NATIONALLY RECOGNISED as custodian of one of the finest public collections in Australia, Newcastle Art Gallery offers accessibility to art and culture through high-quality exhibitions, programs and events. The permanent collection of over 6,500 works of art is significant and diverse, providing a time capsule of Australian art from the colonial era to contemporary works of today. Visitors are encouraged to look upwards when they visit the gallery to see Newcastle-born artist John Olsen’s ceiling painting, Sea sun of 5 bells (1964), which is on permanent display.
The Kilgour Prize is Newcastle Art Gallery’s annual, non-acquisitive prize for figurative and portrait painting. Each year, it attracts hundreds of entries nationwide, awarding $50,000 to the most outstanding painting and $5,000 to the People’s Choice.