• 2022 Graduate Exhibition Award Recipients

2022 Graduate Exhibition Awards

South Australian emerging visual artists were presented with over $240,000 in awards and opportunities at the 2022 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Opening Night event at ACE Open on Thursday night.

Works from 27 graduating artists from Flinders University and the University of South Australia are currently on display at South Australia’s flagship contemporary gallery in an exhibition that brings the next generation of creative talent under one roof from Thursday 17 February until Saturday 19 March 2022.

A total of 18 awards valued at over $71,000 were presented on the opening night of the exhibition, providing emerging creatives with funds to advance their practice, interstate and local exhibiting opportunities and mentorship and advisory services from established arts leaders. Three new awards were added to the list in 2022, the Undergraduate Award for Excellence supported by Commonwealth Private (valued at $7,500), the Square Holes Award (valued at $5,000) and The David Baker Innovation Award (valued at $2,000).

In addition to the awards, Helpmann Academy announced the recipients of a landmark $150,000 public art commission – presented in partnership with the Alexandrina Council and generously supported by the K & S Langley Fund. Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC was on hand to present the opportunity to emerging artists Amber Cronin and Anika Gardener. Amber and Anika’s design will form part of the redevelopment of the Goolwa Wharf Precinct.

In conjunction with the announcement of the Helpmann Academy Major Public Art Commission for the Goolwa Wharf Precinct, Helpmann also announced that emerging sculpture artists Anika Gardener and Oakey would be undertaking a 12-month studio residency at George Street Studios and emerging ceramicist Ellis Moseley would be residing at 215 Magill Street Studios for a 12-month period.

2022 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Award Winners

The University of South Australia / Helpmann Academy Postgraduate Award was jointly awarded to University of South Australia PhD Candidates Leslie Matthews and Christopher Houghton – who will share in the $10,000 cash prize. This award recognises the achievements of a Masters or PhD candidate.

Cecilia Tizard, Flinders University graduate received Commonwealth Private Undergraduate Award ($7,5000 cash). This is the top undergraduate award, recognising the winner as an artist with a promising future. Cecilia was also the recipient of the Helpmann Academy/ACE Open Studio Residency Award (valued at $3,750). The recipient of this award will be provided with a 12-month studio residency at ACE Open, South Australia’s flagship contemporary art space.

Sydelle Mullen, University of South Australia graduate received the Helpmann Academy/Linden New Art Award (valued at $6,250, including $850 cash award). The recipient of this award will be provided with a 3-week exhibition at Linden New Art in Melbourne, through its Linden Projects Space program. Sydelle was also awarded the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Award ($5,000 cash), which recognises an emerging female or nonbinary artist.

Samuel Matthewman, University of South Australia graduate received the City Rural Insurance/Helpmann Development Award ($5,000 cash). This award provides the recipient the opportunity to expand their creative process. Samuel is also the recipient of the David Baker Innovation Award (valued at $2,000 cash). This award celebrates innovation in art and is new in 2022.

Caroline Oakley, University of South Australia graduate received the Hill Smith Art Advisory Award (valued at $5,000 cash). For an artist working in the traditions of painting, drawing or print. Caroline was also the recipient of the City of Adelaide Award ($5,000 cash). This award is an acquisitive award that will enable the work of an emerging artist to be showcased through the City of Adelaide’s Contemporary Acquisitions Collection.

Holly Phillipson, Flinders University graduate received the Lang/McKee Award ($5,000 cash). This award recognises artistic excellence and talent. Holly was also the recipient of the Square Holes Award ($5,000 cash), new in 2022. Holly’s work will become a part of the Square Holes art collection.

Miriam Sims, University of South Australia graduate received the Jaquillard Exhibition Award ($3,000 cash). This award is to be used for the costs associated with presenting an exhibition.

Susie Althorp, Flinders University graduate received the McHugh Award ($3,000 cash). This award recognises artistic excellence and talent.

Chloe Bentley, University of South Australia graduate received the JamFactory Award (valued at $2,500 cash and in-kind). Presented to an artist working in ceramics, glass or jewellery, the award includes a mentorship with a relevant senior creative staff from JamFactory and an opportunity to have work on consignment in JamFactory’s retail store for 12-months.

Ashleigh Keller, Flinders University graduate received the Peter Walker/Helpmann Advancement Award ($1,000 cash). This award recognises artistic excellence and talent. Ashleigh was also the recipient of the SALA Award (valued at $1,000 cash and in-kind). This award provides premium registration for the 2022 SALA Festival and is awarded to an artist who will benefit from exhibiting their work at SALA.

Emily Megaw, Flinders University graduate received the David Hayden Professional Development Award ($750 cash). Awarded for the purpose of purchasing materials.

The Helpmann Academy People’s Choice Award ($500 cash) is voted by the public throughout the duration of the exhibition and will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

The Awards judging panel included Michael Do, Curator, Contemporary Art, Sydney Opera House and Curator, Projects, Auckland Art Fair, Melinda Martin, Director, Linden New Art and Brian Parkes, CEO, JamFactory.

The Helpmann Academy acknowledges the incredible generosity of the 2022 Graduate Exhibition Award Partners and donors, who make these fantastic awards possible.

The 2022 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition is on at ACE Open, Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide. The exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday, from Thursday 17 February to Saturday 19 March 2022.

Entry is free.

Image: The 2022 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Award winners. All photos by Russell Millard.