Portia Geach Memorial Award Exhibition and Member Event

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 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 


Exhibition details

Exhibition open 11am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday from Friday 3 November – Sunday 17 December 2023.


Complimentary members morning tea and floor talk

Members are invited to enjoy a special viewing of the Portia Geach Memorial exhibition, a floor talk by Gallery Director, Jane Watters and morning tea from 10am – 11:30am on Tuesday 5 December 2023. Tickets limited.

RSVP by Thursday 30 November.

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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.


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Plan your visit

S.H. Ervin Gallery


Watson Road, Millers Point (The Rocks) NSW 2000


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


Monday 24 - Friday 28 July 2023
Monday 4 - Friday 8 September 2023
Monday 23 - Friday 27 October 2023

Gallery: (02) 9258 0173. Cafe: (02) 9258 0175
Entry Fees:

Family - $42
General - $15
Seniors and Concessions* - $12
Child (under 5 years) - FREE
* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years

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