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Kristin Headlam Finalist Portia Geach

— Sunday 19th December 2021

Him Her 2MB
Portia Geach Memorial Award, Finalist exhibition, National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 4 Nov - 19 Dec 2021

Congratulations to Kristin Headlam!

Her painting 'Him and Her' is a finalist in this year's Portia Geach Memorial Award.

The $30,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award is Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women artists.

Established in 1961 by Florence Kate Geach, in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach, the Portia Geach Memorial Award recognises an Australian female artist for the best portrait painted from life of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters or the sciences. 

Born in 1873 in Melbourne, Portia Geach studied with John Singer Sargent and Lawrence Alma-Tadema in London and was also a lifelong activist for women’s rights. She established the Housewives Progressive Association of New South Wales, The Housewives Magazine in 1933 and the Progressive Journal two years later to promote issues such as equal pay for women and the right to hold public office. 

The judging panel for the 2021 Award comprised Ms Anita Belgiorno-Nettis, Trustee of Art Gallery of New South Wales, Ms Natalie Wilson, Curator of Australian and Pacific Art at The Art Gallery of New South Wales and Director S.H Ervin Gallery, Ms Jane Watters. 

Works by the 57 finalists will be on view at the National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery from 4 November - 19 December, 2021.  For more information, visit their website.


Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.