2021 Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition: The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea

Festivals and Celebrations

1 Oct 2021 to 17 Oct 2021 Annual Event

The Mission to Seafarers’ Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition is an international competition that has been hosted at the heritage-listed Mission building in Melbourne’s Docklands for nineteen years and is returning once again in 2021.

Last year more than 200 entries were received and 107 were shortlisted from a highly competitive field – including a greater number of emerging artists than previous years – all of whom responded to the theme ‘The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’. The jury were impressed with the high standard and diversity of entries, ranging from traditional to contemporary mixed media.

The annual event is a major fundraising initiative of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria (MtSV).

Entrants compete in five categories – Maritime Art Award, Best Traditional, Runner-Up, Emerging Artist and People’s Choice Award.

$10,000 – Maritime Art Award
$5,000 – Best in Traditional Maritime Art Award
$1,000 – Emerging Artist Award
$2,000 – People’s Choice Award
$2,000 – Runner-Up Award

2021 winners will be announced at the Exhibition Opening Night and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 30th September.

The Mission to Seafarers is an enchanting and iconic building in Docklands and is open daily to the public. It is well worth a visit any time of the year – especially so during the Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition.

Exhibition Open: Friday 1st to Sunday 17th October 12pm-8pm


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Event Dates

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1 Oct 2021 to 17 Oct 2021

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