2014 exhibitions

Muswellbrook Local Art Awards 2014

Collage of previous wining entries

08 Nov - 18 Dec 2014

Muswellbrook Local Art Awards are an annual event highlighting the depth and talent of the Upper Hunter Region’s extraordinary creativity. With prize money totalling $6,000.00 spread across six categories this year, the awards have attracted over 210 entries, from artists based in Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter Shires, making the task of this year’s judge Kim Blunt, Gallery Curator at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery, even more difficult than last year.

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Mark Mohell: kerbside

Mark Mohell, Untitled_017 2013, digital output print; Image used courtesy of the artist. (cropped)

21 September - 2 November 2014

As a finalist earlier this year in the Muswellbrook Photographic Award, Canberra based photographer Mark Mohell’s extraordinary black and white photographs captured the imagination of the public and this led the Arts Centre to ask Mark to bring his sometimes stark but always stunning images of the designed and controlled suburbs of Australia’s most planned city Canberra to Muswellbrook for this exhibition.

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Tony Phillips: Veil II

Tony Phillips, Veil 2011, oil on canvas; Image used courtesy of the artist. (cropped)

21 September - 2 November 2014

Based at Salamander Bay, just to the north of Newcastle in NSW, Tony Phillips exhibition lifts the veil on the relationship between a modern westernised culture and the way such a culture views the “other”.

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Hanna Kay: Trajectory

Hanna Kay, Brushland, study 2011 (detail), oil and tempera on clay board; Image used courtesy of the artist.

21 September - 2 November 2014

This survey exhibition of Hanna Kay’s work of the past four years follows on from her last exhibition held at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Weightlessness held in 2010. The works in the exhibition still feature the luminous, ethereal quality that has made Hanna’s work so popular but there is a new dimension to her recent work which takes the viewer into a more fragmented and destructive nature. Hanna’s view of her beloved  Upper Hunter Region is now not just subject to the traces of farm vehicles left behind in the mud and across the autumn grasses but is now being tossed around by explosions of great boulders, by the plumes of dust left behind by massive earth movements. Are these the results of coal and gas extraction or are we witness to some cataclysmic end of time? The viewer must decide for themselves.

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ABC Open Snapped

Anne Powell, Rustic in Canola 2013, digital output print

09 August - 14 September 2014

An exhibition by Upper Hunter participants of Snapped, an on-going project that sees Australians sharing their stories and images on the ABC Open website.

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09 August - 14 September 2014

An exhibition of international artists brought together as an artistic community by the social media forum Instagram.


Helene Leane: And the Earth Breathes too

Helene Leane, Woodlands 2013, acrylic and porcelain clay (cropped)

09 August - 14 September 2014

Experience the Kakadu landscape and the flowing rivers of the wet season through tonal paintings of acrylic and porcelain clay, both literal reminders of the landscape as well as abstract reminders of the watermarked rocks.

Image: Helene Leane, Woodlands 2013, acrylic and porcelain clay.


Denise Lithgow: Travelling West – From the Ocean to the Desert

Denise Lithgow, Akaroola 2014, machine embroidery (cropped).

09 August - 14 September 2014

Explore the rich, vibrant and tactile work of textile and felt artist Denise Lithgow as she takes you on a journey across the equally rich, vibrant and tactile Australian landscape - the hills, the valleys and the coastline.

Travelling West - from the Ocean to the Desert brings together over sixty of Denise’s newest works. Discover stunningly detailed two dimensional machine embroidered textiles depicting abstracted landscapes, as well as handmade sculptural wool felt vessels, organic in both form and subject matter.

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Max Watters Preview

CROPPED: Max Watters, Grey House and Pink Tank, Stewards Brook 2014, oil on hardboard; Image used courtesy of the artist

22 June - 03 August 2014

The Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is once again proud to be presenting the Max Watters Preview exhibition. This show presents the latest work from the beloved Muswellbrook artist prior to its showing in Sydney at his brother Frank’s gallery, the Watters Gallery in East Sydney.

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