• Sines, 2021 Creative Development Grant recipients.

Creative Development Grants Round 1

16 June 2021

The Helpmann Academy has awarded over $40,000 in funding to 11 projects across a range of creative disciplines through the first round of its Creative Development Grants program.

Offered over two rounds in 2021, the Creative Development Grants support eligible emerging creatives with grants of up to $5,000 to kickstart new projects, research and develop ideas/new works or build skills, markets and creative practices. The Creative Development Grants form part of The Helpmann Academy Creative Stimulus Grants Scheme, which was designed to support emerging artists through the early stages of industry recovery, as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease.

Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO said that these opportunities will support emerging creatives to be a driving force in their career development.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide over $40,000 worth of funding to aid emerging creatives to get their next artistic project off the ground. We are excited to see how these opportunities develop over time, and the impact they will have on the burgeoning practices of some of states most promising up-and-coming creatives.”

The full list of Helpmann Academy Creative Development Grant recipients:

Arran Beattie (Flinders University graduate) will develop a theatre show titled ‘Star Cross’d Dressers’, a new devised work which will bring the drag back to Shakespeare. This play will debut as a part of RUMPUS Theatre’s Baby Plays (plays-in-progress) program in 2021.

Kate Bohunnis (Flinders University Honours graduate) will present her solo exhibition fill me up and make me useful at STATION GALLERY in Melbourne in July 2021.

Claire Chittleborough (University of Adelaide Honours graduate) will finalise the production of her album ‘A Different Kind of Strong’ in preparation for her launch at The Jade in September 2021.

Mark Curtis (University of Adelaide Honours graduate) and his band, Mark Curtis and the Flannelettes will release and promote their ‘Walking walking’ film clip

Matthew Gelling, Caitlyn Hearne, Zed Crawford, Caspar Hawksley and Lenny Regione (University of Adelaide final year students) and their band Sines will record, mix and master their debut album. They will also undertake mentoring sessions with an industry professional to develop effective marketing practices and film clip for promotion.

Daniel Isler (University of Adelaide graduate), will write, rehearse, record and release an original jazz album with his group Soylent Green.

Flinders University’s Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) & (Honours) 2021 graduating class, received a grant to present their graduate exhibition showcase.

University of Adelaide’s Bachelor of Jazz Performance 2021 graduating class will record and film showcase sessions for graduating students at Wizard Tone Studios.

Ellis Moseley (Flinders University final year Honours student), will launch a solo exhibition at Light Square Gallery of three new medium-large scale kinetic works to accompany three existing works exploring the theme of family violence.

University of Adelaide’s Bachelor of Musical Theatre 2021 graduating class, will stage and film their final showcase to send to potential employers and agents.

Frances Rogers (University of South Australia graduate) will attend a series of specialised ceramics workshops along with a mentorship consultation with JamFactory Ceramics Studio Head, Stephanie James-Manttan.


Creative Development Grants Round 2
Applications open in the week commencing 4 October 2021
Applications close on Monday 15 November 2021 at 9:00am ACDT
For activity occurring between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2022

Image: Sines band promotional image, photo supplied by artist.