MAP Portrait Prize 2022

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Call for Entries

Mudgee Arts Precinct is calling for entries for its inaugural Portrait Prize which will take place from 16 December 2022 - 12 March 2023. MAP Portrait Prize is open to submissions in all media to artists at any level of their artistic practice from beginners right through to arts professionals encouraged to enter.


Mid-Western Regional Council Best Portrait Prize: $10,000
Gora & Ellie Singh Mann Prize - Best Portrait from the Mid-Western Region: $2,500
Simon Staines Best Emerging Portrait Prize: $3,000 plus professional development towards a future exhibition
SPS Solar People's Choice Prize: $2,000

Mudgee Arts House ‘Courageous’ Award: $500

Artists are invited to submit up to five artworks towards this exhibition. They can be in any medium of their choosing and in as many categories as they wish but all works must be delivered exhibition-ready!

There is no entry fee to participate in the exhibition.

Mudgee Arts House ‘Courageous’ Award

Mudgee Arts House has kindly donated $1000 towards ‘Courageous’ awards($500 MAP Portrait Prize $500 Next Gen Portrait Prize). These awards are for artists who show exceptional commitment to pushing the boundaries via a strong conceptual component and exceptional courage in their art practice. 

Key Dates

18 November 2022: Entries close at 5pm
18-22 November: Exhibition finalists notified by email
30 November 2022: 
Delivery of works
12 December 2022: 
Finalists announced
16 December 2022: 
Exhibition Opening - winners announced
22 February 2023: 
People’s Choice Awards announced
12 March 2023:
 Exhibition closes
13 March 2023: 
Collection of works from MAP

If you require a physical copy of the entry form, or would like more details please get in touch with Mudgee Arts Precinct directly. 




Can I have my submissions evaluated via before delivery?

We do ask that entrants submit a digital copy of their work via email to before the online closing date on 18 November. This will enable us to evaluate the quantity of entries along with the calibre of works before delivery. In the event that the selection panel makes the decision not to accept a work, the entrant will be notified via the email provided on their entry form between the 18 and 22 November - ie before the delivery date on 30 November. 

Overall we hope to include as many entries as possible in the final exhibition however, we hope people will understand that this is a competition and that it may not always be possible.

Are there size restrictions on artwork?

MAP has not imposed any restrictions. That said we do ask entrants to include the dimensions of their work on their digital submission to help in the selection process before delivery. 

Is there an exhibition fee?

There is no fee to participate in the MAP Portrait Prize. 

Can I submit a portrait of an animal?

No, the MAP Portrait Prize is open for submissions of artworks with human subjects.