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January - 25 February
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
Marcus Wills The Paul Juraszek Monolith (after Marcus Gheeraerts) oil on linen image: courtesy of and © the artist photo: Art Gallery NSW
March - 8 April
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.
April - 13 May
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.
Esteves & Craig Dunn
work by two Upper Hunter ceramicists. Esteves’ installation
captures in porcelain the delicate beauty of sea sponges, washed up after
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.
selection of works by this contentious Australian artist from the Max
– 17 June
Along My Road –
photographs by John Williams
exhibition continues the ongoing work that
has been pursuing in landscape photography since his exhibitions
“Rubbished” and “After Tom” at Stills Gallery in 1999 and 2001.
exhibition of recently donated works to the Muswellbrook Shire Art
note that the previously advertised exhibition by Reg Mombassa will not
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.
June – 5 August
Together – The Drawing Lives of Nora Heysen, Judy Cassab and Margaret
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
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.
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
July – 5 August
annual exhibition to celebrate the creativity of Aboriginal artists
resident in the Upper Hunter region of
Les Elvin Rings of Fire 2006 SPP on canvas
August – 7 October
Muswellbrook Open Art Prize
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.
Michael Bell, The Dog Beach, Newcastle 2005, Oil on canvas, Muswellbrook Shire Collection.
Winner Open Art Prize 2005
October – 25 November
Local Art and Ceramic Award
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.
Photographic Award – Features
the Open Prize for photographers resident in
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
December – 16 December
Selling Show (artists sell out)
exhibition of original works by local artists, just in time for Christmas.
All pieces are under 60cm and under $200.
Cross Christmas Trees
charity event of inventive Christmas trees and wreaths fill the Art Centre
to celebrate the festive season.