Finalists in the Maritime Art Prize – The Mission to Seafarers

In Artist October 23, 2023

Image above: Christine Wrest-Smith  Jars of glass  2023  oil on linen  76.5 x 76.5 cm

Congratulations to Sue Anderson, Dale Cox, Rodney Forbes, Rick Matear and Christine Wrest-Smith who have been selected as Finalists for the Maritime Art Prize 2023.

The Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Prize is back for it’s 21st year, and invited artists to respond to the theme of The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea. Hosted at the heritage-listed Mission building in Docklands, Melbourne has gained international recognition as a prestigious competition and boasts a $25,000 prize pool.

Congratulations to Dale Cox who received the Runner-Up Award for his painting Take your medicine.


Dale Cox  Take your medicine  2023  acrylic on gold enamel on board framed  73 x 123 cm

Rodney Forbes  Burn Your Boats  2022  oil on canvas  61 x 40.5 cm

Rodney Forbes won the 2020 prize with his painting A Submariner Dreams of Home, and says the prize means a lot to him because the Mission to Seafarers ‘do great work with distressed seafarers far from home’.


Sue Anderson  Flying along to Popes Eye  2023  oil on linen  76 x 61 cm


Rick Matear  Ladder and Sea  2023  acrylic on canvas  116 x 92 cm


Maritime Art Prize 2023
717 Flinders Street
Docklands Victoria 3008

Exhibition Open:
Friday 20 – Thursday 26 October
12pm – 8pm Daily

Exhibition Opening Night:
Thursday 19 October, 6pm