THIRTY-FIVE artists from right across the nation are in the running for the People’s Choice award in the Kilgour Prize, one of Australia’s richest portrait and figurative competitions, sponsored by Newcastle Art Gallery.
Newcastle artist Peter Gardiner was selected as winner of the $50,000 main prize by a panel of three judges on August 26, but there is a $5000 People’s Choice prize up for grabs based on popular votes cast online or at the gallery.
“We are delighted with the reach,” Newcastle Art Gallery manager Lauretta Morton said of the entries. There were more than 200 submissions, with finalists selected from every state.
The competition is non-acquisitive, meaning the artist keeps the artwork.
The 35 finalists are Liam Ambrose, Michael Bell, Nicola Bolton, Clare Brodie, Isobel Clement, Rachel Coad, Tony Costa, Anh Do, Sophie Dunlop, Katherine Edney, Esther Erlich, Robert Ewing, Dongwang Fan, Julie Fragar, Jumaadi, Peter Gardiner, Michael Lindeman, Steve Lopes, Robert Malherbe, Matt R Martin, Darren McDonald, Carolyn McKay, Edward Milan, Rachel Milne, Michael Muir, Sally O’Callaghan, Effie Pryer, Paul Ryan, Wendy Sharpe, Ben Smith, Pablo Tapia, Craig Waddell, Natasha Andrea Walsh, Heidi Yardley and Michael Zavros.
There are several distinguished artists among the finalists. Yardley was a finalist in the 2016 Archibald Prize. Gardiner, Malherbe and Yardley were all finalists in the 2016 Wynne Prize. Sharpe was a finalist in the 2016 Sulman Prize. Queensland artist Zavros, a multiple-finalist in the Archibald Prize, won the 2016 Mosman Art Prize.
Jack Noel Kilgour, who bequeathed the funds for the creation of the prize, was an Australian artist known for his academic approach to landscape and portrait painting. He died in 1987.
The public can vote for the People’s Choice in the Kilgour online until October 19.
The show at the gallery runs through November 13.
► Online voting for the Kilgour Prize 2016 People’s Choice Awards is now open
► Vote for your favourite figurative or portrait painting in the Kilgour Prize 2016
► The People’s Choice Award of $5000 is awarded to the winning artist as voted by the public
► By entering your vote you agree to the Terms and Conditions
► Online voting closes at 5pm Wednesday, October 19 2016
► The People’s Choice Award winner will be determined by the total of votes collected through both in-person voting at the Gallery and online voting through the Newcastle Herald
The winner will be published in the Newcastle Herald on Saturday, October 22 2016
► Don’t forget to visit the Kilgour Prize 2016 exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery August 27 to November 13 2016