• A model wears one of Sandra Sok's designs from the 2021 program.

Creative Innovator Program

9 February 2021

The Helpmann Academy has awarded 12 emerging creatives from a range of creative disciplines with a place in its new Creative Innovator Program, a comprehensive initiative developed to assist creative entrepreneurs to launch their businesses.

Generously supported by a group of philanthropic partners and donors and Arts South Australia, the Helpmann Academy Creative Innovator Program is a 6-month tailored program designed to support participants to develop their business model and hone their entrepreneurial mindset. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch for further funding at the conclusion of the program.

Each participant will receive $2,000 seed funding, matched one-on-one mentoring from an established arts practitioner, access to workshops and masterclasses delivered by leading business professionals, contact with a pool of industry experts and business advisors, access to a co-working workspace, as well as networking and pitching opportunities.

Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO said that the program will take a holistic approach, supporting emerging creatives to develop their networks across industries.

The Creative Innovator Program is the first program of its kind, developed specifically for emerging creative practitioners. Creatives need to acquire the attributes that will help them adapt and thrive in a world where the only certainty is change. They need belief in their ability to shape their own futures, take risks, and build their skills, confidence and resilience to innovate in the face of challenges. In short, they need to think like entrepreneurs, which is why we have developed this program.”

The full list of Helpmann Academy Creative Innovator Program participants:

Alexander Salkicevic and Bryce Kraehenbuehl (Flinders University graduates) are emerging filmmakers who have formed ‘Two Up Films’. Their aim is to create a sustainable production company that focuses on artistic corporate content for businesses that incorporates the storytelling skills they have gained from their narrative films.

Alice Reardon (Flinders University Honours graduate) is an emerging filmmaker who hopes to turn her video production company ‘Owl Film & Creative’ into a sustainable and profitable creative enterprise and establish herself as a notable filmmaker in South Australia. 

Anthony Robinson (Flinders University Honours graduate) is an emerging game developer who has created ‘Golden Age Studios’ with the aim to create products at an international standard of entertainment by using South Australian skill and talent.

Bridie Walsh (Flinders University graduate) is an emerging fashion designer is looking to establish her locally produced, eco-friendly label ‘Róisín the Label’ in Adelaide.

Emily Bettison (University of Adelaide graduate) is an emerging musician, producer, vocalist and designer who is looking to build a multifaceted creative business, with a focus currently on her sample pack company ‘STAK’. Sample Packs are a collection of sounds that consist of loops and one-shots that are sold to music producers to use in their compositions.

Erin Daniell (Flinders University graduate) is an emerging jeweller who plans to create a new production range and build her creative business.

Jasmin Watkins and Angelo Valdivia (University of South Australia & University of Adelaide graduates) are an emerging producer and filmmaker team who are working towards developing a small content production business which would provide videography services for corporate content.

Lily Drummond (Flinders University graduate) is an emerging writer, director and producer who is looking to launch a cross-cultural production company and educational program called Voices of the Reef that aims to build strong relationships between female storytellers and produce film-based work grounded by the cultural ties, contemporary issues and shared challenges across the Pacific.

Sandra Sok (Flinders University graduate) is an emerging fashion designer who is looking to launch her couture and ready-to-wear label ‘Hue Aesthete’.

Tim Carlier (Flinders University Honours graduate) is an emerging director and producer whose goal is to create a collective/production company which will specialise in web series, feature films, video art, installations and more and will build a full production pathway so that the creatives and crew involved can be paid and their work showcased.

Image: A model wearing a piece from Sandra Sok’s ‘Hue Aesthete’ label. Photo by Peta Veronica.