The KILGOUR PRIZE 2017 is the 7th iteration of Newcastle's annual art prize for figurative and portrait painting. It awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art, and a People’s Choice of $5000 is also awarded to the painting voted most popular by the general public. Each year the Gallery receives hundreds of applications from across Australia.
Jack Noel Kilgour (1900–1987) was an Australian artist well-known for his academic approach to landscape and portrait painting. In 1987 Kilgour bequeathed funds for the creation of a major figurative and portrait art competition to be run in perpetuity at Newcastle Art Gallery. As one of Australia’s major art prizes, KILGOUR PRIZE continues a long history of benefaction to the Gallery.
The KILGOUR PRIZE is financed by the Jack Noel Kilgour bequest, administered by The Trust Company, Part of Perpetual. For more information about the prize including its history, application form and frequently asked questions, visit the KILGOUR PRIZE page.
Newcastle Art Gallery announced the finalists for the KILGOUR PRIZE 2017 on 30 June 2017. The 2017 finalists include a number of artists who were born in or currently practice in Newcastle and the Hunter region, including Michael Bell, John Earle, Lucas Grogan, John Morris, Rebecca Murray and Liam Power.
Ann Maree Clark
Robin Lennox Stewart
John R Walker
Cover image: People's Choice Winner 2016 Liam Ambrose Men with beards remind her of her father (detail) 2015 acrylic on linen 81.5 x 81.5cm Artist collection Courtesy the artist