George Street Studios Residency

30 July 2019

The Helpmann Academy is thrilled to announce the recipients of the fourth iteration of the George Street Studios Residency.

University of South Australia graduates Steven Bellosguardo and Frances Rogers have both been awarded six-month residencies at the Thebarton studio, beginning in August 2020.

Over the past two years, the George Street Studio Residency has provided six emerging creatives with the space to evolve their practice in new and challenging ways. This is largely due to the community of experienced and award-winning practitioners on hand to provide support and guidance.

Emerging sculptor Steven Bellosguardo was attracted to the residency because of the growing community of practitioners.

“For the first time in my career, I will be working alongside other craftspeople in a professional environment. Since graduating, my studio practice has been based within a temporary makeshift workshop, over an hours drive from my home meaning I have spent the past few years working in solitude. The residency offers an extensive workshop, full of other creatives working in a variety of disciplines a stone’s throw from my home.”

Emerging ceramicist Frances Rogers is excited to evolve her practice into new directions using this support network.

With access to such an expanse of machinery and equipment, I hope to translate my existing concepts into new sculptural works using varied materials. Redirecting ideas that originate from my ceramic processes into new areas. I aim to achieve this by focusing my energy on honing technical skills that I’ll have the chance to learn during the residency.”

The Helpmann Academy George Street Studios residency is an initiative of Helpmann Academy, delivered in partnership with George Street Studios.

Image 1:Frances Rogers, Chain Series (detail) photo by Ella Wilson
Image 2: Steven Bellosguardo installing his work on Morphett St, photo by Brianna Speight