Mervyn Napier Waller was an Australian artist and serviceman who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in August 1915. During his convalescence, he trained himself to write and draw with his left hand, later reflecting that “an artist draws with his head, not his hands.”

The Road Home is proud to support the Australian War Memorial in collaboration with the University of Canberra and Thales Australia to invite current and former Australian Defence Force personnel to enter the inaugural Napier Waller Art Prize, open from 11 June 2018.

The prestigious prize program aims to promote the healing potential of art and raise a broader awareness of the military experience and the impact of service on the individual.

The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize, with the winning work to be displayed at the Australian War Memorial and accessioned into the National Collection. In addition, the winner will receive a two-week research residency in the Art Section of the Memorial, and a mentoring day with former official war artist Ben Quilty. In addition, a prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the entry that wins People’s Choice.

The Road Home, as part of The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Group, raises awareness and funds to support health and wellbeing research and programs into conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress for the nation’s veterans, emergency service personnel and their families.

“We are extremely proud to be involved in the inaugural Napier Waller Art Prize, which supports our mission of improving the health and wellbeing of those that put themselves in harm’s way and serve to protect,” Paul Flynn, THRF CEO said.

“The Road Home has a history of providing programs and research into art as therapy for veterans for many years. We look forward to seeing the entries from veterans across Australia in this exciting initiative.”

Entries open Monday 11 June and close Wednesday 11 July 2018. Entrants can submit any visual art medium for consideration.Australian War Memorial

An exhibition of the highly commended entries, generously sponsored by The Road Home, will be displayed in Anzac Hall’s mezzanine area from 20 September to 25 November 2018.

Please click here to read the official media release from the Australian War Memorial.