2016 exhibitions

Silvana WiRepa: Face’brook - a portrayal

17 September - 30 October 2016 - Opening night 6pm Friday, 16 September 2016

In 2013 Silvana WiRepa engaged the local Muswellbrook community as the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre’s Artist in Residence, setting up an Artist’s Studio in the Arts Centre’s dedicated shopfront space in Campbell’s Corner and inviting the people of Muswellbrook to take part in a portrait project that aimed to capture the ‘face’ of Muswellbrook.

Included in her many paintings and drawings are the faces of the men from the Muswellbrook Men’s Shed. The Men’s Shed helped build easels and display boards for the Muswellbrook Life Drawing group established by Silvana during her time in Muswellbrook. Silvana’s portraits of the men are warm and endearing, and speak of a true sense of community.

Face’brook - a portrayal exhibits from 17 September to 30 October 2016. Opening night 6pm Friday, 16 September 2016 with refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

Silvana WiRepa, Mick (detail), acrylic on Belgian linen; Image used courtesy of the artist.

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In the Round

Aleksander Danko, Trick Bricks 1972, terracotta; Max Watters Collection; Image used courtesy of the artist.

17 September - 30 October 2016 - Opening night 6pm Friday, 16 September 2016

Featuring sculptural works from the Max Watters Collection, In the Round includes four pieces by Aleks Danko, one of the principal artists of the neo Dadaist movement in Australian art in the early 1970’s. Two of these works were recently loaned to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Victoria for the Aleks Danko survey exhibition Aleks Danko: MY FELLOW AUS-TRA-ALIENS; ? (BOX) – I really, DON’T know WHAT to say and CHROMIUM MAY both made by Danko in 1971. In the Round presents 4 on opportunity to see these two works in conjunction with the two further Danko pieces collected by Max Watters and in the broader context of a larger selection of sculptures from the Max Watters Collection.

Exhibiting from 17 September to 30 October 2016. Opening night 6pm Friday, 16 September 2016 with refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

Aleksander Danko, Trick Bricks 1972, terracotta; Max Watters Collection; Image used courtesy of the artist.

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Into the Mystic - Journeys with the Artists of Wanarn

Manupa Butler (born 1933), Mina Mina 2015, acrylic on canvas, 508 x 305mm; Image used courtesy of the artist.

17 September - 30 October 2016 -  Opening night 6pm Friday 16 September 2016

Deep in the Ngannyatjarra Lands in the Gibson Desert, in an isolated community called Wanarn, is a 16-bed aged care home for Ngaanyatjarra people from the surrounding region, an area the size of Victoria. Wanarn is 1150 kms east of Kalgoorlie and 850 kms west of Alice Springs, yet it is home to a remarkable art making program that has nurtured some of the most important artists of the Western Desert in their old age, by allowing them to continue to paint their tjukurrpa (dreaming) stories through weekly art therapy visits.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is pleased to present the first ever public exhibition dedicated to Wanarn paintings. Into The Mystic - Journeys with the artists of Wanarn brings together around 60 paintings by acclaimed artists like Carol Maayatja Golding and Tjapartji Bates along with lesser known but equally powerful artists. Their paintings range from the sublimely minimal to the gloriously poetic. Together they are a deeply affecting celebration of an unbroken connection to Country and the triumph of culture over mortality.

Thanks to Deborah Sims and Matt Dickson for curating this exhibition for the Arts Centre from their collection.

Exhibiting from 17 September to 30 October 2016. Opening night 6pm Friday, 16 September 2016 with refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

Manupa Butler (born 1933), Mina Mina 2015, acrylic on canvas, 508 x 305mm; Image used courtesy of the artist.

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Suburbs to the Sea

Charlotte Drake-Brockman and Fran Wachtel, Seagulls 2016, mixed media; Image used courtesy of the artists.

12 June - 24 July 2016

Suburbs to the Sea, the latest exhibition by Charlotte Drake-Brockman and Fran Wachtel grew from an observation by the pair in the similarity of shape between an ironing board and a surf board. Apart from the ironing board their materials have come from anything metal they could retrieve from a wheelie bin.

Charlotte and Fran are long time collaborators from Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter Region. Out of their partnership they have created a singular vision. From the rawest of raw materials, jagged rusty tin and old cans they fashion a world of playful works full of whimsy and magic.

Exhibiting from 12 June to 24 July 2016. Opening night 6pm Saturday, 11 June 2016 with refreshments courtesy of Two Rivers Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

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Charlotte Drake-Brockman and Fran Wachtel, Seagulls 2016, mixed media; Image used courtesy of the artists.

Three Women Went to China

Suzanne Archer, China Joy 2016, 240 x 360cm, oil on canvas; Image used courtesy of the artist.

12 June - 24 July 2016

In 2012, the year of the dragon, three women went to China. They were artists - respected, awarded and represented - Suzanne Archer, Hanna Kay, and Sarah Tomesetti. In Beijing they showed examples of their work at the Beijing Art Space, in a grand exhibition, opened by the Australian High Commissioner.

For all this pomp and ceremony, it was not the exhibition that mattered in the end. It was China itself. The cacophony of Beijing, the marks of an ancient civilisation, the sheer beauty of the mountainous terrains.

