‘Gallantry Spent’ painting wins Award
AFA (Victoria) President Carl Schiller presented the Division’s Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Prize to Jennifer Spencer for her ‘Gallantry Spent’ oil painting at the end of last year. The Special Awards prize was given in recognition of Jennifer’s outstanding painting depicting Australian Light Horsemen riding in the desert.
The Veteran Community Story Writing & Art Prize Presentation was held in the Acacia Room, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital on Friday, 24 November. Carl was accompanied by fellow Board Member Di Hoopert and Barbara Stallard, the Division’s Office Manager.
‘Gallantry Spent’ was purchased by a Vietnam Veteran who donated the painting to the hospital to hang in a public place.
The Story Writing and Art Competition has been running for 56 years, starting off as an occupational therapy activity for returned service personnel. During this time, it has received strong support from Department of Veteran Affairs and a raft of sponsors, including the Air Force Association. Regretfully, due to a decreasing number of entries over the past number of years, the competition will close at the end of 2018.