Portia Geach Memorial Award

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women artists.

The Award, first given in 1965, was established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach.

The non-acquisitive award of $30,000 for a portrait painted by an Australian female artist is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit. The finalist exhibition presents the work of 58 artists from across the country and has been important in nurturing and celebrating the contribution of female artists.


LYNN SAVERY, Kindred Spirits, oil on linen, 210 x 180cm – Winner 2022 Portia Geach Memorial Award


Images (L-R): VR MORRISON, Last Flight from Eden (Corrine Lewis, artist) oil on canvas 102 x 76 cm
ALISON MACKAY, Dear Ancestor (Andrew Barnum, singer-songwriter, educator and designer) oil on wood panel  50 x 37 cm
ESTHER ERLICH, Atong (Atong Atem, artist) acrylic paint on canvas  153 x 107 cm
JACQUELINE HENNESSY, The Judging (self portrait) oil on linen 102 x 102 cm
ASHLEE BUCHOLTZ, Comedy = Tragedy + Time (Tim Ferguson, musician and performer) acrylic on canvas 121.9 x 101.6 cm 


Thanks to our partner


Award Trustee


How to book your tickets

Exhibition is included in a valid S.H. Ervin Gallery entry ticket.

Pre-book your ticket to Portia Geach Memorial Award via Eventbrite.

Location Details

S.H. Ervin Gallery


National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, Millers Point (The Rocks)


Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm, last entry 4pm.

(02) 9258 0173
Entry Fees:

$12.00 – General
$10.00 – Seniors and Concessions*
$4.00 – National Trust members
Free – Children under 5
Selected exhibitions may incur special prices
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years)
Booking fees apply.

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