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Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition

Theme: The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea

The Mission to Seafarers invites you to participate in the 2020 Maritime Art Awards and Exhibition. It is an international competition that has been hosted at the heritage-listed Mission building in Melbourne’s Docklands for eighteen years.   

A major fundraising initiative of the Mission to Seafarers, it is only possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors who provide the prize money and other in-kind contributions. The artists, many of whom support the exhibition with entries every year, also pay an entrance fee and a 33% commission on all works that are sold.  

The Opening Night will bring together the exhibiting maritime artists, award sponsors, representatives from the shipping industry, art buyers, philanthropists and other Mission to Seafarers supporters, all with the common purpose of celebrating the winners and recognising the purpose of the Mission in its support of seafarers’ welfare.  


$10,000 ‘Maritime Art Award’
$5,000 ‘Best in Traditional Maritime Art Award’ 
$1,000 ‘Emerging Artist Award’
$2,000 ‘People’s Choice Award’
$2,000 ‘Runner-Up Award’  


Up to eighty finalists will be selected for exhibition and notified by email on or before Monday 7th September 2020 and invited to present their work between Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th September 2020 only to:
‘The Mission to Seafarers Victoria, 717 Flinders Street, Docklands, VIC 3008’  

Award winning artworks will be featured on our website following the Opening Night.

Find out more:


Wednesday 10 June, 2020
Monday 31 August, 2020
The Mission to Seafarers
Venue Address
717 Flinders Street, Docklands VIC

National , National and International Entries Allowed

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