Carmel Debrueil, The lion and the king, acrylic, posca, estapol, graphite, and stain on ply 

Jill Talbot, Empty nesting, acrylic on board 

Loribelle Spirovski, After Warhol, after Vermeer, oil and acrylic on canvas 

Prudence Flint, Tartan blanket, oil on linen 

Wendy Sharpe, Self portrait with a ridiculous hat, oil on linen 

Portia Geach Memorial Award 2014

 Sophie Cape 209x203 oil acrylic bitumen charcoal and soil on canvasRESIZED

2014 WINNER
SOPHIE CAPE,  Romper stomper, oil, acrylic, bitumen, charcoal, and soil on canvas

 

The Portia Geach Memorial Award was established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach, who spent much of her life campaigning for the rights of women in Australia and was determined to make a living from painting. Geach was widely acclaimed as a leading artist and was a frequent commentator in the national media – making her an iconic figure in the Australian arts community.

The annual award exhibition for portraiture by contemporary Australian women artists. The award, which was first given in 1965 in memory of the artist Portia Geach, displays selected entries from artists across the nation representing diversity in contemporary portraiture. The Award is recognised as one of the most important celebrations of the talents and creativity of Australian female portrait painters and has played a major role in developing the profile of the nation’s women artists.

 

Public Programs

Sunday 16 November, 3pm - Seeing ourselves - artist's self portraits

Join artists Sinead Davies and Loribelle Spirovski as they discuss the challenges of painting a self portrait 


Sunday 23 November, 3pm - Painting entertainers

Join artists Katherine Edney, Janis Lander and her sitter Trent Marden, singer/songwriter from the band, The Holy Soul and Matilda Michell who painted composer Mike Nock.


Sunday 7 December, 3pm - Winner of 2014 Portia Geach 

Meet Sophie Cape, winner of the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award, along with finalist Leigha White


Sunday 14 December, 3pm - Mirra Mirra on the wall 

Join artists Laura Jones, Tamara Dean, and Mirra Whale as they discuss their different approaches to painting - there are three portraits of Mirra Whale on the walls of the gallery! 

 

Master Class 

Join leading artist Mirra Whale for a one day master class focused on capturing still life with a life model and props. Mirra Whale is a accomplished printmaker and painter who explores fresh interpretations of the banal and commonplace. She was a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize and the 2013 Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Salon des Refuses & has been int he Portia Geach Award on three occasions.She hasundertaken residences both internationally and nationally, and is currently artist-in-residence at Haefligers Cottage in Hill End. Mirra’s self-portrait is a finalist in the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award. The work is a study of abstract shape and questions concepts surrounding narcissism and self-portraits.

Students will be guided through the process of capturing the form and tone of a life model and props. Through the morning participants will create a series of quick sketches and complete a more focused study in the afternoon. Using charcoal and inks, this four hour intensive workshop will give participants confidence in how to approach still life drawing. 

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Media

 
Andrew Taylor, 'Sophie Cape wins Portia Geach Memorial Award for portait of Dan Wyllie', Sydney Morning Herald, November 6 2014 
 
Toby Fehily, '2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award', Art Guide, November 7 2014  
 
 
 

List of finalists 

Artist first name

Artist surname

Title of Work

Clara

Adolphs

Laura

Danelle

Bergstrom

FACE IT

Jo

Bertini

The bone collector

Cynthia

Breusch

Night studio

Gina

Bruce

Self-portrait emerging

Agnes

Bruck

Smart phone self portrait

Filippa

Buttitta

Lost child somewhere near Mount Carcalgong, NSW

Cynthia

Byrne

Jo dreaming in her white space

Ann

Cape

The last portrait of my mother

Sophie

Cape

Romper stomper

Genevieve

Carroll

The wattle room - self portrait

Dagmar

Cyrulla

Life, love, and all that it brings

Sinead

Davies

Anna NU 2. 2014

Sinead

Davies

Self portrait

Tamara

Dean

Mirra

Carmel

Debrueil

The lion and the king

Katherine

Edney

Beloved man goat (David Adam Capra) 2

Melissa

Egan

Self portrait/my other self/Edmund Theermine

Esther

Erlich

Brace position

Prudence

Flint

Tartan blanket

Jennifer

Gabbay

True blue

Virginia

Glover

Kath Giovanelli

Tsering

Hannaford

Objet Démodé

Kristin

Hardiman

Medicare manus

Pamela

Irving

Grace reflecting Lambert

Laura

Jones

Mirra

Nicole

Kelly

Il a écouté et fumé

Janis

Lander

Some people aren't worth the carbon that they're based on', #2

Symone

Male

Aureole

Eve

D'Alessandro

Procrastipainting - this is me to a tea

Matilda

Mitchell

Mike Nock live at Colbourne Avenue

Rosalind

McKelvey Bunting

Self-portrait of a young woman questioning

Alexandra

Mowday

Self portrait

Lisa

Reid

Heidi Victoria

Audrey

Rhoda

Self-portrait with Mariola in her studio

Jenny

Rodgerson

Jasper

Megan

Roodenry's

A private place in a public life

Wendy

Sharpe

Self portrait with a ridiculous hat

Loribelle

Spirovski

After Warhol, after Vermeer

Kate

Stevens

Everyday hero

Jill

Talbot

Empty nesting

Janelle

Thomas

Richard bot 

Chloe

Vallance

Your art is true to your philosophy (Godwin Bradbeer triptych)

Deborah

Walker

The Designer (Gabrielle)

Sally

West

Farmer Bill (Heffernan)

Mirra

Whale

Red self

Liegha

White

I am Alannah Hill

Michelle

Zuccolo

Silent memories

 

 

TTC Perpetual Trustee Logo Colour

Award administered by the Trust Company, part of Perpetual, as trustee for the Portia Geach Memorial Award.

 

 

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