2019 Graduate Exhibition

15 February 2019

Thirteen South Australian emerging visual artists have been presented with over $85,000 in awards over two huge nights at the 2019 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition VIP Vernissage (February 13) and Opening Night (February 14).

The exhibition features work from 27 of South Australia’s top graduating visual artists and contains over 150 works in a range of mediums, including ceramics, painting, jewellery, photography, printmaking, video, installation and sculpture. The annual event takes on a special significance in 2019 as it falls in the 25th anniversary year of the Helpmann Academy.

Exhibiting artists were chosen from the Helpmann Academy’s visual arts partner institutions: Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University and the University of South Australia.

Jacinta Mwangi, sculpture/installation artist and University of South Australia Masters candidate, received The Hill Smith Gallery / University of South Australia Postgraduate Award ($10,000 cash). The award recognises the achievements of a Masters or PhD candidate.

Sam Gold, University of South Australia graduate, received The Undergraduate Award for Excellence supported by Roger and Helen Salkeld ($7,500 cash). This is the top undergraduate award recognising the winner as an artist with a promising future.

Tara Rowhani-Farid, University of South Australia Honours graduate, received The City of Adelaide Award ($7,500 cash). This award is an acquisitive award that will enable the work of an emerging artist to be showcased through the City of Adelaide’s Contemporary Acquisitions Collection.

Jonathan Kim, University of South Australia Honours graduate, received the Linden New Art Award (valued at $6,620, including $500 cash award). This award is new in 2019 and provides in-kind support, including a 3-week exhibition at Linden New Art in Melbourne, through its Linden Projects Space program.

Kate Little, University of South Australia Honours graduate, received the Lang / McKee Award ($5,000 cash). New in 2019 this award recognises artistic excellence and talent.

Eleanor Amor, University of South Australia graduate, received The City Rural Insurance / Helpmann Travel Award ($5,000 cash). This award provides the recipient the opportunity to travel, informing their practice with new ideas and experiences.

Emilija Kasumovic, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA / Flinders University) graduate received The MinterEllison Award ($5,000 cash). This award recognises an emerging female artist with outstanding potential.

Barbara Hesselschwert, University of South Australia graduate received The Raffen Award ($5,000 cash). An acquisitive award, the work becomes part of a significant private collection.

Julia Lana Anne, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA / Flinders University) graduate, received The Rob Lyons Award ($3000 cash). This award recognises artistic excellence and talent.

Sam Gold, University of South Australia graduate, received The JamFactory Award (valued at $2,500, including a $500 cash award). Presented to an artist working in ceramics, glass or jewellery, the award includes a mentorship with JamFactory’s Creative Directors of Product and Retail, and an opportunity to have work on consignment in JamFactory’s retail store for 12 months.

Frey Micklethwaite, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA / Flinders University) graduate, received The David Hayden Professional Development Award ($1,000 cash). Awarded for the purpose of purchasing materials.

Boris Drazetic, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA / Flinders University) Honours graduate, received The Peter Walker / Helpmann Advancement Award ($1,000 cash). This award recognises artistic excellence and talent.

Jessica Zoethout, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA / Flinders University graduate), was presented with The Royal South Australian Society of the Arts Award ($1,000 cash). This award recognises artistic excellence and talent.

Joseph Häxan, University of South Australia Honours graduate, was presented with The SALA Award (valued at $1,000 including a $530 cash award).  Provides premium registration for the 2018 SALA Festival. Awarded to an artist who will benefit from exhibiting their work at SALA.

Jessica Zoethout, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate, won The Helpmann Academy People’s Choice Award ($500 cash). This award is voted by the public throughout the duration of the exhibition and is announced at the close of the exhibition.

The Awards judging panel included Melinda Martin, Director, Linden New Art, Brian Parkes, CEO, JamFactory, and Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art.

These awards were part of $85,000 worth of support awarded to visual artists by the Helpmann Academy this week.

Jonathan Kim, University of South Australia Honours graduate, was announced as the recipient of Helpmann Academy’s British School at Rome Residency (valued at $25,000) at the Graduate Exhibition VIP Vernissage on Wednesday 13 February.

The Helpmann Academy acknowledges the incredible generosity of the 2019 Graduate Exhibition Award Partners and donors, who make these fantastic awards possible. 

The 2019 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive
Friday 15 February to Sunday 10 March
10:30am to 4:30pm daily
Free entry

Image: The 2019 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Award winners, photo by Georgia Matthews.