The Jack Montgomery Award

This award is presented to the best traditional work of art in the show. It is open to any medium and honours Jack Montgomery.

Since 1947 Jack Montgomery had spent much of his life adventuring in remote, arid regions of the world including Australian deserts, where his solo expeditions by pushbike, camel and Land Rover had given him a sound knowledge of the outback.

His ideology was one of self-imposed hardship and as a nature lover challenging the desert elements, he found atmosphere and inspiration together with unique subject material.

Graduating as a qualified art teacher in 1947, he commenced exhibiting his paintings interstate and overseas. Jack was a teacher at the Ferntree Gully Technical School and had a studio and art school at his home in Upwey until his death in 2001.

During the late 1960's Jack pushed for an art society in the Dandenongs to assist artists and give them a meeting place where they could hold exhibitions. Thanks to the efforts of artists like Jack, there are now several art societies and many galleries operating throughout the Dandenong Ranges.

Jack Montgomery assisted the Brigade each year with the Art Show, giving valuable advice and assistance. The Jack Montgomery Award for the best traditional artwork in any medium is presented each year to honour his service to local artists and Belgrave Fire Brigade.

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