2019 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing


About the 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.


The 2019 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing

The 10th annual Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing opens for submissions on March 4th 2019. Submissions close at midnight on Monday June 10th, 2019.

Up to 25 Finalists will be chosen by a specially-selected judging panel and their works exhibited at the The Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art during August 2019.

The Major Prize Winner, Honourable Mention and Director’s Encouragement Award, selected by the judges, will be announced at the opening night of the exhibition. The People’s Choice Award is determined by visitor vote and announced at the closing party for the exhibition.

Major Prize Winner

Honourable Mention

People’s Choice Award

  • Prizes to the value of $500

Director’s Encouragement Award

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

  • $250 Voucher from Oxlades Paint and Art Centre

Jugglers is grateful to the support of the Hopkins-Weise Family and our sponsors for making this prize possible: James Davidson Architects - South Brisbane; Harrigans Lane Collective; Oxlades Art Supplies - Fortitude Valley; A1 Frames & Bizarre Framing - Newmarket

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