Special extended opening hours - Naked & Nude Art Prize 2023

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Exhibition Opening @ MRAG -

Gala Opening and Exhibition of Works: Saturday 2 September 6:30 pm 

Exhibition dates: 2 September to 15 October 2023 

Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery, in partnership with the Manning Regional Art Gallery, will open the biennial Naked & Nude Art Prize at a Gala evening on 2 September 2023. The winner of the $35,000 major prize will be announced by our judge Lauretta Morton OAM, the Director of Newcastle Art Gallery. Come along and support the Gallery!

Naked & Nude Art Prize 2023 has a prize pool of $37,000.

Major Acquisitive Prize—$35,000.00

Val Good Bequest People’s Choice Prize—$2,000.00

“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”.

The biennial Naked & Nude Art Prize (previously the Manning Art Prize: Naked & Nude) commenced in 1990 with entries open to Australian artists. The Art Prize is a partnership between Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery and the Manning Regional Art Gallery. After 33 years, the Naked & Nude Art Prize has become a prestigious national event on the Australian Arts Calendar and is open to artists in a variety of mediums.  The winning entry is acquired by the Friends and donated to the Manning Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

Without the generous gifts from all our supporters, the Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery could not present the Naked & Nude Art Prize to the community of the Mid North Coast. For more information and to enter, please go to the Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery Website, here

We are excited to announce Lauretta Morton OAM, the Director of Newcastle Art Gallery will be this year's judge. 

Lauretta Morton OAM - Director of Newcastle Art Gallery

With over 35 years’ experience in the Visual Arts and Creative Industries sectors, Lauretta is the first female Director in Newcastle Art Gallery's 66-year history. Her Directorship and artistic, curatorial leadership has achieved the highest audience participation in over a decade to award-winning nationally and internationally recognised exhibitions.

Securing record growth in benefaction and donations to the City of Newcastle’s $126M collection of over 7,000 works of art, Lauretta is a highly respected arts advocate committed to supporting the broader Gallery and Museum profession through multiple Industry Boards, Committees and Mentorship. Lauretta was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2022 Australia Day Honours in recognition of her 'outstanding and meritorious service' to the museums and galleries sector. 

The finalists are:

Summer Aldis, Behzad Alipour, Daniel Butterworth, Matt Butterworth, Richard Byrnes, Kerry Cannon, Janet Clouston, Veronica Colvin, Philip Cooper, Robbie Crane, Jesse Dayan, Shawnee Dean, Jen Delirium, Christine Druitt-Preston, Mark Dubner, Sharon Duymel, Katherine Edney, Jo Ernst, Michael Gawler, Anna-Carlen Goosen, James Guppy, Matthew Hall-Fong, Naomie Hatherley, Petrina Hicks, Nicola Higgins, Kaswyn Hunt, Julie Hutchings, Sue Jarvis, Katherine Jenkins, Linda Kruger, Zai Kuang, Yianni Maggacis, Sangeeta Mahajan, Deborah Marks, Abbey McCulloch, Ray Monde, Freyja Moon, Liam Nunan, Alice Palmer, Alice Pulvers, Matthew Quick, Robyn Rich, Gwen Roberts, Jenny Rodgerson, Bruce Rowland, Gregory Semu, Wendy Sharpe, Randall Sinnamon, Gary Smith, Peter Steggall, Jane-Frances Tannock, Alex Thorby, Seabastion Toast, David Tucker, Jim van Geet, Sally West, Angus White, Joe Whyte, Madeleine Winch, Ainslie Wright, Caroline Zilinsky

Important dates for Naked & Nude Art Prize 2023

  • 23 June - Entries close at 11:59pm
  • 21 July - Finalists notified by email.
  • 21 July - Finalists announced to the public.
  • 2 September - Exhibition Official Opening and announcement of winner
  • 15 October - Exhibition closes



  • Sunday, 03 September 2023 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Sunday, 15 October 2023 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM


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