• Mirjana Dobson, Synthetic Organism (detail).
  • Ursula Halpin, Caite i dtraipisi (cast aside) IV (detail).
  • Karlien Van Rooyen, High Tea (detail).
  • Rob Lyons, Marissa Ziesing and Jane MacFarlane.

Visual Arts Awards

To support emerging visual artists in South Australia, the Helpmann Academy works with numerous local organisations to present the following awards at our annual Graduate Exhibition:

2018 Visual Arts Awards:

The Hill Smith Gallery / University of South Australia Postgraduate Award
Recognises the achievements of a Masters or PhD candidate. $10,000 cash.

Undergraduate Award for Excellence supported by Roger and Helen Salkeld | New in 2018
This award recognises the winner as an artist with a promising future. $7,500 cash. 

The City of Adelaide Award | New in 2018
This acquisitive award enables the work of an emerging artist to be showcased through the City of Adelaide’s Contemporary Acquisitions Collection. $7,500 cash.

The City Rural Insurance / Helpmann Travel Award
Provides the winning artist with the opportunity to travel, informing their practice with new ideas and experiences. $5,000 cash.

The Minter Ellison Award
An initiative of [email protected], the Minter Ellison Award will support an emerging female artist with outstanding creative potential. $5,000 cash.

The Bluethumb Online Gallery Award
Recognises artistic excellence and talent. $5,000 cash.

The Raffen Award
An acquisitive award, the chosen work becomes part of a significant private collection. $5,000 cash.

The Rob Lyons Award
Recognises artistic excellence and talent. $3,000 cash.

The Bluethumb Photography Award | New in 2018
Presented to an artist working in photography. Valued at $5,000, including a $2,500 cash prize, the award provides in-kind support, including being featured in the curated Bluethumb Photography online gallery, and an exhibition in Bluethumb’s gallery space in Melbourne.

The Jam Factory Award | New in 2018
Presented to an artist working in ceramics, glass, or jewellery. The award includes a mentorship with Jam Factory Creative Directors of Product and Retail – Daniel To and Emma Aiston, plus the opportunity to have work on consignment in Jam Factory’s retail store for a 12 month period. Valued at $2,500, including a $500 cash prize.

The David Hayden Professional Development Award
Awarded for the purpose of purchasing materials to assist in furthering the winning artist’s practice. $1,000 cash.

The Peter Walker / Helpmann Encouragement Award
Awarded to an artist who deserves particular encouragement to continue their practice. $,1000 cash.

The Royal South Australian Society of Arts & Friends Encouragement Award
Awarded to an artist who deserves particular encouragement to continue their practice. $1,000 cash

The SALA Award
Provides premium registration for the 2018 SALA Festival. Awarded to an artist who will benefit from exhibiting their work at SALA. Valued at $1,000, including a $530 cash prize.

The Helpmann Academy Peoples’ Choice Award
Voted by the visitors to Graduate Exhibition, $500 cash.


Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award
Valued at $10,000, the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award is available to a top graduate nominated by one of the Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions and presented at the Helpmann Academy’s end of year event.