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portia geach memorial award 2023 @ s. h. ervin gallery

Trish Tait (Put the needle on the record. (Hugh Tait))
Sassy Park (Shirley Bassett)
Rebecca Armstrong – Rose Chong & one of her mannequins
Rachel Robb – Self Portrait with Bird
Michelle Zuccolo The tirade (self portrait)
Margaret Ackland Balance- ( Self Portrait))
Kathrin Longhurst – Icon-ic (Bianca Spender)
Janine Dello – Divorce Cake (Self Portrait)
Deborah Walker – Longhand (Judith Lucy)
Caroline Zilinsky _ The Mondrian Plane (Jane Adams)
Alison Mackay -Single Use Only (Richard Morecroft)

This is simply an outstanding exhibition of portraits, conceived in many different ways, by some of our leading female artists.

First awarded in 1965, the Portia Geach Memorial Award was established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach. Perpetual is trustee of the Award and as per the direction of the will, it is presented annually to an Australian female artist for the best portrait painted from life of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters or the sciences.

The judging panel included Katherine Roberts, Senior Curator, Manly Art Gallery & Museum; Natalie Wilson, Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Jane Watters, Director, S.H Ervin Gallery.

The panel commented: ‘The judges appreciated the diverse approaches to portraiture from the traditional to conceptual depictions in order to capture their subject. In the final judging the high standard of the finalists was evident, and they would like to acknowledge the artists for their efforts.’

The judging panel selected 57 works from 374 entries received from female artists across Australia.

On the winning entry,  Kate Stevens portrait of whistleblower David McBride who was the military lawyer with Australian Special Services who helped to expose war  crimes in Afghanistan, they said: ‘The painting confidently demonstrates the artists painterly skills as well as evident empathy with her subject. The judges admired the intensity and authenticity of the subject as depicted by the artist and responded to the powerful narrative of the two-panelled work.’

An exhibition of all finalists’ works is open for public viewing at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in The Rocks, Sydney. The exhibition has one week to go, closing on Sunday 17th December 2023. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm.

There is a lovely cafe adjoining the gallery.

Go see! 

Featured image – Kate Stevens – ‘The Whistleblower ‘(David McBride) – The winning entry. Text and photos of artworks by Ben Apfelbaum




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