2019 Regular Grants Round 1 Recipients

18 July 2019

The Helpmann Academy has awarded over $43,900 to 47 emerging artists from a range of creative disciplines through its annual grants program.

A total of 17 projects will be supported by Helpmann through its first round of competitive grants for 2019 and include a range of professional development opportunities such as international residencies, workshops, exhibitions, performances, film projects, and recordings.

The funding will enable emerging artists from the state to develop new film and composition works, run a music event during Umbrella Festival, and attend workshops and professional development opportunities in Banff, Perth, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Norway and London. See below for a full list of grant recipients.

Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO said the funding will open up new possibilities and new opportunities for the recipients.

“We are thrilled to be supporting over 47 talented emerging artists to advance their artistic practice through our regular grant round. We hope these opportunities will provide those creatives with the inspiration needed to create new works to inspire our creative community, and the drive to build sustainable careers.”

Helpmann Academy grants are open to students and recent graduates across visual arts, theatre, dance, music, film and more from University of Adelaide, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA/Flinders University), Flinders University and the University of South Australia.

Applications for Helpmann Academy’s next round of regular grants will open the week commencing 12 August 2019.

Full list of Helpmann Academy grant recipients for Round 1, 2019:

Music

Kyrie Anderson – the emerging drummer and Elder Conservatorium (University of Adelaide) graduate will attend the Banff International Jazz and Creative Workshop in August 2019.

Kiah Gossner – the emerging bass player/producer and Elder Conservatorium (University of Adelaide) graduate will compose two contrasting works that explore the same narrative with industry professional Miguel Atwood-Ferguson in Los Angeles.

Caleb Lavery-Brook and Ting Yun – the Elder Conservatorium (University of Adelaide) graduates will present four concerts in almost complete darkness with eight instrumentalists consisting of music by J.S. Bach in contrast with other composers in September through November 2019.

Matt Ryan – the emerging musician and Elder Conservatorium (University of Adelaide) graduate will present an Umbrella Festival music event, ‘Gritt.’ at the West Oak Hotel on July 13. The small festival event will feature 11 emerging bands over two stages.

Carl Crossin – the Elder Conservatorium (University of Adelaide) Musical Director will devise, prepare and present a thematically unified selection of opera scenes and other musico-dramatic creations with the first, second- and third-year Classical Voice students in the Bachelor of Music degree. This will result in two performances in Elder Hall on October 3 and 4.

Visual Art

Nerida Bell the emerging ceramicist, textile artist and Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate will attend four classes and a full day workshop over one week taught by Graham Hay at Robertson Park Artists Studio in Perth.

Mirjana Dobson – the emerging ceramicist and Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate will travel to Heron Island Research Station off of the coast of Queensland to research and engage with the Great Barrier Reef.

Lisa Furno – the contemporary jeweller and University of South Australia graduate will undertake an intensive workshop led by Dutch contemporary jeweller Ruudt Peters in Amsterdam from the 19-25th August 2019.

Patrick Heath – the emerging visual artist and Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) will present a 3-week solo exhibition of new work at Rubicon ARI, North Melbourne in July 2019.

Tara Rowhani-Farid – the emerging painter and University of South Australia graduate will present her first solo exhibition at FELTspace in November. The exhibition will be an installation of new paintings and sculptural elements.

Drew Spangenberg – the emerging glassblower and University of South Australia graduate will present his first solo exhibition of new work at Worth Gallery, Kent Town in August 2019 as part of the SALA Festival.

Film

Allison Chhorn – the emerging visual artist and University of South Australia graduate will develop her three-part screen work After Years. The project focus’ on the effects of intergenerational trauma in Cambodian families that survived the Khmer Rouge genocide in the late 70s, focusing on Chhorn’s own family and experiences.

Paul Forza – the emerging filmmaker and Flinders University graduate will be directing a short film The Silly Clown, to be shot in Adelaide with the help of South Australian creatives. The short film will explore the theme of depression through a non-linear construct.

Theatre

Karen Burns – the emerging actor and Adelaide College of the Art (TAFE SA) graduate will undertake a five-month Creative Entrepreneur Company internship with renowned Brisbane physical theatre company Zen Zen Zo starting in July 2019.

Jamie Hornsby and Ellen Graham – the Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) graduates will attend the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Kristiansand, Norway in September 2019 – participating in a series of workshops with world-class theatre-makers and networking.

Alice Marsh – the emerging actor and Flinders University graduate will attend the Frantic Assembly International Summer School, an advanced intensive residency program in London with a focus on devising new works.

Shannon Rush, Sophia Simmons, Lachy Barnett and Rebecca Mayo – the Flinders University and Adelaide College of the Arts graduates will be presenting their new Australian play, Limit as the 2019 State Theatre Company Umbrella production. It will premiere at the Bakehouse Theatre in October.

Image 1: Kyrie Anderson, photo by Jerry Kam.
Image 2: Mirjana Dobson, Precious II, photo by Georgia Matthews