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Thursday, 09 March 2017 12:51

Autumn Exhibitions at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre

44th Muswellbrook Art Prize

12 March to 7 May 2017 | Opening 6pm Saturday 11 March 2017

The Muswellbrook Art Prize began in 1958 as the Festival of the Valley Art Prize with the winning painting Death of Voss by Tom Gleghorn becoming the inaugural work in what has grown to become an excellent collection of modern and contemporary Australian painting, works on paper and ceramics from the Post War period of the 20th century and now the first two decades of the 21st Century.

With a prize pool of $70,000 the 44th Muswellbrook Art Prize received a record 710 entries from artists across Australia. Finalists Selection Panel members, Visual Arts Consultant Bruce Tindale and the Arts Centre's Jade Goodwin and Brad Franks, chose 31 painting finalists to vie for the $50,000 major prize, 23 works on paper finalists and 16 ceramics finalists.

Adjudicator for 2017 Professor Ian Howard, Internationally acclaimed arts educator and artist will award the prizes on the opening night on Saturday 11 March 2017. Doors open at 6pm with refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

Heth: Norman Hetherington - Artist at war

12 March to 7 May 2017 | Opening 6pm Saturday 11 March 2017

Norman Hetherington is best remembered as the creator of one of Australia's longest running children's shows Mr Squiggle, but before he made hi name on TV he was a soldier in the 4th Detachment 1st Australian Army Entertainment Unit during WWII. In this Unit Hetherington entertained the troops, through acting, script writing, costume and stage design and the production of hundreds of pen and ink drawings of the life of the soldier.

This exhibition, curated by the artist's daughter, Rebecca Hetherington is a selection of work produced while on duty in Northern Australian, New Guinea and the Pacific and is a Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest touring exhibition.

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