Frequently Asked Questions

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How often does the KILGOUR PRIZE run?

The KILGOUR PRIZE is an annual art prize. It runs every year, culminating in an exhibition in the 2nd half of the year, around July or August. The deadline for entries varies slightly every year, depending on the exhibition dates. To stay informed throughout the year, sign up to our e-news and add 'the KILGOUR PRIZE' to your preferences.

Who can apply?

You must be an Australian citizen or have been a resident for more than 12 months. Employees of Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Art Gallery, the judges and members of their immediate families are ineligible to enter.

When can I apply?

Entries for KILGOUR PRIZE 2017 have closed.
Entries for KILGOUR PRIZE 2018 will be open from 15 January 2018 - 27 April 2018. We can remind you of this if you sign up to our enews and add the Kilgour Prize as one of your interests.

How can I apply?

The prize can be entered via an electronic or hardcopy form. Entries for 2017 have closed, but the entries open period for 2018 will be released shortly. If you'd like to see what the entry requirements are, you can download the 2017 hardcopy version.

How much can I win?

The KILGOUR PRIZE awards $50,000 every year, and a further $5,000 for the People's Choice award.

Is it acquisitive?

The KILGOUR PRIZE is non acquisitive, so you can enter works that have already been sold or sell the work you have submitted to the prize; so long as the work's sale or ownership does not affect its ability to be on display for the required time should it be selected as a finalist.

Can I enter more than one work of art?

No, you may only enter one work of art each year, but we welcome past entrants, finalists and winners to re-enter new works every year.

What is the deadline for entries?

In 2017, electronic entries and payment must be submitted by 5pm (AEST), Friday 28 April 2017. Hardcopy entries must be accompanied by a CD or USB containing all relevant attachments and must be received AT the Gallery before 5pm - not posted or date stamped by this date). Online applications are processed with a time and date stamp defined at the point of submission - this time and date must be before the deadline described to be eligible for entry. At 5pm on this date, the online application form is withdrawn from our website.

In 2018, the deadline for entries will be 5pm (AEST), Friday 27 April 2018

If I'm a finalist, when will I be notified?

Finalists will be notified by Friday 9 June 2017. All finalists must submit a confirmation form which is to be recieved by Friday 23 June 2017.

When will the winner be announced?

There will be an exclusive preview on Friday 4 August 2017 at the Gallery with all finalists where the winner will be announced. Sign up to our e-news and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on future announcements. 

When will the exhibition be on display?

The KILGOUR PRIZE 2017 will be on display 5 August - 15 October 2017. Learn more on the KILGOUR PRIZE 2017 exhibition page.

Who was Jack Kilgour?

Jack Noel Kilgour was an artist and a philanthropist. Learn more about him on the About Jack Kilgour page.

Who are the judges?

This year’s judges are Lauretta Morton, Manager Newcastle Art Gallery, Tony Oates, Curator, Exhibitions - Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University and Charles Robb, practicing artist and Associate Lecturer in Art and Design - Queensland University of Technology.

The KILGOUR PRIZE is judged by the Manager of Newcastle Art Gallery alongside two guest judges. The guests are different every year, visit the History of the Kilgour Prize page to find a record of all past judges.

I haven't recieved any correspondance from the Gallery since I entered, is there someone I can talk to?

Remember, finalists will be notified by Friday 9 June 2017. If you would still someone to get in touch with you, please email us here and provide us your phone contact details so we can get in contact with you. We aim to respond to all inquiries within 2 working days. Or you can call us on 02 4974 5100, select 'option 3' to speak to a Gallery Attendant and ask to be put through to KILGOUR PRIZE adminsitration staff.