About The Prize

  • Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

    Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

  • Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

    Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

  • Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

    Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

  • Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

    Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

  • Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

    Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

  • Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

    Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

  • Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

    Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

  • Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

    Installation view of the 2023 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition

$25,000
Major Prize
(non-acquisitive)
$10,000
Beckett Local Prize
(acquisitive)
$1,000
People's Choice Prize

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize relaunch!

We are pleased to announce the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize has been relaunched as the Bayside Painting Prize with an increase in prize money.

Call for entries closed on 23 February 2024. The finalist exhibition will be held at Bayside Gallery from 3 May to 23 June 2024.

Judges

The judges for the 2024 prize are:

Dr Rebecca Coates, Director, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)
Stieg Persson, Artist
Joanna Bosse, Curator, Bayside Gallery

First established in 2015 as the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, the name change is just one of the ways the prize has evolved. The Major Prize has increased to $25,000 from $15,000, and is no longer acquisitive, making it one of the most generous non-acquisitive painting prizes in the country.

The Local Art Prize has been renamed the Beckett Local Prize, in honour of remarkable local modernist Clarice Beckett. Now acquisitive, the prize money has increased to $10,000 from $3,000. The $1,000 People’s Choice Prize remains unchanged.

The Bayside Painting Prize remains a celebration of contemporary Australian painting. The finalist exhibition brings together a broad range of artists, both established and lesser known, whose varied approaches to the painted medium conveys the breadth and diversity of painting in Australia today.

The annual prize is an important opportunity for Bayside City Council to add exceptional works of art with a local connection to its collection and to promote art and artists as a valuable part of the Australian community.