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Event Category: Exhibitions

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by female artists. The Award was established by the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. The non-acquisitive award of $30,000 is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit. Tasmanian based artist Amanda Davies has been announced as the 2017 winner.

The captivating allure of Paris has intrigued Australian artists throughout our history and this exhibition focuses on 30 women artists who travelled there to study, paint, visit galleries, salons, and artists’ studios. Freed from the conventions of home, they immersed themselves in the rich cultural milieu of Paris. Including works by artists such as Bessie Davidson, Grace Crowley, Agnes Goddsir, Kathleen O’Connor, Constance Stokes & Margaret Olley the exhibition is drawn from public galleries across the country and private collections. Presented with the assistance of the Jolimont Foundation.