Exciting New Chapter

Adelaide Central School of Art has announced details of a new Graduate Support Program following recent changes to their Helpmann Academy Affiliate Membership.

Adelaide Central School of Art has announced a new Graduate Support Program following recent changes to their Helpmann Academy Affiliate Membership (announced 16 March, 2016. Read the Media Release). The Program will provide graduates with local residency opportunities, international workshops, grants that will support the production and presentation of new work, and quick-response grants for professional development.

“No other Higher Education provider of visual arts education in South Australia offers this kind of support for their graduates,” says Ingrid Kellenbach, CEO Adelaide Central School of Art. “The Graduate Support Program begins an exciting chapter for the School. It will be of immense value for past, current and future students who will benefit from being in a smaller pool of applicants.”

The new Adelaide Central School of Art Graduate Support Program will comprise:

  • An annual 12-month residency opportunity at Fontanelle Gallery & Studios (value $5,000)
  • An annual international opportunity to participate in a Drawing, Painting or Sculpture Marathon at the New York Studio School (value $6,600)
  • A grants program that offers financial support for costs related to exhibitions and the production and presentation of new work (up to $1,000 per grant)
  • A quick response grants program that offers support for professional development opportunities such as travel, conference attendance, art prize participation (up to $300 per grant)

The School is particularly excited about the New York Studio School (NYSS) opportunity, as it offers participants intensive skills development, international networking opportunities, and a travel allowance. The opportunity will strengthen the existing relationship between the School and NYSS and is, from the perspective of staff and graduates, an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’.

The Graduate Support Program is offered in addition to the School’s existing initiatives, which include the $5000 Arkaba Hotel Commission; financial assistance for graduates selected to exhibit in the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art’s annual national graduate exhibition Hatched; the $7,500 Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) Scholarship and the $5,000 School Leaver Scholarships (a total of $23,000 was awarded as study-support Scholarships in 2016); and graduate awards for academic excellence.

The awards for academic excellence are announced the end of each year at the graduate exhibition. This year, an additional award for academic excellence has been introduced as a Major Travel Award of $5000.The School will also partner with Port Art Supplies in 2016 to provide awards to high achieving undergraduate students for the purchase of professional quality art materials (total annual value $1,500). 

In addition to the monetary value of each component, the School has pledged administration support and advice, and will continue to explore opportunities to extend the Program. It aims to develop additional internships and partnerships with other highly regarded state and national visual art organisations in the near future.

The Graduate Support Program strengthens Adelaide Central School of Art’s national profile as a visual arts education provider of excellence and the institution of choice for aspiring professional artists. 

Download the Media Release.

Media Contact

Beth Shimmin, Marketing and Development Executive
08 8299 7300 or beth.shimmin(at)acsa.sa.edu.au