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The Prize

The Joan Purves Encouragement Prize is an annual $2,500 cash prize awarded to an eligible student attending an art class at the Waverley-Woollahra Art School on Bondi Road.

Each year the Art School will appoint a suitably qualified panel to determine who will be the recipient of the prize for that year. The prize will be announced and presented to the recipient at the End Of Year Art Exhibition awards’ night in December each year.

The purpose of the prize is to recognise an artist who shows great promise and commitment in their chosen media (2D oils, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, printmaking, life drawing, pastels, ink and charcoal but excluding sculpture and ceramics).

The awarding of the prize will recognise the student who shows the highest artistic promise and flair while encouraging lifelong participation in art practice.

Further details about eligibility and awarding criteria can be found on Waverley-Woollahra Art School’s website by clicking here

The prize will be awarded each year in perpetuity.

For details of The Joan Purves Art Trust, click here

2020 prize winner Sharan Daly 

“My interest in art began as a teenager when I saw some beautiful books on Renaissance Art at school in Woolwich. My early years, until I was seven, were lived at Bondi Beach,” said Sharan Daly, the winner of the 2020 Joan Purves Encouragement Prize.

Art has always been important to Sharan who’s amassed a fine collection of art books and visited many of the world’s best galleries, with a particular focus on abstract expressionists.

“I love the German expressionists and was captivated by Gustav Klimpt’s Gold Phase when I visited the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna. And Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s works at the Brücke Museum in Berlin. I can’t get enough of them - Heckel, Bleyl, Schmidt-Rottluff, Nolde and Mueller.”

“I’m very fond of abstract artists Elisabeth Cummings, Cressida Campbell, Euan Macleod, Charmaine Pike and Nicholas Harding. North American Artists that inspire me include Lee Krasner and the Bay Area Artists.”

 

When her career and family commitments became less onerous, Sharan took lessons from teacher Gary Foy for several years before joining Philippa Hagon’s classes at WWAS five years ago.

“I was initially attracted to a class Pip [Philippa] ran titled ‘Towards Abstraction’. Her extensive knowledge of the broader art world was illuminating, making the journey all the more interesting, challenging and always exciting.”

“Pip’s classes are wonderful and she’s a marvellous tutor, constantly giving students individual tips on which painters to look into for pointers on style and technique. Not to copy anyone but to look for inspiration and alternatives in what they’ve done. It’s a very personal, individual approach which helps you move on and up to the next level.

 

“I have the great fortune to live beside a large house with a beautiful garden. I would pull up the blinds in the morning and see this long leaf of brilliant gold tucked among the vibrant green foliage of a banana tree and think to myself that is so beautiful I must paint it and I did paint it with much pleasure [Borrowed Landscape].

 

“My painting titled Balls Head came about when Pip took the class to do some plein air painting at Balls Head, a bushland reserve surrounded by water on the northside of the harbour. I did some rough watercolour sketches and photographed an area of bush with a background of a large rock face. This view appealed to me as it was unusual and I decided to try and capture it in paint,” Sharan said.

Pip says Sharan’s works “don’t necessarily take the easy path of the beautiful, being at times difficult, curious, humorous and sometimes ‘quite strange’. But always with an honesty and integrity, probing her sensibility, skill and subject matter. Her works are open, fresh and experimental allowing the paintings to evolve through a conversation between subject and aesthetic considerations: composition, colour and marks put down in each work.”

Sharan was selected from those students nominated by WWAS’ tutors and chosen by independent judges Peter Griffen, Sydney artist; and Alison Clark, Arts & Culture Coordinator North Sydney Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

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Borrowed Landscape by Sharan Daly

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Balls Head by Sharan Daly

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After Giotto by Sharan Daly

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David Purves presents Sharan Daly with her certificate for winning the 2020 Joan Purves Encouragment Prize at WWAS in early December 2020 (Joan Purves' Still Life With Flowers painting is in the centre). Prize winners receive a cheque for $2,500 from The Joan Purves Art Trust.

2019 prize winner Margie Waugh 

Margie Waugh is the 2019 recipient of the Joan Purves Encouragement Prize of $2,500 announced at the End of Year Art Exhibition at the Waverley Woollahra Art School (WWAS) on 12 December 2019.

 

Margie, who grew up near Parkes in central west NSW and now lives in the southern highlands, features the Australian bush and vistas in many of her works such as The Gorge.





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


 


























 

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“I’m a country girl with her own Girl’s Shed where I can paint and do my wirework to my heart’s content,” Margie said in an interview conducted in April 2020.

 

“I was always painting at school and have painted all my life.”

 

Before enrolling at WWAS five years ago, Margie attended art classes in Willoughby and Balmain. In addition to her WWAS painting class each week, she had been attending Willemina Villari’s wirework class until it was suspended due to coronavirus.

In 2018 Margie won First Prize for Acrylics at WWAS’ end of year students’ show for her work titled Centennial Park.

