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                                                                 VOL 17 | NO 1 | ISSUE 67 | MAR-MAY 2010

Brooke Randall with her award-winning video
installation May Contain Stylised Violence I and II
                                                 Brooke Randall is a graduate of the South
                                                 Australian School of Art. Her engaging
                                                 video installation – May Contain Stylised

                                                 Violence I and II – was chosen as the
                                                 winner of the $4,000 Hill Smith Gallery /
                                                 Helpmann Academy Friends Award at the
                                                 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
Events & Dates to Remember                       May Contain Stylised Violence incorporates
                                                                                                 The Helpmann Academy for the Visual and
                                                                                                 Performing Arts assists emerging artists
                                                 sculptural, electrical, performative and
26 March: Regular Grant deadline                                                                 make the transition into professional
                                                 video elements to explore society’s modern
Applications are invited from current                                                            careers, fosters links between its partner
                                                 ideal of beauty. The work embraces a
students and recent graduates of all                                                             institutions, the arts and the community
                                                 highly feminine form of role-play and
Helpmann Academy partners. Graduates are                                                         and promotes South Australia as a centre of
                                                 appropriates objects from women’s popular
eligible up to one year following Honours                                                        creative excellence. The Academy comprises
                                                 culture. It contains elements of the absurd
level study, for amounts up to $2000                                                             seven partners across the higher education
                                                 and explores the tension that exists
(individuals) and $5000 (groups).                                                                spectrum, all providing professional level
                                                 between attraction and repulsion.
                                                                                                 training and education to those aspiring to a
13 & 14 April: Backstage with Margot

                                                 Cover Story
                                                                                                 career in the arts.
Fonteyn and the Bumptious Colonial
Acclaimed Australian ballet dancer Robin                                                         Partner Institutions

Haig will be performing her delightful                                                           Adelaide Central School of Art,
one-woman show - Backstage with Margot                                                           Elder Conservatorium of Music
Fonteyn and the Bumptious Colonial - as well                                                     (University of Adelaide),
as conduct a number of master-classes at the                                                     Adelaide College of the Arts (tafeSA),

Adelaide College of the Arts in April.                                                           Flinders Drama & Flinders Screen Production
Robin’s staged memoir is a unique                                                                (Flinders University),
performance, offering a behind-the-scenes                                                        South Australian School of Art (UniSA)
look into the career of Margot Fonteyn                                                           Vizarts O’Halloran Hill (tafeSA).
and Robin Haig. Tickets are $30                                                                  Programs
($20 concession). For bookings phone             In making its decision, the judging panel       The Helpmann Academy’s grants program
(08) 8463 5014.                                  commented that Brooke has created a             encourages and supports creative projects,
19 April: Ashington Mentorship Scheme            video work that treats a well-visited subject   international exchange, exhibitions,
application deadline                             with a refreshing perspective that has been     performances and more – all initiated by
Applications for mentorships are invited         extremely well thought through. “Domestic       artists. The Academy auspices a number of
from graduates of all partner schools (up to     appliances have been given a whole new          Awards and prizes including the Bendigo
three years following Honours level study)       meaning.”                                       & Adelaide Bank Award, the Hill-Smith
to be mentored by an established artist or       To read more about this year’s Helpmann         Gallery Award, the David Raffen Art Prize,
arts industry professional. Interested artists   Academy Graduate Exhibition, turn to            the Elder Conservatorium Jazz Awards and
are very welcome to discuss the possibilities    pages 10 and 11 of this issue.                  four prizes presented by the Adelaide City
of becoming a mentor by contacting Alison                                                        Council. We often create tailored, short
Dunn on (08) 8463 5014.                                                                          response opportunities for both visual and
                                                                                                 performing artists and we partner with other
21 May: Arts Angels - Maestros &
                                                                                                 organsiations such as The Australian Ballet,
Apprentices 2010
                                                                                                 the SALA Festival, Fringe Festival 2010 and
Save the date for this year’s fabulous
                                                                                                 Adelaide Festival 2010 Artists Week to help
Maestros & Apprentices fundraising dinner,
                                                                                                 kick start careers.
an incredibly glamorous and heavenly mix
of wine, food, art, music and more. Join us                                                      Supporters
as we raise funds to support and encourage       Your submission is welcome - please email       A range of organisations and people make
emerging artists in South Australia. To book     articles of approx 300 words (Word doc) and     our endeavours possible, including our
your tickets, phone the Helpmann Academy         an image (300dpi jpg or tif) to Chris Bull;     Boards, the Australian arts community, the
on (08) 8463 5013. Hurry tickets selling fast!               Government of South Australia, sponsors,
                                                 Material may be edited.                         patrons, donors, Friends, volunteers and the
                                                                                                 staff of our partner schools. We, and the
                                                 Next Issue #68 June - August 2010.
                                                                                                 artists we work with, are very grateful to all
                                                 Deadline 7 May 2010
                                                                                                 of them for their generosity and assistance.
                                                 Editor: Chris Bull
                                                                                                 If you would like to assist too, please call
                                                 Design: Bit Scribbly Design
                                                                                                 Alison Dunn on 08 8463 5013.
                                                 Special thanks: Helpmann Academy
                                                 Friends Committee.                              Staff
                                                 Printed on 100% recycled paper.                 Chief Executive Officer – Alison Dunn
                                                                                                 Project Producer – Edward James
                                                                                                 Marketing Manager – Chris Bull
                                                                                                 Administrator/Finance – Pam French
                                                                                                 Executive/Events Assistant – Jena Woodburn
                                                                                                 Contact us on 8463 5013 or email

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an exciting Fringe opportunity in Rymill Park
The Adelaide Fringe Festival and the            - Elder Conservatorium of Music Honours           Cocoloco believe in the possibility that visual
Helpmann Academy teamed up to present            student Bella Jedrzejczak was mentored by        art and entertainment can join in harmony in
UpstART 2010, a unique program pairing           Stephen Noonan from Carclew Youth Arts,          most public situations, in a manner that can
emerging South Australian artists with           presenting A bit of Bella - a musical story      be understood by all ages and nationalities.
established Fringe performers to develop         featuring a selection of Bella’s favourite       The aim is to amuse but always with an
and present a three-night season of shows        songs illustrating her passion for music and     intelligent structure; it may seem like simple
in the Fringe Artists’ Bar.                      performing.                                      fun but there will always be a hidden layer
                                                                                                  of sophistication.
Participants are assisted by respected,         - Flinders Drama Centre student Kym Begg
practicing artists who have registered events    presented a seven-minute physical comedy         UpstART 2010 performances were presented
in the Fringe Festival, receiving feedback       performance titled Madame Bell’s Fried           in the Fringe Artists’ Bar in Rymill Park.
and encouragement as they develop their          Delights, with the assistance of mentor
performance, from conception to realisation.     Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky from
                                                 Theatre Simple in Seattle. This self-devised,
                                                                                                  UpstART 2010 is part of
In 2010, Helpmann was able to offer three
                                                 imaginative set cleverly recreates the sights,
UpstART placements, as part of a continuing
                                                 sounds, sensations and sizzle of a chaotic       the Helpmann Academy’s
augmentation of the Ashington Mentorship
                                                 yum cha kitchen.
                                                Cocoloco is a performance company based
                                                                                                  continuing augmentation
Participants and their mentors included:
                                                in London, run by Trevor Stuart and Helen
- Adelaide College of the Arts graduate Lisa    Stratman. The group specialises in dramatic       of the Ashington
 Lonero was mentored by Helen Stratman          and comical street actions based on eccentric
 from the UK performance company Cocoloco.      or stereotypical characterisation and in          Mentorship Scheme.
 Lisa developed a contemporary dance work       bizarre and shocking theatre shows.
 titled Portal (Threshold), an eight-minute
 work featuring three emerging dancers.

