Zoe Young, ‘Drawing storyboards (Bruce Beresford, film and opera director)’. Acrylic on ply, 120 x 160cm. Courtesy: the artist and S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
The Portia Geach Memorial Award is Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women artists. The finalist exhibition for portraiture by contemporary Australian women artists, which was first given in 1965 in memory of the artist Portia Geach, displays selected entries from artists across the nation representing the diversity in contemporary practice. The Award is recognised as one of the most important celebrations of the talents and creativity of Australian female portrait painters and has played a major role in developing the profile of Australian women artists. The Award was established by the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. The non-acquisitive prize is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit, ‘…for the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the close date for entries.’ The 2018 winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Award is Zoe Young, with her portrait of film and opera director, Bruce Beresford titled ‘Drawing storyboards.’