Since 2016, All into Ocean Pools Inc has made an annual art award in honour of Sheridan Evans, a career public servant, who lived in Canberra from 1980 until her death in 2014. Before moving to Canberra, she had lived in Fiji, New Zealand and the UK, as well as Western Australia. During her early years in Canberra, she became acquainted with the delights of Bermagui’s Blue Pool. Later, she got to know the ocean pools on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Eastern Beaches and Cronulla Beaches as well as some of Sydney’s harbour pools. In 2006, she helped launch the NSW Ocean Baths website, which operated from 2006 to 2011.
Sheridan always loved art, water and the coast and enjoyed all her visits to ocean pools and harbour pools. The Sheridan Evans Award for artworks (visual or performing arts) relating to ocean pools is a fitting tribute to her. It’s an award that she would have enjoyed judging!