Helpmann awards $64,000 to emerging SA artists - Art Collector

Riley O'Keefe, A portion of a rainbow I have clutched, 2010. torch, pebble, coloured texta.Courtesy: the artist.

18 July 2011 | South Australian artists Riley O’Keefe and Ray Harris, along with a group of three printmakers, Dianne Longley, Jessie Lumb and Sandra Starkey Simon, have been awarded grants by the Helpmann Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts worth $4,000 for individuals and $9,000 for groups. A group of 24 South Australian printmakers also received a grant.

Riley O’Keefe will participate in an exhibition exchange program between artist-run initiatives FELTspace (Adelaide) and Inflight (Hobart), exhibiting in July and September.

Ray Harris will present
Motherload, her first major invited solo exhibition at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation in September.

Dianne Longley, Jessie Lumb and Sandra Starkey Simon will travel to the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine, and the group of 24 South Australian printmakers will travel to Melbourne to attend the Impact 7 printmaking conference at Monash University in September.

Helpmann Academy grants are open to staff, students and those who have graduated within the past two years from the Adelaide Central School of Art, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the Adelaide College of the Arts, Flinders Drama and Screen Production and the South Australian School of Art.

This year over $64,000 in grants was distributed to fifteen recipients.


Cassie Newman


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