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 exceptional artworks for the Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection. BAAP is judged by industry professionals who award total prize monies and acquisitive funds of $19,000.

In 2018 the major prize of $15,000 will be 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.

This year we welcome Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art and Annika Kristensen, Senior Curator, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art who will join Nicole Salvo, Assistant Curator, The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre on the 2018 judging panel.


This year an unprecedented number of entries were received with over 650 paintings submitted from 474 artists living throughout Australia. The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the selection of 32 exceptional paintings for inclusion in the 2018 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize.

The finalist artists are:
Sam Cranstoun, Tony Curran, Patrick Dagg, Nick Devlin, James Dodd, Troy Emery, Julia Gorman, Alizon Gray, Louise Gresswell, Christine Healy, Sophia Hewson, Justin Hinder, Fassih Keiso, Robyn Kinsela, Annika Koops, John Krzywokulski, Ngaio Lenz, Jordan Marani, Sam Martin, Georgie Mattingley, Rob McHaffie, Moya McKenna, Fiona McMonagle, Valmayi Nampitjinpa, David Neale, David Palliser, Jahnne Pasco-White, David Ralph, Ebony Truscott, Kate Tucker, Darren Wardle, Michelle Zuccolo.

The finalist exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 18 May – Sunday 8 July 2018 at the Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, cnr Carpenter & Wilson Street, Brighton, VIC 3186.

The winners will be announced at the opening celebration on Thursday 17 May, 6 – 8pm. All welcome.