2020 Graduate Exhibition

14 February 2020

South Australian emerging visual artists were presented with $70,000 in awards at the 2020 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Opening Night, on Thursday 13 February.

Now in its 25th year, the exhibition was officially opened by Scott Hicks, Film Director and Helpmann Academy Foundation Board Patron.

As the cornerstone event of Helpmann’s offerings for visual artists the Graduate Exhibition brings a range of creative disciplines under one roof over three and a half weeks. This includes ceramics, painting, jewellery, photography, printmaking, video, installation and sculpture – and for the first time in 2020, fashion design, illustration and animation.

The exhibition features a group of 27 graduate artists 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.

Kate Little (University of South Australia PhD candidate) received The Hill-Smith / University of South Australia Postgraduate Award ($10,000 cash). The award recognises the achievements of a Masters or PhD candidate.

Truc Truong (University of South Australia graduate) received The Undergraduate Award for Excellence supported by Roger and Helen Salkeld ($7,500 cash).

Seiichi Kobayahsi (University of South Australia graduate) received The City of Adelaide Award ($7,500 cash). Seiichi will have their work acquired as part of City of Adelaide’s art collection, and exhibited at a City of Adelaide location.

Anika Gardner (Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University 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.

Amber Cronin (University of South Australia graduate) received The Lang / McKee Award (valued at $5,000 cash).

Dainis Zaikis (University of South Australia graduate) received The Nunn Dimos Foundation Award (new in 2020, $5,000 cash).

Kate Oakenfold (Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate) received The Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Award (new in 2020, $5,000 cash). This award recognises an emerging female artist.

Anna Revesz (Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate) received The Linden New Art Award (valued at $6,250 cash and in-kind). Anna will be provided with a 3-week exhibition at Linden New Art in Melbourne, through its Linden Projects Space program. The exhibition includes mentorship, marketing and promotion assistance, and install/de-install assistance.

Alicia Murphy (Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate) received The 215 Magill Residency Award (new in 2020, valued at $5,000). Alicia will be provided with a 6-month residency at brand new studio space, 215 Magill.

Kate Oakenfold (Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate) received The ACE Open Residency Award (new in 2020, valued at $3,750). Kate will be provided with a 12-month studio residency at ACE Open, South Australia’s flagship contemporary art space.

Brooke Mitchell (Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate) received The Jaquillard Award (new in 2020, valued at $3,000 cash). Awarded to assist with the elements of framing, mounting or logistics of an exhibition.

Frances Rogers (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 relevant senior creative staff from JamFactory and an opportunity to have work on consignment in JamFactory’s retail store for 12 months.

Caitlin Lang (University of South Australia graduate) received The David Hayden Professional Development Award ($1,000 cash). Awarded for the purpose of purchasing materials.

Erin Daniell (Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate) received The Peter Walker / Helpmann Advancement Award ($1,000 cash).

Chelsea Materne (Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) / Flinders University graduate) was presented with The Royal South Australian Society of the Arts & Friends Award ($1,000 cash).

Wilson Adams (University of South Australia 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.

The Helpmann Academy People’s Choice Award ($500 cash) 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 Fiona Borthwick, Senior Curator, Centre for Creative Health, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Melinda Martin, Director, Linden New Art, and Emma Fey, CEO, Guildhouse.

The Helpmann Academy acknowledges the incredible generosity of the 2020 Graduate Exhibition Award Partners and donors, who make these fantastic awards possible.

These awards were part of $135,000 worth of support awarded to visual artists by the Helpmann Academy this week.

On Wednesday night at Helpmann’s VIP Vernissage event, three emerging creatives were presented with significant opportunities valued at $65,000. Brianna Speight, University of South Australia Honours graduate, was announced as the recipient of Helpmann Academy’s British School at Rome Residency (valued at $25,000). Eleanor Amor, University of South Australia graduate, was announced as the recipient of the inaugural EESAB residency in Brittany, France (valued at $15,000). Steven Bellosguardo, University of South Australia graduate was announced as the recipient of the Hilton Adelaide Emerging Artist Commission (valued at up to $25,000).

The Helpmann Academy acknowledges the incredible generosity of the 2020 Graduate Exhibition Award Partners and donors, who make these fantastic awards possible.

The 2020 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
Friday 14 February to Sunday 8 March
10:30am to 4:30pm daily
Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive

Image: The 2020 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Award winners, photo by Russell Millard.