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 is returning once again in 2021. The theme ‘Humanity and the Sea’ is even more relevant this year than most.
Last year more than 200 entries were received and 107 were shortlisted from a highly competitive field – including a greater number of emerging 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 Maritime Art Award
$5,000 Best in Traditional Maritime Art Award
$1,000 Emerging Artist Award
$2,000 People’s Choice Award
$2,000 Runner-Up Award
This year’s judges will be announced in due course.
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 displayed throughout the public areas of the building, including the Norla Dome.
Entries Open: Saturday 1st May to Sunday 29th August 5pm
Exhibition Opening Night and Awards Ceremony: Thursday 30th September
Exhibition Open: Friday 1st to Sunday 17th October 12pm-8pm