SA Power Networks commission

15 February 2017

Not one, but THREE South Australian emerging artists have been selected to create public artworks for the inaugural Helpmann Academy SA Power Networks Emerging Artist Commission, an opportunity with a combined value of $34,500. 

Steven Cybulka, Bianka Kennedy, and Clancy Warner will each create a site-specific contemporary sculpture incorporating recycled materials sourced from SA Power Networks. The sculptures will remain on-site outside the SA Power Networks head office on Anzac Highway for a minimum of three years.

The commission, a partnership between SA Power Networks and Helpmann Academy, was originally valued at $11,500 and intended for just one artist. Applicants were required to submit a detailed design proposal for the commission, including a budget and timeline. The selection panel was so impressed with the quality of the proposals; the decision was made to offer the opportunity to three applicants.

The opportunity will allow the selected artists to gain valuable experience in developing public art and site-specific commissions. They will each work with an established mentor, with a focus on delivering public art commissions, throughout the process.

Steven Cybulka graduated from UniSA with a Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours in 2015. He has shown work in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including being selected for Primavera 2016: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Last year he was commissioned by the Adelaide City Council to build a large public work amongst the Ergo Apartments in between Sturt and Wright Street.

Bianka Kennedy graduated from Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) in 2016 with a Diploma of Live Design. She is a set and props designer and maker, and has worked with a diverse range of organisations creating sets, props and scenic art murals and sculptures. Her recent work Urbant is a public art piece appearing in various locations around the City of Adelaide.

Clancy Warner graduated from Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) in 2013. In 2014 she won the Raffen Award and Backers Prize at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, and has continued to win awards and exhibit her work regularly. In 2016 she won the Palmer Sculpture Prize for her work Whitewashing History. 

Photo: Clancy Warner, Bianka Kennedy, Doug Schmidt, General Manager Network Management, SA Power Networks, Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO and Steve Cybulka. Photo by Russell Millard.

The Helpmann Academy acknowledges the support of our Platinum Partner SA Power Networks for making this wonderful opportunity possible.