Napier Waller Art Prize 2019
Located on the Ground Level
The Memorial’s annual Napier Waller Art Prize, in partnership with University of Canberra, Thales Australia, The Road Home, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, aims to promote artistic excellence and the healing potential of art, while raising a broader awareness of the military experience and the impact of service on the individual. Open to former and current Australian Defence Force personnel, it is currently the only prize of its kind with a national focus.
This exhibition presents the winning work, alongside those entries judged highly commended by the panel. Together, the artists whose work is displayed here represent more than 100 years of military service, from the Vietnam War to present.
Natalie Duncan wins the prestigious Napier Waller Art Prize for 2019
The Australian War Memorial is pleased to announce Natalie Duncan as the winner of the 2019 Napier Waller Art Prize, for her work entitled You are in danger and I am far away.
Ms Duncan receives a $10,000 cash prize and her work will be accessioned into the National Collection. She will also receive a two-week research residency in the Art section of the Memorial, and a mentoring day with eX de Medici, former official war artist to the Solomon Islands.
People's Choice Award
Online exhibition and voting
The online exhibition presents a shortlist of 26 works from this years’ entries, selected by a panel of art professionals from the Australian War Memorial. All shortlisted artists are eligible for the People’s Choice Award, a cash prize of $5,000.
'She explodes with my frustration, and my pride, and my rage'
Artist Natalie Duncan pours her heart and soul into her work. Things that she could never say in person, she paints onto large ceramic vessels which she creates as a way of expressing her thoughts and feelings about her family’s military service.
About the Napier Waller Art Prize
The Napier Waller Art Prize program aims to promote artistic excellence and the healing potential of art, while raising a broader awareness of the military experience and the impact of service on the individual.
Napier Waller Art Prize curator-led tours
Free public talk
Mezzanine, Anzac Hall
Join art curators for a tour of the Napier Waller Art Prize exhibition, including the winning entry and those highly commended.
Napier Waller Art Prize 2018
The Napier Waller Art Prize attracted over 100 entries in its first year. The online exhibition of 35 shortlisted artworks showcases the diversity and talent of former and current Defence personnel.
In May 1917 at Bullecourt Napier Waller lost his right arm. During his convalescence, he learned to write and draw with his left hand: “an artist draws with his head, not his hands,” he said. In 1937, Waller was chosen to create the decorative elements in the Hall of Memory, and began designing the stained-glass windows, which were installed at the Australian War Memorial from 1947 to 1950.