Art Prize Winner

13 May 2016

Peter Westwood wins $15k Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

The second annual Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize has been awarded to well-known Melbourne artist Peter Westwood.

Westwood’s painting Passivity: after ‘an episode from a fight’ took out the $15,000 cash prize and was selected out of a group of 32 finalists, drawn from a total 559 applications.

This year’s prize was judged by Heide Museum of Modern Art Director, Kirsty Grant and CEO of CLIMARTE,Guy Abrahams and the Gallery @ BACC’s Julie Skate.

In awarding the prize the judges celebrated the works humanity, grounded in both the physical and psychological worlds and that it displays the continued importance of paint as an artistic medium in the digital age.

“Westwood’s painting combines elements of abstraction and realism in an image that offers as many interpretations as there are viewers,” the judges said.

“This work speaks with delicacy and restraint, creating layered pictorial references and evoking complex and powerful emotions. But underlying all is a strong sense of humankind’s unavoidable enmeshment in the natural and psychological worlds.”

Gallery Supervisor Julie Skate said that this year’s field of entrants had been strong and that there had been increased interest in the prize.

“Now in its second year the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize is continuing to grow in esteem,” Ms Skate said.

“We were delighted with the overall quality of entrants and, with applications up by over 80 works on last year, the Prize is starting to garner increased attention among artists.”

The wining painting will now become part of the Bayside City Council Art and Heritage Collection.

The exhibition continues at The Gallery @ BACC, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Brighton until 26 June.


About the winner

Peter Westwood is an artist, curator and arts writer living in Melbourne.  He has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas and his work is held in significant collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, and Auckland Art Gallery and the Art Galleries of Geelong, Wollongong and Ballarat.

Peter Westwood is represented by NKN Gallery.


Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

The Gallery @ BACC, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Brighton Town Hall, Wilson St, Brighton

7 May to 26 June

Wednesday – Friday 11am – 5pm

Saturday & Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Phone: (03) 9261 7111




Peter Westwood, Passivity: after ‘an episode from a fight’ 2015, Oil on linen mounted on dibond, 149 x 79cm.


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