John Dudley Portrait Prize 2023

Explore the full exhibition of this year's entries.

Dates: Friday, 21 July – Friday, 25 August 2023
Times: 10:00am – 1:00pm weekdays, 10:00am – 4:00pm weekends
Entry: FREE
Venue: Hills Hub, Emerald

The John Dudley Portrait Prize annual exhibition celebrates the life of a great artist, past president and proud support of the arts.

At the opening the 10 finalists will be announced and the overall winner will receive their First Prize of $1000.

Each year, the winner will also have their name inscribed on the Honour Board which will be permanently displayed at the Emerald Arts Society.


GUEST JUDGE: Raelene Sharp

The Emerald Arts Society is delighted that renowned award-winning artist Raelene Sharp will be our judge at this year’s exhibition.

Raelene Sharp has been a professional portrait artist for many years painting corporate, private and celebrity portraits for clients around the country. She lists Parliament of Victoria, Scotch College, Melbourne University, Melbourne University College, Royal Children’s Hospital, Methodists’ Ladies College, St Catherine’s Toorak, and Caulfield Grammar among her clients.

Raelene has won the third richest portrait prize in the Australia – The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize. Her paintings of Professor Suzanne Cory AC and Eva and Marc Besen AC are hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. She is an Archibald Prize Finalist and Archibald Packing Room prize Winner. Her painting of Justice Betty King is hanging in the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery Victoria Bar. She has been included in the Salon International USA, twice the Archibald Salon des Refuse, the Portia Geach and received a First Merit in the Portrait Society of America’s annual Exhibition. Raelene is a Victorian Artists’ Society and Australian Guild of Realists Artists’ Fellow. Her paintings are in public and private collections in Australia and overseas. She has been finalist in most of the national portrait competitions and also features in several publications. Raelene has judged many national art shows including Camberwell Art Show three times.


The Emerald Arts Society wishes to thank the Dudley family for kindly donating this year’s $1000 First Prize.

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Dates & times
Friday 21 Jul
Friday 25 Aug
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