Kilgour Art Prize

Medium / category: Painting

Eligibility: Australian citizens or permanent residents in Australia

Associated institution: Newcastle Art Gallery

The KILGOUR PRIZE, an annual art prize for figurative and portrait painting administered annually by Newcastle Art Gallery. It awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art as determined by a panel of three judges. Each year the judging panel is comprised of Newcastle Art Gallery’s Director and two invited external judges. A further $5,000 is awarded through the People’s Choice, with the winner chosen by visitors voting at the Gallery.

In 1987 artist Jack Noel Kilgour bequeathed funds for the creation of a major figurative and portrait art competition to be run in perpetuity at the Gallery. As per the terms of Kilgour’s will the inaugural KILGOUR PRIZE was held in 2006. Originally held every two years and awarding $30,000, the prize has now become annual and awards $50,000. The KILGOUR PRIZE is one of Australia’s major art prizes.