Marie Ellis OAM Drawing Prize – Georgia Grier – Director’s Encouragement Award
Georgie Grier

The major prize winners of the 8th Annual 2017 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing have been announced at the opening of the Finalists Exhibition at Jugglers Art Space on Friday Night. 

This year’s Director’s Encouragement Award was presented to Yr12 MSM student, Georgia Grier for her stunning artwork “Conformity.”    What a fantastic achievement!!!

The Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing aims to encourage excellence in drawing as an important foundation for any arts practice. Over 200 entries were received from all over Australia and only 25 Finalists were chosen by a specially-selected judging panel. Georgia’s was one of the youngest artists to enter this competition.

The Finalists Exhibition remains open until the 26th August. Remember to get along to Jugglers Art Space, in Fortitude Valley, to vote for your favourite work in the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced at the closing event on Friday 25th August. All welcome. Thank you to Jugglers Art Space, Arts Queensland, The Hopkins-Weise Family and Aaron Micallef for presenting this wonderful opportunity to our Art students.


“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth” – John F. Kennedy

 As a young woman, there is an expectation to conform to the stereotypical female beauty form, the idealised feminine image that our real and diverse bodies cannot all possibly fit. Often we are shamed for not fitting these visual demands; constantly judged on what we look like from the outside rather than our own intelligence. I have used hard edge graphite sticks on the drawn body image, to capture the dark reality of ‘conformity entrapment’, and in contrast, offered free form ink stains to the background to suggest individualism and freedom, to support my significant message. I wish to communicate that ‘our’ figures should not be the only aspect that defines ‘us’. Through my drawing, I want young women to feel empowered to break these fixed stereotypical barriers in order to express who they are freely.



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