Helpmann Academy’s 215 Magill Studios Residency will provide an emerging South Australian artist with a 6-month studio residency at 215 Magill Studios, suitable for artists working across a wide range of mediums.

The selected artist/s will be awarded a rent-free shared studio space, providing them the critical time, space, and freedom to both create new work, and develop their career.

Located within 5kms of the CBD, 215 Magill Studios is a newly developed artistic hub, with multiple studios and common facilities. The studio is 60m2 shared with two other artists (apx 12m2 each). Additional spaces may also be utilised, including a workshop area equipped with workbenches and basic machinery available by negotiation.

Whilst there may be some equipment available, the artist will need to furnish their own space, and bring their own required materials, tools and equipment.

Building security is in place, with 24hrs access, and WIFI is available.

A small glass display pod is situated at the front of the property, allowing for the opportunity to display work.

The dedicated studio space at 215 Magill Rd, Maylands represents an opportunity for an artist to freely create and develop new work; providing a productive environment to expand their practice by experimenting with new materials and techniques, or having the space to work on larger scale pieces.

The residency will run from 1 February 2022 – 31 July 2022.


Emerging visual artists eligible to apply will meet the following criteria: 

  • Applicants must be graduates (within 5 years following their final year of study) of Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions. You can find out who we support here.
  • Honours graduates are eligible if they are within 5 years of graduation, regardless of when the undergraduate program of study was undertaken. 
  • Artists can apply as a pair but will need to submit separate applications, noting who the other applicant is on the application form. Both artists must meet the eligibility criteria.


Applications are due by 9:00am ACST on Monday 15 November 2021.

Applications must be lodged via the Helpmann Academy website

When completing your application form make sure you are eligible to apply, clearly answer all the questions and provide the required support material.

The application is made up of two questions requiring written responses. They are:

  1. Outline how the residency will allow you to develop your practice, technically, practically and conceptually.
  2. Outline how you will benefit from the residency and why it is important at this point in your career, including how it will integrate with your goals and plans.

The required support material is outlined in the application form and includes:

  • Artist CV (maximum 2 A4 pages)
  • Academic Transcript
  • Letter of endorsement from a previous lecture from one of Helpmann’s partner institutions (i.e. Flinders University or University of South Australia) or an industry peer
  • Up to 5 images of your work

Applicants may also submit other optional support material they feel will benefit their application, such as further letters of support*, media clippings, and reviews etc.

* It is highly recommended to organise and request your endorsement letter(s) as soon as you start to put your application together and in plenty of time before the application due date. Letters of endorsement must be submitted with the application.


Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising of a representative of Helpmann Academy and 215 Magill Studios, and an independent industry leader. Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Response to the opportunity: if the applicant can clearly identify and articulate the professional development potential of the residency.
  • How the applicant will best utilise the residency facilities and creative community.
  • Artistic merit as evidenced by the visual material provided.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.

All panel decisions are final, but applicants are welcome to request feedback on their application following the outcome.


The residency recipient is responsible for agreeing to and fulfilling all requirements of the residency. All requirements are outlined within the agreement provided at the time of being awarded.

The applicant must not have any overdue Helpmann acquittals for previous projects.

  1. Agreement. The recipient will be required to sign an agreement with the Helpmann Academy, agreeing to the terms and conditions of undertaking the residency.
  2. Public Liability Insurance. The recipient will be required to have public liability insurance in place for the duration of the residency.
  3. Minimum hours per week. The recipient will work in the studio space for a minimum of 20 hours per week. These hours can be structured in any way that is suitable for the artist, provided the minimum of 20 hours per week is being met.
  4. Changes to Residency dates. The Helpmann Academy and 215 Magill Studios must be notified immediately if the recipient needs to change the duration or give up their studio space at any stage over the residency period.
  5. Acknowledgement of the Helpmann Academy must be included in any publicity, signage or distributed material relating to the residency. This includes logo placement on all printed and on-line promotional material such as invitations, programs/catalogue’s and advertisements, as well as verbal acknowledgement at any openings, showings, and in any media interviews conducted. The recipient will be provided with the Helpmann Academy logo for this use, and examples of these materials must be included with the grant acquittal.
  6. Acquittal. A full acquittal must be provided within 2 months of the completion of the residency. The acquittal must include:
    • A report detailing activities undertaken throughout the residency
    • If the residency provided the anticipated professional development outcomes, if not why?
    • Details of any major diversions from activities outlined in the original proposal
    • Copies of any print material and photographs.

For more information contact Helpmann Academy at [email protected]