• 1989 - Denman & Muswellbrook art collections merge

    1989 - Denman & Muswellbrook art collections merge

    The Denman Arts and Crafts Collection is amalgamated into the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection which brings to the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection some well-known local artists such as Julia Cawsey, Anne Clay, Enid Cryer, Norma Edwards, Betty Gleeson, Elizabeth Parkinson, Garry Philp and Melanie Purcell.

    Norma Edwards Bowl 1981 stoneware, 20 x 9cm, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection, originally Denman Arts & Crafts Collection
  • 1987 - Muswellbrook Photographic Award established

    1987 - Muswellbrook Photographic Award established

    Muswellbrook Photographic Award established. Acquisitive and sponsored by Coal & Allied and the Muswellbrook & Districts Camera Club from 1987 to 2014. Currently unfunded. First winner is Ruby Spowart for “Roidscape”. The Photographic Award added works by significant Australian photographic artists to the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection such as Warren Breninger, Graham Burstow, Allan Chawner, Victoria Cooper, Roger Hanley, Robert Mercer, Glen O’Malley and Doug Spowart

    Ruby Spowart Roidscape (RS 27) 1987 Polaroid collage on cardboard, 38 x 21cm, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection, Winner of the Muswellbrook Photographic Award 1987.
  • 1976 - Opening of the Muswellbrook Arts Centre

    1976 - Opening of the Muswellbrook Arts Centre

    Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery established in the Muswellbrook Town Hall complex which is based around the original 1913 Muswellbrook School of Arts Building. Prime movers include Viola Bromley and Max Watters. Catalogue raisonne of the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection “Muswellbrook Arts Centre: Catalogue of the Muswellbrook Municipal Council Art Collection” by Viola Bromley is published to coincide with the opening of the new Regional Gallery

    Muswellbrook Arts Centre: Catalogue of the Muswellbrook Municipal Council Art Collection” by Viola Bromley, published by Muswellbrook Municipal Council on the occasion of the opening of the Muswellbrook Arts Centre 30th October 1976.
  • 1971 - Acquisitive Ceramic Prize added to Muswellbrook Art Prize

    1971 - Acquisitive Ceramic Prize added to Muswellbrook Art Prize

    Kathrin McMiles untitled (Spherical Form Exploding) 1971 stoneware, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection, Winner Muswellbrook Pottery Prize 1971

    Acquisitive Ceramic Prize added to Muswellbrook Art Prize. First winner Kathrin McMiles for “untitled”. The Ceramic Prize creates a substantial holding of works in the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection by important Australian ceramicists such as Greg Daly, Gudrun Klix, Janet Mansfield, Chester Nealie, Bruce Pryor, Pam Sinnott, Ray Taylor, Peter Tilley and Peter Wheeler.

  • 1965 - Acquisitive Drawing Prize added to Muswellbrook Art Prize.

    1965 - Acquisitive Drawing Prize added to Muswellbrook Art Prize.

    Acquisitive Drawing Prize added to Muswellbrook Art Prize. First winner Imre Szigeti for “Fugue”. The Drawing Prize is eventually expanded to a work on paper prize to include all mediums using paper.

  • 1958 - First winner of the Local Art Prize

    1958 - First winner of the Local Art Prize

    Viola Bromley Rock Patterns 1958 oil on canvas on hardboard, 51 x 67cm, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection, Winner Muswellbrook Local Art Prize 1958

  • 1958 - Muswellbrook Art Prize established for painting

    1958 - Muswellbrook Art Prize established for painting

    Thomas Gleghorn Death of Voss 1958 oil on hardboard, 137 x 91cm, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection, Winner Muswellbrook Art Prize 1958

    Muswellbrook Art Prize established for painting. Acquisitive and sponsored by Muswellbrook Municipal Council. Prime movers include Frank Watters, Ken Cheatle and Viola Bromley. First winner Thomas Gleghorn for “Death of Voss”. The Art Prize includes an acquisitive Local Prize which continued till 1975. First winner of the Local Prize Viola Bromley for “Rock Patterns”. The Art Prize establishes the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection which goes on to include works by major Australian artists such as Suzanne Archer, Sydney Ball, Janet Dawson, Rew Hanks, Cherry Hood, Dale Frank, Robert Klippel, Colin Lanceley, Janet Laurence, Richard Larter, Elwyn Lynn, Bea Maddock, Dorothy Napangardi, Angus Nivison, Mike Parr, David Strahan, Brett Whiteley, Fred Williams and Salvatore Zofrea.