4 August - 21 October 2018
17 days from now
10am to 5pm Tue to Sun, 7 days during school holidays

Free exhibition

The KILGOUR PRIZE 2018 is 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 $5,000 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  will be judged in 2018 by Lauretta Morton, Director Newcastle Art Gallery alongside two guest judges; Judith Blackall, Curator and Manager at the National Art School Gallery Sydney and Matthew Tome, Artist and Head Teacher Newcastle Art School, Hunter TAFE.  

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.

KILGOUR PRIZE 2018 Finalists Announcement:

Finalists for the KILGOUR PRIZE 2018 were announced on Friday 29 June 2018. In the total pool of applicants, every state and territory across Australia was represented, with a large majority of artists from New South Wales. Within the pool of finalists, one is from Queensland, three from Western Australia, and five from Victoria. Twenty-two are from New South Wales and of those NSW artists, five are local artists from the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley area.

Applications for the Kilgour Prize are judged by a panel of three, and finalists are selected based on the merit of their painting alone - judges are not informed of the name of the artist, the only information they receive is the image of the work and its title. Surprisingly however, there is an even distribution of age and gender in the mix: finalists range in age from 24 - 80 years old, and an even distribution of gender. (14 female, 17 male).

KILGOUR PRIZE 2018 Finalists:

Geoffrey Breen
Filippa Buttitta
Rachel Coad
James Drinkwater
Sarah Gosling
Jeannine Grey
David Griggs
Craig Handley
Jacqueline Hennessy
Cliff Hosking
Peter Lankas
Fiona Lowry
Marie Mansfield
Steve May
Fiona McMonagle
Rachel Milne
Elliott Nimmo
Alice Palmer
Amanda Penrose Hart
Lori Pensini
Rodney Pople
Glen Preece
Jordan Richardson
Michael Simms
Anthony Slater
Peter Smeeth
Loribelle Spirovski
Susan Sutton
Mark Tweedie
Natasha Walsh
Anthony Williams

Entries for KILGOUR PRIZE 2018 have now closed. To stay informed join our enews and select 'The Kilgour Prize' as an interest.


  • Exhibition entry FREE


Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Cooks Hill