First awarded in 1965, The Portia Geach Memorial Award was established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach. As per the direction of the will, the Award is annually presented to an Australian female artist for the best portrait painted from life of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters or the sciences.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.
Portia Geach Memorial Award 2014
Sydney-based artist Sophie Cape has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award, the preeminent portraiture prize for women in Australia. As trustee of the Award, the Trust Company, part of Perpetual, presented Ms Cape with the $30,000 prize for her portrait of actor Daniel Wyllie, entitled Romper Stomper. Ms Cape, a former international downhill skier and Olympic sprint cyclist, received the Award during the enhibtion opening at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks.
People’s Choice Award
Mosman artist Ann Cape has won the Portia Geach People’s Choice Award with a portrait of her mother, Artist Gwenna Thatcher. This moving portrait of Cape’s mother was painted just before she passed away, at the age of 96.
This is the second time Ann Cape has won the Portia Geach People’s Choice Award. It is also the first time that a mother and daughter have won both the Portia Geach Memorial Award and the Portia Geach People’s Choice Award; Ann Cape’s daughter Sophie Cape won the award with a portrait of actor Daniel Whylie, who is currently starring in the Water Diviners.
Sunday afternoons @ the Gallery
Sunday 16 November, 3pm – Painting a self portrait
Join artists Sinead Davies and Loribelle Spirovski as they discuss the challenges of painting a self portrait
Sunday 23 November, 3pm – The Holy Soul
Join artist Janis Lander and her sitter Trent Marden, singer/songwriter for band The Holy Soul
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.