• Chelsea Smart, jazz singer


Help Shape the Future for South Australia's Most Promising New Artists

A thriving arts community has always been at the heart of successful and vibrant societies.

However, embarking on a career as an artist is a daunting task.

The Helpmann Academy exists to support and empower South Australian graduate and emerging artists to build sustainable careers. We are only able to do this thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Every dollar donated goes directly towards our programs. A donation to Helpmann is not only an investment in the next generation of artists, but will ensure the arts sector thrives for many generations to come.

In 2017…

  • We provided emerging creative practitioners with opportunities and support valued at over $500,000.
  • We awarded emerging visual artists with public art commissions valued at over $60,000.
  • We supported emerging creatives to participate in residencies all around the world.
  • We introduced nine new programs and awards, valued at over $100,000.

Donations to the Helpmann Academy whether large or small, make a significant difference not only to the life of an artist, but also to the community of South Australia. We all benefit from the creative enterprises these artists undertake.

Here’s the difference a donation to Helpmann can make:

  • $50 can provide a place in a Masterclass with an international artist.
  • $100 can provide one nights accommodation on a residency in China, India, or Rome.
  • $250 could assist a film student with entry fees into an International Film Festival, for a screening of their film.
  • $500 would provide a quick response grant to support a visual artist to set up their first exhibition in a gallery.
  • $1500 would match an emerging artist with an established mentor to develop their practice in our Elevate Mentorship Program.

“Helpmann Academy has assisted me, and so many other artists to pursue their passions but more importantly, has allowed us to make a positive change in society. I cannot thank them enough for their tireless work in ensuring that South Australia has a thriving arts culture.”
Abbie Johnstone, Actor/Teaching Artist
Recipient of the 2016 Neil Curnow Award

“Helpmann Academy assist artists like me, not just in funding but guidance as well. They understand the importance of creating these opportunities, to better the artists and the wider artistic community here in South Australia.”
Nicholas Pennington, Jazz Musician
Recipient of the 2016 Expr3ss! Award for Best Overall Jazz Graduate

“Helpmann has been there for me in so many ways – they have been a source of knowledge, support, networking, and countless opportunities for professional development. Thanks to Helpmann, I have grown so much as an artist and their continuing support really has been life-changing.”
Olivia Dryden, Jeweller and Taxidermy Artist
Recipient of a 2017 Helpmann Fellowship, supported by The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation

“I received so much more in the way of development and growth than I could have ever imagined through this experience. I learnt so much about the industry as a whole as well as myself as a creative and I have returned to Adelaide with a renewed sense of love for the craft and a clear understanding on how to forge a career as a writer and director.”
Stephanie Jaclyn, Writer/Director
Recipient of a 2017 Helpmann Fellowship, supported by The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation

Tax-deductible donations of $2 or more can be made by cheque, credit card or direct deposit.

Donate securely online with your credit card

Direct deposit
Bank: Bendigo & Adelaide Bank
BSB: 633-000
Account Number: 148 771 090
Account Name: Helpmann Academy
Reference: Your surname + DONATION

If you would like more information about donating to the Helpmann Academy, contact us on (08) 7089 0720 or email [email protected]


We invited some Helpmann supported artists to tell you, in their own words, how a gift from you makes a difference.

Read their inspiring messages: