Fourteen South Australian emerging visual artists were presented with $60,000 in awards at the 2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Opening Night, on Thursday 15 February.
Now in its 23rd year, the exhibition features a group of 29 graduate artists, and over 100 works in a range of mediums.
Exhibiting artists were chosen from the Helpmann Academy’s visual arts partner institutions: Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA / Flinders University) and the University of South Australia’s School of Art, Architecture & Design.
Sera Waters, textile artist and UniSA PhD candidate, received The Hill Smith Gallery / University of South Australia Postgraduate Award ($10,000 cash). The award recognises the achievements of a Masters or PhD candidate.
Brianna Speight, UniSA graduate, received The Undergraduate Award for Excellence supported by Roger and Helen Salkeld ($7,500 cash). This award is new in 2018 and is the top undergraduate award recognising the winner as an artist with a promising future.
Yusuf Ali Hayat, UniSA graduate, received The City of Adelaide Award ($7,500 cash). This award is new in 2018 and is an acquisitive award that will enable the work of an emerging artist to be showcased through the City of Adelaide’s Contemporary Acquisitions Collection.
eDuard Helmbold, UniSA graduate, received The City Rural Insurance / Helpmann Travel Award ($5,000 cash). This award provides the recipient the opportunity to travel, informing their practice with new ideas and experiences.
India Kenning, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA / Flinders University) graduate received The Minter Ellison Award ($5,000 cash). This award recognises an emerging female artist with outstanding creative potential.
Kate Little, UniSA graduate, received the Bluethumb Online Gallery Award ($5,000) cash. This award is new in 2018 and recognises artistic excellence and talent.
Molly Willson, UniSA graduate received The Raffen Award ($5,000 cash). An acquisitive award, the work becomes part of a significant private collection.
Khoa Edgecomb, UniSA graduate, received The Rob Lyons Award ($3000 cash). This award recognises artistic excellence and talent.
Joseph Haxan, UniSA graduate, received The Bluethumb Photography Award (valued at $5,000, including a $2,500 cash award).
The award is new in 2018 and is presented to an artist working in photography. 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.
Simone Linder-Patton, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA / Flinders University) graduate, received The Jam Factory Award (valued at $2,500, including a $500 cash award). This award is new in 2018 and is 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.
Kate Bohunnis, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA / Flinders University) graduate, received The David Hayden Professional Development Award ($1,000 cash). The award is for the purpose of purchasing materials to assist in furthering the winning artist’s practice.
Arviegail Cahilig, UniSA graduate, received The Peter Walker / Helpmann Encouragement Award ($1,000 cash). The award goes to an artist who deserves particular encouragement to continue their practice.
Joy Stahl, Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA / Flinders University graduate), was presented with The Royal South Australian Society of the Arts & Friends Award ($1,000 cash). Awarded to an artist who deserves particular encouragement to continue their practice.
Hannah Vorrath-Pajak, UniSA graduate, was presented with The SALA Award (valued at $1,000 including a $530 cash award).
Provides premium registration for the 2018 SALA Festival. Awarded to an artist who will benefit from exhibiting their work at SALA.
The Helpmann Academy People’s Choice Award ($500 cash) is voted by the public throughout the duration of the exhibition and will be announced at the close of the exhibition.
The Awards judging panel included Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Hugo Michell, Director, Hugo Michell Gallery, and Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of South Australia.
The Helpmann Academy acknowledges the incredible generosity of the 2018 Graduate Exhibition Award Partners and donors, who make these fantastic awards possible.
These awards were part of $112,000 worth of support awarded to visual artists by the Helpmann Academy this week.
On Wednesday night Yusuf Hayat and Tamara Bailie, both UniSA graduates, were announced as recipients of Helpmann Academy’s British School at Rome Residency ($25,000 for each artist). In addition, Imogen Porteous, also a UniSA graduate, was announced as the winner of the Portia Valley Wine Label Competition, valued at $2,000.
The 2018 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition is from Friday 16 February to Sunday 11 March 10:30am to 4:30pm daily, in the Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive.