About the Prize

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) is an annual prize and exhibition that aims to increase opportunities for participation in Bayside’s arts and cultural program; foster a sense of identity, pride and place in Bayside through a community event; and enable the acquisition of suitable artworks for the Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection. BAAP will be judged by industry professionals who will award total prize monies and acquisitive funds of $19,000.

In 2017 the major prize of $15,000 is awarded to a painting. There is also a Local Art Prize of $3,000 for an artwork or artist with a local connection and visitors to the exhibition can become involved by casting a vote in the $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

In 2017 we welcome Samantha Comte, Curator & Exhibition Coordinator, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne and Jason Smith, Director Geelong Gallery who will be joining Joanna Bosse, Curator, The Gallery @ BACC on the 2017 selection panel.