The Barker Maritime Art Prize
Extra, Daily Telegraph 12.05.2007 (p.30)
'Newcastle Harbour, for the last century, has been an industrial, working harbour. It has an energy and a sense of purpose and resolve. Therein lies its beauty.'
Hunter Valley artist Linda Greedy reaffirmed her decision to return to study yesterday, by taking out a prestigious local art award. Ms. Greedy, a mother of two, from Duns Creek near Maitland, is the inaugural winner of the Barker Maritime Art Prize.
The 45 year old's painting of a coal ship on Newcastle Harbour was judged best of the 15 entries. The prize, worth $1,000 was open to students enrolled in Newcastle TAFE's art school. 'It was a big surprise for me' an excited Ms. Greedy said yesterday.
The Barker Maritime Art Prize has been sponsored by local historian Don Barker. Entries had to reflect the maritime culture of Newcastle Harbour or the Hunter River.
She said she chose the coal ships because they were an imposing image she had of the harbour. 'They are what immediately came to mind' she said. 'The movement of coal ships is such a big part of the harbour.' Ms Greedy returned to full time study at Newcastle TAFE's art school last year and would complete her three year diploma in 2007.
'This award is a great encouragement for me to keep going. I've painted on and off for a long time. I started to study full time so I could improve my skills and become a better srtist. I have sold a couple of my paintings and would like to keep painting.'