EXHIBITIONS    Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2017

Bendigo Art Gallery

17.06.17 to 17.09.17


Image: Margaret Loy Pula, Anatye (bush potato) 2016, acrylic on linen. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane.


Designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists and high calibre works, this year's Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize exhibition provides Bendigo Art Gallery with the opportunity to survey contemporary painting from around Australia.

Every two years the Gallery invites artists to submit entries for the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. The most outstanding work as judged by the selection panel is awarded an acquisitive cash prize of $50,000. Works from the short-listed artists will be on display.


Winner of the 2017 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize is Margaret Loy Pula for her work Anatye (bush potato), 2016.


The 2017 finalists from 291 entries are: Matt Arbuckle, Steven Asquith, Andrew Browne, Kirsty Budge, Robyn Burgess, Deidre ButHusaim, Mitch Cairns, Jon Campbell, Sadie Chandler, Marcel Cousins, Jesse Dayan, Prudence Flint, Martin George, Helga Groves, Stephen Hayley, Pei Pei He, Euan Heng, Rachael Hooper, Kez Hughes, Jennifer Joseph, Guundie Kuchling, Michael Lindeman, Christian Lock, Dane Lovett, Fiona Lowry, Margaret Loy Pula, Karla Marchesi, Robert Owen, Louise Paramor, Anthony Pelchen, Bundit Puangthong, Jordan Richardson, Kate Shaw, Robyn Sweaney, Kate Tucker, David Wadelton and Stephanie Wilson.


The Prize was initiated by Mr Allen Guy C.B.E (1917-2007) in honour of his brother Arthur Guy (1914-1945). Arthur Guy was born in Melbourne, the first son for Arthur and Catherine Guy. He was the only and elder sibling of Allen Rupert Guy. Arthur was educated at Camp Hill State School in Bendigo and then at Ballarat Grammar School. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in a signals unit and served in New Guinea. On 14 February 1945, aged 30, he was on a biscuit bomber mission when his plane was shot down near Lae. He is buried in the Lae War Memorial Cemetery.

Bendigo Art Gallery is thrilled with the paintings acquired via the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize over the past decade and looks forward the continuation of this prestigious and highly regarded acquisitive award.


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