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Young Portia Prize

Young Portia Prize

Young Portia Competition 2016 Winners

We are pleased to announce that the winners for the Young Portia Competition for 2016 have been selected by the judges. They are:

Age Category 5 – 9 Years:             Akasha Abeyratne, A Woman, coloured pens on cardboard.

Age Category 10 – 13 Years:        Reuben Odlum, Sally Fitzgibbons, watercolour, graphite pencil on paper.

Age Category 14 – 18 Years:        Sissura Symonds-Manne, Multi-coloured Mummi, acrylic paint on paper.

The winners will receive a Certificate of Excellence and the set of Acrylic Paints by Reeves and finalists will receive a Certificate of Participation. We thank you for your entry and also in your patience in the delay of the selection of finalists and also winners.

We hope that you will apply next year. All the best with your artistic and creative efforts in the future.

S. H. Ervin Gallery, Staff and Management.


Portia Geach (1873-1959) was a prominent Australian artist and a champion of women’s rights. Portia Geach campaigned for the promotion of the rights for equal pay amoung men and women, the rights of education for women, and the right for women to hold public office. As a woman of independent wealth, she was also a seasoned traveller and spent time overseas on artist residencies and at art school. After she died her estate was left to her sister, who then established the Portia Geach Memorial Award. The award was to be given to the best portrait by a female artist of any man or woman from the Arts, Letters, or Sciences.

In the spirit of Portia Geach’s legacy we want to invite all aspiring young artists to create a portrait of someone who they admire, this may be someone you know personally or a well-known role model. To create your masterpiece you may use any materials that you like on an A3 page, get creative!

Important dates for the competition:

1. The competition is open from Monday 8 August until 5pm Friday 7 October 2016. Deadline extended to Sunday 6 November.

2. Finalists will be announced on Friday 11 November 2016.

3. Winners will be announced on a date to be advised.

4. The Young Portia Exhibition will be held from mid-November 2016 until February 2017.

Young Portia update: Finalists have been selected and are now on display in the Trust Cafe until February. Winners in the three age categories will be notified and announced on Friday 20 January.

Please read the Terms & Conditions of entry prior to completing and lodging your application:

Young Portia Terms and Conditions


Application form here:

 Young Portia Competition Entry Form

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