With a total awards pool worth $85,000 in support, UniSA graduates secured more than $75,000 of the pool, including a residency valued at $25,000 being awarded to Honours graduate Jonathan Kim. Kim received the Helpmann Academy’s British School at Rome Residency.
Attending the British School at Rome has been a dream of Kim’s ever since he visited Rome as part of a two-week Study Tour in 2017.
“When I visited the British School at Rome at that time, I swore I would go back there two years later as the recipient of the Helpmann Academy,” he says.
With this dream now a reality, he will be able to develop and further refine his craft in post-minimalism with a specific studio allocation at the British School at Rome, culminating with in an exhibition in the prestigious ‘Monstra’ exhibition alongside visual artists from around the world.
“The residency at Rome is essential for my next phase of research as I investigate the historical and theoretical background of the Arte Povera in the Library of British Schools and experience Italian culture.
“I want to seek to present artworks that provide more spatial experiences and to bring out a balance of people's sensory experiences through them.”
Kim wants to use this opportunity to give back and make society a better place.
“In the future, I will learn what contributions I can make to this society or even the world as an artist, and plan and practice how to give back to society what I get from art. I think it is a moral duty rather than a grand aspiration,” he says.
Helpmann Academy CEO Jane MacFarlane says Kim is a well deserving recipient of the residency and is looking forward to seeing the fruits of his residency on his return.