TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts visual arts graduates Abram Phillips, Jesse Price and Lindsay Bryant scooped awards at the 2012 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition opening night on 22 February.
Abram Phillips was awarded the prestigious The Raffen Award, valued at $3,000 for his large-scale oil on linen painting Self Portrait. Abram’s work now becomes part of a significant private collection.
Emerging photographer Jesse Price was presented a $1,200 acquisitive award from The Adelaide City Council. Her two archival inkjet prints – Flinders Ports Building and Royal Adelaide Hospital - will now be exhibited at a site in the city of Adelaide. These works appealed to the selection panel because of their quiet, reflective way of looking at the architectural landscape.
Lindsay Bryant received the $500 Peter Walker Fine Art Encouragement Award. Panellist Andrew Durham, Director Artlab Australia - who judged the prize - was drawn to the work’s sense of playing with imagery taken from classical themes but in a very personal way. “The artist is developing a way of making, going back to traditional wood blocking and really exploring the techniques. The work comes across as single-minded but having fun with a confronting issue. There is a playfulness to the work.”
Now celebrating its 17th year, the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition is an opportunity to discover new work and is recognised as the showcase exhibition of South Australia’s best and freshest emerging artists.
This year’s exhibition features a diverse collection of artworks selected from more than 150 graduates of the Helpmann Academy’s visual arts partner institutions, bringing together a unique combination of artists in a diverse and energetic survey show.
The exhibition showcases works across a range of creative disciplines including ceramics, glass, installations, jewellery, moving image, painting, photography and sculpture.
Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2012
When: Friday 24 February to Sunday 18 March
Where: Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive, Adelaide
Open 10:30am - 4.30pm daily