14 February 2020

University of South Australia graduate and emerging visual artist Brianna Speight has been named the 2020 British School at Rome (BSR) residency recipient. 

Brianna will travel to Rome in April 2020 to spend three-months at Britain’s leading humanities research institute abroad.

She will receive a specially allocated studio space at the BSR, as well as access to the School’s world-renowned research facilities, artistic community and expertise. The prestigious residency concludes in June with the BSR’s prestigious ‘June Mostra’ exhibition, where Brianna will exhibit alongside visual artists from all over the world.

As an emerging photographer, Brianna is particularly excited about the extensive photographic archive on hand at the British School at Rome.

“Three months at the BSR to focus on research and making, with access to a beautiful studio and the chance to connect with other artists is an exciting prospect. This time will allow me to delve into current themes in my practice and offers a space for new developments to unfold.”

“I’m especially excited to explore the photographic archive at the BSR, as there is over 100,000 catalogued photographs accessible as a research resource. In my recent project, the photo archive took a central position for thinking through connections between personal narrative, memory and subjectivity.”

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

“The British School at Rome residency continues to be one of the most significant of Helpmann’s offerings, thanks to the generous support of David McKee AO and Pam McKee, and the Lang Foundation. We know that Brianna will undertake this opportunity with gusto, and we can’t wait to see what this experience inspires in her.”

Brianna was announced at the 2020 BSR Residency recipient at the VIP Vernissage of the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition on Wednesday, 12 February 2020. The BSR Residency is generously supported by David McKee AO and Pam McKee and the Lang Foundation.

Photo: Roger Lang, Brianna Speight, David McKee AO and Jane MacFarlane, photo Russell Millard