Since 2006, the Kilgour Prize has encouraged innovation within portrait and figurative painting. In 2020, the prize is now in its tenth year.
The KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 will award $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art, and a People’s Choice of $5,000 to the painting voted most popular by the general public.
Every year the Gallery receives hundreds of applications from artists across every state and territory of Australia. Applications are submitted online using a high quality jpeg of the work. The name of the artist is not revealed to the judges during the selection process for the finalists for exhibition, or for the winner of the prize - making the Kilgour Prize an equitable prize for artists at all career stages.
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, The 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.
Local artist and art teacher Michael Bell has won the prestigious KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 with a whimsical double self-portrait.
Councillor Carol Duncan announced Michael Bell as the winner of the $50,000 art prize via a livestreamed announcement at Newcastle Art Gallery today.
Chosen from more than 350 entries and 30 finalists from across Australia, Bell’s painting Starting The after party (Two self-portraits) 2020, depicts the artist standing in front of another self-portrait The after party, which was a finalist in the KILGOUR PRIZE 2019.
The judges were impressed by the composition of the winning painting and details of the studio throughout – the bottle of linseed oil, the motivational quotes stuck up on the wall, the tip of the dog’s nose on the canvas to the right - a nod to some of the artist’s most well-known dog beach works.
“The City of Newcastle is honoured to be the home of the KILGOUR PRIZE, which has firmly established itself as one of Australia’s major art prizes,” Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
“This is highlighted by the immense quality of the works and artists who have entered this year. I congratulate Michael Bell on joining the list of accomplished artists to have taken out the KILGOUR PRIZE.
About the winning artist
Michael Bell’s career spans over 30 years. A teacher at the Newcastle Art School, Bell has been included as a finalist in exhibitions such as The Archibald Prize, The Sulman Prize and the KILGOUR PRIZE. Bell has also designed for iconic Australian brands such as Triple J and surf label Mambo Australia.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
In addition to the overall prize, the KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 competition includes a People’s Choice Award of $5,000.
You can be the judge and cast an online vote here - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KILGOURPRIZE2020
People’s Choice Award closes 5pm Wednesday 21 October 2020. The winner will be announced Monday 26 October 2020.
KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 FINALISTS
Congratulations to the 30 finalists selected by our judges for 2020 Rachel Arndt, Gallery Programs and Touring Exhibitions Manager, Museums and Galleries of NSW; Stephen Gilchrist, curator and Lecturer Art History, The University of Sydney and Lauretta Morton, Director Newcastle Art Gallery.
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