The George Street Studios Residency offers two emerging South Australian artists with a 6-month studio residency at the George Street Studio, suitable for artists working across sculpture, furniture or mixed media.

Two eligible artists will be awarded a rent-free studio space, providing them the critical time, space, support and freedom to both create new work, and develop their career.

Situated within the creative and social city-fringe suburb of Thebarton, George Street Studio thrives on its dynamic, creative and progressive work environment. The strength of its members is their collective knowledge, experience, and facilities that can assist emerging artists to manifest their vision with access to specialised space, machinery and technical skills. Through long-term and sustainable practices, the studio members have an advanced understanding of technical process, materials and suppliers required to advance most artistic visions and projects.

There is a strong sense of camaraderie at the studios and a commitment to emerging artists. The successful artists will have the opportunity to seek advice and guidance from the more established artists in residence, providing a unique opportunity to develop their skills and experience over the 6-month period. Resident artists are also able to access a network of suppliers and services.

The studio boasts a wide range of equipment, both open access and available by negotiation including:

  • Timber belt and disc sander
  • Wood and metal band saws
  • Thicknesser
  • Buzzer
  • Metal cold saw
  • Compound Wood Saw
  • Blacksmith forge and power hammer
  • Small sandblaster
  • Sheet and tube metal rollers
  • Air compressor
  • Mig, tig, and oxy welders
  • Plasma cutter
  • Light gauge sheet metal guillotine
  • Pedestal drill
  • Pedestal grinders and linishers
  • Metal lathe
  • Compressor
  • Overhead crane

The studio is 12m2, with outdoor and shared workshop space, onsite parking, and 24/7 access.

The residency will run from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021.


Applications are invited from visual artists who are graduates (up to five years following their final year of study*) from an eligible program at one of Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions. Refer to the Who We Support page of Helpmann’s website for a list of eligible programs.

Honours graduates up to 5 years post-graduation are eligible if Honours study was undertaken in direct succession of an eligible undergraduate degree.

*Final year of study means the final year you participated in study at your institution, not the year in which you participated in your graduation ceremony, or the year you received your qualification parchment.  You must be within five years from your final year of study.

If you are unsure, please contact the Helpmann Academy at [email protected] before you commence your application.


Applications are due by 11:59pm ACST on Monday 13 July 2020. 

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 current or previous lecturer or head of school from one of Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions (i.e. Flinders University or University of South Australia) provided on letterhead), or an industry peer*.
  • Up to 10 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.

Applicants are welcome to submit a draft application to receive feedback before submitting their final application.

Draft applications should be sent to [email protected] in a word document and must be received by Monday 29 June 2020. 

* 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 George Street Studio, 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 form provided at the time of being awarded.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Changes to Residency dates. The Helpmann Academy and George Street 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.
  4. 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]