ABOUT THE ART PRIZE
The ANL Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition at Mission to Seafarers Victoria invites artists working in painting, drawing, collage, mixed media and printmaking* to explore the theme of the relationship of humanity to the sea, with the goal of promoting excellence in maritime and seafaring subjects in art. Entries are open to artists both emerging and established, both international and Australian.
Now in its 16th year, the exhibition has showcased the work of over 700 artists and is Australia’s leading maritime art prize. Prize money awarded to date has exceeded $175,000 and the event has raised over $230,000 toward the provision of seafarers’ welfare services in Victoria. Our total prize pool is valued at over $25,000 this year. The Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition is proudly supported by global shipping carrier ANL.
The Award aims to raise the profile of the 1.5 million merchant seafarers responsible for transporting more than 90 per cent of world trade. This is highly significant for Australia as an island continent so dependent on shipping for its commerce. The Mission to Seafarers has provided welfare services since it was established in 1857 in the Port of Melbourne and is dependent on public support and philanthropy to continue the welfare services it provides to seafarers. The ANL Art Prize is an important event made possible with thanks to naming rights sponsor ANL, corporate sponsors, the contributing artists and the individuals who give their time and expertise to curate, judge and select the works.
*Photography and digital media are not accepted in this award.