GUESTS rolled up in droves for the recent opening night of the annual ANL Maritime Awards and Exhibition in Melbourne.
The Awards are a significant fundraiser for the Mission to Seafarers in Victoria and are held at the Mission’s historic building in Flinders Street.
There was again a broad sweep of fine paintings, all reflecting humanity’s connection with the sea.
Paintings included images of the sea, sailors, ships and equipment created in a variety of styles including oil on canvas, watercolour on paper, ink and oil on board and acrylic on canvas.
Ted Dansey’s won the major prize (including $15,000) for his painting of river barges on the River Orwell.
Mission chairman Neil Edwards spoke to the gathering, talking about the history of the awards and the building and their hopes to remain at the historic Flinders Street site in the long term.
This year’s judges were Julie Collins, Graeme H Williams, Ashley Lumb and David Milne.
Art selectors were David McCubbin (who gave a rousing speech on the night of the Awards) and Katherine Edwards.