2021 Portia Geach Memorial Award

The works by 57 women artists from across the nation have been announced for the country’s most distinguished portrait prize for female artists, the Portia Geach Memorial Award. The $30,000 annual prize is administered by the Award Trustee Perpetual.

Established in 1961 by Florence Kate Geach, in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach, the Portia Geach Memorial Award recognises an Australian female artist for the best portrait painted from life of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters or the sciences.

Born in 1873 in Melbourne, Portia Geach studied with John Singer Sargent and Lawrence Alma-Tadema in London and was also a lifelong activist for women’s rights. She established the Housewives Progressive Association of New South Wales, The Housewives Magazine in 1933 and the Progressive Journal two years later to promote issues such as equal pay for women and the right to hold public office.

The judging panel for the 2021 Award comprised Ms Anita Belgiorno-Nettis, Trustee of Art Gallery of New South Wales, Ms Natalie Wilson, Curator of Australian and Pacific Art at The Art Gallery of New South Wales and Director S.H Ervin Gallery, Ms Jane Watters.

The winner of the 2021 Portia Geach Memorial Award is Marie Mansfield for her painting Tilly. The judges highly commended the work by Jenny Rodgerson Standing in the green leather coat.

5 Nov - 19 Dec

S.H. Ervin Gallery

National Trust of Australia, Watson Road, Observatory Hill The Rocks NSW 2000

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