KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 winner announcement to be livestreamed

16 Jul 2020

Newcastle Art Gallery will reveal the winner of the KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 via a livestreamed announcement by Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes on Friday 31 July 2020 at 3pm.

To comply with the latest advice from NSW Health and ensure social distancing is practiced, the KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 winner announcement will be strictly limited to KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 finalist artists, invited guests and media. The livestream will be available to audiences on the Art Gallery’s Facebook and Instagram.

One of Australia’s major art prizes, the KILGOUR PRIZE awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art selected by Newcastle Art Gallery Director Lauretta Morton and invited judges, who this year comprise Rachel Arndt - Gallery Programs and Touring Exhibitions Manager, Museums and Galleries of NSW and Stephen Gilchrist - Curator and Lecturer Art History, The University of Sydney.

The KILGOUR PRIZE also awards a People’s Choice of $5,000 to the painting voted most popular by the general public.

This year’s 30 finalists were selected from more than 350 entries received from across the country. The 2020 finalists include artists from the ACT, NSW, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia. The list also features two local artists, Michael Bell and Peter Gardiner, who have both been regular entrants to the KILGOUR PRIZE, with the latter winning the prize in 2016.

“Every year the KILGOUR PRIZE presents some of the best contemporary Australian portrait and figurative painting. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Australian arts sector, the KILGOUR PRIZE has been an incredible opportunity to encourage and support artists to continue producing and creating works of art. This year’s selected artists present diverse interpretations of the brief, resulting in a very dynamic exhibition,” Newcastle Art Gallery Director Lauretta Morton said.

Funded by a bequest from artist Jack Noel Kilgour, the KILGOUR PRIZE has encouraged innovation within portrait and figurative painting since 2006.

The KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 will be on display from 1 August - 15 November 2020.

For information on the 2020 Finalists and Judges visit-


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. As one of Australia’s major art prizes, Newcastle Art Gallery is proud to be the home of the KILGOUR PRIZE.

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