Bayton Award 2017

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3 June - 16 July 2017

The Bayton Award and accompanying exhibition highlighted the creativity and variety of artistic endeavour in our region. Drawing on artwork produced over the last twelve months, the exhibition revealed the shared concerns of artists living in Central Queensland. Forming a snapshot of the many ways artists create, the exhibition also indicated the depth of creative skill across our community.

An initiative of the Rockhampton Art Gallery Philanthropy Board, Rockhampton Regional Council, and hosted by the Rockhampton Art Gallery; The Bayton Award 2017 was valued to $17,000 and comprised cash and in-kind contributions. The Award is named in recognition of the Right Reverend John Bayton AM for his significant contribution to the development of the Rockhampton Art Gallery Collection and was judged by the Philanthropy Board and Rockhampton Art Gallery Director.

The Bayton Award 2017 was 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.