Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition

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Applications close
31 August 2020
Announced
1 October 2020
Prize money
AUD $20,000
Location
VIC, Australia
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Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition

The Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Prize and Exhibition is an international competition that has been hosted at the heritage-listed Mission building in Melbourne’s Docklands for eighteen years and is returning once again in 2020. Artists are invited to respond to the theme ‘The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’.

In 2019 the exhibition featured 90 finalists whose work was selected from over 250 entries and who came from as far afield as Germany, Spain, Bangladesh, Pakistan, USA and New Zealand.

Entrants compete in five categories – Maritime Art Award, Best Traditional, Runner-Up, Emerging Artist and People’s Choice Award. Amongst the traditional beauty of oil paintings and watercolours of maritime subjects in the exhibition, artists have demonstrated a move to include more contemporary works in recent years.

Summary
Application dates
1 May 2020 - 31 August 2020
Exhibition dates
16 October 2020 - 01 November 2020
Finalists notified
7 September 2020
Eligibility
National and International Entries Allowed
Prize frequency
Annual
Judges
Mr Graeme H. Williams OAM; art collector, Board Member of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2020 and past curator of Melbourne Savage Club Art Prize; others to be announced
Prize genre
Maritime Theme
Location
The Mission to Seafarers, 717 Flinders Street, Docklands
VIC
Australia
Prizes
AUD $20,000
Fees
$45 per entry and there is a commission of 33% on sales.
Last updated
6 August 2020
Prior Winners
2019: Jenny Viney - Best Traditional Maritime ($5,000)
2019: Maria Kontis - Winner ($15,000)
2018: Ben Tankard - Emerging Artist Award ($2,000)
2018: Joni Dennis - Winner ($15,000)
2017: Ted Dansey - Winner ($15,000)
2016: Barbara Tyson - Winner ($15,000)
2015: Richard Claremont - Winner ($15,000)
2014: Jane Flowers - Winner ($15,000)
2012: Martin Campbell - Winner ($15,000)
2011: Lisa Radford - Joint Winner ($15,000)
2011: Sam George - Joint Winner ($15,000)
2011: Sharon West - Emerging Artist ($5,000)
2010: David Rowe - Winner ($15,000)