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Resilience Funding


Australia Council 2020 Resilience grant - Survive.

Australia Council 2020 Resilience grant - Create.


Australian Government and Australia Council Logos


Wendy Sharpe is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Self portrait – walking home 145x 170cms oil on linen 2020


Self portrait – walking home 145x 170cms oil on linen 2020.


The Portia Geach Memorial Award 2020

S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, Sydney 14 August - 20 September 2020, 11am to 5pm Tue to Sun

Wendy's self portrait Walking Home has been selected for The Portia Geach Memorial Award finalist exhibition. Wendy is thrilled to be part of what is Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women artists.




Dr Maryanne Coutts and Wendy Sharpe


Wendy Sharpe was also a finalist in The Kilgour Prize 2016 (above).


The Kilgour Prize 2020

Newcastle Art Gallery 1 August - 15 November 2020, 10am to 5pm Tue to Sun

The Kilgour Prize encourages innovation within portrait and figurative painting. The name of the artist is not revealed to the judges during the selection process for the finalists for exhibition, or for the winner of the prize - making the Kilgour Prize truly equitable prize.

Wendy is delighted to be among the finalists.




Dr Maryanne Coutts and Wendy Sharpe


Dr Maryanne Coutts (left) and Wendy Sharpe joined Rove McManus live on SBS tv.



Life Drawing Live

Premiered on Saturday 4 July 2020 now on SBS ON DEMAND - Documentary

Wendy was teaching and talking about Life Drawing with Dr Maryanne Coutts , Head of Drawing at the National Art School in Sydney". Wendy and Maryanne joined host Rove McManus for a two-hour TV live event 4 July 2020 on SBS. Participants in the studio completed a series of life drawing exercises before attempting to capture a challenging final scene. For those who wished to draw along at home, SBS provided a 'pose camera' streaming the life models live.

The pose camera stream is no longer operative but the show can be viewed on SBS ON DEMAND - Documentary (for full information follow the 'Life Drawing Live' link below)







Dreams in Dark Times

02 May 2020


Wendy Sharpe has been awarded a Copyright Agency Action Fund for Visual Arts Projects. the Project is called "Dreams in Dark Times". Above are a few images from Wendys artist folding book, Corona Diary - featured on Channel 9 TV news 4th May 2020.


The Cultural Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Copyright Agency, which connects users and creators of content by providing copyright licences for text and imagery. Our members commit approximately $2m of copyright revenue every year for vital grants to enhance the profile of Australian creators and to support our dynamic writing, publishing and visual arts sectors.

Detail<em>Hamlin patients and garden</em>Folding Book by Wendy Sharpe

Celebrating Women

Sydney CBD 28 Feb to 13 March, Open daily, 11am – 6pm. Open to public, FREE entry. Macquarie’s Space Gallery, 1 Shelley Street, Sydney, (Enter via Erskine Street)


Join Wendy this International Women’s Day in celebrating the women of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, through the paintings and drawings. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to experience Wendy's artworks while connecting with the stories of some of the most marginalised women in the world – obstetric fistula survivors.


Sharpe drawing at hamlin fistula in ethiopia


The Hamlin Art Exhibition features over 30 works from Wendy’s recent trip to Ethiopia, where she witnessed firsthand the life-changing work of Dr Catherine Hamlin (pictured below) and her team to restore the health and dignity of fistula sufferers.


Catherine Hamlin with Wendy Sharpe


The Hamlin Art Exhibition will run for two weeks at Macquarie’s Space Gallery in Sydney CBD (details above). 100% of proceeds from artwork sales support Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation.



To learn more about this intimate Sydney exhibition visit the exhibition link below.




View or buy artworks online. There are four auction items (auction closes March 13, 2020). Everything else is for purchase at a fixed price.




Megan Wilding as Blackie Brown The Traditional Owner of Death


Darling Portrait Prize: Finalist

National Portrait Gallery, Canberra until 27th September 2020

Wendy is delighted that her portrait of actress Megan Wilding, in her role as Blackie Brown The Traditional Owner of Death, has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 Darling Portrait Prize.