Tuesday 17th Oct, 2017

Organisers “thrilled” with response to Maritime Art Awards

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ORGANISERS of the ANL Maritime Art Awards and Exhibition say they are thrilled with the response from artists for this year’s event.

The Awards and Exhibition are a key fundraiser for the Mission to Seafarers Victoria and recognise artistic excellence in maritime and seafaring subjects, with the theme of ‘the relationship between humanity and the sea’.

Since their inception 15 years ago, the awards have grown and this year’s submissions came from across Australia.

“The charity relies on the support of the artists, the sponsors and the art community in raising funds for work of the organisation established in 1857,” said MtS Victoria chief manager, Sue Dight.

“We are thrilled with the response of the artists to the theme with both traditional and contemporary works.

“The exhibition promotes all things maritime, not just ships, and helps raise awareness for seafarers’ welfare,” Ms Dight said.

This year a total prize amalgamation of $29,000 was awarded to artists across five categories.

This included artist Ted Dansey being awarded the $15,000 ‘ANL Maritime Art Award’.

The other award winners were:

  • The non-acquisitive Nevile & co ‘Runners up’ valued at $2000 – won by Chris Rowe with Guardians of an Unknown Port;
  • The acquisitive ASP ‘Best in Traditional Maritime Art Award’ valued at $5000 – won by Mary Hyde with Another Cargo Loaded;
  • The acquisitive DP World ‘Emerging Artist Award’ valued at $5000 – won by Jamie Preisz with Self Portrait as the Blind Captain;
  • The non-acquisitive VIVA Energy ‘People’s Choice Award’ valued at $2000 (still to be determined by visitors to the exhibition).

This year’s winners were selected by the ANL Art Prize Awards Judging panel: David Milne (artist), Graeme H Williams (CIMAM), Julie Collins (artistic director- Biennale of Australian Art) and Ashley Lumb (curator at BlueThumb).

“Artists have drawn on traditional and innovative methods to create the artworks featured in this year’s ANL Maritime Prize,” said curator Katherine Edwards.

“Using a variety of mediums including oil, watercolour, ink, charcoal, recycled materials, even sea algae, to dazzling effect, a showcase of dynamic artworks is on offer. Artists have responded to the recurring theme.

“The Relationship between Humanity and the Sea” in startling and seductive ways to draw the viewer in, culminating in a thought provoking and technically impressive exhibition of sea-inspired imagery.”

The winning artworks and shortlisted entries are open to the public from Friday October 6 until Friday October 27 between noon and 6pm daily, at the Mission to Seafarers. The full exhibition also can be viewed online at: www.bluethumb.com.au/missiontoseafarers

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