Paul Guest Prize

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The Paul Guest 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 $15,000.

‘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 2020 we are pleased to announce Anne Ryan, Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as the judge.


To enter the Paul Guest Prize please read the Terms and Conditions or download a copy to determine eligability.  Cost of entry is $45.

The prize is open to all Australian artists (citizens of Australia or residents for 12 months) and is a non-acquisitive $15,000 prize. Artists can enter a maximum of two works completed since 1 June 2019. Works must not exceed 2 metres in any direction including frame.


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