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Evelyn Chapman Art Award

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 scholarship is intended to cover the reasonable costs of the award winner for a period of 2 years, whilst studying at a recognised and well established art school or organisation approved by the Trustee, overseas or within Australia.

Entries for the Evelyn Chapman Art Award 2020 have now closed.

The applicant:

  • Can submit portrait, landscape or still life painting or paintings, painted in oil or tempera
  • May submit up to three JPEG image files of their artwork for consideration by the judges
  • Must be able prove they are an Australian citizen, or have been a resident in Australia for over three years preceding the date applications close
  • Must be over the age of eighteen and under the age of forty five at the date applications close (21 September 2020)
  • Must have read and comply with the Terms and Conditons for the award, which can be found here
  • Frequently asked questions can be read here

Short-listed applicants will be advised via email if works are selected as finalists.

Short-listed finalists must submit a proposal outlining the residency/project to be undertaken.

2020 AWARD

Winner of the 2020 Evelyn Chapman Art Award ($50,000) Announced – Artist Caroline Zilinsky wins the 2020 scholarship for young painters

Perpetual, as Trustee, of the Evelyn Chapman Trust together with the S.H. Ervin Gallery today announced artist Caroline Zilinsky as winner of the 2020 Evelyn Chapman Art Award. Zilinsky’s winning work, Heiress to the Pied Piper, is a portrait of philanthropist Joanne Cowan who has devoted her life to the field of addressing substance abuse. Her work with numerous charities, support groups and organisations has saved countless individuals and their families as they battled the horrors of addiction. It is an issue quite close to her heart; she wrestled with addiction herself, having followed the piper’s intoxicating tune to the depths of despair. Cowan was forced to pay the piper eventually, and it almost cost her soul. Here, she sits in her west elm chair with her dogs by her side. The painting was also one of 40 finalist works in the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize.

The Evelyn Chapman Art Award was established in the memory of Evelyn Chapman (1888 – 1961), an Australian painter and 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.

Award winner Caroline Zilinsky says, “It is the most profound honour to be the recipient of the Evelyn Chapman Art Award. This will mark the embarkation of a new journey that follows in the footsteps of Russel Drysdale, traversing the harsh and rugged parameters of NSW documenting our strange land. With the spirit of Evelyn Chapman at the helm I hope to re-imagine Australia’s identity in the 21st century.”

As the winner of the award, Zilinsky plans to develop a series of work, following research at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and follow in the footsteps of artist Russell Drysdale’s 1944 exploration of the outback. Drysdale was commissioned by the Sydney Morning Herald to record the effect of the drought conditions in western New South Wales. The publication of his work led to widespread recognition of his skill as a draughtsman while the experience inspired a seminal series of paintings.

The judges, Ann Cape, Greg Hansell and Yvonne Langshaw commented, “Caroline Zilinsky is a worthy winner of the Evelyn Chapman Art Award as her unique and well executed work demonstrates a commitment to the practice of oil painting. The award celebrates the future of Australian painting as it offers contemporary painters working in oil and tempera a wonderful opportunity and unrivalled freedom to develop their artistic practice and education. The award is important because it encourages the development of painting techniques while helping to create a platform for contemporary artists to forge new paths and further the development of the medium in the future. The quality of the 2020 finalist works is testament to the importance of painting with young artists today.”

Caroline Zilinsky was selected from a finalist group of eight artists each of whom were able to submit up to three 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 2020 Evelyn Chapman Art Award finalists are: Nicole Kelly (NSW), Naomi Lawler (NSW), Liam Nunan (NSW), Erika Sorby (NSW), Michelle Teear (NSW), Clare Thackway (NSW), Lucy Turnbull (SA), Caroline Zilinsky (NSW).

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.

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Award Administrator 

2018 AWARD

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.

 

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.

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