The late Max Watters OAM (1936-2020) donated his extensive collection of artworks to the Muswellbrook Shire in 2004, a collection which showcases some of the most influential names in contemporary Australian art, is conservatively valued at over $5 million, and forms the nucleus of the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre anthology.

And now Muswellbrook Shire Council are seeking an artist to render a likeness of Max Watters for the forecourt of the Arts Centre to show the widespread respect and admiration the community has for the artist.

Muswellbrook Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified artists to undertake the construction of a three-dimensional public art installation.

A full brief is available on Council’s website: or by clicking the link below: 

Request for Quote - Max Watters OAM

For further information please contact Kim Manwarring via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Expressions of interest should be submitted by 5pm on Monday, 30 November 2020.

Mayor Martin Rush said he cannot imagine anyone who more aptly personified Muswellbrook than Max Watters and that Council were honoured to acknowledge his contribution to the Shire.

“Max loved Muswellbrook and had very blunt words for anyone who didn’t. Humble, generous and without any pretentions, he was inspired by assisting young and emerging artists and others in the community.  And, as a community, we were inspired by him,” he said.

The artist’s sister, Marie Partridge, said his family were very pleased with the proposal and to be involved in the design process.

“It is wonderful to be involved in the process to select a design that reflects Max as the respected artist he was,” she said.

Council’s spokesperson for the arts Cr Jason Foy said every piece of his art is itself a rich part of the region’s heritage which will continue to be treasured.

“Max’s own art captured iconic Muswellbrook landscapes and heritage, depicting them in his unique artistic style. It is a privilege for Council to commission a work of art in his honour,” he said.

Back to top