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Paul Guest Prize

‘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.’ The Honourable Paul M Guest, QC

The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $12,000 which is held every two years, highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, the Honourable Paul Guest QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing and to create challenging and unique art works.

This year, the judge is renowned draftsman and Australian artist, Godwin Bradbeer.


Peter Grziwotz, Study as St Jerome for a self-portrait 2016, charcoal on paper, Courtesy of the artist


Kim Anderson
Justin Andrews
Mark Boey
Melissa Boughey
Anthony Breslin
Adam Cusack
Mark Dober
Shay Downer
Craig Easton
Esther Erlich
David Fairbairn
Simon Finn
Prudence Flint
Louise Forthun
Belinda Fox
Todd Fuller
Tarli Glover
Erika Gofton
Peter Grziwotz
Robbie Harmsworth
Pei Pei He
Euan Heng
Christine Hooper
Baby Guerrilla
Locust Jones
Martin King
Bruno Leti
Lily Mae Martin
Catherine O’Donnell
Christopher Orchard
Becc Ország
Dan Price
Claire Primrose
Lyn Raymer
Anna Louise Richardson
Colin Rowe
Kathryn Ryan
Andrew Seward
Andrew Southall
Adriane Strampp
Peter Thomas
Chloe Vallance
Brooke Walker
Paul White
Xiaoping Zhou


The exhibition that features all 46 finalists will be on display from 27 August - 16 October 2016.


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2010 Finalists

2012 Finalists

2014 Finalists

Peter Grziwotz, Study as St Jerome for a self-portrait 2016, charcoal on paper. Courtesy of the artist