UniSA graduates take out top awards at annual Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition

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Image: UniSA Bachelor of Contemporary Art graduate Truc Truong with work Unicorn Land, photo by Sarah Sturm

Graduates of the University of South Australia’s School of Art, Architecture and Design were presented with over $100,000 in awards and opportunities at the 2020 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition.

At launch events over two nights, the VIP Vernissage on February 13th and the Opening Night on the 14th, the Helpmann Academy announced the recipients of a suite of annual awards, including five new awards for 2020.

The Graduate Exhibition, a curated show of emerging South Australian practitioners, brings together graduate work from a range of creative disciplines over three and a half weeks. Exhibiting artists are selected from the graduating cohort of the Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions: The University of South Australia and Adelaide College of the Arts. Of a total prize pool of $135,000, over $100,000 was awarded to UniSA graduates and PhD candidates.

Kate Little, PhD candidate in Visual Art, received the Hill Smith Gallery / University of South Australia Postgraduate Award, a highly competitive prize to the value of $10,000. The Undergraduate Award for Excellence supported by Roger and Helen Salkeld, valued at $7,500 cash and the top undergraduate award recognising the winner as an artist with a promising future, was awarded to Bachelor of Contemporary Art graduate Truc Truong.

Three major opportunities were also announced at the Helpmann Academy’s VIP Vernissage event. The prestigious British School at Rome Residency, valued at $25,000, was award to University of South Australia graduate Brianna Speight, who completed the Bachelor of Visual Art and Design (Honours) program in 2016. The inaugural EESAB Residency based in Brittany, France, was awarded to Eleanor Amor, and the Hilton Adelaide Emerging Artist Commission to Steven Bellosguardo, both recent graduates of UniSA.

The exhibition is open daily until 8 March 2020 from 10:30AM to 4:30PM at the Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive, Adelaide.

Congratulations to all those selected for participation in the exhibition, and the University of South Australia award winners.

 

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 Image: Kate Little, KL:1912: 'Woven', 2019. Ink and cotton thread on paper, 132x100cm. Photo courtesy the artist.

 

Kate Little, PhD candidate

The Hill Smith Gallery / University of South Australia Postgraduate Award ($10,000 cash)

 

Truc Truong, Bachelor of Contemporary Art graduate

The Undergraduate Award for Excellence supported by Roger and Helen Salkeld ($7,500 cash)

 

Seiichi Kobayashi, Bachelor of Contemporary Art graduate

The City of Adelaide Award ($7,500 cash)

 

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Image: Seiichi Kobayashi, Murakami TXR (1'50) (detail). Acrylic and oil on canvas, pic, silk and synthesis organza. 45x34cm each. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

Amber Cronin, Bachelor of Contemporary Art graduate

Lang / McKee Award ($5,000 cash)

 

Dainis Zakis, Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours) graduate

The Nunn Dimos Foundation Award ($5,000 cash)

 

Frances Rogers, Bachelor of Contemporary Art graduate

The JamFactory Award ($2,500 value)

 

Caitlin Lang, Bachelor of Contemporary Art graduate

The David Hayden Professional Development Award ($1,000 cash)

 

Wilson Adams, Bachelor of Contemporary Art graduate

The SALA Award ($1,000 value)

 

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Image: Dainis Zakis, Shapes Red and Black 1-01, digital print on PVC. 152x181cm, image courtesy of the artist.

 

Brianna Speight, Bachelor of Visual Art and Design (Honours) graduate (2016)

Helpmann Academy’s British School at Rome Residency ($25,000 value)

 

Eleanor Amor, Bachelor of Contemporary Art graduate (2018)

EESAB Residency, Brittany, France ($15,000 value)

 

Steven Bellosguardo, Bachelor of Visual Arts graduate (2016)

Hilton Adelaide Emerging Artist Commission (Up to $25,000 value)