George Street Studios Residency

The Helpmann Academy is delighted to announce the two recipients of the George Street Studios Residency in 2022.

Flinders University graduates, Oakey and Anika Gardener will be joining the Thebarton studio, in a year long residency commencing February 2022.

Situated within the creative city-fringe suburb of Thebarton, George Street Studio thrives on its dynamic, creative and progressive work environment. This residency has proven transformative for past recipients, which include emerging creatives Kate Bohunnis, Sam Gold, Eleanor Amor, Steven Bellosguardo and others.

Emerging sculptor, Oakey is looking forward to having the space and time to expand her practice in new and exciting ways.

“Having a twelve-month residency enables me to have the time to really get settled into the space.  My aim this year is to expand on my woodworking and metal working knowledge, learning new skills and pushing myself to dream big in what I can achieve with the materials. Having a large space to work in suits my practice and I’m looking forward to learning new skills on some of the workshop machinery.”

Oakey will be joined by Anika Gardner, who will be utilising the space to fabricate the successful design co-created with artist Amber Cronin for the landmark Helpmann Academy Major Public Art Commission for the Goolwa Wharf Precinct.

Anika says that she is excited to get stuck in with the community of makers at George Street.

“I’m so excited for this residency to begin! It’s such an incredible opportunity. I have always respected and admired the work that has come out of George St and think it is one of Adelaide’s best artist residencies due to its supportive environment, and wide range of tools, skills and expertise on offer. I can’t wait to have the space to dedicate my time fully to my practice!”

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

Image: Tony Rosella from George Street Studios and residency recipient Oakey at the 2022 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Opening Night. Photo by Russell Millard.