2021 Gallipoli Art Prize finalists announced

The Gallipoli Art Prize is an acquisitive competition open to all Australian, New Zealand and Turkish artists responding to the broad themes of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship as expressed in the Gallipoli Memorial Club’s creed;

‘We believe that within the community there exists an obligation for all to preserve the special qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation for perpetual peace and universal freedom.’

Guy Warren, Weeping soldier, oil on canvas, 64 x 86cm

Thirty-three finalists have been selected for the 16th iteration of the Gallipoli Art Prize. Among them is Guy Warren – artist, educator, and WWII veteran who served in Papua New Guinea and Australia from 1941-46 – for his work titled Weeping Soldier. While finalist Nyulla Safi  who served in the Australian Army, joining in the late 1980s when very few women enlisted, now a veteran with PTSD, presents her portrait, F4-Sang Froid.

Nyulla Safi, F4-Sang Froid, acrylic on cardboard, 31 x 32cm

‘There was a significant increase in entries this year, and more than half the entries are from artists who haven’t entered the Prize before,’ said John Robertson, President of the Gallipoli Memorial Club and one of this year’s judges. ‘I am always impressed by the diversity of the works and how individual artists choose to respond to the Gallipoli Memorial Club’s Creed.’

The winner of the $20,000 art prize will be announced on Wednesday 14 April. The finalists’ works (listed below) will be on display at Merrylands RSL in Sydney from 15 April to 17 May 2021 while the ‘old home’ at The Gallipoli Memorial Club in Circular Quay undergoes extensive renovation, which includes a permanent gallery for the Gallipoli Art Prize.

The 2021 Gallipoli Art Prize finalists, as selected by this year’s judges: Jane Watters, Barry Pearce, and John Robertson; are

Andrew Tomkins, The Guns Fell Silent
Belinda Sims, Blue Water Boy: Poppy was a Navy man.
Brigitte Dawson, The Last Goodbye
Carmel Cosgrove, Future Cobbers
Craig Handley, Composite 2021
Dale Burke, Found Photograph
Daniel He Wang, Trail
Deidre Bean, ‘…And you’ll know him by the feathers in his hat’
Elizabeth McCarthy, “From all the wounded, badly or otherwise hit, not a murmur or a groan”
Fu Yan, Proud of Medal
Geoff Harvey, Forgotten Heroes
Guy Warren, Weeping Soldier
Holly Mahoney, Then and Now, ANZAC Spirit, 2021
John Butler, ‘… and now we lie in Flanders fields’
John Skillington, ‘my dearest Frederick, love Florence’
Julianne Allcorn, Poppies and Pine Cones…Always Remembered
Kristin Hardiman, Age Shall Not Weary Them
Lara Balog, Sisters of War
Lisa Ellen Hughes, Standing Guard – ANZAC Bridge
Lori Pensini, The Hand Knitted Socks
Margaret Hadfield, Duty done
Matt Jones, There is nothing here but potential
Michelle Hiscock, The Menin Gate
Michelle Zuccolo, Recalling my grandfather
Nicole Kelly, Softly tread the brave
Nyulla Safi, F4-Sang Froid
Peter Smeeth, “Cry Havoc! and let slip the Dogs of War”
Philip Meatchem, A Different Dawn
Richard Bardsley-Smith, Ingrained
Robert Hammill, Remembering the Kuttabul
Ronelle Reid, Remembrance
Sam Dabboussy, Uncle Reg
Sue Macleod-Beere, Sister Ella Tucker and HS Gascon