• Mirjana Dobson, Synthetic Organism (detail).
  • Ursula Halpin, Caite i dtraipisi (cast aside) IV (detail).
  • Karlien Van Rooyen, High Tea (detail).

Visual Arts Awards

To support emerging visual artists in South Australia, the Helpmann Academy works with numerous local organisations to present a selection of awards, judged by a panel of industry leaders, recognising artistic excellence and talent.

The following awards will be presented at our 2021 Graduate Exhibition:

The Helpmann Academy / University of South Australia Postgraduate Award
Valued at $10,000 cash.
Recognises the achievements of a Masters or PhD candidate.

Undergraduate Award for Excellence supported by Roger and Helen Salkeld
Valued at $7,500 cash. 

The City of Adelaide Award 
Valued at $7,500 cash.
The winner of this acquisitive award will have their work acquired as part of City of Adelaide’s art collection, and exhibited at a City of Adelaide location.

The Hill Smith Art Advisory Award | New in 2021
Valued at $7,000. Includes $5,000 cash.
For an artist working in 3D whose work is inspired by the craft tradition, utilising ceramic, metal, glass, wood or fibre. The award includes the opportunity to present a three week exhibition (on-line and by appointment to clients) with Hill Smith Art Advisory. The exhibition includes mentorship, marketing & promotion assistance and install/de-install assistance.

The Linden New Art Award 
Valued at $6,250 cash & in-kind.
The recipient of this award will be provided with a 3-week exhibition at Linden New Art in Melbourne, through its Linden Projects Space program. The exhibition includes mentorship, marketing and promotion assistance, and install/de-install assistance.

The Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Award
Valued at $5,000 cash.
This award will recognise an emerging female-identifying artist.

The City Rural Insurance / Helpmann Travel Award
Valued at $5,000 cash.
This award provides the winner with the opportunity to travel, informing their practice with new ideas and experiences.

The Lang / McKee Award
Valued at $5,000 cash.

The Jaquillard Exhibition Award
Valued at $3,000 cash.
Awarded to assist with the elements of framing, mounting or logistics of an exhibition.

The McHugh Award | New in 2021
Valued at $3,000 cash.

The JamFactory Award
Valued at $2,500 cash & in-kind.
Presented to an artist working in ceramics, glass or jewellery, the award includes a mentorship with relevant senior creative staff from JamFactory and an opportunity to have work on consignment in JamFactory’s retail store for 12 months.

The Peter Walker / Helpmann Advancement Award
Valued at $,1000 cash.

The Royal South Australian Society of Arts Award
Valued at $1,000 cash.

The SALA Award
Valued at $1,000 cash & in-kind.
Awarded to an artist who will benefit from exhibiting their work at SALA. The award provides premium registration for the 2021 SALA Festival

The David Hayden Professional Development Award
Valued at $750 cash.
Awarded for the purpose of purchasing materials.

The Helpmann Academy Peoples’ Choice Award
Valued at $500 cash
This award is voted for by visitors to the exhibition and presented to the winning artist at the conclusion of the exhibition.

The Helpmann Academy gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our award partners and donors.