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Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize: At Bayside Gallery from 14 May-4 July

South Australian artist Alec Baker has taken out the $15,000 Bayside Acquisitive Art Award for his painting Ngura (Country).

Description below image.Alec Baker, Ngura (Country) 2019, acrylic on linen, 112 x 198 cm. Courtesy the artist and Iwantja Arts, Indulkana, SA.

This year’s $3,000 Local Art Prize Winner is Michelle Zuccollo, who lives in Brighton East.

Description below image.Michelle Zuccolo, Habitat 2020, oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist.

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The 2020/21 Bayside Art Acquisitive Prize is now exhibiting at Bayside Gallery. 

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Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize 2020/21 winners

South Australian artist Alec Baker has taken out the $15,000 Bayside Acquisitive Art Award for his painting Ngura (Country).

Announced at the Bayside Acquisitive Art Award finalist exhibition opening night, Baker’s work was selected from a group of 38 finalists shortlisted from over 400 entries from across Australia.

Description below image.The prize was accepted on behalf of Alec Baker by Adriana Del Medico, Gallery Manager at Alcaston Gallery, presented by Cr Sonia Castelli (centre) and Cr Laurence Evans OAM (right).

The 2020/21 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize was judged by Louise Tegart, Director, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ryan Johnston, Head of Academic Programs, Museums and Collections, University of Melbourne, and Joanna Bosse, Bayside Gallery Curator.

In awarding the work, the judging panel celebrated its complexity and optical richness.

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Bayside Gallery Curator Joanna Bosse said the work highlights Baker as an established artist at the height of his career.

“Ngura (2019) by Alec Baker is a major painting that reflects this highly significant artist’s body of work,” Ms Bosse said.

“His layered, energetic composition is visually captivating, and the work’s radiant colour palette evokes the vibrancy of his desert country."

Local Art Prize Winner

This year’s $3,000 Local Art Prize Winner is Michelle Zuccollo who lives in Brighton East.

Zuccollo’s painting Habitat (2020) is an unsettling work that raises questions about interactions between introduced and native species.

Description below image.Michelle Zuccollo (centre) accepts the Local Art Prize from and Cr Laurence Evans OAM (left) and Cr Sonia Castelli (right).

“The work’s strange and ambitious composition contrasts with the artist’s delicate application of paint, creating an uneasy tension that engages both the eye and the mind,” Ms Bosse said.

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize finalist exhibition continues at Bayside Gallery (Cnr Carpenter and Wilson Streets, Brighton) until 04 July 2021.

Visitors to the exhibition can vote for their favourite painting which will be recognised with the People’s Choice Award worth $1,000.

This year's finalists

2020/21 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize Finalists

The following artists were selected as finalists in this year’s art prize:

Benjamin Aitken, Karima Baadilla, Alec Baker, Max Berry, Alison Binks, David Brian, Magda Cebokli, Ash Coates, Brett Colquhoun, Jarryd Cooper, Emma Coulter, Marcel Cousins, Noni Drew, Emily Ferretti, Martin George, Bob Gibson, Julia Gorman, Simon Grennan, Rose Anna Hamnes, Euan Heng, Kez Hughes, Tracey Jones, Linda Judge, Dena Kahan, Belem Lett, Travis MacDonald, Tim McMonagle, Betty Muffler, Sally M. Nangala Mulda, Ivan Namirrkki, Saffron Newey, David Ralph, Anna Rowbury, Brad Rusbridge, Bryan Spier, Darren Wardle, Alice Wormald, Michelle Zuccolo.

For more information about the prize, please visit the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize website.

2020/21 Prizes

  • $15,000 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize - winner announced 13 May
  • $3,000 Local Art Prize - winner announced 13 May
  • $1,000 People's Choice Prize - voting opens 14 May

2020/21 Judges

  • Ryan Johnston, Head of Academic Programs, Museums and Collections, University of Melbourne
  • Louise Tegart, Director, Art Gallery of Ballarat
  • Joanna Bosse, Curator, Bayside Gallery

BAAP People’s Choice Award: Cast your vote!

Step 1: Visit Bayside Gallery between 14 May-4 July to pick your favourite work.
Step 2: Scan the QR code at the Gallery to submit your choice.

Jigsaw puzzle fun

Due to popular demand, we bring you the latest in our fun jigsaw puzzle series. This time it’s Dena Kahan, 'Still life with Dianthus and bee' 2019. Dena is a finalist in Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize 2020/21.

Dena Kahan, Still life with dianthus and bee 2019, oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Gallerysmith, Melbourne.
Dena Kahan, Still life with dianthus and bee 2019, oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Gallerysmith, Melbourne.

Dena Kahan’s work explores our relationship with nature, and our attempts to control and classify it. Inspired by botanical specimens found within significant museum collections, her work acts as a metaphor for this attempt to organise the natural world and our impact upon it.

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What is the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize?

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize is one of Victoria’s significant annual prizes for painting. It was established in 2015 and each year adds an exceptional contemporary painting to the Bayside Art and Heritage Collection. The prize aims to promote art and artists as a valuable part of the Bayside community.

The $15,000 Acquisitive Award and $3,000 Local Art Prize are judged by a panel of industry experts. Winners include Kevin Chin (2015), Peter Westwood (2016), Michael Vale (2017), Moya McKenna (2018) and Dani McKenzie (2019).

Previous winners

Meet our 2019 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize winner, Dani McKenzie.


View the works from previous Bayside Acquisitive Art Prizes:

2019 finalists   2018 finalists  2017 finalists 

2016 finalists  2015 finalists