Arts Angels - Maestros & Apprentices 2010
Following last year’s highly successful fund    The South Australian arts community gives         valuable contribution to South Australia’s
raising gala dinner Starry, Starry Night,       generously of their work and time to support      economy, identity and creative community.
preparations are already underway to make       emerging artists, and many established            Tables are limited and regularly sell out well
Arts Angels - Maestros & Apprentices 2010       artists and staff provide professional support,   in advance. To secure yours, or to find out
a truly heavenly event, with the added          performances or works of art. Maestros            more about Maestros Money, please contact
pleasure of providing significant support to    & Apprentices is a shining example of             Jena Woodburn on (08) 8463 5014 or email
emerging artists of all kinds.                  widespread community support for South  
                                                Australia’s emerging artists.
All seven of the Helpmann Academy’s
partner institutions play a vital role in       Arts Angels – Maestros & Apprentices 2010         Arts Angels - Maestros & Apprentices 2010
making this a glamorous and exhilarating        will be a glamorous mix of wine, food, art,       7:00pm, Friday 21 May
event. Musicians, singers, dancers and actors   music and dance as well as a few surprises
                                                                                                  Adelaide Convention Centre
from the Academy’s performing arts partners     along the way. You can even give the gift
create a show just for you, while graduate      of art with our Maestros Money – like
and student visual artists provide artworks     play money but way more fun! You simply
and jewellery for auction.                      purchase a Maestros Money voucher now
                                                and redeem on the night for your fabulous
                                                new art. The perfect present for the person
                                                who has everything….
                                                Funds raised are used to support grants,
                                                awards, mentorships, international
                                                exchanges, performances, exhibitions
                                                and more. All of these activities provide
                                                a vital kick start to successful careers for
                                                South Australian artists. These energetic
                                                and creative people then go on to make a

A great night for a great cause.
                                                                U P D A T E           H E L P M A N N          A C A D E M Y                 3
Helpmann Academy students
and graduates on the
In Rememberance                               Accidental                                           The Face
(Of) A Small Death                            Productions at                                       an exhibition of portraits by

an exploration of memory,                     the Stables                                          Meaghan Coles

identity and self-discovery                                                                        South Australian School of Art graduate
                                              Theatre company Accidental Productions
                                                                                                   Meaghan Coles presented her fresh
Theatre ensemble presented     gathered together a group of comedians,
                                                                                                   approach to realistic portraiture in a recent
two new Australian short plays written by     recent drama graduates, emerging local
                                                                                                   solo exhibition of large oil paintings during
award-winning Melbourne playwright Anna       actors and established interstate artists to
                                                                                                   the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Barnes during the Adelaide Fringe.            present a full and varied program of shows
                                              over three weeks during the Adelaide Fringe.         Showcasing an experimental approach to
The premiere double-bill performances of                                                           representational painting, The Face explored
In Remembrance and A Small Death are          The series kicked off with an opening night
                                                                                                   the emotion and confrontation of the
poetic, funny and profound, plays that        performance featuring local comedians Glenn
                                                                                                   human gaze found in popular imagery from
explore memory, identity and self-discovery   Butcher and Matt Roberts in Sung Like a Horse.
                                                                                                   magazines and advertisements.
through the eyes of two young women.          The program continued with the Australian
Directed by Delia Olam, the plays starred     premiere of Ethan Cohen’s Almost an
Flinders Drama Centre graduates Kate Roxby,   Evening, followed by the presentation of
Lydia Nicholson, Ashton Malcolm and Bianca    Cerise de Gelder’s The Umbrella Plays and
Kostic-London (pictured below).               the Australian debut of Ambidextrous.

Over the past two years, the Helpmann         Accidental Productions also staged
Academy has supported a number of             two shows conceived entirely from the productions, including their   creative minds of young and emerging
debut production of Osama the Hero, a         performers, including the aptly named play
successful season of Edward Bond’s The        The Graduates. The production featured
Under Room and their upcoming South           AC Arts graduates Todd Gray, Nic Krieg,
Australian premiere production of Daniel      Poppy Sutton, Lisa Waite and Josephine
Keene’s The Share.                            Were, together with Flinders Drama Centre
                                              graduates Rachel Jones and Tim Smith.
                                              Established in 2007 by three Flinders Drama          I looked into the
                                              Centre graduates and their senior drama
                                              lecturer, Accidental Productions is committed to     darkness around me
                                              making theatre that is innovative, highly dynamic,
                                              challenging and unpredictable for audiences.         haunting, unsettling, provocative
                                                                                                   During the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Flinders
                                                                                                   Drama Centre graduates Chris Asimos and
                                                                                                   Fiona DeLaine starred in a chilling play
                                              Pickled                                              directed by Dick Zadra, called I looked into
                                                                                                   the darkness around me.
                                              Adelaide College of the Arts dance
                                              graduate Chris Scherer presented a brand             From the play’s opening scene, the audience
                                              new physical theatre work during the                 was plunged into the depths of a violent
                                              Adelaide Fringe, exploring the concept of            relationship at its fatal conclusion: a wife
                                              self-preservation. Titled Pickled, the show          found dead by her husband in their car. Was
                                              featured a hybrid of performance styles,             it suicide or murder?
                                              incorporating acting and dance, text and move-       An intense and emotional theatre experience,
                                              ment to derive an exciting image-based work.         I looked into the darkness around me was
                                              Directed by Daisy Brown, Chris has devised           produced by Karen Zadra, who is also a
                                              Pickled in collaboration with choreographers         lecturer of Professional Business Practice at
                                              Paul White, Adam Wheeler, Jo Stone and KAGE.         the Adelaide Central School of Art.

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A photo of the set up of SASA graduate Henry Jock Walker’s large-scale installation, which was part of the
2009 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition.

Into The Fringe                                         Tell him something                                   The Embryos
an exhibition by Gary Cockburn                          pretty                                               a fusion of love, literature and lies
Social documentary photographer Gary                   - works by Anna Goodhind                              Duende Theatre Company – established
Cockburn showcased an exhibition of                                                                          in 2009 by a group of Adelaide College of
                                                        and Sally Kitten
snapshot photographs at the Cibo Galleria                                                                    the Arts graduates – presented its debut
on Rundle Street, offering a behind-the-                South Australian visual artists Anna                 production during the Fringe Festival, The
scenes look at the 2009 Adelaide Fringe.                Goodhind and Sally Kitten returned during            Embryos written by Alan Grace.
Titled Into the Fringe, the exhibition featured         the Adelaide Fringe to combine their                 This witty new play fuses love, literature and
images of the lead up to last year’s Fringe             creative talents for the opening of Tell him         lies, delving into the relevance of spirituality,
Festival, taken at artists’ studios, scripting          something pretty.                                    the dangers of concealment and the ensuing
workshops, rehearsals, dressing rooms,                  Located in the luxurious and a little bit            love of two brothers.
makeup sessions, performances and much                  naughty Addora Live Adult Boutique, these            Directed by Krystal Brock, The Embryos
more; a genuine insider’s look at what it               pieces (primarily painted works) explore             starred AC Arts graduates Nic English,
takes to put on the Adelaide Fringe.                    images of fancy, frills and fetish as well as        Dee Easton, Russel Hutchinson and Ruth
                                                        findings in the mysterious worlds of love,           Fallon. Laura Brenko and Ezra Juanta (also
                                                        life and lust.                                       graduates from AC Arts) both worked as
Karmin Suitrout ...                                     Graduates of Visual Art & Applied Design             assistant directors on the production.
                                                        at the Adelaide College of the Arts, Anna
Let’s Get Mystical                                      and Sally are close friends who share many
                                                        similar artistic influences.
Fresh from the 2009 Comedy Festival and
the Melbourne Fringe, Flinders Drama
Centre graduate Noni Dunstone returned to
Adelaide during the Fringe to present her
characters Karmin Suitrout, Barry Chuckles
and Guru Danny-Zuko in a solo show
directed by Matt Scholten.
Let’s Get Mystical is a musical journey
featuring reinterpreted Olivia Newton John
songs and 1980’s Lycra at its best. Audiences
joined ex-aerobics instructor turned spiritual
teacher, healer and cult victim rescuer Karmin
Suitrout as she discovers how to love again.

                                                                          U P D A T E            H E L P M A N N           A C A D E M Y                   5
Bianca Kostic-London
wins the $10,000 Neil Curnow Award
Flinders Drama Centre graduate Bianca             The Neil Curnow Award will enable Bianca
Kostic-London has been presented with the         to undertake intensive training at the
2009 Neil Curnow Award, to undertake              Stella Adler Studio of Acting later this year.
study at the world-famous Stella Adler            Bianca will participate in both the Chekhov
Studio of Acting in New York City.                Intensive and the Shakespeare Intensive.
 The Neil Curnow Award - valued at $10,000        Founded in 1949, the Stella Adler Studio
- is made possible through the generous           of Acting has trained thousands of actors,
 bequest of the late Neil Curnow and is           many of whom have gone on to establish
 open to theatre graduates from the Flinders      successful careers in the theatre and film.
 Drama Centre and TAFE SA’s Adelaide             “Training in the classics of Shakespeare
 College of the Arts. The award allows            and Chekhov at a studio I admire and a
 the recipient to undertake further study         technique that influences my work - in a city
 interstate or overseas.                          full of personality, culture and life - is going
Graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Arts       to be a sensational adventure,” says Bianca.
(Honours) in 2009, Bianca has relished the       “But being supported in my venture by the
opportunity of playing women of various           Neil Curnow Award, family and friends means
ages and ethnicities during her time at           I am not the only one on this adventure and
Flinders Drama Centre, including the Russian      that makes it all the more exciting.”              Bianca Kostic-London
Ludmilla in Valentina Levkowicz‘s Svetlana        Born in country Victoria in 1925,
in Sling Backs, the Irish protagonist in Molly    Neil Curnow was a professional actor,              The Neil Curnow Award is administered by
Sweeney and the Spanish woman Serena in           speech and drama teacher, theatre director,        the Helpmann Academy, in conjunction with
The Body Project. Bianca’s producing credits      playwright and dedicated exponent of               the Independent Arts Foundation.
include Black Books (2007) and video clips        the theatre arts. Trained in the UK and            Applications for the 2010 Neil Curnow
for Lady, Legs and Lemonade (2008). She           the United States, Neil was a passionate           Award will be accepted from June 2010,
also worked with Chantal Contouri and Luke        supporter of the performing arts and               with the award open to graduates
Clayson on the development of Rosalba             dedicated to excellence in all aspects of          specialising in direction, acting, theatre
Clemente’s new script, Swimming to New            theatre production and performance.                lighting or speech. Forms will be available
York, for the Vitalstatistix theatre company.                                                        online via the Helpmann Academy website.

