A submariner dreams of home

Mission to Seafarers Victoria presents

2021 MSC Maritime Art Exhibition

The Mission to Seafarers invites you to view the 2021 Maritime Art Award winners and Exhibition. An international competition that has been hosted at the heritage-listed Mission building in Melbourne’s Docklands for nineteen 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

2021 Award Winners

Highly commended


Dr Graeme Williams OAM

Dr Graeme Williams OAM


Dr Graeme Henry Williams OAM has devoted his life to his passion for Australian Art and is a regular attendee at international art events. He is deeply involved in the art world as curator, judge, and patron.  He convenes several art appreciation groups and, in 2020, was elected Vice President of Lorne Sculpture Biennale 21 where he chairs the Artistic Committee. He was formerly Deputy Chairman of the Contempora Sculpture Prize based in Melbourne Docklands and the curator of the Biennial Melbourne Savage Club Acquisitive Art Prize (2001-2013).


Graeme is a member of ICOM (Conseil International des Musées) and recently completed a PhD on the Melbourne Art Scene since 1851. Graeme has been a regular judge of the Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Prize and Exhibition.

Jane Scott

Jane Scott


  • Currently consulting on art projects for Melbourne Zoo, Trust for Nature, and Royal Women’s Hospital
  • Retired CEO and Artistic Director of Craft Victoria
  • Prior (to above) CEO of Regional Arts Australia
  • Australian cultural attaché in Washington DC
  • Director of the TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria
  • Director at Monash Gallery of Art
  • Curator at the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Trained artisan – studiedCeramics at RMIT
Paul Aukett

Paul Aukett


Paul is an art consultant who has been providing art advice and service for the past 23 years.

He launched Look Art Consulting in 1998, being one of the first online art dealers in Australia and has been specialising in Australian Modern and Contemporary fine art ever since.


His innovative thinking and sound market recommendations have afforded him an excellent reputation as a leading art dealer and consultant.

Having gained extensive experience within the realm of buying and selling fine art, Paul has considerable expertise across a broad range of mediums and genres. As a consultant, he is well versed in Australian Contemporary Art and attends as many exhibitions as he can, to keep abreast of the local art scene.


Along with his passionate interest in art, Paul also has a strong affinity with the sea, having sailed for most of his life.

John Lines AM

John Lines AM

Art Prize Patron

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.  

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