Initiated in 2018, the Napier Waller Art Prize is named after Mervyn Napier Waller, an Australian artist who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in August 1915.
Now in its third year, the competition, proudly sponsored by DVA, is open to all current and former service personnel in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). It encourages artists to enter an original artwork and artist statement.
2019 winner, Natalie Duncan, says the Art Prize encourages everyone who served in the ADF to share their story.
“You would never hear these stories if it wasn’t for this award and the War Memorial asking for them, there is a whole chunk of military experience that no one would ever know about or see,” Ms Duncan said.
“I’m a clerk who served in Afghanistan. I don’t have the same war history as other people, but when you have a competition like this, it encompasses everyone; it’s another story, and it’s another piece of the puzzle.”
Finalists’ works will be displayed on the Australian War Memorial’s website for the general public to vote for the People’s Choice award, the winner of which will receive $5,000.
An exhibition of highly commended works will be held at the Australian War Memorial. The winning work will be accessioned into the Australian War Memorial collection, with the winning artist receiving a $10,000 cash prize and a two-week, all expenses paid residency with the Art Section at the Australian War Memorial.
Submissions for the Napier Waller Art Prize close 7 June 2020. Only online entries will be accepted. For more information and to enter, visit: www.awm.gov.au
The Napier Waller Art Prize is also sponsored by the Australian War Memorial, University of Canberra, and The Road Home.