Mission to Seafarers Victoria presents

2020 Maritime Art Exhibition

The Mission to Seafarers invites you to view the 2020 Maritime Art Award winners and Exhibition. An international competition that has been hosted at the heritage-listed Mission building in Melbourne’s Docklands for eighteen years.   

A major fundraising initiative of the Mission to Seafarers, it is only possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors who provide the prize money and other in-kind contributions. The artists, many of whom support the exhibition with entries every year, also pay an entrance fee and a 33% commission on all works that are sold.  

The online exhibition brings together the exhibiting maritime artists, award sponsors and other Mission to Seafarers supporters, all with the common purpose of celebrating the winners and recognising the purpose of the Mission in its support of seafarers’ welfare. 

Theme: The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea

Entries for the 2021 Art Prize are now open

2020 Award Winners

John Woodland

Winner Best Traditional work - Tooronga and Changte (Sold)
Framed: 74 x 94 cm Watercolour on Paper $3,500.00

Benedict Sibley

Winner Emerging Artist - All Men will be Sailors
Framed: 60 x 88 cm Willow Charcoal on Arches paper $4,400.00

Mark Seabrook

Equal 2nd overall - The Catch (1938) (sold)
51 x 51 cm Oil on Canvas $1,200.00

Rodney Forbes

Winner overall 2020 - A Submariner dreams of Home
Framed: 33.5 x 49.8 cm Oil on Canvas $3,000.00

Orlando Durades Valdor

Equal 2nd overall - Get lost to find yourself
Framed: 76.2 x 101.6 cm Acrylic on Linen $7,000.00

Highly commended

Bridgit Thomas

Framed: 80 x 115 cm Gouache on Paper $2,000.00

Catherine Stringer

Ghost Schooner - Highly Commended - SOLD
Framed: 51 x 70 cm Handmade paper from Marine Macroalgae and ground Charcoal $1,320.00

Colin Shaw

Time For Some TLC - Highly Commended - Traditional
Framed: 94 x 70 cm Pastel on Board $1,500.00

Jason Roberts

Monolith - Equal 2nd -Traditional works
Framed: 64 x 97 cm Watercolour on Paper $5,600.00

Pat Mc Kenzie

Dry Dock - Highly Commended - Traditional (sold)
Framed: 90 x 70 cm Watercolour on Paper $1,850.00

Shannon Kassell

My Connection (sold)
Framed: 62 x 62 cm Acrylic on Canvas Sold

Suzy King

Rarely Seen & Dangerous - Highly Commended - Traditional
91 x 71 cm Oil on Canvas $2,900.00

Steven Haas

And the waves were as big as a mountain! - 2nd Place Emerging Artist
Framed: 41 x 51 cm Oil on Canvas $2,500.00

Gregory Cliffe

Prinsengracht 1982 - Highly Commended
61.5 x 92 cm Oil on Linen $2,500.00

Don Braben

Berthing at Brisbane
51 x 76 cm Oil on Canvas Sold

John Barcham

In the Blood
120 x 90 cm Oil on Canvas Sold

Tim Baker

Beached - Highly Commended - Traditional
Framed: 52 x 60 cm Watercolour on Paper $650.00


Dr Graeme H.Williams

A retired architect, Graeme devotes his life to his passion for Australian Art. Well established as a collector of Australian art, Graeme is a regular attendee at the Venice Biennale, Contempora and Art Basel. Graeme has had a long involvement in art prizes as the curator, judge and selection committees, formerly serving as Deputy Chairman of the Contempora Sculpture Prize, a regular judge of the ANL Maritime Art Prize, a Board Melbourne of Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2020 and as former curator and chairman of the Biennial Melbourne Savage Club Acquisitive Art Prize (2001-2013).
Recently Graeme completed his Master of Arts at Deakin focussed on a socio-cultural reading of one of Melbourne’s most significant private art collections and he is a member of ICOM (Conseil international des musées) where he is a committee member of CIMAM (International Committee for Modern Art). Currently Graeme is a PhD candidate at Federation University where he is researching the Melbourne Art Scene from 1851, focusing on the role of the Victorian Artists’ Society.

John Lines AM

John Lines AM

John E. Lines AM holds a Bachelor of Business (Transport and Economics) and has extensive experience in container shipping within Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. He is formally the Chief Executive Officer for ANL Container Line and has served on various boards and working groups including Chairman of Shipping Australia, and Chairman for Australia on the Asian Shipowners Forum.

John was awarded the Order of Australia for services to the Australian shipping industry, and the decoration of Chevalier de l’Odre du Merite Maritime from the French Government for services to the shipping industry.

John is the patron of the Mission to Seafarers Vic Art Prize and Exhibition, is an avid collector and established the significant collection of works held by ANL Container Line.  

Catherine DeBoer

Catherine is an influential Melbourne based artist and photographer.

Since the early 90’s she has captured landscapes, places, wildlife and people in over 30 countries. Commencing her art & design career in Tasmania, she worked as an art consultant to the government before moving to Darwin, where she became known for her interiors consultancy of Government House. Since then Catherine has continued to develop her fine art collections, working as a lecturer of art and design, art curator, commissioned artist, and now author of her series of fine art photobooks based around our diminishing wild world.

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