The Gold Award History

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The Gold Award is designed as an invitation award to consider the best in contemporary painting while simultaneously building a substantive collection for Rockhampton Art Gallery. The most outstanding work or works by an artist is awarded a $50,000 cash prize and acquired to Rockhampton n Art Gallery Collection.

The Gold Award has been made possible through the generous bequest of $600,000 from the Estate of Moya Gold (1928-2000), a local philanthropist who understood the joys and opportunities of arts and education. In 2016, The Gold Award is also supported by Rockhampton Regional Council, who continues to invest in providing fulsome cultural experiences for Central Queenslanders.

The Gold Award enables the Gallery to grow its renowned collection of modern paintings to now include works by contemporary Australian artists. Through exhibition in the Gold Award, the Gallery has also acquired paintings by Del Kathryn Barton, Julie Fragar, Jason Benjamin, Victoria Reichelt, Kate Shaw, and Ben Quilty.