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 is judged by industry professionals who award total prize monies and acquisitive funds of $19,000.

In 2017 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.

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.

2017 Finalists

Annabelle ARONICA, Lynne BOYD, Claire BRIDGE, Andrew BROWNE, Matt BUTTERWORTH, Isobel CLEMENT, Jesse DAYAN, Ann DEBONO, Joni DENNIS, Mark DOBER, James DODD, Nanou DUPUIS, Carla EDGERTON, Phil EDWARDS, Robert FENTON, Brett FERRY, Louise FORTHUN & Stewart RUSSELL, Malcolm GARTSIDE, Jennifer GOODMAN, Julia GORMAN, Dana HARRIS, Linda JUDGE, Gina KALABISHIS, Robert KELLY, Robyn KINSELA, Harley MANIFOLD, Jarrad MARTYN, Yuria OKAMURA, Steven RENDALL, Jordan RICHARDSON, Julian AUBREY SMITH, Mignon STEELE, Danielle TOOLEY, Datsun TRAN, Michael VALE, Deborah WALKER, Victoria WATTS, Alice WORMALD, and Daniel WORTH.

Well-known Melbourne-based artist Michael Vale has taken out the $15,000 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize for his painting Snow.

Vale’s work was selected from a group of 37 finalists drawn from over 400 entries from across Australia.

In awarding the work the judging panel celebrated the accomplished nature of the work and its intriguing subject matter.

Curator Michael Brennan, speaking on behalf of the judging panel said that the work provides an unsettling view into the unconscious.

“This accomplished work is populated with curious figures gathering at the point between day and night,” Mr Brennan said.

“The viewer is left to find their own place within this complex narrative.”

This year’s $3,000 Local Art Prize Winner is Jennifer Goodman for her work Zephyr while Gina Kalabashis was voted the People’s Choice Award winner for her painting Arete no.3.