“A sketch book is never far from me wherever I go and I just couldn’t understand some of my friends who kept saying how bored they were during the coronavirus lockdown. You can never be bored when you can just whip out your sketch book and away you go, sketching what’s in front of you right there and then or recalling a vista from your mind,” Margie said.

After the Fires is a collage Margie completed before Christmas 2019 and before the fires hit southern NSW on New Year’s Eve: “While the recent fires burned right up to our front fence, drought and bushfires were never far away from me during my childhood so I could recall vividly how the bush looked and smelled after a fire had ravaged it.”

 

Margie praised the group camaraderie under tutor Annabel Butler. She said Annabel makes her virtual classes so interesting and absorbing: “We have a marvellous group of students and while using the technology for virtual classes was a little daunting at first for some people, WWAS’ administrator Courtney Kynaston is a tech-whizz and provided wonderfully helpful guidance on how to use the technology so people could continue with their classes online and get the most out of the experience.”

“With up to 14 participants on-screen at any one time, all in their little windows, we can chat or put the class on mute while we work. And at the end of each class Annabel puts our works into a PowerPoint file and we all look and listen to Annabel critiquing the pieces we’ve just been working on. The engagement is marvellous.”

 

Margie said winning the prize was completely unexpected but a wonderful thrill.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

“It’s given me a boost to keep working with renewed energy and not let those overworked canvases defeat me!”

The judges said of Margie’s art: “Her works are both competent and expressive in terms of style and technique, yet they possess a lovely subtle individuality which, with further studies, will ensure this artist continues to develop. We congratulate Margie and look forward to seeing what comes next.” 

 

Margie was selected from those students nominated by WWAS’ tutors and chosen by independent judges Peter Griffen, Sydney artist; and Alison Clark, Arts & Culture Coordinator North Sydney Council. The judges also awarded a Highly Commended award to Karine Boulanger.

 

The Gorge by Margie Waugh

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Centennial Park by Margie Waugh

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After the Fires by Margie Waugh

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“I just enjoy labouring away with my canvases, so the prize was not only an acknowledgement but it was of great personal encouragement to me,” she said.

 

“I am grateful to the Purves family for recognising the positive role art plays in the lives of amateur artists where a word of encouragement can mean so much.

2019 winner Margie Waugh

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Vessel by Margie Waugh

2018 prize winner Catherine Boardman 

 

Catherine Boardman won the 2018 Joan Purves Encouragement Prize of $2,500 at the annual prize night for the End of Year Art Exhibition at Waverley Woollahra Art School (WWAS) on 13 December 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


constantly challenging herself by stepping out of her comfort zone with a willingness to try new approaches and take risks which has greatly benefited her work.

“Over this year there has been a remarkable distillation of form and colour in Catherine’s paintings. Her preparation for every class is first rate and she often re-works paintings outside class time until she’s satisfied with the results,” Annabel said.

“Catherine’s enthusiasm also sees her take other painting workshops and she'd like to find a studio so she can further develop her painting practice,” Annabel said.

Catherine said she was thrilled to win the prize and while the prize money was a bonus, it was the recognition of tutors and judges in choosing her works that made it all the more special.

Catherine Boardman was selected from nominated WWAS students by judges Peter Griffen, Sydney artist: www.petergriffen.com and Sam Dickerson, Director Dickerson Gallery Queen Street Woollahra:  www.dickersongallery.com.au  

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Sydneysider Catherine has been painting almost all her life but in the last few years took up formal tuition at WWAS.

Catherine won a highly commended award in the 2017 9x5 Landscape Prize at WWAS and has continued to develop and hone her skills. Catherine’s tutor Annabel Butler said Catherine is one of her most dedicated students, 

Catherine Boardman

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Mother's Chair by Catherine Boardman

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Figs  by Catherine Boardman

Artists, friends and tutors packed the auditorium for the 2018 prize night at WWAS

2017 inaugural winner . . .

Joe Manifold was announced the recipient of the inaugural Joan Purves Encouragement Prize of $2,500 at the annual prize-giving presentation for the End of Year Art Exhibition at Waverley Woollahra Art School on 7 December 2017.

Originally hailing from Dublin Ireland, Joe now calls Millers Point in Sydney home although he’s still keen on international travel.

While Joe was astonished he’d won, Joe’s tutor Josh McPherson praised his dedication and ability to push himself to execute great works. A fellow student said Joe was an asset to the class, was always positive and “really knows his stuff”.

Joe was selected from nominated art school students by judges Peter Hickey, Sydney artist, and Sam Dickerson, Director Dickerson Gallery Queen Street Woollahra. For further details on the 2017 Art Exhibition winners click here 

 

"Untitled" by Joe Manifold 

Joe Manifold 

From left to right: 2017 Joan Purves Encouragement Prize winner Joe Manifold receiving his certificate from David Purves while judge Peter Hickey and WWAS Board Member Robert Enemark applaud his efforts. Painting at right: Still Life with Flowers by Joan Purves