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Art Prize Winner – Mission to the Seafarers

Nevile & Co. was proud to once again sponsor the Mission to Seafarers Victoria’s  Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition by awarding the Nevile & Co. ‘Runners up’ prize.

2017 marks Nevile & Co.’s 9th year of involvement with the Mission to Seafarers Victoria. Principal, Peter Nevile, began by providing pro bono legal assistance to the organisation, and quickly came to understand the very real need for the services offered by the Mission, and the benefits for the seafarers of having a place for rest, relaxation and a friendly welcome, friendship and counsel in port.

The 2017 Nevile & Co. ‘Runners up’ prize winner Chris Rowe ( noted that “making art is always a struggle for the piece to work in whichever direction “it” chooses to go, plus mine are so complex and consume so many hours of painstaking construction, I have invested so much into the work they are more like giving birth!”.

As Chair of the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios, Chris is currently working hard with her committee to put together a great programme of top artists of the district who will open their studios over 3 weekends April/May 2018:

21-22 April,

28-29 April and

5-6 May 2018.

The programme aims to demystify the arts by accessing the artists inner sanctums of their studios (

The artists are selected by a curatorial panel consisting of Lesley Harding (Senior Curator at Heide Gallery), Isobel Crombie (Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management, NGV) and Beverly Knight (Alcaston Gallery). Guidebooks for the event will be widely circulated regionally, and throughout Melbourne Metro, in NGV and Ian Potter Galleries, and numerous cafes and restaurants.


Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition

Chris Rowe attended the Mission to the Seafarers exhibition, for the Runners up winning prize for her art work “Guardians of an Unknown Port“, awarded by Andrea Lucas from Nevile & Co.

Mixed Media on Paper Heading in from an unknown port, heading out to destinations imagined. The Guardians protect this constant ebb and flow of disparate vessels, and all those who travel within, for generations to come.
Chris Rowe’s acceptance speech and receiving award from Andrea Lucas
Chris Rowe and her prized art work together with Andrea Lucas

A bit about the Artist –

Chris Rowe holds a BA Fine Arts (Painting); achieved whilst simultaneously continuing her nursing career. Chris now a full-time artist, lives in regional Victoria, has been exhibiting in solo, selected, and group shows since 1985, and has won several awards.

Her work explores people, the way we are, and our relationships with our environments.