$30,000 – 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize now open

Posted 22 February 2018

The 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize is a signature event that assists with the development of the Gallery’s collection while fostering Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general. 

Justin Paton, Head Curator, International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum, join Lisa Sullivan, Senior Curator, Geelong Gallery, in judging this year’s $30,000 award.


The 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize continues a long tradition of prize exhibitions staged by the Geelong Gallery. From the late-1930s, the Gallery has awarded acquisitive prizes variously for paintings, watercolours and prints, sponsored by a variety of individuals and corporate supporters.

In the mid-1990s, the Geelong Art Gallery Foundation established a contemporary painting prize—the Geelong contemporary art prize—with the aim of showcasing the work of contemporary Australian practitioners and enriching the Gallery’s permanent collection of contemporary Australian art through the acquisition of a winning work.

From 2004–10 the prize was restyled as the Fletcher Jones art prize in acknowledgement of the sponsorship of Fletcher Jones. In 2012, with the generous support of the Dimmick Charitable Trust, the award returned to the title of Geelong contemporary art prize.

Over the past 12 years, works by Kate Beynon (2016), Rob McHaffie (2014), Paul Ryan (2012), Tim McMonagle (2010), Nadine Christensen (2008), Sam Leach (2006) and Juan Ford (2004) have been acquired through this nationally significant painting prize.

Important dates

Entries close on Friday 23 March at 5pm

Notification of selection from Monday 30 April

The recipient of the 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize will be announced on the evening of Friday 8 June (by invitation) and the exhibition of shortlisted works will be on display at Geelong Gallery from Saturday 9 June to Sunday 19 August. Geelong Gallery is open daily from 10am–5pm. Admission is free.

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