Helpmann graduates at Flinders University Art Museum
In 2009, Adelaide Central School of Art           says Nic. “I loved this project, and               team at the museum; Director Fiona Salmon
graduate Nic Brown was appointed Project          continued as a volunteer the following year,       and Exhibitions Manager Celia Dottore
Assistant at the Flinders University Art          cataloguing the museum’s new acquisitions.         (a graduate from the Adelaide College of
Museum. As part of her role, Nic is currently     I learnt a lot about working in a museum           the Arts) have been really supportive and
developing a major exhibition for the             environment and found it fascinating.”             encouraging.”
Flinders University City Gallery.                 The Flinders University City Gallery is located    Divinity, Death and Nature: European and
The exhibition - titled Divinity, Death and       in the heart of Adelaide’s cultural precinct at    Australian prints from the Flinders University
Nature: European and Australian prints            the State Library of South Australia on North      Art Museum Collection will be on show at
from the Flinders University Art Museum           Terrace. The gallery has a dynamic exhibition      the Flinders University City Gallery from
Collection - will include prints from 15th        program that supports the strengths and            May 6 through to June 27.
Century Europe through to Australian prints       diversity of the Flinders University Art
                                                                                                     Adelaide College of the Arts photography
of the late 20th Century. The exhibition will     Museum Collection.
                                                                                                     graduate Adam Murakami is also working
feature the work of artists such as Dürer,       “The opportunity to work on Divinity, Death         with the Flinders University City Gallery,
Rembrandt, Goya, Turner, Constable, Blake,        and Nature is very exciting,” Nic says. “I am      visually documenting the museum’s vast
Kollwitz, Counihan and Hanrahan, just to          working with some really beautiful prints by       collection of works. “What I enjoy the
name a few.                                       such a diverse group of amazing artists like       most - besides the opportunity to utilise my
“My appointment at the Flinders University        17th Century Dutch landscape artists Jan           photographic skills - is the chance to see
 Art Museum started with an internship that       van de Velde and Jan Both, Francisco Goya’s        hundreds and eventually thousands of prints
 was part of my Professional Business Practice    Disasters of War series (c1810) as well as         that would otherwise wind up stored away
 subject in my third year at ACSA. My project     15th Century Nuremberg Chronicle prints            and unseen until exhibition.”
 was to research and document fifty artworks      by Michel Wolgemut. At the same time, this
 by children from the Anangu Pitjantjatjarra      curatorial project has been quite challenging.
 Yankunytjatjara Lands ready for exhibition,”     However, I am being guided by a great

  6          H E L P M A N N            A C A D E M Y           U P D A T E
 Invisible Red Threads
 In September 2008, four Adelaide artists
 were selected to travel to Jingdezhen in
 China as part of the Helpmann Academy’s
 international residency program. Two year’s
 on, plans are already underway for a 2010
 residency program in China.
As part of their 2008 residency, artists Prue
Gramp, Peter Johnson, Erin Lykos and Sarah
Rothe spent six weeks at the Experimental
Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, an area
steeped in centuries of ceramic practice,
often described as the ‘porcelain capital of
the world’. During their time in China, the
artists worked closely with local artisans who
have developed their skills using knowledge
passed down from generation to generation
over the past 1700 years.
 Inspired by their travels and experiences
 being immersed in a world of porcelain
 traditions, the four artists have responded by
 creating ceramic, mixed media and jewellery
 works that were exhibited in the Light Square
 Gallery during the Adelaide Fringe Festival.     Erin Lykos, Bottle Bowl 1.

 The exhibition - titled Invisible Red Threads    practice,” says Peter Johnson, ceramic artist    “Spending time in China has given way to
– not only featured work by these four            and lecturer at TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of     many new inspirations and ideas, including
 Adelaide ceramicists, but also included          the Arts. “On visits to the local markets, row    my new ‘PaperCuts’ range,” says artist Sarah
 the work of four Chinese artists working         after row of ceramic shards from the Tang,        Rothe. “It has also opened up a new way of
 at the Experimental Pottery Workshop in          Ming and Sung dynasties, interwoven with          working and has added another facet to my
 Jingdezhen; Derek Au, Shen Chen Chen,            fake copies, presented an astonishing array       practice. ‘PaperCuts’ is based on traditional
 Wang Hao and Yu Ling Ling.                       of ceramic styles depicting Chinese stories       Chinese paper-cuts or paper decorations.
“The Jingdezhen residency provided a              and decorative motifs. From this reference        Cut from titanium, I am able to draw upon
 profound experience of Chinese culture,          point, contemplating and imagining the            both the strength and lightweight properties
 creating for me the opportunity to discover      story behind these shards reaching back over      of this material while utilising the colouring
 the abundance and diversity of clay              the dynasties, I began to generate ideas.”        capabilities and creating many shimmering hues.”
                                                                                                   The Helpmann Academy’s international
                                                                                                   residency program is designed to enrich the
                                                                                                   work of emerging South Australian artists by
                                                                                                   exposing them to different cultures and arts
                                                                                                   practices, particularly in India and China. In
                                                                                                   October and November 2007, seven artists
                                                                                                   were chosen to participate in a six-week
                                                                                                   residency at the Sanskriti Kendra cultural
                                                                                                   centre in India.
                                                                                                    Applications are now open for the 2010
                                                                                                    residency with the Academy choosing
                                                                                                    another group of artists to travel to
                                                                                                    Jingdezchen. For more information on the
                                                                                                    Helpmann Academy international residency
                                                                                                    program, phone (08) 8463 5013.

Derek Au, Square.

                                                                   U P D A T E        H E L P M A N N            A C A D E M Y                  7
Emerging South Australian artists
participate in Adelaide Festival
Artists’ Week workshops
More than thirty emerging South Australian       A group of five artists were chosen to work      of materials and this workshop was an
artists were selected by the Adelaide Festival   with the Tara Donovan Studio to help create      opportunity to work with a new material,
and the Helpmann Academy to take part in         a major installation exhibited at the Anne &     learn more about large-scale multiple
workshops with international artists during      Gordon Samstag Museum of Art during the          construction methods and mechanisms for
the Adelaide Festival 2010 Artists’ Week.        Festival’s Adelaide International 2010: Apart    site activation.”
                                                 we are together.
The program offered emerging artists an                                                           A further eight emerging artists were
unprecedented opportunity to engage              “It has been enlightening working with           selected for a series of workshops with
with outstanding international artists in a       Tara Donovan’s studio assistants; taking        international artist Jorge Orta, working
range of intensive workshops ranging from         part in the piecing together of the 40,000      with him directly in intimate, hands-on
the hands-on to the theoretical. All the          Styrofoam cups has shown the importance         sessions. Titled Heart Fabrication, the
international artists’ work was being shown       of cooperation and collaboration to create      workshops introduced key aspects of how
as part of the Adelaide Festival 2010’s           such an extensive work,” says workshop          to build community and relational aesthetics,
renewed focus on the visual arts.                 participant Andrea Przygonski. “The             in preparation for the Lucy + Jorge Orta
                                                  materials themselves are simple, extremely      exhibition at the JamFactory.
                                                  malleable and come together to create the      “I discovered the work of Jorge and Lucy Orta
                                                  most serene forms. I have a keen interest       during my third year of visual arts studies
                                                  in the physical qualities and capabilities      when it was brought to my attention the
                                                                                                  materials and intent between the work I was
...when the opportunity                                                                           doing at the time and the work of Studio
                                                                                                  Orta were quite similar,” says Sally Parnis. “I
                                                                                                  was enthralled by what I saw and when
to be involved in these                                                                           the opportunity to be involved in these
                                                                                                  workshops was announced I was desperate
workshops was announced                                                                           to be part of it. It has been a privilege
                                                                                                  to work alongside Jorge Orta, joining
I was desperate to be                                                                             the worldwide network of communities
                                                                                                  who have made “hearts” symbolic of
part of it. It has been a                                                                         interpersonal and community connection.”
                                                                                                  During the 2010 Adelaide Festival, Dutch-
privilege...                                                                                      Australian media theorist, activist and critic
                                                                                                  Dr Geert Lovink delivered a keynote lecture
                                                                                                  during the Artists’ Week symposium.
                                                                                                  Dr Lovink also offered to work with eight
                                                                                                  emerging artists on a two-day intensive
                                                                                                  workshop exploring key themes from his
                                                                                                  work. Topics included the politics of the
                                                                                                  Internet, social networking platforms, online
                                                                                                  activism and modes of collaboration.
                                                 Dr Geert Lovink.

