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Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize

Tim JOHNSON Community base (detail) 2010 acrylic on linen Courtesy of the artist and Tolarno  Galleries, Melbourne Winner 2011 Arthur Guy Memorial  Painting Prize

Designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists and high calibre works, the inaugural Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize and exhibition was first held in 2003 at Bendigo Art Gallery.

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. 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 on 24 November 1914, 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.

Works from the shortlisted artists are on display at Bendigo Art Gallery in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize exhibition from 17 June – 17 September 2017.

The 2017 winner announced at the exhibition’s opening on Friday 16 June 2017 is Margaret Loy Pula for her work Anatye (bush potato), 2016.


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

This prize provides Bendigo Art Gallery with the opportunity to survey contemporary painting by attracting many high calibre and emerging artists from around Australia. When the inaugural prize was held in 2003 it was the first of its kind. Bendigo Art Gallery is thrilled with the paintings acquired via the Guy Prize over the past decade and looks forward the continuation of this prestigious and highly regarded acquisitive award.

The 2017 finalists from 291 entries are:

Matt Arbuckle

Steven Asquith

Andrew Browne

Kirsty Budge

Robyn Burgess

Deidre But-Husaim

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

Stephanie Wilson


Previous Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Winners

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize finalists 2005 to 2015

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Terms & Conditions


Guan Wei, 'Beach no5' 2014, acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist