Creative Investment Fund

21 December 2020

Eight South Australian emerging creatives will be undertaking career defining opportunities thanks to the Helpmann Academy Creative Investment Fund, supported by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and a group of philanthropic partners and donors. 

Valued at $10,000 each, the Creative Investment Fund Grants were created in response to the challenges faced by emerging creatives in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants will assist individuals and collectives to participate in transformational professional and career defining opportunities. The Creative Investment Fund Grants form the third stage of the Creative Stimulus Grants Scheme aiming to support emerging artists at different stages and in different financial positions, casting a wide net of support of up to $200,000.

The Creative Investment Fund Grant recipients are:

Sam Gold (ceramicist and University of South Australia graduate) will be undertaking a mentorship to aid in mounting a career defining major interstate exhibition, to be announced at a later date.

Tamara Hardman (filmmaker and Flinders University graduate) will produce, shoot and edit a 10-minute experimental drama film about love, memory and truth in a dying world.

Jonathan Kim (installation artist and University of South Australia Honours graduate) will mount a two-stage project that will apply a different digital format through collaboration with different genres of Korean artists – with an aim to promote creative idea exchange and connection during the pandemic.

James Watson, Mary Angley, Reggie Parker and Lachie Campbell (theatre collective consisting of graduates from Flinders University, University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide) will use their grant to aid in staging a production of their original work ‘The Triumph of Man: A Comedy in Two Acts’ in 2021. The new work explores creative pursuits in an age of surveillance and control.

Marissa Ziesing (jeweller and University of South Australia graduate) will receive funding to support the development of new silversmithing and jewellery work to be launched at the renowned Goldsmiths’ Fair 2021 in London, UK. The Goldsmiths’ Fair is an annual contemporary goldsmithing and silversmithing fair that is ‘recognised internationally as the premier UK showcase for contemporary jewellery and silver’.

Images: Marissa Ziesing in her studio, photo by Ashley St George. Sam Gold, Stillness, votive vessels 2020, photo by Sam Roberts. Emerging filmmaker Tamara Hardman undertook an Elevate Mentorship with screenwriter Matthew Cormack of Closer Productions to develop the script for her short film, Everything ALL AT ONCE. Photo by Morgan Sette. Jonathan Kim, Encounter (installation detail), photo by Mathieu Vendeville. Mary Angley performing her theatre work, Grief Lightening: A Satire in 78 Slides (still).

The Helpmann Creative Investment Fund Grants were made possible through support from the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and a group of philanthropic partners and donors and forms a part of the Helpmann Academy Creative Stimulus Grants Scheme.