• Link to online gallery below

The Mission to Seafarers’ Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition is an international competition that has been hosted at the heritage-listed Mission building in Melbourne’s Docklands for nineteen years and the event is returning once again in 2021. The theme ‘The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’ is even more relevant this year considering the duration seafarers are at sea.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s exhibition will be held online via a virtual gallery and the awards will be announced on Thursday 14th of October at 6pm (see link below).

Of the entries received, 80 have been shortlisted from a highly competitive field – including a greater number of interstate artists than previous years – all of whom responded to the theme ‘The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’.  The jury were impressed with the high standard and diversity of entries, ranging from traditional to contemporary mixed media.

Entrants compete in five categories – Maritime Art Award, Best Traditional, Runner-Up, Emerging Artist and People’s Choice Award.

$10,000            MSC Maritime Art Award
Sponsored by Mediterranean Shipping Company
$5,000              Best in Traditional Maritime Art Award
Sponsored by the Port Philip Sea Pilots
$1,000              Emerging Artist Award
$2,000              People’s Choice Award
Sponsored by VICT
$2,000              Runner-Up Award
Sponsored by Nevile & Co

This year’s judges are Dr. Graeme Williams OAM, Paul Auckett – Look Art Consulting, and Jane Scott – Art Consultant.

The annual event is a major fundraising initiative of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria (MtSV). Australia relies on shipping and seafarers to connect to the world and to bring goods to our homes for the economy to thrive, and for the health of our island nation. MtSV provides welfare services to support the tireless work and hardships faced by those seafarers. The generosity of our sponsors who provide the prize money and other in-kind contributions, and the artists who pay an entrance fee and a commission on all works that are sold, ensures the continued success and wide popularity of the Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition and in turn, supports those seafarers. Due to the global pandemic, we are needed now more than ever.

The Mission to Seafarers building is an enchanting and iconic building in Melbourne’s Docklands. Open daily to the public, it is well worth a visit any time of the year, and particularly to see the Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition which is usually displayed throughout the public areas of the building, including the Norla Dome. In 2021, a selction of the winning entries will be on display when the building re-opens to the public in early November.

Entries Closed
Exhibition Awards Ceremony: Thursday 14th October
Exhibition Online: From Thursday 14th October
Peoples Choice Voting: 14th October to 14th November