Hilton Adelaide Commission

17 November 2017

Tom Borgas, visual arts graduate of Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA/Flinders University) and the University of South Australia, has been awarded the Hilton Adelaide Emerging Artist Commission, valued at $25,000.

Tom will be creating a 3D contemporary artwork to be installed in the foyer of the Hilton Adelaide Hotel. It is anticipated the piece will be completed early 2018 with its location situated in a high traffic and operational area where hotel staff, guests, business and clients from all over Australia and the world, will view Tom’s work.

Tom said that the commission was a great opportunity to work with a high-profile client on a sizeable commission.

“I’m sure the commission is going to provide me with some great exposure to a range of local, interstate and international visitors. I am particularly grateful to the panel for their time and consideration of all applicants, to the Hilton Adelaide for their support of South Australian emerging artists in offering this commission and of course, to The Helpmann Academy for acting as a catalyst for this project.”

Mr Peer Norsell, General Manager of the Hilton Adelaide said that Hilton Adelaide has been incredibly humbled by the artistic proposals made by submitting artists. “The process of identifying an artist and artwork has been a delightful experience, noting the incredible artistic talent that we have in South Australia.”

The program has received a diverse and rich response from the artistic community both in Adelaide and South Australia. Mr Norsell said, “Hilton Adelaide are great supporters of local artists and we see this commission as an investment in the SA arts community. Being able to bring that support to life with a tangible opportunity in collaboration with the Helpmann Academy has been an exciting and rewarding process for everyone involved.”

Helpmann Academy CEO, Jane MacFarlane, said that Helpmann Academy was thrilled to be working with the Hilton Adelaide on the bold initiative.

“The Hilton Adelaide Emerging Artist Commission is a significant opportunity for an emerging South Australian artist to develop a site-specific work in a high-profile location. The new work will replace an iconic artwork by one of Australia’s most important artists, John Olsen, and will make a powerful mark in the career of this talented young artist.”

Congratulations Tom!

Tom is represented by Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia.

Image: Sculptural performance piece by Tom Borgas, performed at the 2017 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition VIP Vernissage.

Presented in partnership with Hilton Adelaide

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