Helpmann Grad winners announced

The future of South Australian artistic talent is in safe hands judging by the winners announced at Helpmann Academy's annual Graduate Exhibition last night.

Awards exceeding the value of $22,000 were presented at the opening of the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition on Thursday, February 14 with six graduates sharing the seven major prizes. The Art Gallery of South Australia’s Lisa Slade opened the 18th graduate exhibition, which showcases the work of 35 graduates from three art institutions (Adelaide College of the Arts, Adelaide Central School of Art and the School of Art, Architecture and Design), at Drill Hall.

A new award, and the most valuable exhibition award to date, the $7500 San Remo Best New Talent Visual Arts Award went to Adelaide Central School of Art’s Mary Ann Santin for her painting I’m Not Perfect, a mixed media piece created using found book pages and old drawings.

The Hill Smith Gallery/Helpmann Academy Friends Award was presented to Tom Borgas from the Adelaide College of the Arts. The $5000 award will allow Borgas to travel to any destination in the world and provides cash towards living expenses. Borgas also won the $250 Backer’s Prize.

The $3500 Raffen Award was presented to Adelaide College of the Arts’ Loique Allain for Meadows, a large-scale vinyl cut on Hahnamuhle paper.

Jenna Pippet from the Adelaide Central School of Art won the $3000 City of Adelaide Award for her video projection work Together.

The $2000 Adelaide City Council acquisitive award went to photographer Hailey Lane from the University of South Australia’s School of Art, Architecture and Design while fellow UniSA graduate Olivia Kathigitis won the $500 Peter Walker Fine Art Encouragement Award.

Adelaide College of the Arts’ Westley Tully won the SALA Festival Award.

The $500 Peoples’ Choice Award will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

You can view the work of the winners and 29 other graduates from the three institutions at Drill Hall until Sunday, March 10.

The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
Continues until Sunday, March 10
Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground



Tom Borgas, 100 rocks (1-100g) (edit), Tapley Hill slate and nylon rock

Hailey Lane, As the world fell asleep, giclee print on photo rag

Loique Allain, Meadows, (edit) vinyl cut on Hahnamuhle paper


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