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.
Portia Geach Memorial Prize Winner
Kate Stevens was annopunced as the winner of the 2011 Portia Geach Memorial Award.
At the official opening of the 2011 exhibition in Sydney, the $18,000 prize was awarded to the Braidwood-based artist for her portrait of animator, video and street artist Willy Bernardoff, titled Indian Dream.
Jane Watters, speaking on behalf of the 2011 judging panel, said “The winning artist of the 2011 Portia Geach Memorial Award has achieved an accomplished painting which brings the sitter to life on canvas. This bold and audacious portrait demonstrates an understanding of tonal painting and use of colour and the judges were in agreement that Kate Stevens is a deserved recipient of the 2011 Portia Geach Memorial Award.”
People’s Choice Award Winner
Sydney based artist Sophie Cape has won the Portia Geach Memorial Award People’s Choice with a painting of Captain Paul Watson. Cape’s dynamic painting of the Captain of the Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson, began with quick sketches done in an airport lounge.
Sophie Cape is emerging as one of Sydney’s most talented young artists. In a recent review of the Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition, John McDonald described her work as “bold and audacious”.
The Portia Geach Memorial Award People’s Choice Award has been generously donated by Mrs Josephone Delacour.
Sunday Afternoons @ The Gallery
Sunday 23 October, 3pm – Artist talk, ‘Painting a Self Portrait’
Join artists Kate Beynon, Bridget Dolan, Laura Courtney and Laura Jones for a floor talk as they discuss the process of painting a self portrait.
Sunday 30 October, 3pm – Who Was Portia Geach?
Join Annette Butterfield for an informative talk as she discusses the life of Portia Geach and the history of the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Also artist Sally West will discuss her painting in the exhibition