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The Helpmann Academy also selected
a group of six artists to take part in a
workshop with international artists Nina
Fischer and Maroan el Sani, who shared
their enigmatic work as part of the Festival’s
Adelaide International 2010: Apart we are
together. In exclusive workshop sessions,
the artists shared insights about their
collaborative practice and experience of
exhibiting at an international level. They also
facilitated the production of short films to
be made by workshop participants.
“Initiatives such as the Adelaide Festival’s
 Artists’ Week workshops present emerging
 artists with an invaluable opportunity to
 engage with international practitioners
 proven in their fields and to explore new
 ways of seeing, situating their work in
 a contemporary global context,” says
 participant CJ Taylor. “Bringing together
 artists from many disciplines creates a
 tension all its own and its from this tension,
 this concentration of thought and practice
 that allows artifice to be stripped away.        A hands on session with Jorge Orta during the Heart Fabrication Workshops.
 Nina and Maroan effortlessly created the
 space for this exchange almost without us
 knowing they were doing it.”
 Open to final-year students and artists
 within three years of graduation from a
 Helpmann Academy partner and all current
 JamFactory Associates, the Adelaide
 Festival partnership offered emerging South
 Australian artists the chance to enrich their
 work and by exposing them to different
 cultures and arts practices with established
 international artists, right here in Adelaide.
The workshop participants certainly did
South Australia proud, as we received
numerous comments from the international
artists and curators about their dedication,
energy and commitment to the processes
they were all involved in.

                                                                   U P D A T E            H E L P M A N N               A C A D E M Y   9
Helpmann Academy
Graduate Exhibition
“a watershed moment” for emerging artists
In 2010, the Helpmann Academy Graduate           Victoria reflected on the unique opportunity      to keep going. You have exceptional talent,
Exhibition celebrated its fifteenth successful   the Graduate Exhibition affords emerging          and it is worth nourishing in the coming years.”
year. Having grown from modest beginnings,       artists, encouraging them to build upon           Artists featured in this year’s exhibition
this annual Adelaide Fringe event has            their success as they pursue a career in the      were Sophia Bersée, Zoë Brooks,
established itself as the showcase exhibition    arts. “The opportunity to show one’s work         Thom Buchanan, Kim Buck, Matthew
of South Australia’s emerging artists,           in the context of the larger Festival season      Cronin, Carolina Facelli, Cathy Frawley,
bringing together under one roof the             in Adelaide is in itself an experience that can   Klaus Gutowski, Ray Harris, Shaw Hendry,
freshest outstanding visual arts talent the      bring enormous challenge and reinvigoration       Elizabeth Hetzel, Scott James, Anik
State has to offer.                              for the emerging artist. Tonight really is        Janyooyan, Michelle Jones, Ros Matson,
                                                 a watershed moment in the careers of
Opened by Victoria Lynn, Visual Art Curator                                                        Wayne McAra, Astra Parker, Rachael
                                                 these artists, for they have each achieved
of the 2010 Adelaide Festival, this year’s                                                         Polson, Brooke Randall, Gina Ray-Zwar, Guy
                                                 something very special. I would say to them
graduate exhibition was bigger than ever,                                                          Ringwood, Joshua Searson, Shelley Smith,
                                                 that this is a time to stay curious about the
with more exhibiting artists and many more                                                         Andrea Taylor, CJ Taylor, Alessandra Tomeo,
                                                 world, to be open to new influences and
artworks on show across a diverse range                                                            Lyn Wood and Jaime Z.
                                                 explore what you don’t already know; to
of creative disciplines including ceramics,
                                                 always be experimental in your practice, to       On the exhibition’s opening night, six
drawing, installations, jewellery, moving
                                                 travel and meet and collaborate with other        outstanding artists were recognised, presented
image, painting, photography and sculpture.
                                                 artists; and to stay strong in your resolve       with awards valued at more than $12,000.
                                                                                                    The Hill Smith Gallery / Helpmann Academy
                                                                                                    Friends Award was presented to Brooke
                                                                                                    Randall from the South Australian School
                                                                                                    of Art. The $4,000 award provides travel
                                                                                                    and expenses for international professional
                                                                                                    development. Brooke’s video installation
                                                                                                   – May Contain Stylised Violence I and II –
                                                                                                    explores modern society’s ideal of beauty.
                                                                                                    In making its decision, the judging panel
                                                                                                    commented that Brooke has created a highly
                                                                                                    engaging video work and treated a well-
                                                                                                    visited subject with a refreshing perspective
                                                                                                    that has been extremely well thought
                                                                                                    through. “Domestic appliances have been
                                                                                                    given a whole new meaning.”

                                                                                                   Exhibiting ceramic artist Guy Ringwood.

 10         H E L P M A N N            A C A D E M Y           U P D A T E
Brooke Randall (left) was the winner of the Hill Smith Gallery / Helpmann Academy Friends Award.
Presented by Nicky Downer AM

Adelaide City Councillors Susan Clearihan               And last but certainly not least, the opening
and Sandy Wilkinson awarded Astra Parker                night also featured the presentation of
from the Adelaide College of the Arts the               the ever-popular Backers’ Prize, which was
City of Adelaide Award - valued at $3,000 -             awarded to Elizabeth Hetzel from the South
for her mild steel sculpture Cell Formation.            Australian School of Art, who receives a
The panel were pleased with Astra’s highly              $300 cash prize personally donated by the
developed sense of form and space, as well              Backers. Partner school representatives
as the beauty of the form and the technical             including security guards, art suppliers and
challenges she has both set for herself and             facility managers, who have supported the
answered so successfully.                               artists behind the scenes during their studies,
                                                        are responsible for selecting this award.
The Councillors also presented Scott James
from the South Australian School of Art                 The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
a $1,000 acquisitive award for his video                is unique in Australia for the high standard
projection Weightless, Endless, Faithless.              of work it showcases. The exhibition
Scott’s work will now be exhibited on a site            features selected artwork by graduates
of the City Council’s choosing.                         from the Academy’s four visual arts partner
                                                        schools: Adelaide Central School of Art;
The Raffen Prize, valued at $3,000 and an
                                                        Adelaide College of the Arts, TafeSA; South
acquisitive award, was presented to ceramic
                                                        Australian School of Art, UniSA; Vizarts,
artist Klaus Gutowski from the Adelaide
                                                        O’Halloran Hill, TafeSA.
College of the Arts for his work Epilogue of
the Abundance of Beauty; Mary-go-round,                 The Helpmann Academy is most grateful
which now becomes part of a significant                 for the support it receives from its
private collection.                                     platinum sponsor ETSA Utilities, and the
                                                        Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
Michelle Jones from the Adelaide Central
                                                        2010 sponsors: Wirra Wirra, Heineken Lion
School of Art was presented with the $1,000
                                                        Australia and The Smelly Cheese Shop, who
Adelaide Art Society Award for her series
                                                        make this exhibition possible.
of oils on canvas Consumed. The prize
is presented to an artist working in the                                                                   Matt Huppatz (left) with exhibiting artist Ray Harris.

medium of drawing or painting. Kim Buck
from the South Australian School of Art was
given a high commendation by the Adelaide
Art Society, for her series of charcoal on
paper drawings.

