EVELYN CHAPMAN ART AWARD
The Evelyn Chapman Art Award is a $50,000 scholarship is presented to an Australian painter, male or female under 45. The Award, given every two years, is intended to support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice internationally or in Australia. The Award will next take place in 2020.
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About the Evelyn Chapman Art Award
Born in 1888 in Sydney, Evelyn Chapman was a painter who spent her working career in Australia and Europe. She exhibited in the Salon in France, before travelling to battlefronts of France following the First World War. She became the first female artist to depict the devastated fields, churches and towns of the western front. Chapman retired as painter following her marriage; however she espoused art education and practice, particularly in her daughter.
The Evelyn Chapman Trust, established by the bequest of Chapman’s daughter Pamela Thalben-Ball, will award a scholarship of $50,000 to ‘support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice’. The artist receiving the award will use the scholarship ‘overseas or in Australia, at a recognised and well-established art school or work at an organisation on a program or project that enhances the artist’s artistic skills’.
The Award will be presented to an artist, male or female, under the age of forty five. Applicants may submit one or more landscape, portrait or still life paintings in oils or tempera – up to a maximum of 3 works. A selection committee of three judges will then come to a consensus on the applicant who displays the highest artistic merit.
Winner the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award ($50,000) announced – Kate Stevens wins inaugural prize and follows in Evelyn Chapman’s footsteps painting war torn cities and embracing opportunities not afforded to her predecessor
Perpetual, as Trustee, and the S.H. Ervin Gallery today announced artist Kate Stevens as the winner of the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award, one hundred and thirty years after Evelyn Chapman’s birth. Stevens’ winning work Gaza forms part of an ongoing series exploring how we process images of war from the domesticity of the home which the artist looks to develop using the scholarship. The award provides a $50,000 scholarship for an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45, to ‘engender the encouragement, development and rewarding of artistic skill, through furthering the training and knowledge and skills of Australian painters.’
Award winner Kate Stevens says, “I felt inspired to enter this prize upon seeing the beautiful black and white photograph of Evelyn Chapman sitting at her easel painting the ruins of the Western Front – a pioneer for women interested in the subject of war, not afforded the opportunity we have today to combine painting and motherhood. It is a great privilege to receive this award and I look forward to using this opportunity to immerse myself in learning about Australia and war today, and the works of Australian war artists, so that I can bring a deeper understanding to a new series of paintings on the subject.”
Stevens has spent the last eighteen months painting images of the ruins of Aleppo from drone footage on YouTube, and a series of explosions in Gaza painted from news photos on her mobile phone. As the winner of the award, Stevens aims to develop this series of work with research at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and further her understanding of recent experiences of Australians at war and the history of the nation’s war artists.
Caitriona Fay, General Manager, Community and Social Investment at Perpetual said, “The Evelyn Chapman Art award celebrates promising painters across the country. Evelyn Chapman’s legacy has inspired this year’s winner, Kate Stevens, to continue the tradition of Australian women artists capturing war. The quality of the 2018 works proved outstanding and are a testament to the artists we have in Australia. As Trustee, we are proud to support the S.H Ervin Gallery in offering this award on what would have been Evelyn’s 130th birthday, and congratulate Ms Stevens on her win.”
Stevens was selected from a finalist group of seven artists, who each submitted three oil paintings and proposal, judged by a panel consisting of artist Ann Cape, artist Yvonne Langshaw, and artist and Head of Royal Art Society of NSW Art School Greg Hansell.
The winning work will be on exhibit at the S.H Ervin Gallery until Sunday 2 December.
Thursday 18 October
Finalists for the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award ($50,000) announced
Perpetual, as Trustee, and the S.H. Ervin Gallery today announced seven artists as finalists for the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award. This new award provides a $50,000 scholarship for an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45, to ‘engender the encouragement, development and rewarding of artistic skill, through furthering the training and knowledge and skills of Australian painters.’ The 2018 Award winner will be announced on Thursday 25 October 2018 at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney to coincide with Evelyn Chapman’s birthday, one hundred and thirty years after her birth.
Evelyn Chapman (1888 – 1961) was an Australian painter and the first female artist to depict the devastated battle fields, churches and towns of the western front after the First World War. A respected artist, Chapman exhibited at the Salon in France but was forced to retire as a painter following her marriage; however she continued to espouse art education and practice. Evelyn Chapman’s archive including artworks, photographs and correspondence between her and her daughter is held at the Art Gallery of NSW National Art Archive.
The 2018 Evelyn Chapman Art Award finalists are: Fabrizio Biviano (VIC), Bridget Dolan (NSW), Frances Feasy (NSW), Amanda Marburg (VIC), Kate Stevens (NSW), Lilli Stromland (NSW), Liz Stute (VIC).
About Evelyn Chapman Trust
The Evelyn Chapman Trust established by the bequest Pamela Thalben-Ball, Chapman’s artist daughter, will award a scholarship of $50,000 to support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice. The artist receiving the award will use the scholarship overseas or in Australia, at a recognised and well-established art school or work at an organisation on a program or project that enhances the artist’s artistic skills.
About Perpetual Philanthropic Services
Perpetual is one of Australia’s largest managers and distributors of philanthropic funds with $2.2 billion in funds under advice (as at 31 December 2014). Perpetual is trustee for more than 990 charitable trusts and endowments and provides individuals and families with advice on establishing charitable foundations and structured giving programs. Perpetual also assists charities and not-for-profit organisations with investment advice and management.