Helpmann Academy awards recognise talented students

Rebecca Mayo on stage in ‘Melancholy Play’

The Helpmann Academy’s awards for emerging artists, announced on Wednesday evening, have put the stars of two Flinders honours graduates in the ascendant.

Recent Bachelor of Creative Arts honours graduates Rebecca Mayo (Drama) and Hannah Sitters (Screen) won two of the major awards.

The Neil Curnow Award, which is awarded annually to a Flinders or Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA) graduate drama student, provides Rebecca Mayo with a grant to undertake further study or an internship at a recognised institution either interstate ($7,000) or internationally ($10,000).

The award is jointly administered by the Independent Arts Foundation and the Helpmann Academy.

Hannah Sitters won the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award. Valued at $5,000, the Award is available to a top graduate nominated by one of the Helpmann Academy’s partner schools.

The Helpmann Academy for Visual and Performing Arts is a partnership of the major tertiary arts training institutions in South Australia and provides practical assistance to emerging artists across all creative disciplines by creating opportunities via grants, awards, exhibitions, professional mentorships, visiting artists, publicity services and international residency programs.

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