Image (2019_052.jpg): Martin KingRecess I 2018, graphite on drafting film, watercolour and pigment on paper, 144.5 x 189cm, Winner 46th Muswellbrook Art Prize 2019, Works on Paper, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.

14 March - 8 May

47th Muswellbrook Art Prize

Since 1958, the Muswellbrook Art Prize has grown and evolved and is today one of the richest prizes for painting in regional Australia. Finalists of the 47th Muswellbrook Art Prize in 2020 vie for a total of $71,000 prize money across four prize categories: Painting ($50,000 acquisitive), Works on Paper ($10,000 acquisitive), Ceramics ($10,000 acquisitive) and People’s Choice ($1,000 non-acquisitive).

Astute adjudication of the Muswellbrook Art Prize over the years has yielded an excellent collection of modern and contemporary Australian paintings, works on paper and ceramics from the Post War period of the 20th  Century and into the 21st Century, with the winning acquisitive works forming the nucleus of what is now known as the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.

Previous winners of the Muswellbrook Art Prize include such key figures as David Aspden, Sydney Ball, Richard Larter and Fred Williams. The Upper Hunter Region is also well represented with a number of local artists being successful in winning the Prize including Peter Atkins, Dale Frank, Lyn Nash and Hanna Kay.

Along with Muswellbrook Shire Council, who since 1958 has acted as sponsor and administrator of the Muswellbrook Art Prize, Bengalla Mining Company has generously sponsored the Prize for the past 25 years, their commitment ensuring the development of the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.

The acquisitive prize winners of the 47th Muswellbrook Art Prize will be announced by this year’s adjudicator Rachael Parsons, Director at the New England Regional Art Museum, at the official opening night event at 6pm Saturday 14 March. A $1,000 People’s Choice Prize will also be voted for during the course of the exhibition which runs until 8 May.

Image (2019_052.jpg): Martin King, Recess I 2018, graphite on drafting film, watercolour and pigment on paper, 144.5 x 189cm, Winner 46th Muswellbrook Art Prize 2019, Works on Paper, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection..