2015 exhibitions

Red Cross Christmas Trees and Wreaths

Red Cross Christmas Trees and Wreaths 2013.

1 December - 18 December 2015 : Official Closing 6.00pm Friday 18 December 2015

The ever popular biennial community Christmas event, the Muswellbrook Red Cross Christmas Trees and Wreaths are on display again in 2015 at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre. Visitors to the display will be able to immerse themselves in the festive spirit with splendid, inspired, unique and creative Christmas Trees and Wreaths dotted throughout the Arts Centre.

Visitors to the Muswellbrook Red Cross Christmas Trees and Wreaths are invited to cast their vote in deciding the winning display along with supporting the Red Cross’s fund raising efforts. Voting is $2 per adult and $1 for children and concession holders and is open to the public for the duration of the display.

Voting is open to the public for the duration of the display. While the Sponsor’s Prize is selected by a Bengalla Mining Company representative, all other prizes are decided by people’s choice.

On display from 1 December to 18 December 2015. Official Closing and Presentation of Prizes 6pm Friday, 18 December 2015 with refreshments courtesy of the Muswellbrook Red Cross.

  

Picture: Red Cross Christmas Trees and Wreaths 2013.

Grass Roots – Max Waters’ Locals

George Anderson, Wet Season 2004, acrylic on canvas board

An important aspect of both the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection and the Max Watters Collection is the inclusion of local artists' works. Max Watters has been adding local's art works to his Collection for many years as part of his endeavour to not only collect the beautiful and significant but to also support the local art scene and to encourage individual artists. Included in the exhibition "Grass Roots" are works by Charles Blandford and Viola Bromley, along with a new works such as "Mt. Timms' by Murrurundi artist Jean Davies, acquired from her recent exhibition at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.

Read more: Grass Roots – Max Waters’ Locals

2015 Muswellbrook Local Art Award

Holly Whitelaw, Goldfish In Space

The Muswellbrook Local Art Awards 2015 attracted over 150 entries. Artists and their friends and families from Muswellbrook, Singleton and the Upper Hunter, were present at 6.00pm Saturday 7 November 2015 to hear the decisions of adjudicator Christine Pike, Associate Member of the Royal Art Society of NSW.

The Muswellbrook Local Art Awards offer local artists the opportunity to show off the cream of their work from the past twelve months, with a total prize value of $6,000 split over six disciplines.

The Muswellbrook Local Art Awards incorporates six prizes: Painting, Works on Paper, 3D, Photography, Aboriginal and Youth Prize.

Read more: 2015 Muswellbrook Local Art Award

The Journey: Rod Bathgate & Jean Davies

Rod Bathgate, Last Light on Jumbucks - Scone 2015, pastel on illustration board; Image used courtesy of the artist.

Opening 6.00pm 19 September 2015

Exhibiting from 20 September to 01 November 2015

Mutual admiration for one another's work with the medium of pastel propelled Murrurundi artist Jean Davies and Newcastle’s Rod Bathgate to begin The Journey, working to produce a body of works that capture the picturesque landscape of the Upper Hunter Region.

Read more: The Journey: Rod Bathgate & Jean Davies

Drawing on the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection

Artists at work during one of the two charcoal drawing workshops held at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre with exhibiting artist for June-July 2015 Rebecca Rath.Suzanne Archer, The Graveyard 1987, mixed media on paper; Acquisitive Winner Muswellbrook Open Art Prize 1987, Drawing; Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection; Image used courtesy of the artist.

Opening 6.00pm 19 September 2015

Exhibiting from 20 September to 01 November 2015

The Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection has amassed an impressive collection of drawings since 1965 when an acquisitive prize for Works on Paper, initially known as the Drawing Prize, was added to the Muswellbrook Art Prize. Hungarian born artist Imre Szigeti won the Drawing Prize in that year with his work Fugue, and so became the first drawing to enter the Shire Collection.

Read more: Drawing on the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection

Still Life with Charcoal: Workshop Series

Artists at work during one of the two charcoal drawing workshops held at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre with exhibiting artist for June-July 2015 Rebecca Rath.

Opening 6.00pm 19 September 2015

Exhibiting from 20 September to 01 November 2015

Pokolbin based artist Rebecca Rath conducted two workshops at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre during her successful solo exhibition In Season. The two workshops proved so popular that many who attended the workshops later took the opportunity to visit Rebecca’s Pokolbin Studio for further tuition. Artist’s who attended the workshops relished in the experience they were afforded - discussing the techniques of the great masters, examining still life composition, working from initial sketches, to producing a resolved piece.

Read more: Still Life with Charcoal: Workshop Series

2 years, 8 months, 12 days: Acquisitions 2012 to 2015

 2 years, 8 months, 12 days: Acquisitions 2012 - 2015. James Gleeson, Reef 1983, oil and varnish on linen; Loan courtesy of Andrew Grady, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection; Image used courtesy of the artist.

Exhibiting from 01 August to 13 September 2015

This is one of the most important exhibitions on the Arts Centre’s calendar of events. The presentation of the artworks acquired on behalf of the people of Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter Region over the past two years (or so). These are the works that demonstrate the direction of the Collections and which will help set the agenda for collecting at the Arts Centre for the next two years.

Read more: 2 years, 8 months, 12 days: Acquisitions 2012 to 2015

My World Through a Lens

Opening 6pm Friday 31 July 2015

Exhibiting 01 August - 13 September 2015

A grant through Regional Arts NSW, Country Arts Support Program allowed Upper Hunter Community Services to deliver photography workshops using small cameras and the technology of phones and tablets to a novice group of individuals in the local Muswellbrook community.

Read more: My World Through a Lens

Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize 2014

Nicole Foreshew, It comes without seeking 1 2014, digital print on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper; Winner of the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize 2014; Image used courtesy of the artist.

13 June - 26 July 2015

Established in 2005, the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize has grown to become Australia’s most valuable art prize, incorporating both a main prize of $40,000 sponsored by Coal & Allied as well as a
UNSW Art & Design Aboriginal Arts Residency Award.

Over 30 unique works by contemporary Aboriginal artists will be on display including the winner of the 2014 Award, Nicole Foreshew’s It comes without seeking 1.

The works included in the 2014 prize explore a myriad of social and personal subjects, including memory, identity, community and land. The tour showcases a variety of media and techniques - photographs, paintings, handmade paper, sculptures and jewellery to name a few.

Image: Nicole Foreshew, It comes without seeking 1 2014, digital print on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper; Winner of the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize 2014; Image used courtesy of the artist.

Rebecca Rath: In Season

13 June - 26 July 2015

Rebecca Rath’s contemporary drawing practice is gestural, experimental and layered. It is evidence of a journey of searching and discovering. It is about finding her mark; her handwriting style.

A casual conversation with highly regarded Australian artist Judy Cassab about 15 years ago started Hunter artist Rebecca Rath’s search to find her mark making signature.


Judy told her, “You need to find your hand writing style”. Consequently Rebecca embarked on a journey of discovery that has seen her most recently take up a residency in Italy where she completed large scale gestural contemporary drawings based on the local produce and ceramics of the area.

On her return to Australia, Rebecca continued her focus on creating large scale gestural contemporary drawings, this time of flowers. Together the drawings created in Italy and subsequently in Australia have come together in Rebecca’s newest exhibition In Season. A visual feast.

Image: Rebecca Rath, “Pears and Mimma’s Plate” 2014, watercolour, ink, pencil, pastel and charcoal on paper.
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