For Suzanne, the impact of China was immediate - emotionally and artistically stimulated by the beautiful use of text, incredibly visual and superb tasting foods, Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, and Forbidden City. For Hanna, it was her encounter with the famous Terracotta Warriers in Xi’an, and her discovery of other burial sites where animals and machinery, delicately created from clay, joined tiny battalions of warriors. For Sarah it was the journey taken to China by her Mother and Grandmother, on very different missions and in very different times, and her reflection upon the loss inherent to the passing of time.

The resultant exhibition draws together the differing encounters of each of the three women who travelled to China as documented through paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages and frescoes in an exhibition that is as diverse as their individual experiences

Exhibiting from 12 June to 24 July 2016. Opening night 6pm Saturday, 11 June 2016 with refreshments courtesy of Two Rivers Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

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Join us for the exhibition opening night 6:00pm Saturday 11 June 2016

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Suzanne Archer, China Joy 2016, 240 x 360cm, oil on canvas; Image used courtesy of the artist.

Bokor, Ferguson & McKenzie

John Bokor, Ness & Lizzie’s Longe Room 2015, charcoal and watercolour on paper; Winner 43rd Muswellbrook Art Prize 2015, Works on Paper; Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection; Image used courtesy of the artist.

31 July - 11 September 2016

From 403 entries across the three section of the 43rd Muswellbrook Art Prize - Painting, Works on Paper, and Ceramics, to 99 finalists as determined by the selection panel, the final adjudicator - Anne Ryan, Curator of Australia Prints, Drawing and Watercolours at the Art Gallery of NSW, chose three winners of the $60,000 prize. Young emerging artist Nick Ferguson won the $40,000 painting prize with his painterly and tonal portrait of the actor Bruce Spence entitled Swimming. The $10,000 prize for a work on paper was won by established midcareer artist John Bokor for his complex and accomplished charcoal and watercolour drawing on paper entitled Ness & Lizzie’s Lounge Room. While the $10,000 ceramic was awarded to Jane McKenzie for her work that saw a melding together of functional objects into a purely sculptural object entitled Assemblage.

Bokor, Ferguson & McKenzie showcases the recent work of the three acquisitive prize winners and speaks further about each of the works that have become a part of the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.

Join us for the exhibition opening night 6:00pm Saturday 30 July 2016

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John Bokor, Ness & Lizzie’s Longe Room 2015, charcoal and watercolour on paper; Winner 43rd Muswellbrook Art Prize 2015, Works on Paper; Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection; Image used courtesy of the artist.

Peter Gill - Portals, Screens etc.

Peter Gill, Persimmons 2016, oil on canvas

31 July - 11 September 2016

Portals, Screens etc., the new body of work by Peter Gill, sees a continuation of the suite of works by the artist based on the traditional themes of landscape, still life, seascape and the human figure that have dominated Peter’s artwork throughout his career.

Peter couples drawing and painting, in watercolour, pastel, oil and acrylic, with a wide range of fibre techniques, that includes weaving, crocheting and embroidery, in a rich and diverse exhibition where mediums are combined and works are presented with multiple parts. Sculptural works go further, acting as linking elements to the ongoing themes. The use of the grid format along with overlapping shapes and forms provide for a layered interpretation, while all of the works are based on examining the subjects over a period of time looking at the effects of light observed at different times of the day and in different atmospheric conditions.

Join us for the exhibition opening night 6:00pm Saturday 30 July 2016

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Peter Gill Persimmons 2016, oil on canvas. Image used courtesy of the artist.

A Snapshot

David Noonan, The Fragile Earth 2005, digital output print; Second Prize, Muswellbrook Photographic Award 2005; Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection; Image used courtesy of the artist.

27 February - 17 April 2016

The inaugural Muswellbrook Photographic Award held in 1987 received a modest 48 entries, with first prize being awarded to Ruby Spowart for her work Roidscape. Since then over 40 works have entered the Muswellbrook Shire Collection as a result of the award.

The Muswellbrook & Districts Camera Club formed in 1958 has had numerous exhibitions at the Arts Centre, including such successful and popular shows as Chiaroscuro, The Industrial Grid, Self Rising and most recently Drawing Light. In a celebration of 28 years of the Muswellbrook Photographic Award, 1987- 2014, and the awards founder the Muswellbrook & Districts Camera Club, A Snapshot presents a selection of winning works from the Muswellbrook Photographic Award along with a survey of works by the Muswellbrook & Districts Camera Club from the Collections and works by current members.

IMAGE: David Noonan, The Fragile Earth 2005, digital output print; Second Prize, Muswellbrook Photographic Award 2005; Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection; Image used courtesy of the artist.

Join us for the exhibition opening night 6:00pm Friday 26 February 2016

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Miniatures XVIII

Joanne Van Hees, Simplicity 2015, wood fired stoneware; Image used courtesy of the artist.

27 February - 17 April 2016

Exhibitions of miniature artworks by local artists have been a regular feature on the Arts Centre exhibition programme for over two decades.

The guidelines given to the artists for the exhibition are based on the Australian Society of Miniature Art rules. These state that the actual artwork should not measure more than 40cm in perimeter and that the subject should be miniaturised. Artists are given free reign regarding subject matter, choice of medium, technique and style. As such Miniatures sees a diversity of works in mediums that includes amongst others, photography, silverpoint, embroidery, sculpture, ceramics, watercolour, oil, charcoal and pencil in what is always a charming and popular exhibition at the Arts Centre.

IMAGE: Joanne Van Hees, Simplicity 2015, wood fired stoneware; Image used courtesy of the artist.

Join us for the exhibition opening night 6:00pm Friday 26 February 2016

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