The biennial Manning Art Prize commenced in 1990 and ten Art Prizes have been held between 1990 and 2011. All have generated considerable interest throughout the visual arts community and have featured entries from interstate, state and local area artists.
The Manning Art Prize has been credited by those involved, as providing an important stimulus to the growth of excellence in the visual arts in the Manning Valley, as well as providing an opportunity to showcase the talents of participating artists.
The Art Prize remains a very effective partnership involving six different groups and organisations working towards a common outcome: The Friends of the Manning Regional Art Gallery who organise the Art Prize, the gallery volunteers who provide so freely of their time, the Art Gallery staff who organise entries and curate the exhibition, participating artists, Greater Taree City Council which has increasingly recognised the importance of the stimulus provided to the continuing cultural growth of the community and, of course, our sponsors and donors who provide the financial support to fund the Art Prize.
Special acknowledgement is extended to Dr Philip and Mrs Dusty Walkom, Gallery Patrons, Major Sponsors and Donors of the $10,000 Acquisitive Prize. The continuing support of Dr Philip and Mrs Dusty Walkom has enabled the Manning Art Prize to grow and develop over the years since 1990.