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Joan Purves Encouragement Prize

The Joan Purves Encouragement Prize is a $2,500 annual prize awarded to a student who enrolled and attended eligible classes run by the Waverley Woollahra Art School (WWAS) during that calendar year.  The Prize is announced each year at the End of Year Student Show.

The Prize encourages life-long participation in art practice and acknowledges the benefit of the Waverley Woollahra Art School in its local community. 

The purpose of the award is to recognise an artist who shows great promise and commitment in their chosen 2D art media which may include oils, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, printmaking, life drawing, pastels, ink, charcoal. Sculpture and ceramics are excluded.  

The Joan Purves Encouragement Prize is named after the local artist and one of the founders of Waverley-Woollahra Art School (WWAS) who died at age 95. Joan was a prolific artist who painted up until her death in 2016.

Students enrolled in eligible art classes at the WWAS will be in the running to receive the $2,500 prize which will be awarded to the pupil showing the most promise as judged by the school’s panel.

For more information Joan Purves Encouragement Prize Website 

We are grateful for the support of  The Joan Purves Art Trust.

Congratulations to Anika Zeman, the 2022 winner of the Joan Purves Encouragement Prize.