2018 Artist in Residence applications now open

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre (MRAC) invites artists to submit expressions of interest for our 2018 Muswellbrook Artist in Residence (AiR) programme.

The Artist in Residence programme aims to provide an opportunity for the creative development of artists in the diverse surroundings of the Upper Hunter region; contribute to the long term cultural development of the local community; and encourage arts practice and creative engagement between artist, community and place.

Applications close Friday 01 December 2017

Submit your application along with your proposal for an opportunity to take part in a 2 to 6 week residency between January and June 2018. The successful applicant will receive $7,000 in funding for the residency and creation of exhibition works, studio space, marketing and promotion, and a 3 month exhibition at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre to showcase your work.

Muswellbrook Artist in Residence Application Form


MRAC AiR is open to all artists resident in Australia. Collaborative proposals are accepted. A range of artforms are suitable for the residency including (but not limited to) painting, drawing, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, photography, installation, digital and new media art.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria


  • Demonstrate a strong, creative and innovative arts-led project that delivers valuable outcomes relevant to the needs of the local community
  • Calibre and expertise of the artist and their demonstrated capacity to deliver quality creative experiences


  • Provide professional development experiences to the artist
  • Maximise artistic, cultural and community outcomes
  • Provide opportunities for co-creation
  • Be engaging and challenging for the local community
  • Provide learning and development for the local community


  • Range of community involvement
  • Strategies for sustainability and development of outcomes of the programme, including development of new relationships at the community level


  • Demonstration of good planning, including appropriate timeline, effective use of resources, and interaction and engagement with the local community
  • Achievable outcomes

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Leatherwork with Lyneece Garland

Lyneece Garland

10am-1pm, Saturday 11th November 2017. Artiste Café will be open 8am—12pm for all your lunching needs!

Free workshop @ Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre

Upper Hunter leather artist Lyneece Garland will introduce you to the art of leatherwork in this three hour workshop. Learn all the tricks and techniques to stitch and stamp your own card wallet and matching key ring. All materials provided.

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Call the Arts Centre on 02 6549 3800 for more details.

ART upCLOSE @ MRAC Issue #1 2017

ART upCLOSE @ MRAC Issue #1 2017
Cover: Dorothy Wishney, Leaden Sky, Isle of Skye (detail), charcoal and oil stick, 110 x 56cm.
Cover: Dorothy Wishney, Leaden Sky, Isle of Skye (detail), charcoal and oil stick, 110 x 56cm.

The first edition of Art UpClose. Upcoming exhibitions, workshops, and news on arts across the Upper Hunter.

ART upCLOSE @ MRAC Issue #1 2017

Workshop: Experimental Charcoal with Exhibiting Artist Dorothy Wishney

Dorothy Wishney, 'Balancing Act, Queenstown, Tasmania', oil on canvas.

Free Workshop

Saturday 2 September 10.30am-4.00pm

This workshop explores applications of charcoal which encompass techniques common to both drawing and painting. Using the landscape as subject matter there will be an emphasis on creating texture and tone. Participants will produce several experimental pieces leading to a finished work.

Required materials:

  • Dust mask for anyone sensitive to charcoal dust
  • Charcoal powder
  • Charcoal blocks
  • Willow charcoal sticks
  • Charcoal pencil – soft or 6B
  • Black oil pastel
  • Oil paint tick – colourless blender
  • Oil paint stick - white
  • 2 sheets Stone henge paper 250gms (white) or similar paper 250-300gms – smooth surface
  • Plastic card – old store card

Bookings are essential, REGISTER NOW!

Please contact the Arts Centre is you have any difficulty sourcing materials.

Image: Dorothy Wishney, Storm over Skye, charcoal and oil stick, 65 x 50cm.

Workshop: in Clayboard Etching with Exhibiting Artist Michèle Heibel

Michèle Heibel, 'Misty Morning"

In this 3 hour workshop with Hunter Valley artist, Michèle Heibel, you will learn of some of the techniques and thought processes she uses when creating her unique artworks and practise creating your own miniature using an etching needle on black clayboard.

Where: Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
What: Create a miniature artwork using an etching needle on black clayboard.
When: 10am to 1pm, Saturday 7th October 2017
Cost: FREE workshop
Bring: Glasses if required

Bookings are essential, REGISTER NOW!


8x10: Photographic Works by Muswellbrook High School catalogue

Catalogue Cover

Exhibition period 2 September to 22 October 2017. All items for sale.

8x10: Photographic Works by Muswellbrook High School catalogue

The magic of traditional photographic processes harks back to another time, before digital photography and all that goes with it.

The students of Muswellbrook High School Stage 5 Photographic and Digital Media experienced taking photographs using film, developing film and printing images using chemicals in the darkroom. They produced works of great skill
and “beautiful mistakes” and experienced deep learning through the process.

Students enjoyed the "old fashioned" traditional photographic methods and gained a sense of autonomy in their learning.


Sunday Sketchers Club at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.

Young Muswellbrook artist perfecting her technique at drawing hands

Join the Sunday Sketchers one Sunday a month and develop your drawing skills under the guidance of the Arts Centre’s Jade Goodwin.
10.00-1.00pm Sundays monthly.

Ideal for 8-18 year olds.

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