Goolwa Wharf Public Art Commission

15 July 2021

Three teams of emerging creatives have been shortlisted by the Helpmann Academy to present an artwork proposal for a major public art commission at the Goolwa Wharf Precinct.

Oakey (Flinders University Honours graduate) and Steven Cybulka (University of South Australia Honours graduate), Amber Cronin (University of South Australia Honours graduate) and Anika Gardner (Flinders University graduate), and Ellis Moseley (Flinders University graduate) and Scott Hedges (University of South Australia graduate) will all be mentored by renowned public artist Tony Rosella and experienced practitioners from George Street Studios to develop their concept design. Along with their mentorships, each team will receive a development fee for their design.

The teams will also have the opportunity to meet with Alexandrina Council staff and Ngarrindjeri community representatives to view site specific options for the work.

A partnership between Helpmann Academy and Alexandrina Council, the Helpmann Academy Major Public Art Commission for the Goolwa Wharf Precinct is valued at $150,000 and is made possible through the generous support of the K & S Langley Fund.  This career defining commission will support an emerging artists to create a major public artwork as a part of the Goolwa Wharf Precinct upgrade.

The selected artists will work with renowned makers from George Street Studios, developing their abilities and confidence in producing large-scale public artwork. The process will include mentorship and guidance in all aspects of public art development, making this a significant opportunity for an emerging creative to ‘cut their teeth’ on a major public art commission in the early stages of their practice.

Shortlisted artist Ellis Moseley is looking forward to the opportunity to work in collaboration with his project partner, Alexandrina council and other participating partners to create something the reflects his family’s connection to the site.

“To work in collaboration with Alexandrina Council, Ngarrindjeri community representatives, the community and George Street Studios to create an exceptional contemporary public work that enhances an already iconic location in South Australia would be a unique privilege. This project provides the special opportunity to play a part in forming memories and strengthening family connections of South Australians and their families,” says Moseley.

Installation artist, Amber Cronin says this opportunity presents an unparalleled chance for an emerging creative to work on a large-scale public artwork.

“This project provides me with the opportunity to realise an idea on a scale which is rarely afforded to an emerging visual artist. Moving further into the process will involve great leaps in technical skills and material investigation, knowledge and application, skills which will present opportunities to develop avenues for future work.”

The final selection of the successful design will be made in October 2021.