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 Portia Geach Memorial Award is awarded by The Trust Company as trustee, to the entry with the highest artistic merit.
Sally Robinson has been announced as the winner of the 2012 Portia Geach Memorial Award. Robinson winning painting The Artist’s Mother. The Artist’s Mother portrays Robinson’s late mother, Margaret Joyce Robinson, agreed to sit for the portrait while undergoing chemotherapy.
Sydney based artist Ann Cape has won the Portia Geach Memorial Award People’s Choice with a painting of Professor Anita Taylor. Cape’s sensitive painting of the Head of the National Art School was chosen from 55 portraits.
Cape and Taylor share a passion for drawing, which is fundamental to their art practice. Despite her responsibilities as Head of the National Art School, Taylor manages to maintain an active art practice with a particular focus on drawing; a discipline she has promoted at the National Art School.
“I am very grateful and humbled, and of course thrilled that the visitors to the Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition selected my portrait of Anita”, said Ann Cape.
The Portia Geach Memorial Award People’s Choice Award of $1000 has been generously donated by Mrs Josephine Delacour.
Sunday 30 September, 3pm
Artist talk with Katherine Edney, Chelsea Lehmann and VR Morrison
Sunday 7 October, 3pm
Painting a self portrait – artist talk with Monika Behrens, Louisa Chan and Dale Kentwell
Sunday 14 October, 3pm
Artist talk with Jo Bertini, Agnes Bruck and Kathrin Longhurst
Sunday 21 October, 3pm
Artist talk with Ann Cape, Jude Rae and Anita Taylor
Sunday 28 October, 3pm
Artists painting artists – artist talk with Deborah Beck and Margaret Tuckson (sitter), and Sally Robinson (Winner)
Sunday 4 November, 3pm
Artist talk with Sophie Cape (Highly Commended) and Marie Gorton
ABC TV News – interview by Anne Maria Nicholson – Thursday 27 September
The Arts Diary – Friday 28 September
The Planner – Me & My Pet Holiday Workshop – Saturday 29 September
Sydney’s Child – September issue – Workshop listing
Media – Websites and Blogs
Australian Art Guide
Art Guide Dispatches # 12 – Thursday 27 September – Editor’s Picks
Australian Art Collector – Lead story – email newsletter – Wednesday 3 October
City of Sydney What’s On
Weekend Notes – 5 Amazing Exhibitions in Sydney this Spring