Muswellbrook Art Prize

Since 1985, the Muswellbrook Art Prize has grown and evolved and is today one of the richest prizes for painting in regional Australia. Finalists for the 46th Muswellbrook Art Prize in 2019 vie for a total of $71,000 prize money across four prize categories: Painting ($50,000 acquisitive), Works on Paper ($10,000 acquisitive), Ceramics ($10,000 acquisitive) and People’s Choice ($1,000 non-acquisitive).

Astute adjudication of the Muswellbrook Art Prize over the years has yielded an excellent collection of modern and contemporary Australian paintings, works on paper and ceramics from the Post War period of the 20th Century and into the 21st Century, with the winning acquisitive works forming the nucleus of what is now known as the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection. Previous winners of the Muswellbrook Art Prize include such key figures as David Aspden, Sydney Ball, Richard Larter and Fred Williams. The Upper Hunter Region is also well represented with a number of local artists being successful in winning the Prize including Peter Atkins, Dale Frank, Lyn Nash and Hanna Kay.

Along with Muswellbrook Shire Council, who since 1958 has acted as sponsor and administrator of the Muswellbrook Art Prize, Bengalla Mining Company Pty Limited has generously sponsored the Prize for the past 20 plus years., their commitment ensuring the development of the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.

Exhibiting from 10 March to 5 May 2019. Opening night 6pm Saturday 9 March 2019. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

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Artwork: Alec Baker, Ngura (Country) 2017, acrylic on linen, 122 x 152cm, Winner 45th Muswellbrook Art Prize 2018, Painting, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.