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.
Queensland-based artist Hélène Grove has been announced as the winner of Australia’s most famed portrait prize for women, the 2013 Portia Geach Memorial Award. Ms Grove – who established her painting career in the 1990s after a career in medicine – won the $30,000 prize for her self-portrait, entitled Self Portrait: Getting On.
On winning the Award, Ms Grove said: “I’m so humbled and honoured to have been named the recipient of this year’s Portia Geach Memorial Award. The Award plays such a prominent role in promoting the efforts and endeavours of Australian female artists.”
Sydney based artist Danelle Bergstrom has won the Portia Geach Memorial Award People’s Choice with a portrait of dance collaborators and life partners Graeme Murphy AO and Janet Vernon AM.
When informed of the award Bergstrom said that she was humbled on winning the Portia Geach Memorial Award People’s Choice Award. “The three of us – Graeme, Janet and I, would like to thank everyone that voted for us. It is a privilege to win this prestigious award again”, said Bergstrom.
Sunday 13th October Artists Celeste Chandler, Matilda Michell & Mirra Whale discusses their self portraits which examines the psychological and physical aspects of their identity.
Sunday 27th October Artist talk with Sally West also Kathrin Longhurst along with sitter model Meluxine.
Sunday 10th November Meet artist Camellia Morris with sitter, actor Roy Billing, along with Valerie Landa and her sitter Paolo Totaro.
Sunday 17th November Meet artist Caroline Thew with her sitter former MP, Maxine McKew.
Past Winners of the Portia Geach Memorial Award:
2012 – Sally Robinson, The artist’s mother