                                                                          U P D A T E              H E L P M A N N        A C A D E M Y                     11
 William Shurniak:
 longstanding support for the Helpmann Academy
The achievements of the Helpmann Academy                    opportunity for the students and graduates        world, including items he purchased from
are, in a very big way, made possible                       to showcase their talents. It is a wonderful      the Maestros & Apprentices auction. Upon
through the generosity of its donors,                       evening for everyone involved.”                   his return to Saskatchewan, Bill opened the
sponsors, artists, arts organisations, Friends,                                                               Shurniak Art Gallery in Assiniboia, which
                                                            Although Bill is now living in his native
volunteers and suppliers. These passionate                                                                    showcases the many works he has collected.
                                                            province of Saskatchewan, he remains
supporters of the arts make a very valuable                                                                   The gallery has approximately 150 paintings
                                                            a staunch supporter of the arts and in
contribution to the work the Academy                                                                          on display at any given time, as well as
                                                            particular, the Helpmann Academy.
does to nurture emerging talent in South                                                                      numerous artefacts and an extensive library
Australia.                                                 “The arts are very important for society;          of art publications.
                                                            without art or dancing or music you don’t
 One of the Academy’s longstanding                          really have much of a society at all,” Bill       Artists supporting artists
 supporters is William (Bill) Shurniak, a                   explains. “Not everyone can make a living
 Canadian-born businessman who has                                                                            The Helpmann Academy is tremendously
                                                            straight away as a full-time, practicing artist
 offered his support to Helpmann for many                                                                     grateful for its arts industry partners, who
                                                            and many of them often have to devote
 years. Moving to Adelaide in 2000, Bill                                                                      offer their support for emerging artists
                                                            themselves to other forms of work to make
 served as the Director and Chairman of                                                                       through a range of programs. Many
                                                            a living. Sometimes they stop practicing their
 ETSA Utilities for nearly five years. In this                                                                established artists also recognise the
                                                            craft altogether and this is a tremendous
 capacity, he became a member of the                                                                          importance of nurturing the careers of
                                                            waste of their talents. It is important for the
 Helpmann Academy’s Board of Governors for                                                                    emerging talents and donate to support
                                                            community to support the arts, and I think
 a period of four years and was also a regular                                                                our work.
                                                            this is something Australia is very good at.”
 guest at numerous Maestros & Apprentices                                                                     Our many private donors and Helpmann
 fundraising dinners.                                       Bill spent almost 30 years living and working
                                                                                                              Academy Friends offer their time and money,
                                                            in Hong Kong and Australia, before moving
“I remember Maestros & Apprentices with                                                                       with each and every contribution adding up
                                                            back to Canada in 2005. During his time
 fondness,” Bill recalls. “They were a lot of                                                                 to make a genuine difference in the lives of
                                                            overseas, Bill amassed a vast personal
 fun and very enjoyable, and it is a great                                                                    emerging South Australian artists.
                                                            collection of artwork from around the

 (above) Sir Eric and Lady Neil unveiling an Australian painting, together with Bill Shurniak.
 (photograph: Orville Ottenbreit)
 (right) A workshop opportunity made possible by private donation.

  12           H E L P M A N N                 A C A D E M Y                U P D A T E
Tina Mitchell participates in Helpmann
Academy Emerging Director’s Secondment
Adelaide director Tina Mitchell was chosen       of opera. Le Grand Macabre was an event          Inspired by surrealist and modern works
by the Helpmann Academy to undertake             of epic proportions and an unforgettable         of art, Live Fish featured 2009 AC Arts
the inaugural Helpmann Academy Emerging          experience for both myself and the Adelaide      graduates Laura Brenko, Bianka Feo, Jordan
Director’s Secondment.                           Festival audience.”                              Fraser-Trumble, Nick Kennett and Maddy
                                                                                                  Rose, as well as Flinders Drama Centre
The Adelaide Festival Corporation and            Tina is a co-founder of the independent
                                                                                                  graduate Rowan Hopkins.
the Helpmann Academy for the Visual &            theatre company Chopt Logic and a
Performing Arts have created a partnership       graduate of the Adelaide College of the
to offer an emerging South Australian artist     Arts. She has trained extensively with the
an Assistant Director’s secondment during        SITI Company in New York, as well as with
the 2010 Adelaide Festival of Arts.              the Suzuki Company of Toga in Japan. As a
During her secondment, Tina worked               director, Tina has been mentored by Anne
with world-renowned directors Alex               Bogart, Artistic Director of the SITI Company,
Ollé from the Spanish company La Fura            is directing Live Fish for Fringe 2010, was
Dels Baus and Valentina Carrasco on the          co-director of Autobahn at the 2009 Fringe,
Australian premiere production of Le Grand       was assistant director to Michael Hill on The
Macabre. Tina attended all rehearsals and        Real Thing (State Theatre Company of South
performances during the secondment,              Australia) and Creative Director for the
assisting the directors in all aspects of this   Adelaide City Council.
large-scale production, including liaison        During the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Festival,
between the directors, performers and the        Tina also worked with a group of recent
stage management staff.                          Adelaide College of the Arts acting
“This was an amazing opportunity to be           graduates to present Live Fish, a self-devised
 working with such a world-renowned              fusion of movement, music and drama
 company as La Fura Dels Baus,” says Tina        exploring what goes on in the human mind
 about the secondment. “I learnt a great deal    when we fall in love.
 about their work and approach to theatre
 whilst making my first foray into the world
                                                                                                  Tina Mitchell

 Backstage with
                                                 Robin Haig’s career in ballet has been an        whose own career was often interwoven
                                                 extraordinary one, including performances        with that of her idol. This staged memoir

                                                 with both Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf              combines storytelling, dance, music, slides
                                                 Nureyev. Born in Perth in 1937, Robin            and film, exploring Fonteyn’s genius as a
                                                 began dance training at an early age, and        person and an artist.
                                                 at 17 she won a Royal Academy of Dancing
                                                                                                  Prior to her performance, Robin will be
                                                 scholarship and completed her training in

                                                                                                  conducting a dance master-class at the
                                                 London at the Royal Ballet School.               Adelaide College of the Arts on Tuesday
                                                 She has danced with the Australian Theatre       April 13. This ballet master-class is suitable
                                                 Ballet, the Royal Ballet, London Ballet,         for those studying ballet dancing at
                                                 Western Theatre Ballet, Scottish Ballet, the     intermediate level and above. Don’t miss

                                                 Australian Ballet and the West Australian        this opportunity to experience Robin’s
 and the                                         Ballet. Robin directed the West Australian       inspirational teaching and performance.

                                                 Ballet for 2 years from 1977 to 1979, before     Students interested in participating
                                                 moving to the United States in 1981. She         should contact the Helpmann Academy on
                                                 has lectured in ballet and dance history         (08) 8463 5014.
                                                 at numerous universities and in February
                                                 2002, Robin gave a series of five lectures on    Backstage with Margot Fonteyn and the
Acclaimed Australian ballet dancer Robin                                                          Bumptious Colonial
                                                 Great Women in Dance at the University of
Haig has been invited by the Helpmann                                                             Adelaide College for the Arts,
                                                 Western Australia.
Academy to perform her delightful one-                                                            8:00pm, Wednesday April 14
woman show Backstage with Margot                 Backstage with Margot Fonteyn and the            Tickets: $30, ($20 concession),
Fonteyn and the Bumptious Colonial as well       Bumptious Colonial is a unique performance,      including light refreshments.
as conduct a number of master-classes at         offering a behind-the-scenes look into the       Bookings:
the Adelaide College of the Arts in April.       career of Margot Fonteyn and Robin Haig,         or phone (08) 8463 5014

                                                                 U P D A T E         H E L P M A N N              A C A D E M Y               13
Buyers, Sellers and Dealers
a visual exploration of garage sales
                                                     Adelaide photographer and lecturer at the       of garage sale enthusiasts and revealing
                                                     South Australian School of Art, Architecture    a powerful insight into this phenomenon.
                                                     and Design Toby Richardson – together           Their exploration goes far beyond simply
                                                     with local designers Anthony De Leo and         documenting the transaction of buying and
                                                     Scott Carslake – has produced a brand new       selling objects; it uncovers many of the hidden
                                                     publication that has everybody talking.         customs associated with a garage sale.
                                                     Called Buyers, Sellers and Dealers, the book    The publication was launched at Gallery 139
                                                     documents the rich tapestry of human life       in early February, kicking off a two-week
                                                     known as the garage sale. The culmination       exhibition of framed prints of photographs
                                                     of two years work, the book exposes the         featured in the book. One of the main
                                                     unique subculture associated with garage        gallery’s walls was decorated with a
                                                     sales, cleverly incorporating the confessions   newspaper motif, featuring classified ads for
                                                                                                     garage sales.
                                                                                                     “We wanted to classify social behaviour into
                                                                                                      the three most common typologies found at
                                                                                                      garage sales, hence the name Buyers, Sellers
                                                                                                      and Dealers,” Toby says. “After scouring the
                                                                                                      suburbs for garage sales every weekend for
                                                                                                      more than a year, we couldn’t help getting
                                                                                                      caught up in it all, buying stuff ourselves.
                                                                                                      Consequently our sheds were crammed with
                                                                                                      a variety of antiques, electrical appliances
                                                                                                      and sporting goods.” As a result, Toby,
                                                                                                      Anthony and Scott decided to host a garage
                                                                                                      sale of their own to coincide with the
                                                                                                      publication’s launch, with all profits going to
                                                                                                      the Salvation Army.
                                                                                                      Buyers, Sellers and Dealers is the latest in
                                                                                                      Toby’s ensemble of collaborative projects. His
                                                                                                      recent series Singles, Couples and Queens
                                                                                                     - a collection of large scale photographs
                                                                                                      of discarded mattresses - went on to win
                                                                                                      several significant national and international
                                                                                                      awards, including the prestigious Gold Pencil
                                                                                                      at the One Show Design Awards in New
                                                                                                      York. Similar to their previous work, Buyers,
                                                                                                      Sellers and Dealers demonstrates the group’s
(top) Toby Richardson, Adelaide 5000.                                                                 intimate knowledge of the social geography
(bottom) Marion 5043 will be presented for purchase at Arts Angels - Maestros & Apprentices 2010.     of suburban Adelaide, where stories and
Thank you Toby!                                                                                       photographs from garage sales are coupled
                                                                                                      with their place of origin, suburb and postcode.
                                                                                                      In addition to teaching, Toby maintains
                                                                                                      a vibrant arts practice and is a strong
                                                                                                      supporter of the Helpmann Academy, having
                                                                                                      participated in the Ashington Mentorship
                                                                                                      Scheme and in collaborative creative projects.

