Creative Development Grants Round 2

6 January 2022

Thirteen emerging creatives from a range of disciplines have been awarded up to $3000 in project funding by the Helpmann Academy through the second round of its Creative Development Grants program.

The Creative Development Grants support eligible emerging creatives with grants to kickstart new projects, research and develop ideas/new works or build skills, markets and creative practices. They 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.

The full list of Helpmann Academy Creative Development Grant recipients:

Amber Cronin (University of South Australia Honours graduate) will create a new body of work for solo exhibitions in Victoria (Stockroom Gallery, February 2022) and South Australia (Floating Goose, May 2022).

Brendan Godfrey (University of South Australia graduate) will make short film Paper Cuts – a supernatural comedy about two office workers fighting a paper monster in early 2022.

Ciara Ferguson (University of Adelaide Honours graduate) will rehearse and record an album of original jazz compositions with the Ciara Louise Ferguson Quartet at Wizard Tone Studios, to be released mid-2022.

Danny Jarratt (University of South Australia Honours graduate) will embark on a research project, titled Cartridge, which explores the intersection of video game cartridges, computer/human memory and expanded painting. This project will culminate in two solo exhibitions at The Art Centre Port Noarlunga and the Sir Ivor Hele Commercial Gallery in the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Fraser Whitehead (Flinders University graduate) will write and direct a 10 minute psychological thriller in 2022. He plans to also design, construct and dress the set for the short film with the support of his mentor, art director Gareth Wilkes.

Izzi Selfe (University of South Australia) will be involved in a collaborative exhibition titled ‘SUCK ON THIS’ at FELTspace during May/June 2022.

Julia Vosnakis, Isabel Vanhakartano and Georgia Laity (Flinders University Honours graduates) form The Corseted Rabbits collective, and are producing and performing in a production of Di and Viv and Rose by Amelia Bullmore in the 2022 RUMPUS season.

Marissa Ziesing (University of South Australia graduate) will develop and exhibit new silversmithing and jewellery work at Selected Works Exhibition 17-23 March, 2022 for NGV Melbourne Design Week.

Michael Harpas (Flinders University Honours graduate) will begin pre-production on his short film project, Matilda that follows a male vagabond venturing throughout bushfire affected Kangaroo Island with an unlikely companion, Matilda, a joey kangaroo.

Sally Craven (University of South Australia) will present a solo exhibition of new work at Cement Fondu (NSW) in February 2022.

Slavi Gaitt (Flinders University Honours graduate) will produce and direct a short film titled Sweetheart set in Darwin with an Adelaide crew.


Image: Izzi Selfe performing their work, I’m not a clown, I’m just a cunt, photo by Sia Duff.