2019 Helpmann Fellowships

30 May 2019

Three South Australian emerging artists will be undertaking career-defining opportunities thanks to Helpmann Academy Fellowships, supported by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation.

Valued at up to $20,000 each, the Helpmann Fellowships are awarded annually and present one of the most significant funding opportunities for emerging creatives in South Australia.

Lucy Haas-Hennessy of Woodforde (actor and Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) graduate) will be attending the Saratoga International Theatre Institute’s summer intensive program in Saratoga Springs, New York in June this year. The four-week workshop includes rigorous physical work, theoretical research, and the generation and performance of new work by the participants. Lucy will stay on for a further two weeks in New York to engage with the independent theatre scene, local theatre companies and agents and take part in workshops with various acting studios.

Tim Carlier of Fullarton (filmmaker and Flinders University Honours graduate) will embark on a specialised 5-month long career development program that will include studying at various international film and art institutions, expanding his professional networks and honing his craft as a writer and director. This includes a visit to the Oporto Picture Academy in Portugal, a four-week residency at the World of Co-residency program in Sofia, Bulgaria and In Place International Film Festival. The trip will round off with a three-month Experimental Filmmakers course at the Met Film School in Berlin.

Natalia Sledz of Oakden (actor and Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) graduate) will be undertaking a six-week summer intensive at the William Esper Studio in New York. Ranked as one of the best acting institutes in the US, the program teaches the Meisner-based acting technique and also includes supplement classes in improvisation, voice and speech, movement and acting on-camera.

The Fellowships were formally presented at a special ceremony hosted by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia at Government House on Wednesday 29 May, 2019.

Now in their third year, the Helpmann Fellowships fund projects of significance, supporting early career artists to realise their visions and build sustainable practices, shaping their future and empowering them to transform the cultural landscape. Valued at up to $20,000 each, it is intended the Fellowships will enable artists to pursue professional development opportunities overseas or interstate.

The Helpmann Fellowships are made possible through a grant from The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation. The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation fosters excellence in the arts and is committed to supporting high-quality arts programs to encourage a robust arts sector and increase its accessibility.

Header images: Jane MacFarlane (CEO, Helpmann Academy), Natalia Sledz, Lucy Haas-Hennessy, Tim Carlier, and Kerry de Lorme (Executive Director, James & Diana Ramsay Foundation) at Government House. Photo by Hayley Jessup.