Two Flinders University graduates and a Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA) Research Assistant are among the recipients of the Helpmann Academy’s Elevate Mentorship program for 2021.
The Elevate Mentorship program leverages the entrepreneurial success and knowledge of established creative professionals to build the capabilities of emerging creatives. Since 2002, the program has facilitated over 200 mentorships for emerging South Australian artists.
The recipients for round 1 of the 2021 program includes graduates from Flinders University and the University of South Australia.
Flinders University Honours graduate and emerging visual artist Susie Jane Althorp will be mentored by visual artist Catherine Truman, who will provide guidance in the conceptual development and technical advancement of Susie’s practice.
Brianna Speight, FUMA Research Assistant and University of South Australia graduate, is an emerging photographer and will receive mentorship from curator/writer Eleanor Scicchitano who will provide Brianna with support to achieve strong exhibition outcomes; an action plan for moving towards future goals; participate in opportunities for professional development; and develop research areas.
Emerging ceramicist and Flinders graduate Alicia Butt will be mentored by ceramicist Yuro Cuchor with the aim to expand her skills in mould making and slip casting.
Alicia was also the first recipient in 2021 of the 215 Magill Studios Residency, an initiative from the Helpmann Academy that provides an opportunity for artists to freely create and develop new work in a productive environment surrounded by like minded creatives from a range of disciplines.
Fellow Flinders University graduate, Anna Revesz, will join the studio in August as the second 2021 recipient of the residency.
Anna says that she is looking forward to having the time and space to experiment with new materials and forms.
“I am thrilled to be receiving the 215 Magill residency, and I am so grateful to Helpmann and their donors for their continued support as I develop my artistic practice,” says Anna.
“Throughout this residency, alongside strengthening the photographic side of my practice, I will continue to expand my work into sculpture, and dedicate time and space to experimenting with different materials and forms. I will also use this opportunity to delve deeper into the research and creation of a new body of work that I have just begun developing.”
Interim Vice-President and Executive Dean for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Peter Monteath, said that the recognition was well deserved, and will provide the perfect stepping stone for the winners careers.
“The program will provide an excellent learning opportunity for our graduates to be able to develop their skills as they embark on their careers in the profession,” said Professor Monteath.
“Congratulations to all winners on this wonderful recognition.”