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The Bayton Award

The Bayton Award 2017: The biennial art award for Central Queensland artists
Carmel Knowles Tragedies in tin Bayton Award 2015 winner.jpg 

Carmel KNOWLES (b.1955) | Tragedies in tin 2014
mixed media | Private collection
Winner of the 2015 Bayton Award | © Carmel Knowles



Kobie SWART (b. 1964) | Monkey Business 2013
acrylic on canvas | Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust 2013 | 2014.004
Winner of the 2013 Bayton Award | © Kobie Swart


Patrick CONNOR  | Doncaster and the fox 2012
oil and acrylic on canvas | Private collection
Winner of the 2012 Bayton Award | © Patrick Connor

The Bayton Award 2017

The biennial art award for Central Queensland artists

+ Applications Extended - Entries now close Monday 3pm, 1 May 2017 +

The Bayton Award is an initiative of Rockhampton Art Gallery Philanthropy Board, Rockhampton Regional Council and hosted by Rockhampton Art Gallery valued at $17,000 of cash and in-kind contributions and is open to artists of the Central Queensland region.

The Bayton Award is open to artists residing in the following regions and shires: Rockhampton, Livingstone, Gladstone, Banana, Woorabinda, Central Highlands, Isaac, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo, Longreach, Winton, Barcoo, Diamantina and Boulia.

This Award has been named in honour of the Right Reverend John Bayton AM for his significant contribution to the development of the Rockhampton Art Gallery collection. Installed as Dean of Rockhampton in 1968 and an artist in his own right, Rt Rev Bayton was the Chair of the Gallery’s Art Acquisition Fund in 1975. Together with Gallery committee members including then Mayor Rex Pilbeam, Architect Neil McKendry and Gallery Director Don Taylor, Rt Rev Bayton was responsible for the selection and purchase of important mid-twentieth century paintings, sculpture and works on paper. This collection is arguably the finest in regional Queensland.

Judged by the Philanthropy Board and Rockhampton Art Gallery Director the Bayton Award for Central Queensland artists is a biennial, acquisitive Award celebrating the diversity and excitement of visual arts in Central Queensland. 

The winner of the Bayton Award receives:

  1. $5,000 cash prize for the acquisition of the winning work as first right of refusal to the Rockhampton Art Gallery collection.  
  2. An international artist in residency in Singapore in 2018 arranged by Rockhampton Art Gallery consisting of in-kind and cash contributions to the value of $5,000.
  3. Time to develop a new body of work for the residency undertaken, in the year 2019.
  4. Solo exhibition at Rockhampton Art Gallery in 2020 consisting of in-kind and cash contributions to the value of $7,000 with Rockhampton Art Gallery undertaking first right of refusal on one of the exhibited works for acquisition to the Rockhampton Art Gallery collection without further payment.

    This award has an entry fee of $30.00, payable at the end of this entry form. This fee entitles the artist to up to three entries.

Bayton Award finalists are all eligible for the People's Choice Award valued at $1,000 cash to the artist and artwork that received the most votes from the free public people choice.

The Bayton Award is a joint initiative between the Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust, Rockhampton Art Gallery, and Rockhampton Regional Council.
Entries are now open for the 2017 Bayton Award and close at 3pm, 1 May 2017. All entries are to be submitted online through our form.

Enter the Bayton Award 2017 online now

Key Dates

Entries close
1 May 2017, 3pm

Entries assessed
Week of 1 May 2017

Entrants notified of selection
Week of 8 May 2017

Delivery of works
Week of 22 May 2017

Exhibition installation
Week of 29 May 2017

Exhibition opens
Friday 2 June 2017 

Exhibition closes
Sunday 16 July 2017

Artwork collection
Tuesday 18 July & Wednesday 19 July 2017


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PO Box 1860 Rockhampton Qld 4700
Phone: (07) 4936 8248