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

Festivals and Celebrations

15 Oct 2020 to 15 Nov 2020 Annual Event

The Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Prize and Exhibition is an international competition that has been hosted at the heritage-listed Mission building in Melbourne’s Docklands for eighteen years. Returning once again in 2020, this year’s exhibition will be held online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Artists are invited to respond to the theme ‘The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea’.  Entrants compete for a share of $20,000 across five categories – Maritime Art Award, Best Traditional, Runner-Up, Emerging Artist and People’s Choice Award.

In 2019 the exhibition featured 90 finalists whose work was selected from over 250 entries and who came from as far afield as Germany, Spain, Bangladesh, Pakistan, USA and New Zealand. Amongst the traditional beauty of oil paintings and watercolours of maritime subjects in the exhibition, artists have demonstrated a move to include more contemporary works in recent years.

The Mission to Seafarers building is an enchanting and iconic building in Docklands. Recently renovated, it is open daily to the public and is well worth a visit any time of the year.

Exhibition Online 15th October-15th November 2020


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Event Dates

Annual Event

15 Oct 2020 to 15 Nov 2020

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