Twenty years of “excellence in maritime and seafaring subjects in art”

Twenty years of “excellence in maritime and seafaring subjects in art”
Jack Hayes

The Mission to Seafarers Victoria’s (MtSV) Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition is back for its 20th iteration in what promises to be yet another celebration of brilliance in maritime art.

With the previous two shows held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition will this year return to its rightful home within the Mission’s famous Norla Dome.

Artists are invited to respond this year’s theme, “The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea”, for their share of $30,000 in prize money, up from $20,000.

Last year, 80 artworks were shortlisted from a highly competitive field, including a growing number of interstate artists.

Entrants will be competing across five categories: 2022 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Maritime Art Award ($15,000), Best Traditional Maritime Art Award ($6000), Runner-Up ($4000), Emerging Artist ($3000), and People’s Choice Award ($2000).

According to Mission to Seafarers Victoria (MtSV) CEO, Sue Dight, the annual event is a major fundraising initiative, which in turn helps provide welfare services to support the tireless work and hardships faced by seafarers.

Entries for the competition are now open and will close Wednesday, August 31. Exhibition opening night and awards ceremony will be held Thursday, September 29, with the exhibition then open to the public September 30 to October 16 •

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