• Angus Mason, photo by Olivia Power
  • Nicholas Pennington, photo by Russell Millard

2018 Helpmann Fellowships

22 May 2018

Three South Australian emerging artists will be undertaking life changing opportunities thanks to Helpmann Academy Fellowships, supported by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation.

Marissa Ziesing (jeweller/visual artist and University of South Australia graduate) will be undertaking a six-month residency at Bishopsland Educational Trust in the UK. The internationally recognised residency provides a unique integrated approach to learning, devoting equal levels of concentration on silver smithing skills and the professional skills needed to be able to work successfully as a self-employed artist. Ziesing is the first Australian artist to ever be accepted into the residency.

Joint applicants Nicholas Pennington (guitarist) and Angus Mason (drummer) (both jazz graduates from the Elder Conservatorium of Music) will be undertaking a series of composition workshops with world renowned guitarist and composer Reinier Baas in Amsterdam. Over a two-month period, they will write an album of original material for a large ensemble to be recorded and performed with a 12-piece band, including the Zephyr Quartet on strings.

The Fellowships were formally presented at a special ceremony at Government House on Monday 21 April.

Now in their second year, the Helpmann Fellowships fund projects of significance, supporting early career artists to realise their visions and build sustainable practices, shaping their future and empowering them to transform the cultural landscape. Valued at up to $20,000 each, it is intended the Fellowships will enable artists to pursue professional development opportunities overseas or interstate.

In 2017, the Helpmann Fellowships enabled three emerging South Australian artists to undertake significant professional development programs:

  • Stephanie Norman spent three months in the United Kingdom undertaking a specially devised program to develop her skills as a film writer/director. Stephanie is also receiving mentoring from Helpmann Academy Patron, Scott Hicks.
  • Glass artist Zoe Woods spent four weeks expanding her networks in the USA, including studying the collection at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rakow Library in NYC, and undertaking three weeks of glass engraving workshops with Pavlina Cambalova. She also undertook a six-week residency at Canberra Glassworks.
  • Jeweller Olivia Dryden is currently in London attending numerous courses at the Flux Jewellery School, as well as classes at ‘A Field Guide’ in Soho.

The Helpmann Fellowships are made possible through a grant from The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation. The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation fosters excellence in the arts and is committed to supporting high quality arts programs to encourage a robust arts sector and increase its accessibility.