Portia Geach Memorial Award

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The Portia Geach Memorial Award is an annual award for Australian female portraitists. The Award was established in 1961 as a testamentary trust by Florence Kate Geach, sister of Australian painter Portia Geach, with an initial endowment of 12,000 Australian pounds. The first prize given under the aegis of the Award was made in 1965, comprising a £1,000 prize to Jean Appleton for a self-portrait. In 2010, the Award was worth A$18,000.[1]

The Award aims to support female artists working in the field of portraits painted from life, and is given based upon the field entries submitted to the Award. Under the terms of the initial endowment, the Award is designed to recognise:

... the best portraits painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the 12 months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in the pictures and who was born in Australia or was British born or has become a naturalised Australian and whose place of domicile is Australia.[1]

Previous winners[edit]

Past winners of the award have been:[2][3]

  • 2014 – Sophie Cape, Romper Stomperimage
  • 2013 – Hélène Grove, Self Portrait. Getting Onimage
  • 2012 – Sally Robinson, The Artist's Motherimage
  • 2011 – Kate Stevens, Indian Dreamimage
  • 2010 – Prudence Flint, Scrambled eggimage
  • 2009 – Christine Hiller, The Old Painter
  • 2008 – Jude Rae, Self Portrait 2008 (The Year My Husband Left)
  • 2007 – Maryanne Coutts, Melbourne
  • 2006 – Lucy Culliton, Self with Friends
  • 2005 – Jude Rae, Large Interior (Micky Allan)
  • 2004 – Nerrisa Lea, The Sheik & Me, Self Portrait with Imagined Portrait of Chad Morgan after Frida Kahlo
  • 2003 – Wendy Sharpe, Self Portrait with Tea Cup and Burning Paintings
  • 2002 – Vicki Varvaressos, Self Portrait with Painting
  • 2001 – Mary Moore, At Home
  • 2000 – Nancy Borlase, The Sisters: Marie and Vida Breckenridgeimage (NPG)
  • 1999 – Kim Spooner, Social Currency (Eva Cox)image (NPG)
  • 1998 – Anita Rezevska, Self Portrait – Woman from Riga
  • 1997 – Maria Isabel, Cruz Maria
  • 1996 – Su Baker, Self Portrait at Six Paces
  • 1995 – Wendy Sharpe, Self Portrait with Students, After Adelaide Labille-Guiard
  • 1994 – Jenny Sages, Ann Thomson
  • 1993 – Aileen Rogers, Suzanne Mourot
  • 1992 – Jenny Sages, Nancy Borlase and Laurie Shortimage (NPG)
  • 1991 – Rosemary Valadon, Frances Joseph
  • 1990 – Jenny Watson, Self Portrait
  • 1989 – Jenny Sands, Alex Karpin
  • 1988 – Margaret Ackland, Shay Docking
  • 1987 – Christine Hiller, Self Portrait
  • 1986 – Christine Hiller, Self Portrait
  • 1985 – Gwen Eichler, Dianne Fogwell
  • 1984 – Margaret Woodward, Madeleine Halliday
  • 1983 – Margaret Woodward, Self Portrait
  • 1982 – Brenda Humble, Virginia Hall
  • 1981 – Susan Howard, Jenny Kee
  • 1980 – Judy Pennefather, Venie Schulenberg
  • 1979 – Ivy Shore, Kondelea (Della) Elliott
  • 1978 – Dora Toovey, Senator Neville Bonner
  • 1977 – Ena Joyce, George Lawrence
  • 1976 – Jocelyn Maughan, George Bouckley
  • 1975 – Mary Brady, Elizabeth Rooney
  • 1974 – Lesley H Pockley, Hugh Paget
  • 1973 – Sylvia Tiarks, Self Portrait
  • 1972 – Elizabeth Cummings, Jean Appleton
  • 1971 – Mary Brady, Larry Sitskyimage (NPG)
  • 1970 – Dora Toovey, Self Portrait in Landscape
  • 1969 – Vaike Liibus, Guy Warren
  • 1968 – Bettina McMahon, Self Portrait
  • 1967 – Jo Caddy, Laurence Davis
  • 1966 – Mary Brady, Grahame Egor
  • 1965 – Jean Appleton, Self Portrait

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Australia's Culture Portal – The Portia Geach Memorial Award". Australian Government (Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts). Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Portia Geach Memorial Award 2006 – Past winners". National Trust of Australia (NSW). Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Trust Company : Portia Geach Memorial Award". The Trust Company. Previous Winners. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 

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