4 August - 21 October 2018
134 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, Manager of 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.

Entries for KILGOUR PRIZE 2018 are currently open, and will close midnight Sunday 29 April 2018. Visit the 2018 application form here.


  • Exhibition entry FREE


Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Cooks Hill