44th Muswellbrook Art Prize

12 March – 07 May 2017

The Muswellbrook Art Prize began in 1958 as the Festival of the Valley Art Prize with the winning painting Death of Voss by Tom Gleghorn becoming the inaugural work in what has grown to become an excellent collection of modern and contemporary Australian painting, works on paper and ceramics from the Post War period of the 20th Century and now the first two decades of the 21st Century.

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Heth: Norman Hetherington – Artist at war

Norman Hetherington, Backstalls, Jacky-Jacky May 1944, watercolour on paper; Work courtesy of the estate of Norman Hetherington

Opening 6:00pm Saturday 11 March 2017

12 March – 07 May 2017

Norman Hetherington is best remembered as the creator of one of Australia’s longest running children’s shows Mr. Squiggle, but before he made his name on television he was a soldier in the 4th Detachment 1st Australian Army Entertainment Unit during WW II.  In this Unit Hetherington entertained the troops, through acting, script writing, costume and stage design and the production of hundreds of pen and ink drawings of the life of the soldier.

This exhibition, curated by the artist’s daughter, Rebecca Hetherington is a selection of work produced while on duty in Northern Australia, New Guinea and the Pacific and is a Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest touring exhibition.

Join us for the Anzac Day floor talk with Rebecca Hetherington

 

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Imahe: Norman Hetherington, Backstalls, Jacky-Jacky May 1944, watercolour on paper; Work courtesy of the estate of Norman Hetherington