Bendigo Gallery

Bendigo Art Gallery – Paul Guest Prize

by | 16 Jun 2024 | EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS, Blog post

The Paul Guest Drawing Prize is an award and exhibition held biennially that highlights contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, The Honourable Paul Guest OAM QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing in contemporary art practice.  The Prize is a non-acquisitive cash award of $18,000.

‘My abiding and passionate interest in art commenced several decades ago and from those early beginnings I was introduced to contemporary art in a holistic way which ran parallel to my professional career. I appreciate that the journey for artists is, at times, a demanding and tortuous one and I trust that in some small way I have and will continue to assist them to achieve their full potential,’ said the Honourable Paul M Guest, OAM QC.

In 2024 we are pleased to announce Chris McAuliffe, Emeritus Professor, School of Art and Design, Australian National University as the judge.

2024 Key Dates

Entries close: 4pm, Friday 23 August 2024
Finalists announced: Friday 4 October 2024
Winner announcement: Friday 29 November 2024 at 7 pm
Finalist exhibition: 30 November 2024 – 27 April 2025

2024 Key Details

Paul Guest Drawing Prize 2024 Terms & Conditions
Entry fee is $45 per artist (regardless of one or two entries supplied).
Open to all Australian artists over the age of 18 (citizens of Australia or residents for 12 months).
Non-acquisitive Prize
Prize money $18,000
Artists can submit a maximum of two works completed since 1 July 2023
Works must not exceed 2 metres in any direction including frame
Media: Bendigo Art Gallery has not stipulated what constitutes a drawing in the terms and conditions and hopes to see a range of approaches and interpretations of this medium in the prize.

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