Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing
Presented by Jugglers Art Space Inc.
supported by the Hopkins-Weise Family
Finalists Exhibition Friday 6th August from 6pm
Winners Announced at the Opening Reception
The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing encourages but is not limited to, artists whose approach to this medium is inherently innovative and not restricted by traditional notions of illustration. In keeping with the spirit of namesake Marie Ellis OAM, this prize aims at showcasing the work of applicants who engage with the medium honestly, passionately and beyond the boundaries of what is conventionally expected.
In 2010, we are proud for the first time to be able to offer three prizes for excellence in drawing. Judged by renowned artist Vernon Ah Kee, Jugglers Artist in Residence Nic Plowman, and Jeff Hopkins-Weise whom without, this prize would not have been possible, the total value reaches $5000 in acquisitive and non-acquisitive awards. Importantly this annual prize also celebrates the history of Jugglers Art Space Inc and the significance of the 103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley address.
Marie Corella Ellis OAM (1918-2003) was a long-term resident and dressmaker in Fortitude Valley, Queensland for most of her life. Marie was named after the Victorian-period celebrity author Marie Corelli after being born in the Valley in February 1918. For 60 or more years she lived at the address 101-103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, where Jugglers Art Space is now situated.
Throughout her life Marie’s love of the Girl Guide movement, children and arts & crafts saw her contributing to the greater community through a lifetime of service. Among many awards throughout her life, in 1979 Marie was recognised for services to handicapped children through the Girl Guide Association of Queensland by the award of the Order of Australia Medal. She passed away in March 2003, and this prize has since been established to help perpetuate Marie’s memory and her love of art and helping others.