29 August - 1 November 2015
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 in honour of his late brother Arthur Guy.
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.
The 2015 winner
Congratulations to Guan Wei, winner of the 2015 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize.
The judges described his work Beach 5 as having 'a strong cultural message. It is a painting about Australia and the idea of cultural transformation by a Chinese born Australian artist that speaks to us about the changing nature of Australian life'.
The independent judges for this year's prize were -
Dr Vincent Alessi, Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts and Design, La Trobe University
Jennifer Kalionis, Director, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum
John McDonald, Art critic, Sydney Morning Herald
Peter Guy, representative of the Guy family
Julie Millowick, Vice Chair, Bendigo Art Gallery Board
The 2015 finalists:
Lyndell Brown and Charles Green
Pei Pei He
Josie Kunoth Petyarre