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.