Information for Applicants

SA Power Networks Stobie Pole Project



The Helpmann Academy and SA Power Networks Stobie Pole Project, supported by City of Port Adelaide Enfield, and Post Office Projects Gallery+Studios.

Helpmann Academy have partnered with SA Power Networks to engage an established artist (Dave Court) to mentor a group of emerging artists and create a series of public artworks embracing the SA icon, the Stobie Pole, to be installed on a number of Stobie Poles in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council area.

Selected emerging artists will develop a series of works with the established creative mentor, developing their abilities and confidence in producing public artwork. The process will include workshops and development of ideas, as well as the close working relationship, collaboration and mentorship between the established artist and the selected emerging artists.

The artworks produced will be a series of designs to be fixed to SA Power Networks Stobie Poles in the City of Port Adelaide & Enfield. It is anticipated the artwork(s) will remain on-site for a period of two years or more. They may include 3D elements, painting, printmaking or other artforms suitable for a public art context

Workshops to design and create the work will take place at Post Office Projects from May 2022 – August 2022. It is anticipated to take between 2-4 weeks to design and 2-4 weeks to create. The installation of the works will take place in late September/early October (Dates TBC).

Artists will be provided a fee for the work ($3,000 per project, plus materials) and will be expected to attend regular workshops and take part in an artist talk and launch. The selected artists may be required to attend a briefing before commencing the work and have their own public liability insurance in place.


Dave Court is an Adelaide based multi-disciplinary artist working in areas of painting design and installation. Current work includes large scale mural painting, public sculpture, digital and new media exploration and creation of immersive installations.

After graduating with Visual Arts honours specialising in painting in 2013, Dave was involved with award winning immersive art project Mr IST followed by other major projects including ethical clothing brand foolsandtrolls, retail space Created Range and Yewth Magazine, and serving as a board member for Renew Adelaide.

Dave’s practice is based around painting, and has expanded to include experimental aspects of photography, video, tech, performance, installation and collaboration.


  • The SA Power Networks Stobie Pole Project is open to graduates within five years of their final year of study from one of Helpmann Academy’s eligible programs. 
  • Honours students and graduates are eligible to apply. 
  • Honours graduates must be within five years following their final year of honours study
  • Submissions are open to individuals or teams of graduates, provided all applicants meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Check that your qualification is eligible here.  



Applicants must not have an outstanding acquittal with the Helpmann Academy when applying. 

When completing your application, clearly answer all the questions and provide the required support material. 

The application consists of two questions requiring written responses. They are: 

  1. Why do you want to undertake this project?
  2. What strengths will you bring to this project?

The following documentation and material must be provided

  • Artist CV (maximum 2 x A4 pages) 
  • Your official academic transcript 
  • Up to x 8 images of previous exhibitions you have worked on

In addition to the required support material, applicants are welcome to also provide additional material they feel will support their application. For example, this can include marketing collateral from previous exhibitions, or media clippings, etc. 

Submissions are open to individuals or teams of graduates/students, provided all applicants meet other criteria; teams will share the fee for one artist. Masters and PHD students and graduates are also eligible to apply (provided they graduated from BCA or BCA (hons) in the last five years).

Applications are due by 11:59pm, Sunday 10 April, 2022 


Successful applications will clearly demonstrate how the program will contribute to your career development.

Applications will be assessed on:

  • The impact the program will have on your professional development / artistic practice.
  • How you will maximise your time while undertaking the program.

For more information, or to discuss your application contact Helpmann Academy on (08) 7089 0720 or email [email protected]