Inaugural Napier Waller Art Prize for veteran artists open from 11 June

08 June 2018

Inaugural Napier Waller Art Prize for veteran artists open from 11 June  

The Australian War Memorial, the University of Canberra, The Road Home and Thales Australia are excited to invite current and former Australian Defence Force personnel to enter the inaugural Napier Waller Art Prize, open from 11 June 2018.

The prestigious prize program aims to promote the healing potential of art and raise a broader awareness of the military experience and the impact of service on the individual.

The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize, with the winning work to be displayed at the Australian War Memorial and accessioned into the National Collection. In addition, the winner will receive a two-week research residency in the Art Section of the Memorial, and a mentoring day with former official war artist Ben Quilty.

In addition, a prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the entry that wins People’s Choice.

Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson said he encouraged any artists who are also current or former defence force members to consider entering.

“Without experiencing something similar for themselves, it’s impossible for most people to fully understand what it is like to be of service to our nation. Equally, it can be awfully difficult for veterans to communicate their experiences to civilians.

“This initiative gives veterans who are also artists a creative outlet to express what it is they have experienced, seen, and done in service of Australia,” Dr Nelson said.

Entries open Monday 11 June and close Wednesday 11 July 2018. Entrants can submit any visual art medium for consideration.

The judging panel will include Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson, Chairman of the Council of the Australian War Memorial Mr Kerry Stokes AC, Ms Christine Simpson Stokes, Mr Ben Quilty, Director of the National Gallery of Australia Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, the University of Canberra’s Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice, Jenn Webb, and representatives from the Department of Defence, Thales, and the Memorial’s Art Section.

An exhibition of the highly commended entries, generously sponsored by The Road Home, will be displayed in Anzac Hall’s mezzanine area from 20 September to 25 November 2018.

Please visit the Memorial’s website for more information and terms and conditions of entry.

CONTACT:     Greg Kimball    02 6263 6628             0402 800 649