UniSA artists featured in new showcase of emerging creatives

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Amber Cronin, Room for the Hunter (detail), 2019. Concrete, plaster, pewter, slate, sandstone. Image by Thomas Borgas.

The annual Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition showcases South Australia’s best graduating visual artists, curated from the graduating cohorts of its partner institutions. Featuring works from the University of South Australia’s School of Art, Architecture and Design, and Adelaide College of the Arts, the prestigious exhibition will run from Friday 14 February to Sunday 8 March at the Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive, Adelaide.

Featuring 27 artists in total, the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition is also a vessel for the presentation of awards, with 17 awards valued at a total of $65,000 to be presented on the opening night of the exhibition on Thursday 13 February. Substantive ongoing awards include the Hill Smith Gallery / University of South Australia Postgraduate Award, the City of Adelaide Award, and the Minter Ellison Award. Major new awards include The Jaquillard Award, the ACE Open Residency Award, the Bendigo Adelaide Bank Award and the Nunn Dimos Foundation Award.

A range of creative disciplines will be represented in the exhibition including ceramics, painting, jewellery, photography, printmaking, video, installation and sculpture. This year’s exhibiting artists represent a diverse range of programs at UniSA, including the Bachelor of Contemporary Art, the Bachelor of Design (Illustration and Animation), the Master of Design (Contemporary Art) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Art).

Exclusive preview access to the exhibition can be purchased via tickets to the annual Helpmann VIP Vernissage.


Congratulations to the following University of South Australia graduates on selection into the 2020 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition:


Bachelor of Contemporary Art

Wilson Adams, Amber Cronin, Seiichi Kobayashi, Fangyi Kuang, Eric Kuhlmann, Caitlin Lang, Frances Rogers, Truc Truong


Bachelor of Design (Illustration and Animation)

Callan Sawyer, Kate Verner


Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)

Dainis Zakis


Master of Design (Contemporary Art)

Jianzhen Wu


Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Art)

Thomas Folber, Kate Little


  • Wilson Adams, Saint Satan Crying Coat

    Wilson Adams, 2019. Oscar M in Saint Satan Crying Coat, Creationism Collection. Digital print, 61x91cm.

  • Amber Cronin, Room for the Hunter

    Amber Cronin, Room for the Hunter (detail), 2019. Concrete, plaster, pewter, slate, sandstone. Image by Thomas Borgas.

  • Thomas Folber, Drift

    Thomas Folber, Drift_1, 2019. UV ink on paper, 117.5x84cm.

  • Seiichi Kobayashi, Detour Ahead

    Seiichi Kobayashi, Detour Ahead, 2019. Oil and acrylic on canvas.

  • Fangyi Kuang, CASA, CASA

    Fangyi Kuang, CASA, CASA, 2019. Mixed media on silk.

  • Eric Kuhlmann, Drawing by Dancing

    Eric Kuhlmann, Drawing by Dancing (record of a performance), 2019. Digital image.

  • Caitlin Lang, Anthropocene

    Caitlin Lang, Anthropocene, 2019. Porcelain. Image courtesy the artist.

  • Kate Little, Untitled

    Kate Little, Untitled, 2019. Ink and cotton thread on paper, 132x100cm. Image courtesy the artist.

  • Frances Rogers, Chain Series

    Image: Frances Rogers, Chain Series, 2019. Raku clay.

  • Callan Sawyer, Man Vs Monster

    Callan Sawyer, Man Vs Monster, 2019. Digital drawing. Image courtesy the artist.

  • Truc Truong, Unicorn Land

    Truc Truong, Unicorn Land (detail), 2019. Image by Michael Haines.

  • Kate Verner, Silver Hands

    Kate Verner, Silver Hands, 2019. Image by Sarah Sturm.

  • Jianzhen Wu, Holistic Therapy

    Jianzhen Wu, Holistic Therapy, 2019. Blown glass, essential oil, cork. Image by Ella-Maude Wilson.

  • Dainis Zakis, Referencing Mondrian

    Dainis Zakis, Referencing Mondrian, 2019. UV print on 9 canvases, 180cm x 180cm. Image courtesy the artist.