|Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo VIC 3550
|20 Nov 21 - 13 Feb 22
Held every two years, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize attracts some of Australia’s most accomplished artists, awarding a generous acquisitive cash prize of $50,000. The Prize provides Bendigo Art Gallery with the opportunity to survey a breadth of contemporary painting by established and emerging artists from across Australia.
This exhibition of finalists work, showcases the dynamism and diversity of contemporary painting practice today. The winning work joins the Gallery’s permanent collection.
2021 Winner - Kirsty Budge
Ok, so is this a fresh hell or are we just adding to the regular one today?
oil on canvas
166 x 200 cm
Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer, Melbourne
About the Prize
The Prize was initiated by Mr Allen Guy CBE (1917-2007) to honour his brother Arthur Guy (1914-1945) whose life was tragically cut short whilst in military service in New Guinea. Inaugurated in 2003, Bendigo Art Gallery acknowledges all those who have contributed to the success of the Prize and look forward to the continuation of this prestigious and highly regarded acquisitive prize.
Previous winners include Stieg Persson (2003), Dale Frank (2005), Stephen Bush (2007), Jan Nelson (2009), Tim Johnson (2011), Chris Bond (2013), Guan Wei (2015), Margaret Loy Pula (2017) and Jahnne Pascoe-White (2019).
About Arthur Guy
Arthur Guy was born in Melbourne on 24 November 1914, the first child of Arthur and Catherine Guy and the elder and only sibling of Allen. 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, Arthur was on a supply mission supporting ground troops when his plane went down in a fatal crash near Wewak. He is buried in the Lae War Memorial Cemetery, Papua New Guinea.
People’s Choice Award
Which of the 34 artworks shortlisted for the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2021 is your favourite?
Voting closes 5pm 13 February and the People’s Choice winner will be announced 14 February 2022.
Explore the finalists' works
W H Chong
Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin
Yusuf Ali Hayat