mentorships through its Elevate Mentorship program.

The Elevate Mentorship program is designed to provide emerging creatives with access to industry leaders – helping to expand their networks, creative development and business acumen through a one-on-one program designed to suit their specific needs.

The 2019 Elevate Mentorships round 2 will see one creative travel to the UK to study under experimental sculptor, jewellery design and taxidermy artist, with another enlisting the help of physical theatre-maker and Co-Artistic Director of Belloo Creative, Caroline Dunphy.

The full list of mentorships that have been funded are:


Chelsea McGuinness – the emerging jazz vocalist/educator and University of Adelaide graduate will be mentored by vocalist Naomi Eyers with the aim of strengthening her technical skills, expanding her range and establish healthy practices for her voice through The Estill Voice Model.

Visual Art

Olivia Dryden – the emerging jeweller, taxidermy artist and TAFE SA/ Flinders University graduate will be mentored by UK sculptor Polly Morgan with the aim to help extend her taxidermy and jewellery design practice into sculptural work.

Neville Cichon – the emerging photographer and University of South Australia graduate will be mentored by photographer Che Chorley with the aim to produce a new body of work for a solo exhibition in 2021. Neville is hoping to learn new technical skills for shooting underwater and landscapes, a transition from still to moving image and management of promotion and fundraising opportunities.


Alice Marsh – the emerging theatre-maker, performer and Flinders University graduate will be mentored by physical theatre-maker and Co-Artistic Director of Belloo Creative, Caroline Dunphy. The mentorship will give Alice the opportunity to receive critical feedback on her first creative development, Fracture and to formulate a career plan.

The Elevate Mentorship Program is supported by the City of Adelaide and a generous group of donors. If you would like to support an emerging artist to undertake a mentorship, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. 

For more information contact Helpmann Academy (08) 7089 0720 / [email protected]

Image: Olivia Dryden, Bone Chandelier (detail), photo by Georgia Matthews.