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Portia Geach Memorial Award 2000

  • This event finished on 12 November 2000

13 October – 12 November 2000

The much-anticipated Portia Geach Portrait Award for women artists he result of the generosity and foresight of Florence Kate Geach, who made arrangements for future Australians in her Will when she endowed this Award in memory of her late sister Portia Geach.  

52 women artists were selected for the exhibition and the winner was Nancy Borlase for her double portrait – The Sisters: Marie and Vida Breckenridge.

Judges:  Dinah Dysart, Andrew Sayers, Jenny Sages.

This year’s selection is an edgy balance of tradition and experimentation.  

The estate is administered by The Permanent Group who look after a wide variety of charitable bequests.


Melissa Becker

Melissa Beowulf

Nancy Borlase

Angela Brennan

Catherine Cassidy

Grace Costanzo,

Maryanne Coutts,

Lucy Culliton

Elizabeth Darby

Esther Erlich

Prudence Flint

Margaret Ferddickson

Catherine Giles

Cathy Golski,

Lorna Jane Grear

Prudence Flint The Company You Keep #7, 2000 oil on linen 87 x 112cm

Faye GrimshawPaula B. Hall

Sophie Hann

Prue Hawke

Juliet Holmes à Court

Nance Irvine

Joanna Jensen

Glenda Jones,

Carole Kivinen-Lilja

Rita Lazauskas,

Lindy Lee

Gwen Leitch Harris

Barbara Licha

Victoria Lobregat

Deborah Marks

Gabrielle Martin

Jocelyn Maughan

Jennifer McCamley

Lisa McKimmie

Kilmeny Niland

Josonia Palatis

Barbara Pye

Alison Radic

Donna Rankin

Anita Rezevska

Sally Robinson

Kim Spooner

Louise Surmon,

Suellen Symons

Alexandra Thorby

Samatha Tidbeck

Fran Tomlin

Rosemary Valadon

Jenny Watson

Vicki White

Deborah Wilkinson

Jackie Wilson


Sunday 15 October  Artists and sitters – Nancy Borlase & Marie Breckenridge; Fran Tomlin & Irena Hatfield ; Kim Spooner & Kerry Walker

Sunday 22 October Artists and gallery directors – Lindy Lee & Melissa Chiu; Barbara Licha & Brenda May; Suellen Symons

Sunday 29 October Artists and artists as sitters – Jackie Wilson with Brenda Humble & Jocelyn Maughan

Sunday 5 November Two artists, one sitter…and Thomas Kenneally – Lucy Culliton has painted a self portrait & has been painted by  Samantha Tidbeck ;  Josonia Palaitis has painted Thomas Kenneally

Sunday 12 November What does the ‘self portrait’ reveals – Rita Lazauskas ‘Sometime later…Gainsborough revisited’; Catherine Cassidy ‘Self portrait’; Paula B. Hall ‘Keeping fit’; Juliet Holmes A Court ‘Background of an artist’

main image: NANCY BORLASE     The Sisters: Marie and Vida Breckenridge


Past Winners of the Portia Geach Memorial Award

2000 – Nancy BorlaseThe Sisters: Marie and Vida Breckenridge

1999 – Kim Spooner, Social Currency (Eva Cox)

1998 – Anita Rezevska, Self Portrait – Woman from Riga

1997 – Maria Isabel, Cruz Maria

1996 – Su Baker, Self Portrait at Six Paces

1995 – Wendy SharpeSelf Portrait with Students, After Adelaide Labille-Guiard

1994 – Jenny SagesAnn Thomson

1993 – Aileen Rogers, Suzanne Mourot

1992 – Jenny Sages,Nancy Borlase and Laurie Short

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 ShoreKondelea (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 – Elisabeth Cummings, Jean Appleton

1971 – Mary Brady, Larry Sitsky

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 Edgar

1965 – Jean Appleton, Self Portrait