TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts visual arts graduates Tom Borgas, Loique Allain and Westley Tully received four out of the eight prizes at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition opening night gala.
The Hill Smith Gallery/Helpmann Academy Friends Award was presented to Tom Borgas. This $5,000 award provides for travel to any destination in the world and cash towards living expenses. The award offers Tom an immediate opportunity to pursue his art in new environments.
The Raffen Award, valued at $3,500, was presented to Loique Allain. Her large-scale vinyl cut on Hahnamühle paper – Meadows – was chosen for its bold execution and her exemplary level of technical skill. Supported by a Helpmann Academy grant, Loique is currently undertaking a residency in large-scale printing at the Venice Printmaking Studio in Italy, following a Helpmann Academy Mentorship with master printer Theo Tremblay in 2012. Meadows now becomes part of a significant and growing private collection of contemporary art from emerging South Australian artists.
Westley Tully was chosen as the winner of the SALA Festival Award. Paul Hamra said Westley’s “impactful” and highly immersive installation work Luminescence A: Mass represents the ideal fit for the SALA Festival, in combination with his bronze sculptural works. Panellist Lisa Slade was impressed by Westley’s ability to experiment and expand beyond his sculptural works with such an ambitious installation piece. “It is rare to find an artist so committed to a process like bronze casting to be involved in something so experimental; it reflects a genuine maturity to be able to take that step.” Westley’s award covers the cost of Premium Registration for the SALA Festival 2013, as well as $500 cash.
Tom Borgas was also selected as the winner of the $250 Backer’s Prize. The award is presented on behalf of representatives from the Helpmann Academy’s visual arts partner institutions, including administration staff, art suppliers and facility managers who have all supported the artists behind the scenes throughout their studies.
Christie Anthoney, Creative Director said: “Wow, four out of eight awards is a great commendation for our students. Congratulations Tom, Loique and Wesley.”
The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2013 runs until 10 March at Drill Hall Adelaide.
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