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Maritime art on show

02 Oct 2014

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Docklands has a long history as a maritime hub so it’s only fitting that Australia’s largest maritime art exhibition is held here.

The Mission to Seafarers Victoria’s Maritime Art Prize and Exhibition is held in October each year and aims to promote maritime and seafaring subjects in art, while raising funds for the work of the mission.

According to curator Catherine McClay, since 2002 the art prize and exhibition has raised more than $200,000 in funds for the mission and more than $150,000 has been awarded in prize money.

“The annual maritime exhibition is the biggest of its kind in Australia and is the MtSV’s primary fundraiser to ensure that the mission’s core work to provide for the spiritual, physical and psychological wellbeing of seafarers can continue,” she said.

“This year just over 200 entries were received from artists who responded to our annual theme of ‘the relationship between humanity and the sea’.”

“Of these a total of 70 were selected, ranging from traditional to contemporary works in a variety of mediums.”

The selected artists will compete for the $15,000 acquisitive ANL Maritime Art Award, the $5000 acquisitive ASP Best in Traditional Maritime Art Award, the $5000 Bendigo Wealth Emerging Artist Award and the $2000 PB Towage People’s Choice Award.

The Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Prize and Exhibition is open for public viewing between midday and 7pm Wednesday to Sunday from October 3 to October 31.

The collection can also be viewed online at http://www.missiontoseafarers.com.au from October 3.

Work selected for the exhibition is available for purchase and will pay a 33 per cent commission towards the charitable work of the Mission to Seafarers.

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