The 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize is a signature event that showcases the diversity and excellence of Australian contemporary painting practice - and it's completely free to see!
Escape the winter chill by heading indoors to see some amazing exhibitions this July, beginning with the free-to-see 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize.
Located in the heart of Geelong at the beloved Geelong Gallery, this $30,000 acquisitive award and biennial exhibition showcases the diversity and excellence of Australian contemporary painting practice.
Running from now until Sunday, September 11, the signature event features 28 works by leading and emerging Australian artists that have been shortlisted for the 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize.
Selected from over 400 entries from around the country, this year’s finalists – and centrepieces of this year’s exhibition in Geelong – are Clara Adolphs, Benjamin Armstrong, Darcey Bella Arnold, Chris Bond, Stephen Bram, Renee Cosgrave, Greg Creek, Sarah crowEST, Ann Debono, Lucy Fahey, Janet Forbes, Katherine Hattam, Naomi Hobson, Anna Hoyle, Dane Lovett, Fiona McMonagle, Jordan Marani, Sam Martin, Jennifer Mills, Tully Moore, Tom Polo, Victoria Reichelt, Steven Rendall, Brian Robinson, Huseyin Sami, Georgia Spain, Judith Van Heeren and Alice Wormald.
The 28 shortlisted works for the 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize – selected by an expert panel of curators and gallery directors – reflect the sophistication and rich diversity of contemporary Australian painting, with some of the aforementioned artists being exhibited for the first time in Geelong Gallery’s acclaimed painting prize, alongside names whose practices will be well-known to audiences.
With the intention to be viewed collectively, the stylistic approaches and thematic range of the 28 shortlisted artists reflect the currency and relevance of painting today.
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Since the late-1930s, the Gallery has awarded acquisitive prizes variously for paintings, watercolours and prints, sponsored by a variety of individuals and corporate supporters, with the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize becoming a signature event that showcases the diversity and excellence of Australian contemporary painting practice.
Through these prizes, the Gallery has amassed an exceptional representation of Australian paintings whilst supporting contemporary practitioners, including works by Diena Georgetti (2021), Andrew Browne (2018), Kate Beynon (2016), Rob McHaffie (2014), Paul Ryan (2012), Tim McMonagle (2010), Nadine Christensen (2008), Sam Leach (2006) and Juan Ford (2004).
The recipient of the $30,000 acquisitive 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize will be announced on the evening of Friday 15 July, coinciding with the official opening of the exhibition.
And the best part is that seeing this exhibition won’t cost you a cent, with entry completely free. Happy wandering!
The 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize runs at the Geelong Gallery from Saturday 25 June to Sunday 11 September 2022. You can find out more about the exhibition here.