 14          H E L P M A N N              A C A D E M Y             U P D A T E
Rachel Garreffa at Brink Productions
Adelaide College of the Arts graduate             Most recently, Rachel was involved with            “It was a quite an exciting production, very
Rachel Garreffa spent the better part of last     Gorge ‘09 – Brink’s raw and interactive             fluid and certainly different to conventional
year busily working behind the scenes with        production of three ten-minute plays,               theatre productions. It kept all the backstage
Brink Productions. From the hilarious hijinks     immersing audiences in the process of               crew on their toes, as each play featured
of The Hypochondriac to the bold and              making a live performance. Specially                a different cast, a different collection of
unpredictable Gorge ’09, Rachel has been          commissioned scripts written by Nicki Bloom,        costumes and props and a different stage set.”
on hand as Brink’s assistant stage manager,       Matthew Cormack and Alirio Zavarce                  In 2010, Rachel will be working on
working to ensure that shows run smoothly.        made for theatre that was immediate and             WOMADelaide doing backstage logistics
 Graduating with a Diploma of Live                dramatically different.                             and stage management, as well as possibly
 Production, Theatre & Events (Technical                                                              pursuing further study in stage make-up.
 Production), Rachel discovered very early
 on in her studies her passion for stage
“The role of an assistant stage manager is
 quite varied, and there is certainly never
 a dull moment,” Rachel says. “Most of
 the time, the job involves keeping track
 of cast members and costumes, looking
 after the set and organising and managing
 props. Essentially, it’s about helping the
 stage manager keep all rehearsals and
 performances running on track.”
 In August 2009, Rachel began working with
 Brink as assistant stage manager for the
 company’s production of The Hypochondriac,
 Paul Galloway’s outrageous adaption of
 Molière’s Le Malade Imaginaire. “Being a
 comedy, working on The Hypochondriac was
 so much fun,” Rachel says. “There were a
 lot of laughs and there was something new
 going on everyday. It was hilarious! It was
 also quite a challenging production, as the
 play required a lot of props, which meant
 plenty of set up and prop management.”
                                                                                        Just some of the many props Rachel manages at Brink Productions.

The West End Mural Project
 Visual arts students and graduates from         “Adelaide’s West End is arguably the cultural        Following an open session in Light Square
 partners of the Helpmann Academy are             heart of the city, home to numerous arts            and a period of public consultation, the
 invited to take part in a new public art         organisations, galleries and theatres, as           mural is expected to be mounted and
 project in Adelaide’s West End.                  well as the South Australian School of Art          unveiled at a high profile launch during the
 Higher Ground Inc, together with Common          and the Adelaide College of the Arts, both          2010 SALA Festival in August.
 Ground Adelaide, Community Arts Network          of which are partners of the Helpmann
                                                                                                      Higher Ground invites students and
 and Arts SA has pledged to create an iconic      Academy,” says Suzanne Merrall from
                                                                                                      graduates from Helpmann Academy
 new piece of public art for Adelaide’s West      Higher Ground. “Yet there exists no
                                                                                                      partners to leave their mark on the West
 End district. Designed to replace the current    iconic landmark by which a visitor would
                                                                                                      End. Artists interested in getting involved
‘Night Train’ billboard situated on Morphett      recognise the West End as such a melting
                                                                                                      are encouraged to contact Suzanne Merrall
 Street, a new mural will be created that         pot of South Australian culture, education
                                                                                                      at Higher Ground on (08) 8410 5599 or via
 illustrates and communicates the artistic        and creativity. This project sets out to create
 elements that encapsulate the West End,          a piece of artwork that captures the artistic
 tracing the history of the area from its         culture of the West End and communicates
 indigenous outset through its settlement         to locals and visitors alike the standard
 days up to today.                                and breadth of artistic and cultural activity
                                                  within the area.”

                                                                  U P D A T E          H E L P M A N N              A C A D E M Y                   15
Dualities transcending the
boundaries of culture and style
                                                             The Elder Conservatorium of Music, in                      Staged in the rich heritage surroundings
                                                             association with the 2010 Adelaide Festival,               of Elder Hall, Dualities lunchtime concert
                                                             presented a series of concerts at lunchtime                program included violinist Margaret Blades,
                                                             and at twilight during the first week of March.            David Lockett on piano, the Zephyr Quartet
                                                                                                                        together with soprano Greta Bradman, piano
                                                             Called Dualities, the concerts featured some
                                                                                                                        duo Igor Machlak and Olga Kharitonova,
                                                             of Australia’s finest musicians, enthralling
                                                                                                                        plus Marshall Maguire on harp with guest
                                                             audiences through an exploration of music
                                                                                                                        artist Genevieve Lacey on recorder.
                                                             that transcended traditional boundaries
                                                             of culture, style and time. The sweeping                   The twilight concert series - Illuminations
                                                             themes presented in Dualities demonstrated                 of the Heart – bridged the gap between
                                                             what a universal and timeless language music is.           Eastern and Western culture under the
                                                                                                                        themes Joy, Sorry and Glory. The three-
                                                             The program featured a panorama of music
                                                                                                                        concert program included Lucinda Moon,
                                                             from Bach, Beethoven, Biber, Birtwistle,
                                                                                                                        one of Australia’s leading baroque violinists,
                                                             Bjork, Handel, Saint-Saëns, Schnittke,
                                                                                                                        joined by Linda Kent on harpsichord
                                                             Shostakovich and Westlake; from the
                                                                                                                        and organ. Tommie Andersson (theorbo),
                                                             Ottoman Empire to 14th Century Italian
                                                                                                                        Catherine Finnis (viola da gamba) and the
                                                             Courts; from the world of traditional Irish
                                                                                                                        Turkish classical musicians of the Nefes
                                                             music to the virtual world of electronica.
                                                                                                                        Ensemble also presented music by 17th
                                                                                                                        Century composer Heinrich von Biber and
                                                                                                                        music of the Ottoman court.

London Sinfonietta master-classes at Elder                                                                               Conservatorium
                                                                                                                        A large number of woodwind and brass
                                                                                                                        students from the Elder Conservatorium of
                                                                                                                        Music took part in a series of master-classes
                                                                                                                        in February with world-class musicians from
                                                                                                                        the London Sinfonietta, in Adelaide for the
                                                                                                                        2010 Festival of Arts.

                                                                                                                        Michael Cox - Principal Flute with this
                                                                                                                        internationally renowned ensemble –
                                                                                                                        conducted a master class in Bishop Hall.
                                                                                                                        Other members of the London Sinfonietta
                                                                                                                        who conducted master-classes include
                                                                                                                        Gareth Hulse (oboe), Mark van der Wiel
                                                                                                                        (clarinet), John Orford (bassoon) and Michael
                                                                                                                        Thompson (French horn).
                                                                                                                        The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s
                                                                                                                        elite contemporary music ensembles with
                                                                                                                        a reputation built on the virtuosity of its
                                                                                                                        performances and ambitious programming.
                                                                                                                        It is committed to placing new music at
                                                                                                                        the heart of contemporary culture and
                                                                                                                        pushing boundaries; the ensemble regularly
                                                                                                                        undertakes projects with choreographers,
Michael Cox (centre), Principal Flute with the London Sinfonietta, during a master-class at the Elder Conservatorium.   video artists, film-makers and collaborations
                                                                                                                        with electronica artists, jazz and folk musicians.

