2020 Hilton Adelaide Commission

14 February 2020

South Australian emerging sculpture artist and University of South Australia graduate, Steven Bellosguardo has been awarded the 2020 Hilton Adelaide Emerging Artist Commission, valued at $25,000.

Steven will be creating a 3D contemporary site-specific sculpture to be installed in the foyer of the Hilton Adelaide.

This is the second iteration of the Hilton Adelaide Emerging Artist Commission, with Steven’s work set to join Tom Borgas’ piece Gold Topography, which was installed behind the Hilton Adelaide service desk in early 2018. Spearheaded by Hilton Adelaide, this program is an opportunity for an emerging artist to gain valuable experience in developing public art and site-specific commissions, while also providing exposure for their creative practice.

Steven fuses contemporary techniques with a traditional approach to making sculpture, with his proposed work both abstract and figurative in nature and resembling two reclining figures constructed of painted steel shapes. Speaking about the project, Steven said, “With this work I am aiming to create a tension between simple, minimalistic forms and compositional excitement, creating a dynamic experience as the viewer moves through the space. As guests move through the foyer the artwork will slowly reveal its imagery, unveiling its true form when the viewer is standing right in front of the sculpture.”

Following in the footsteps of his famous grandfather Dr Bert Flugelman (designed of The Spheres AKA The Mall’s Balls), Steven’s work is already part of the city with his bright sculpture Donkaay taking up residence on the corner of Morphett and Hindley Street, and an installation at the Adelaide Airport titled Flight Paths.

Mr Rupert Hallam, General Manager of the Hilton Adelaide said “We have always been a great supporter of the local arts community and this will be our second commission piece for the Lobby.  We are delighted to team up with our partner, The Helpmann Academy, who nurture local artists and provide them support and mentorship – it is a community partnership that we are very proud.

“Hilton is a global company but Adelaide is our home and we are committed to ensuring that our programs give back to South Australia” said Mr Hallam.

Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy Chief Executive Officer said, “The Hilton Adelaide Emerging Artist Commission is a rare and incredibly beneficial opportunity for an emerging artist to have their work exposed to a wider audience through a South Australian institution. We are thrilled that the Hilton Adelaide is once again championing the next generation of artistic talent in our state through this program.”

Steven was selected as the recipient of the commission following a comprehensive evaluation with Helpmann Academy, Hilton Adelaide, and Sitehost Pty Ltd (owners of Hilton Adelaide).

Steven was announced as the 2020 Hilton Emerging Artist Commission recipient at the VIP Vernissage of the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition on Wednesday, 12 February 2020. 

Congratulations Steven!

Image: Steven Bellosguardo installing Donkaay on Hindley St, 2017, photo by Brianna Speight. Stephen Kelly (Sitehost Owners Representative), Steven Bellosguardo, Jane MacFarlane and Rupert Hallam (General Manager, Hilton Adelaide), photo by Georgia Matthews.

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