5 August - 15 October 2017
10 days from now
10am to 5pm Tue to Sun, 7 days during school holidays

Free exhibition.

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.

2017 Finalists:

Sally Anderson 
Michael Bell 
Ann Maree Clark 
Jerome Dobinson
John Earle
Yvonne East
John Edwards 
Anna Glynn 
Lucas Grogan 
Tanya Jaceglav
Tony Lloyd
Lauren May  
Frankie Morgan
John Morris 
Rebecca Murray 
Adam Oste 
Lori Pensini 
Tom Phillips
Liam Power
Jordan Richardson 
Paul Ryan 
Nigel Sense 
John Skillington 
Tony Slater 
Cameron Stead 
Robin Lennox Stewart 
Mark Tweedie
John R Walker 
Chee Yong 
Caroline Zilinsky

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

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