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exhibitions 2007

20 January - 25 February

2006 Archibald Prize NSW Regional Tour

Each year in accordance with the bequest of Jules F. Archibald (1856-1919) the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales invite artists to submit paintings in competition for an annual prize (now in its 85th year), which is awarded to the best portrait of a man or woman “distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics”. Marcus Wills has won the 2006 Archibald Prize.

The 2006 Archibald Prize is presented by the Art gallery of NSW. The regional tour is co-ordinated by Museums and Galleries NSW, and the event is sponsored by Myer.

Franziska Klose

Contemporary German Photography


Marcus Wills  The Paul Juraszek Monolith (after Marcus Gheeraerts) oil on linen image: courtesy of and © the artist  photo: Art Gallery NSW

3 March - 8 April

20yrs of The Muswellbrook Open Art Prize (1986-2006)

The Muswellbrook Open Art Prize began in 1958 and is now a nationally recognised art prize on the Australian cultural calendar with prize money of $16,000. This retrospective exhibition profiles a selection of winning works from each of the acquisitive categories - Painting, Works on Paper & Ceramics.


Joanne Linsdell
Water Catchment Area,  2005, ceramic and marble dust - Winner of the Acquisitive Open Ceramic Prize 2005 (The Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection)

14 April - 13 May

Still Lifes with Chrysanthemums

A selection of works from the collection exploring flowers & still life. The gallery will be filled with hundreds of fresh flowers when, in partnership with the Muswellbrook & District Garden Club Inc, the Art Centre will host the annual Chrysanthemum Show & Competition. 

Irene Esteves & Craig Dunn

Recent work by two Upper Hunter ceramicists. Esteves’ installation captures in porcelain the delicate beauty of sea sponges, washed up after the storm.

‘Carnival’ is the latest body of work by Dunn, this collection of sculptures explore hybrid and fictive creatures. He combines ceramics, aerated concrete and water in his figurative forms.

Richard Larter

A selection of works by this contentious Australian artist from the Max Watters Collection


Irene Esteves Sea Sponges 2007 (detail) porcelain

19 May  – 17 June

Along My Road – photographs by John Williams

The exhibition continues the ongoing work that

Williams has been pursuing in landscape photography since his exhibitions “Rubbished” and “After Tom” at Stills Gallery in 1999 and 2001.


An exhibition of recently donated works to the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.

*Please note that the previously advertised exhibition by Reg Mombassa will not take place.


John Williams Burnt, 2006 digital print, image courtesy of the artist

1 – 30 June

Youth Snaps 2007 

Youth Snaps is an exhibition series of four photographic workshops for young people aged 12 to 15 years, facilitated by Upper Hunter Community Services and Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.  The workshops were held at the Arts Centre on consecutive Saturdays during April and early May as part of the 2007 Youth Week celebrations. 

This year marks the second Youth Snaps event, following on from last year’s success.Youth Snaps attracted seven participants who learnt about camera techniques, composition, subject matter, lighting, photographic equipment, and photography styles by renowned and award winning local photographer, Danny Grabham. Participants were provided with a disposable camera after each session. The project also involved a field trip to Mt Rossgole. 

All participants have had selected photographs enlarged, mounted, framed for the exhibition in the Community Room of the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.Youth Snaps has been generously supported by Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Youth Week funding, and Upper Hunter Community Services Youth Development Project.


Youth Snaps participants, left to right: Danny Grabham (workshop tutor), Nathan Siudek, Nikki Chesworth, Mary Collins, Claire Collins, Claire Kendall, Stephanie Foley, and Tori Short.


22 June – 5 August

Drawn Together – The Drawing Lives of Nora Heysen, Judy Cassab and Margaret Woodward

This touring exhibition consists of a gathering of drawings and associated prints and paintings that span the lives of these three artists and covers nearly 80 years of art making in Australia. The works are drawn from major State and National collections as well as private collections, including rare finds from the studios of the artists.  The exhibition aims to stimulate and educate both adults and children.

Drawn Together will provide people from across the Arts Centre’s catchments (Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter Shires) and surrounding areas with access to a detailed look at drawing.

Heysen, Cassab and Woodward drew together for many years and formed close bonds. They were all strong women in their own particular ways with an unerring passion for art, a drive to excel and a sense of creative exploration that ensures exciting discoveries for the viewer even in the nuances of a momentary line. This exhibition explores the relationship between these women, follows their drawing life lines and the nature of drawing within their art. The exhibition shares the dialogue concerning drawing now in contemporary art practice – as a method of making art, a way of seeing, an art form in its own right and the role of drawing in our consciousness as a culture.  

The Open Art Prize and Open Ceramic entry forms can be downloaded by clicking the links below. the forms require Acrobat Reader to be opened. 

Nora Heysen, Self Portrait  undated, private collection; Margaret Woodward, Judy Cassab c1993, private collection; Judy Cassab Margaret woodward 1994, private collection

2 July – 5 August

NAIDOC Week exhibition

An annual exhibition to celebrate the creativity of Aboriginal artists resident in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales . This year showcasing Les Elvin, whose great grandfather was one of the local Wanaruah people.


Les Elvin Rings of Fire 2006 SPP on canvas

11 August – 7 October

39th Muswellbrook Open Art Prize

The Muswellbrook Open Art Prize began in 1958 and is now a nationally recognised art prize on the Australian cultural calendar with total prize money of $16,000. The Muswellbrook Open Art Prize features 2 sections - Two Dimensional Painting of Any Subject in any medium & Drawing, Watercolour or Print of any subject, in any medium on paper and The Muswellbrook Open Ceramic Award. Entry forms for both awards will be available in early June.

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Michael Bell, The Dog Beach, Newcastle 2005, Oil on canvas, Muswellbrook Shire Collection.

Winner Open Art Prize 2005


13 October – 25 November

Muswellbrook Local Art and Ceramic Award

Open to artists resident in the local government areas of Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter. Featuring The Esther Bellis Youth Prize and the Max Watters Prize for ceramics.

Muswellbrook Photographic Award – Features the Open Prize for photographers resident in Australia , as well as Local and Shire sections.

Entry form and conditions for both awards will be available from the Arts Centre in early July.


Peter Annand, Fig Trees #7 giclee print The Muswellbrook Shire Collection Winner of the Muswellbrook Photographic Award 2006

1 December – 16 December

Artists Selling Show (artists sell out)

An exhibition of original works by local artists, just in time for Christmas. All pieces are under 60cm and under $200.

Red Cross Christmas Trees

A charity event of inventive Christmas trees and wreaths fill the Art Centre to celebrate the festive season.

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