Artists are invited to apply for the 2013 season of residencies at Muswellbrook



All residency places in 2013 will be funded with the generous support of Muswellbrook Shire Council

The Muswellbrook Artist in Residence Program aims to provide an opportunity for creative development in all areas of the visual arts in the unique environment.

Muswellbrook and the region offers a broad scope of land use including mining industry, thoroughbred studs, winery growing and at the same time to contribute to the long term cultural development and sustainability of the Upper Hunter region.

The selected participants will be expected to produce a body of work from their residency to be exhibited in the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.

The Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre offers four separate gallery spaces each with movable hanging walls, (see PDF for full details of spaces). The Centre is air conditioned to gallery specifications and also features a large workshop area.

An artist in residence can be expected to give at least one artist’s talk during their residency.

The residency is for a period of two weeks at a time mutually agreeable to both that artist and the Centre.

The successful artist is also encouraged to engage with the local community whilst working in the studio space.

The Residency Program is based in a studio space in Muswellbrook. The program is managed by Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre.

Applications for 2013 close on Friday 25th January 2013.

Artists are invited to apply for the 2013 season of residencies at Muswellbrook. A limited number of residency places in 2013 will be funded with the generous support of Muswellbrook Shire Council.

Successful applicant/s will be advised 8th February 2013.

It's easy to apply

Please send an up-to-date curriculum vitae, samples of your recent work (these should be as representative as possible, on CD or memory stick) and an outline of your proposed project to be undertaken at Muswellbrook. Applicants who have a clear idea of what they want to achieve will get the most benefit from a residency at Muswellbrook. 

About Muswellbrook

Muswellbrook is located at the geographic centre of the Hunter Valley in NSW. Approximately two and a half hours drive north of Sydney. The region is also serviced by Newcastle Airport approximately 1¾ hours away by road.

The Upper Hunter Region offers extensive areas for landscape work to be undertaken.

Varied land use from viticulture, open cut coal mining, horse studs and farmland.  The township of Muswellbrook has numerous shops and businesses in the thriving CBD and also supported by two large shopping malls one at the southern border of the town or in the centre of town. The township of Muswellbrook is also a service centre for the local open cut coal mining operations with a strong industrial base and commercial servicing organisations.

Several national parks are close by, including Towarri NP with its outstanding feature being the Washpools, with the nearby Wingen Maid and Burning Mountain. Further afield and you can visit the Barrington Tops National Park to travel through a change of vegetation from dry sclerophyll eucalypt forest to sub alpine vegetation.

Potted history of the township of Muswellbrook

On August 5th, 1833, surveyor R. Dixon was instructed to prepare a field plan for a village to be established on a reserve at the junction of Muscle Creek and the Hunter River. The town was gazetted on 23rd October 1833 and the first blocks of land were offered for sale on 26th August 1834.

By 1840 the town had a population of 215 in 41 houses, a few shops and several inns. In 1842 the area south of Muscle Creek was developed as ‘Forbestown’ by Francis and David, sons of Sir Francis Forbes. Due to confusion with the town of Forbes, the name South Muswellbrook was used from 1848.

The Municipality of Muswellbrook was proclaimed on 13th April 1870 with William Bowman of ‘Balmoral’ the first Mayor.

The township features many fine buildings Including St Albans Church with its ceiling designed by Horbury Hunt; and Skellatar House built in the 1880s with a commanding view over the township.

Contact us for more information

For more information and or enquiries please phone the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Arts Centre Education Officer, Roger Skinner, on 0407 909 550 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..