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.
New category - Local Aboriginal Art Prize
This new prize, for Aboriginal artists residing in Muswellbrook, Singleton or Upper Hunter Shires, replaces the Arts Centre’s NAIDOC Week Local Aboriginal Art Prize which was held in July each year to coincide with NAIDOC Week.
Brad Franks, Muswellbrook’s Arts Centre Manager commented:
"The NAIDOC Week Prize had established a great tradition since its inception in 2005 and had ignited a lot of interest in local Aboriginal arts, but the inclusion of the Coal & Allied sponsored Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize into the Arts Centre’s annual exhibition program has meant that there just isn’t room for the local NAIDOC Week Prize anymore, and while this is a shame, we have decided, in conjunction with the Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee to create this new category in the Local Art Awards allowing local Aboriginal artists to be celebrated along with the rest of the Upper Hunter Region’s talented artists”.
Each of the six competition sections has three prizes
Awards for first, second, and an encouragement prize are awarded. The encouragement prize being for the work by an artist with promise.
There are no themes to the Awards, however each section is primarily focussed around different media.
- Painting including acrylics and oils on canvas or hardboard
- Works on paper encompasses watercolours, drawings and printmaking techniques such as etching or silkscreen
- Three dimensional includes both ceramics and sculpture
- The youth section, for ages 12 to 18 years, and the Aboriginal section both accept entries of any media, including film or animation.
The prize for first place in each section is $500.00. Second prize is $300.00. The Encouragement Prizes are $200.00.
The prize monies have been provided by this year’s sponsors
- BHP Billiton Mt Arthur Coal
- Elks Enterprises Pty. Ltd.
- Hunter Valley Printing
- Max Watters OAM
- Muswellbrook & Districts Camera Club
- Scone ADFAS Inc.
- The Estate of Isabel Esther Bellis
- The Viola Bromley Bequest
- Muswellbrook Shire Council
Art works may also be for sale
The Local Art Awards exhibition is a great opportunity to not only appreciate the artistic endeavours of our local artists but to support them by taking a work into your home.
For the artists there is no greater acclaim than to have someone purchase a work and then want to live with the artist’s creation.
Judging took place on Sunday 08 November 2014
Guest adjudicator Kim Blunt announced her decisions at the opening night which of the exhibition.
The exhibitions are on display at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre until Sunday 18th December 2014.