Louise Hearman awarded prestigious $250,000 NSM Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 30 October 2012.

Louise Hearman awarded prestigious $250,000 NSM Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship image

The National Sports Museum (NSM) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) today announced Melbourne-based artist Louise Hearman as recipient of the biennial NSM Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship.

The talented painter was selected from a small pool of applicants, who were all finalists in the acclaimed 2012 Basil Sellers Art Prize, which is held every second year at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne. Louise’s sporting art is on show there until Sunday November 4.

The Fellowship, which began in 2009, funds the presence of contemporary art practice within the NSM and the MCG and is designed to increase public appreciation and understanding of Australia’s sporting heritage.

The initiative is supported by well-known philanthropist and sports fan, Basil Sellers AM, through a financial contribution of $250,000 (to fund five, two-year cycles at $50,000 each) and his personal passion for bringing art and sport together.

“I’m thrilled to receive the Fellowship, and most grateful to Basil Sellers for his generous support of the visual arts,” said Hearman. “I hope to kick a few goals in the painting department with this unique opportunity.”

“The judges were impressed by Hearman’s skill as a painter, and the unique vision that she brought to sport spectatorship,” said Helen Walpole, National Sports Museum curator.

“Her football paintings are eerie, mysterious and romantic, which are not sensations you’d usually experience watching footy at the MCG.”

Hearman is a leading Australian artist, whose paintings have been collected by many of Australia’s major galleries and museums for more than 20 years.

She will use the Fellowship to extend her current work studying and painting athletes in action, as well as making photographic studies of sporting spectators and supporters.

As part of her 12-month Fellowship, which commences in mid-2013, Hearman will make contact with a variety of athletes through the NSM network.

She anticipates completing new artworks during the Fellowship and hopes to display these at the NSM and MCG for visitors to enjoy.

Louise Hearman is the third artist to be awarded this Fellowship, which is based at the National Sports Museum at the MCG, after Ponch Hawkes (2011/12) and duo Kate Daw and Stewart Russell (2009/10).


Ross Inglis MCG Trustee, chairman of Australian Jockeys Association. Steven Smith NSM board member, MCC vice-president, former VFL footballer. Alisa Camplin Olympic gold medallist, National Sports Museum ambassador. Amanda Smith ABC Radio National presenter. Margaret Birtley Melbourne Cricket Club executive manager, heritage. Helen Walpole National Sports Museum curator.