Run by the Newcastle Art Gallery, the Kilgour Prize is an annual art prize for figurative and portrait painting that awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art. Entries are now open for the 2016 edition.
Kilgour (1900–1987) was an Australian artist well-known for his academic approachto landscape and portrait painting. His contemporaries included Jean Bellette, William Dobell, Paul Haefliger, Eric Wilson and his wife Nancy Kilgour, with whom he established a significant artistic partnership. His works are well represented in the Newcastle Art Gallery collection, as well as in other significant state and national collections.
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 entries will be assessed by Lauretta Morton, Manager Newcastle Art Gallery and two independent judges.
Last year’s winner of the Kilgour Prize 2015 was Janelle Thomas with her painting Helen Ross, 94 with Kirsty.
The Kilgour Prize financed by the Jack Noel Kilgour bequest is administered by The Trust Company, Part of Perpetual.
Visit the gallery’s website to find out more.