 16           H E L P M A N N                   A C A D E M Y                U P D A T E
My life in art
…South Australian film The Marriage of          Samual has landed the role of Riley in the                 with the release of the band’s debut
Figaro has been invited to screen at the        Hollywood production Eclipse, the third                    album, Villanelles…2005 Flinders Drama
 London Australian Film Festival in March.      instalment in the hugely popular Twilight                  Centre graduate Joanne Hartstone was
 Flinders Screen Production graduate            Saga…visual artist Stefan Maguran is                       the Australian producer for the Centre for
and 2008 Minter Ellison Rising Star Kirsty      coordinating an exhibition at the Adelaide                 International Theatre at Higher Ground
Stark was part of the production crew           South West Community Centre at 171 Sturt                   during the Adelaide Fringe. A joint project
 behind this local film…visual artist Westley   Street. Called The Outsiders on Sturt Street,              with Guy Masterson, the theatre staged
Tully premiered a new work in February          the exhibition runs until 7 April…Adelaide                 eight different shows…Flinders Drama
as part of the Heysen Sculpture Biennial        instrumental quartet Monkey Puzzle Tree                    Centre graduate Megan Huitema won
 in Hahndorf. The exhibition opened in the      (featuring graduates from AC Arts and                      Best Emerging Producer for her new body
 beautiful surrounds of The Cedars, Hans        the Elder Conservatorium) performed a                      of work at the 2010 South Australian
Heysen’s Adelaide Hills estate…2005             series of concerts during WOMADelaide                      Screen Awards …
 Flinders Drama Centre graduate Xavier          in early March. The concerts coincide

Helpmann Academy appoints new Executive Assistant
Jena Woodburn has been appointed as the         management system and undertook the                       Weekly newspaper, and currently writes for
Helpmann Academy’s new Executive/Events         many tasks involved in running a successful               Australian Art Collector. She has a special
Assistant.                                      commercial gallery.                                       interest in information management within
Jena is a graduate of the South Australian                                                                the arts.
                                                After spending some time living overseas,
School of Art. During her study, she began      Jena returned to South Australia where                    “Having been through art school and faced
working at the Contemporary Art Centre          she spent most of 2009 working as an                       that ‘what next?’ feeling myself, it’s great
of South Australia as an intern, staff          Executive Assistant to the principal of                    to be involved with an organisation that
member and ultimately as a Board member.        a law firm whilst studying Computer                        provides artists with opportunities for
Once graduated she began an extended            Science at the University of Adelaide. She                 professional involvement and engagement
period working with Sam Hill-Smith of           continued her involvement in the arts with                 as they make that transition from student
the Hill Smith Gallery. It was here that        exhibition reviews for the Independent                     to full-time practicing artist.”
she introduced an up-to-date information

                                                Social Pages
                                                (clockwise from top left) Photographer Toby
                                                Richardson (right) with visual artist Will Nolan at the
                                                launch of Toby’s latest book – Buyers, Sellers and
                                                Dealers – at Gallery 139.

                                                One of seven enormous inflatable astronauts touched
                                                down on the Adelaide College of the Arts during the
                                                Fringe Festival.

                                                The Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition
                                                celebrated its 15th anniversary in style this year,
                                                welcoming hundreds of visual arts enthusiasts to
                                                opening night.

                                                                    U P D A T E                H E L P M A N N          A C A D E M Y                17
Helpmann Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts
South Australia is renowned for its vibrant cultural life and as a proving ground for emerging artists. In this environment, the Helpmann
Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts was established in 1994 with a unique vision: to assist emerging artists make the transition from
study to professional practice, to foster collaboration between our partner institutions and different art forms, and to provide awards, grants,
mentorships and international exchanges to achieve these ends.
The Helpmann Academy Partners provide outstanding tertiary education and training in all manner of creative disciplines from film making to
music, dance and all forms of visual arts. Our partner schools are:

              Adelaide College of the Arts                   Adelaide Central School of Art          Elder Conservatorium of Music

                 Vizarts, O’Halloran Hill                 Flinders Drama & Screen Production         South Australian School of Art

The Helpmann Academy’s achievements are only possible through the generosity of its many passionate supporters; donors, sponsors, artists,
arts organisations, Friends, volunteers and suppliers. We thank them all most warmly and sincerely for their ongoing commitment to emerging
artists in South Australia.

Board of Governors                                  Foundation Board                                 Foundation Front
Patron: His Excellency Rear Admiral                 Patron: Mr Scott Hicks, Film Director            Foundation Front is formed by visual and
Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR,                           Chair: Ms Nicky Downer AM                        performing art students and recent
Governor of South Australia                                                                          graduates of the Helpmann Academy’s
                                                    Foundation Board Members
                                                                                                     partner schools.
Chair: Ms Karen Thomas,                             Mr Ollie Clark AM
Managing Partner, Fisher Jeffries                   Ms Sophie Doyle Director,                        The Foundation Front aims to create a
Board Members:                                      Business Development Minter Ellison              supportive network for emerging artists
Professor Pal Ahluwalia,                            Ms Diana Jaquillard                              in South Australia. In addition to assisting
Pro Vice Chancellor                                 Director, Graphic Language Design Pty Ltd        with numerous Helpmann Academy events
(Div. of Education, Arts & Social Sciences)         Ms Emily McMahon                                 throughout the year, the Foundation Front
University of South Australia.                      Representing Foundation Front                    holds an annual collaborative arts event
Mr Mark Butcher                                     Mr Theo Maras AM                                 to gain exposure for young and emerging
Managing Partner, SA, Ernst & Young                 Managing Director, Maras Group                   artists. To join the front, contact the
Mr Stephen Conway,                                  Mr Jeff Mincham                                  Helpmann Academy.
Executive Director, Adelaide South TAFE SA          Ceramic Artist
Ms Nicky Downer AM, Arts Consultant                 Mr Todd Roberts
                                                    Head of Institutional Banking in SA
                                                                                                     2009 Foundation
Ms Kate Gould,
General Manager & Associate Artistic Director,      Commonwealth Bank                                Front Committee
Adelaide Festival Corporation                       Ms Margie Strathearn, President
                                                                                                     Anna Austin
Professor Nicholas Harvey,                          Helpmann Academy Friends Committee
                                                                                                     Tamara Baillie
Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities,              Mr Peter Walker
                                                                                                     Rachel Bullen
and Social Sciences, University of Adelaide         Peter Walker Fine Art Gallery
                                                                                                     Charissa Davies
Professor Faith Trent AM,                                                                            Anna Goodhind
Executive Dean, Faculty of Education,
                                                                                                     Maj Green
Humanities, Law and Theology,
                                                                                                     Tegan Hale
Flinders University
                                                                                                     Megan Huitema
                                                                                                     Tristan Louth-Robins
                                                                                                     Emily McMahon
                                                                                                     Adam Murakami
                                                                                                     Karen Paris
                                                                                                     Lauren Playfair
                                                                                                     Sally Reid (Kitten)
                                                                                                     Graham Self
                                                                                                     Cally Sharp

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Donors                                                 Billy Hyde Music Concubine Restaurant Coriole Vineyards dB Magazine District Council of
                                                       Mount Barker Elderton Wines Heineken Lion Australia Hill Smith Gallery Imprints Booksellers
William Shurniak
                                                       Langmail Wines Murray Street Vineyards Option[a] Paperpak Peter Walker Fine Art
Keith Langley                                          Rainbow Press Small Indulgences Southern Theatre & Arts Supporters The Smelly Cheese Shop
Macquarie Group Foundation
                                                       Vili’s Wirra Wirra Winery
Stephen Beaumont
Margaret Bennett
Ollie Clark AM
                              Tony Seymour                 Ashington Mentorship                         Friends Committee
                              HR Bonython
Robert & Annabel Hill-Smith                                Scheme Patrons                               Margie Strathearn – President
                              Stuart & Helen Brasted
Dr Judith Roberts AO
                              Adrian Caon                  James & Diana Bruce                          Denise George - Secretary
Ezekiel Solomon
                              Peter Emmerton               Ollie Clark AM                               Alexandra Blakemore
George Gross & Harry Who      Betty-Ann Heim                                                            Kali Hunter Constantine
                                                           Nicky Downer AM
Annette Coleman               Matthew O’Shaughnessy        Libby Dunsford                               Nicky Downer AM
Françoise Piron               Kate Gould                   Barry & Ginger Fitzpatrick                   Beth Greiner
Anonymous                     Mark Kimber
                                                           Prue Henschke                                Abbey Hall
Kaaren Palmer                 Deborah Paauwe
                                                           Kerry Heysen-Hicks                           Sue Herald
Barry Alderson                Anonymous
                                                           Theo Maras                                   Diana Jaquillard
Niki Vincent                  Beth Greiner
                                                           Paul & Fatima McHugh                         Prue Little
Elaine Rischbieth             Abbey Hall
Norman & Carol Schueler       Sue Herald                   Bill & Margot Phillipson                     Catriona MacLachlan-Lester
Anonymous                     Diana Jaquillard             David Reid & Alison Dunn                     Mena Muecke
Dick Whitington               Prue Little                  David & Janet Rice                           Gayle Robertson
Kocksi Thoelke                Mena Muecke                  Gayle & Andrew Robertson
Susan Davidson                Margie Strathearn            Tim & Jude Rogers
Suzy Daw                      Christopher Wainwright       Richard Ryan AO
Patricia Fairclough           David Washington
                                                           Ezekiel Solomon
Anne Kidman                   James Bruce
                                                           Simon & Penny Sturt-Bray
Maria Panagiotidis            Peter O’Grady
Alan & Judy Scott             G & L Pitchon
                                                           Karen Thomas & Andrew Denyer
Tony & Helen Stacey           Copyworld                    CRD Design (Peter Reeve & Jaycen Fletcher)
Ben & Frieda van Essen        Simone Hede                  Travancore Corporate Advisory
Denise George                 Kaija Balodis                (Arnie & Martine Narayan)
Beverley Brown                Stacey Hill-Smith            Adam and Tomono Wynn
Helen Heithersay              Jane Wilson

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                                                                                                                 19 March to 28 April - SACE ART SHOW 2010

