Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting

About

Elaine Bermingham

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Elaine’s passion for the visual and dramatic arts was the primary motivation for establishing ‘The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Panting’. After decades as a highly successful businesswoman and entrepreneur within Australia and abroad, Elaine remained closely connected with the South-East Queensland area, and in particular the Gold Coast. It is therefore fitting that the Bermingham Prize has been brought close by to Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, located in South Bank, Brisbane.

Elaine honed her business skills in the real estate, hotel management and rental car industries. She spent thirty years in America where she formed her own corporation and developed successful travel programs between the USA and Australia.

Elaine remained a strong ambassador for the visual and dramatic arts throughout her career, and viewed her pursuit as a benefactor as her own contribution to the arts community. She saw watercolour painting as an underrated artform, and was passionate about promoting the medium through the establishment of the Bermingham Prize.

The Prize

The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting is a unique triennial art prize that aims to celebrate excellence and innovation in the watercolour medium. This non-acquisitive prize is open to all Australian artists and selected finalists will be exhibited in the Webb Gallery, located within Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art at South Bank, Brisbane. All finalist artworks will be available for sale to the public.

2017 marks the inaugural Bermingham Prize exhibition. The overall winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize generously donated by Elaine Bermingham. 

Key Dates

Finalists' announced: Friday 25 November 2016

Entries open: Monday 19 September 2016

Entries close: Friday 4 November 2016

Exhibition dates: Thursday 9 February 2016 – Saturday 25 February 2017

Award night: Friday 10 February 2017, 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition

Thursday 9 February 2016 – Saturday 25 February 2017

Webb Gallery, Level 2 Webb Centre
Queensland College of Art, Griffith University
226 Grey Street, South Bank QLD 4101
Gallery Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm

Aims & Goals

The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting aims to:

  • encourage and reward excellence in watercolour landscape painting.
  • encourage artists to take up watercolour painting.
  • protect and encourage appreciation of quality watercolour landscape painting.

Part of Elaine Bermingham’s generous donation will be dedicated to restoring, conserving and researching watercolour artworks held in the Griffith Artworks Collection.