The Country Arts SA Breaking Ground Award provides a practicing contemporary visual artist residing in regional South Australia with the opportunity to develop their skills and broaden their professional experience. Artists are encouraged to be ambitious, dream big and extend themselves to ‘break new ground’ in their practice.

The winner will receive $10,000 to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition to be held at a venue in the Adelaide CBD in conjunction with the SALA Festival the following year. An additional $5,000 mentorship opportunity is provided as part of the prize to assist the recipient to achieve their professional goals.

Since its launch in 2012, the Breaking Ground award has supported five talented regional South Australian artists to achieve their professional goals and deliver ambitious solo exhibitions. You can find out more about their final exhibitions below.

Past winners of Breaking Ground:

2021 — Juanella McKenzie
Ngatchu Yarta – My Country: download catalogue

2017 — Chris de Rosa
she collects the beautiful things – turbulent nature: download catalogue

2016 — Cindy Durant
Layers: download catalogue

2015 — Morgan Allender
Seeing Spring: download catalogue

2013 — Aleksandra Antic
Echo: download catalogue

2012 — Yvonne East
Stratum: download catalogue

Image: Cindy Durant, Beach, 2016, kiln formed glass, 32 pieces, 140 x 200 x 5 mm each