Diary Dates                                             March to May 2010
                                                                                                                 works selected from pieces prepared by Yr 12
                                                                                                                 students for assessment in 2009. Light Square
                                                                                                                 Gallery, 39 Light Square, Adelaide.
                                                                                                                 5 May to 27 May - THERE’S A TIME AND A PLACE
GENERAL INFORMATION                                     during Term only. 1.10pm in Elder Hall, North Terrace,
                                                                                                                 works by Kristel Britcher, Heidi Kenyon, Amy Joy
                                                        Adelaide. Tickets $7 at the door from 12.30pm.
21 May - HELPMANN ACADEMY MAESTROS                                                                               Watson and Talia Wignall. Light Square Gallery,
                                                        Subscriptions available. More information & full
& APPRENTICES 2010 fundraising dinner, an                                                                        39 Light Square, Adelaide.
                                                        program (08) 8303 5925,
incredibly glamorous and heavenly mix of wine,                                                                   SA SCHOOL OF ART
food, art, music and more. Join us as we raise funds                                                             University of South Australia, City West Campus.
to support and encourage emerging artists in South      OTHER MUSIC                                              SASA Gallery, Kaurna Building, cnr Hindley Street
Australia. Tickets $210 or $2100 table of ten. To       27 March – PATRICK LIM IN CONCERT at STARS,              & Fenn Place, Adelaide. (08) 8302 0281
book phone Jena Woodburn 08 8463 5013.                  Waverley Homestead, St Peter’s Terrace, Willunga.
                                                        7.30pm, tickets $35 incl supper.                         Hours Tues-Fri 11-5pm.
DANCE                                                   Book early on (08) 8323 8386                             Until 26 March – TEMPERATURE & HEARTLINES
ADELAIDE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS                            From February to June - SERIES OF CONCERTS               Anton Hart and George Popperwell will work
39 Light Square, Adelaide (08) 8463 5000                BY VARIOUS CHAMBER MUSIC GROUPS.                         collaboratively to build an immersive and site-
                                                        For a brochure and details on all these concerts and     specific exhibition that engages with human tragedy
                                                        more can be found on Chamber Music in Adelaide           and heart-break. SASA Gallery & Fenn Place.
presented by Helpmann Academy. To be given by
                                                        website; or call 0410 507 591.           6 April to 7 May - NATURALLY DISTURBED
renowned international ballet artist Robin Haig
whose career saw her dance many famous classical        March to December - ADELAIDE YOUTH                       Sue Kneebone, artwork and artefacts from the SA
ballet roles and perform with both Margot Fonteyn       ORCHESTRA 2010 Season including the ever-                Museum collection. SASA Gallery.
and Rudolf Nureyev. 4-6pm at Adelaide College of        popular Maestro Series at Elder Hall; the String         18 May to 18 June - INTIMATE IMMENSITIES
the Arts, 39 Light Square, Adelaide.                    Quartet in Residency; and the Babies Proms. Visit        Rachael Hurst and Jane Lawrence, Linda Marie
Cost $27 To book tel. (08) 8463 5014 or                 the AdYO 2010 concert website           Walker, Michael Geissler, Matt Davis, Sally Davis,
email:             au/2010-concerts/ to find out more! Tickets and          Katisca Pedisic, Damien Chwalisz, Sean Humphries,
                                                        subscriptions are at BASS 131 246.                       Sasha Radjenovich, Peter King, Phil Walker.
AND THE BUMPTIOUS COLONIAL presented by                 Every Tuesday during Term - Free LUNCH HOUR              SASA Gallery
Helpmann Academy. The behind-the-scenes story of        CONCERTS at Flinders University from 1-2 pm in the
                                                                                                                 OTHER VISUAL ART
Margot Fonteyn, the greatest ballerina of the 20th      Art Museum, Social Sciences North Building, Flinders
                                                                                                                 Until 5 April - VINTAGE featuring 10 artists, 10
century, and her colleague Robin Haig, whose own        University, Bedford Park. Enquiries (08) 8201 5062.
                                                                                                                 interpretations of Vintage with a variety of mediums
career was often interwoven with that of her idol.      WEDNESDAY LUNCH HOUR CONCERTS
                                                                                                                 Belinda Shaw, Kristy McConchie, Heidi Karo, Peter
This staged memoir combines storytelling, dance,        by Recitals Australia. 12.10pm and 1.10pm in
                                                                                                                 Sinclair, Alison Main, Helen Fuller, Jen Wright,
music, slides and film to explore Fonteyn’s genius as   Pilgrim Church, Flinders St. Tickets $5/$3 for both
                                                                                                                 Nicholas Watson, Alice Potter, Karen Hammat.
a person and as an artist. 8pm at Adelaide College      concerts, Info:
                                                                                                                 Red Poles, McMurtrie Rd, McLaren Vale. Wed to Sun
of the Arts, 39 Light Square, Adelaide.                 Every Tuesday at 1pm - LUNCHTIME CONCERTS                9 - 5pm, open Public Holidays.
Tickets $30/$20, including light refreshments.          in Flinders St Baptist Church. More information
                                                                                                                 5 to 27 March - JOHN GARFORTH
Bookings: (08) 8463 5014 or                             Nicolas Storrie 0413 797 286.
                                                                                                                 PHOTOGRAPHY AND PRINTMAKING
                                                                                                                 Weathered sheets of metal are transformed into
All profits go to support the Helpmann Academy
                                                        VISUAL ARTS                                              objects of beauty and presented as photographs.
emerging artists grants program.
                                                        ADELAIDE CENTRAL SCHOOL OF ART,                          The exhibition will be accompanied by selected
                                                        45 Osmond Terrace, Norwood (08) 8364 2809.               works by permanent and consignment artists. Artist
DRAMA/SCREEN                                            Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm,                     talk 3pm Saturday 13 March - all welcome. eye2eye
ADELAIDE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS                            Sat 11am-4pm.                                            fine art gallery, 95 Unley Road, Unley (New Address).
39 Light Square, Adelaide (08) 8463 5000                                                                         Gallery hours 10am-5pm Tues - Sat. (08) 8357 0060,
                                                        19 March to 17 April - STONE’S THROW
March 29, 30, 31 - 3D’10                                Kate Benda, Kate Morkunas, Renate Nisi, Lauren 
Three self-devised productions by AC Arts 3rd year      Anderson, Mary Coventry. A sculptural exhibition by      7 to 28 March – HEDGEMAZE an evocative
drama class. 7:30pm, Adelaide College of the Arts       five ACSA graduates, Adelaide Central Gallery,           exhibition providing unique insight into the artists
39 Light Square. Includes a special ‘devising forum’    45 Osmond Tce, Norwood.                                  and space of Hedgemaze studio (2004-2009).
for High Schools starting at 11:00am on March 30th.                                                              Exhibitors are Roy Ananda, Deidre But-Husaim,
                                                        23 April to 22 May - CONSUMED
March 24 to 27 - ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore                Sera Waters, Lisa Young, Gerry Wedd, Dianne              Sera Waters, Angela Black, Ros Matson, Mary-Jean
A production of this classic Jacobean piece in the      Longley, Carolina Facelli, Maria Parmenter, Billie       Richardson, Nic Brown, Lisa Young, Johnnie Dady.
‘stables’ theatre, by the AC Arts 2nd year drama        Justice Thomson, Annika Evans, Wendy Fairclough,         Prospect Gallery, 1 Thomas Street, Nailsworth.
class. 7:30pm, Adelaide College of the Arts (3rd        Helen Fuller, Catherine Buddle. To coincide with         30 March to 20 May - BISMANIA new works from
Floor) 39 Light Square.                                 Tasting Australia, this exhibition will be based         Laura Will’s recent Asialink Visual Art Residency
                                                        around food and food utensils. Adelaide Central          to Indonesia. Promenade Gallery A and B, Level 2,
MUSIC                                                   Gallery, 45 Osmond Tce, Norwood.                         Flinders Medical Centre, Flinders Drive, Bedford Park.

ELDER CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC,                          28 May to 26 June - TIME IS THEN                         15 April - ARTIST TALK by LAURA WILLS
The University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide     works by Chelsea Lehmann and Peta Dzubiel.               In accordance with Bismania exhibition, Laura
(08) 8303 5995.                                         Adelaide Central Gallery, 45 Osmond Tce, Norwood.        will be sharing her experiences and work created
                                                        ADELAIDE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS                             during her Asialink Residency to Cemeti Art
2 March to 25 June - FRIDAY DELIGHTS
                                                        39 Light Square, Adelaide (08) 8463 5032.                House in Yogyakarta, at a free public talk. 6-8 pm,
Elder Conservatorium Lunch Hour Concert Series
                                                        Light Square Gallery hours 9am - 5pm Mon to Frid.        Community Arts Network, 234a Sturt St, Adelaide.
                                                                                                                 For information contact Joyce Louey 08 8231 0900.

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