2017 Manning Art Prize: Naked and Nude finalists announced

In News August 21, 2017

Manning Regional Art Gallery has announced finalists in the 2017 Manning Art Prize. The biennial Manning Art Prize commenced in 1990, with entries open to Australian artists. The Art Prize features a partnership between Friends, which funds the Art Prize through the Friends Art Fund Trust, and the Manning Regional Art Gallery who organise entries and curate the exhibition. After 25 years, the Manning Art Prize has become a prestigious national event on the Australian Arts Calendar and is open to artists in a variety of mediums. The lucrative event this year carries a $20,000 prize pool. The winning entry will be acquired by the Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery and donated to the Manning Regional Art Gallery permanent collection. In its 26th year the biennial art prize has once again asked artists to explore the concept of Naked and Nude. The original idea for Naked and Nude was suggested by art critic, John McDonald who is again judging the award. 

Naked & Nude refers to two things: firstly the great tradition of the Nude: a person who is bare with no covering or decoration. Secondly, a wider definition: something that is revealed, laid bare, unmasked or vulnerable.

Gala Opening & announcements of winners  —  2nd  September 2017

Exhibition dates —  2nd September to 15th October 2017


Among the 2017 finalists are Peter Churcher ‘Kaué’ 2017, oil on canvas, 101 x 74 cm (pictured above), Prudence Flint ‘Shower #2’ 2017, oil and coloured pencil on linen, 122 x 102 cm (pictured below) and Stewart MacFarlane ‘Remote’ 2017, oil on linen, 123 x 153 cm (pictured at top of page). For the full list of finalists and for further details please visit: http://mrag.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Exhibitions/Future-Exhibitions/The-2017-Manning-Art-Prize-Naked-Nude