Portia Geech Memorial Award

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women artists.

The non-acquisitive prize is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit, ‘…for the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the close date for entries.’

The 2019 exhibition will run from August 2 to September 15, 2019 at S.H. Ervine Gallery, The Rocks, Sydney.

Sydney artist, Sally Robinson, has been announced as the winner of the $30,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award, the pre-eminent portraiture prize for women in Australia.

On the painting Body in a box (self portrait) she said, “For an artist, retirement is never an option, but in one’s sixties the body lets you know that it is starting to wear out. Agility, quickness and stamina start to wane while time speeds up. There is never enough time to deal with the challenges life throws at you, never enough time for family and friends, and definitely never enough time to paint. There is no longer any point to vanity, no point to bashfulness and no point to indignation. Although life has you boxed in, you can still get out – it just takes a bit more effort.”

First awarded in 1965, the Portia Geach Memorial Award was established by Florence Kate Geach.

Image copyrite: SALLY ROBINSON Body in a box (self portrait). Content courtesy of gallery

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