2018 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing


About the 2018 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing

Marie Corella Ellis OAM (1918-2003) was a dressmaker and long-term resident of Fortitude Valley. Born in the Valley in February 1918, Marie was named after the Victorian-period celebrity author Marie Corelli. For 60 or more years, Marie resided at 101-103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, where Jugglers Art Space is now situated. Marie contributed a lifetime of service to the community, inspired by her love of the Girl Guide movement, children and arts & crafts.

The recipient of many awards throughout her life, in 1979, Marie was recognised for services to handicapped children through the Girl Guide Association of Queensland, with the award of the Order of Australia Medal.

Marie passed away in March 2003 and The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing was subsequently established to help perpetuate Marie’s memory, her love of art and her dedication to helping others.

The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing further seeks to encourage excellence in drawing as an important foundation for any arts practice.

  • Major Prize Winner is awarded $4000 in acquisitive prizes
  • Honourable Mention is awarded to the value of $500
  • People’s Choice Award is awarded to the value of $500

A special Director’s Encouragement Award may also be awarded to an outstanding entry by a High School student.


The 2018 Finalists Exhibition

The 26 Finalist works chosen by a specially-selected judging panel will be exhibited at The Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art during August 2018.

Finalists Exhibition: Friday 3rd August - Friday 17th August 2018

Exhibition opening: 6 - 9pm, Friday 3rd August 2018

The Major Prize Winner, Honourable Mention and Director’s Encouragement Award will be announced at the exhibition opening on Friday 3rd August.

All exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award and the winner will be announced at the exhibition closing event on Friday 17th August.

The Project Gallery will be open Tuesday – Saturday 10am - 4pm, for the duration of the exhibition.


Terms and Conditions for the 2018 prize

Jugglers is grateful to the ongoing sponsorship of the Hopkins-Weise Family in making this prize possible.

For all general information or inquiries please email the Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing Coordinator.