2019 Annual Exhibition

Opening night is at the Festival Lounge on Friday, 27 September, 6pm. The exhibition runs through to 7 October, 10am-3pm each day. Last year was a record breaking exhibition, with more sales than ever before. Get working on a piece or two (maximum is 4), and get a new audience for your art. The Judge is Kristen Lethem, a Sydney artist who judged the Gresford show this year. Over $5000 in prizes.

Closing date for entries is 6 September 2019.
Download both the DAS Exhibition Booklet & Conditions of Entry here. and  the application form here.

If you’re available to volunteer in any capacity, please contact Toby.

August 2019 Newsletter 

Busy, busy, busy! That’s life at the art society these days. Projects of all sorts, which I will list below, illness of members and/or loved ones and our travelling ageing population all taking their toll. I know I’m tired. How about you?

I usually put these notices at the end of the newsletter. I’m trying at the beginning in the hopes that they get a wider reading 🙂


Great news! All spots for August and September are filled – many thanks!

Help at the Festival Lounge (Annual Exhibition): So far I’ve only had one volunteer (thank you Margaret). We need people to make this happen. Please let me know if you can donate time for set up, running and take down of exhibition.

Membership renewal

Membership is due as of 30/6/19. Application here. Some people have asked why the rise in family membership. Family membership was always meant to be 1 1/2 times individual membership. Through the years, membership has increased to keep pace with rising costs, but the family portion was not increased. Because we are paying weekly rent that is more than double what we used to pay, we brought the family membership fee back in line with the 1 1/2 times regular membership.

Monthly Meeting

Ten people attended our monthly meeting. Below is the outcome of these hard working members.

** Reporting on the status of sponsorship for September’s Annual Exhibition – we lost a couple of sponsors, gained a few others, and wound up with more prize money and more youth categories that ever before. Entry forms out soon – hopefully this week (5 Aug 2019).

** Finalised the catering for our Exhibition opening night.

** Further discussions about the possibility of grants to help us with lighting, tutors and other projects (if you hear of available grants to help us in our mission, please let Ruth Dircks know). Reminder that we are inviting members to submit ideas about priorities for applying for existing grants.

** Cr Tracy Norman is very interested in creating a Cultural Centre in back of the Dungog Library if she has the opportunity to serve another term as mayor. It would benefit the entire community as well as us. Jan Samson has volunteered to attend council meetings.

** Hunter Region Botanic Gardens has invited us to display work on Biodiversity during the month of September at the botanic gardens. Michelle Nickerson will view all works to make sure they fit into the theme of biodiversity. Works to be brought to our gallery on Sunday 1 Sept and brought to the Gardens on Monday 2 Sept. All members are welcome to submit any form of work (painting, drawing, photograph, 3-dimensional, collage, fabric) that fit the theme. We need one or two more people to volunteer to take work there on the 2nd or pick it up on the 30th. Please note that works displayed at the Garden will not be available to enter into our Annual Exhibition as they will be at the Gardens through the beginning of the Exhibition.

** The Painting Tea Party – 23 August – Volunteers are needed to donate a few canvases and/or paint. We will be serving tea as well. We have goodies promised. This is to coordinate with the Tea Cozy event. We are also going to have a Tea Cozy theme for our windows so if you have a painting that you’d like in the window let our curator (Carrie Williams) know. Wendy to set up a Still Life for painting.

** Pablo Tapia Workshop is set for 19 October and we only have 3 spaces left. If you’re thinking about it, there’s a bit of urgency about getting your name down. Contact Jan Samson to reserve your space. $60 for a one day event.

** Garden Ramble – 26 October. We have been asked to have 4 people volunteer to paint in two of the gardens. We have 3 from the meeting that expressed an interest. There’s room for one more. There will also be an opportunity to enter into a “Moment in the Garden” phone photography contest, highlighting some instant that caught the photographer’s fancy.

** Michelle Nickerson and Simone Turner Ryan (with occasional help from Joan and Wendy) have been taking DAS articles to the Saturday Markets for almost a year to the benefit of the individual artists and to DAS. They have decided to discontinue attending our markets. DAS thanks them for their efforts, taking time and energy to cart items back and forth, and adding to our financial situation.

Other exhibitions

The Gloucester Exhibition is confirmed for November. We have 7 people who are splitting the cost to exhibit in their gallery. Plan to travel up to see it sometime in November.

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Dungog Arts Society’s mission is to foster creative activities for all members of the community and to further develop artist awareness. Our latest activities and upcoming events can be found on our Events page.

We can be found at the foot hills of the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park, on the main street of the historic town of Dungog, 266 Dowling Street Dungog NSW 2420.

The original art group began in 1973 with a small group of artists and was eventually formed into a Society in the year 2000. Our main aims are:

  • To nurture an interest in art in the Dungog community
  • To provide facilities for local artists to meet and work together
  • To have classes for people to learn drawing and painting techniques
  • To venture out into the field and enjoy the great outdoors.

Our current committee is listed on this page.

If you wish to join as a member, go to this page.