We are pleased to announce that the Archies Portrait Competition will be held in March 2020.

Go to our new page THE ARCHIES 2020 for all details and a link to download an entry form.

Or click here to go to that page


January 2020 Newsletter


Hello fellow members

I trust that you have enjoyed the festive season and to date have maintained your New Year’s Resolutions. For my part, I lasted 48 hours, which may sound pathetic, but is in fact a new record.

Dungog Archies 2020

By now you should have received an email from Toby concerning details of our Archies. We are excited by the addition of a youth category and we encourage you to speak to family and friends who may have children with an artistic streak who would like to enter. Remember there is no commission taken from youth sales.

Those other Archies

The Archibald Prize is held annually in Sydney and in the past, Dungog Art Society has organised a bus tour to the exhibition, incorporating lunch and return the same day. The exhibition runs from 9 May to 6 Sep, so at this early stage expressions of interest only are sought.

Funding 2020 Annual Exhibition

I attended the Dungog Shire Council meeting of Wednesday December 18 and presented the case for Council to continue to fund prizemoney for our 2020 Annual Art Exhibition. Briefly, funding was not ensured as our organisation did not apply through the preferred channel of the Community (Small) Grants Program. I am pleased to report that Council has looked favourably upon our request and will provide the usual $500 donation.

Grant for new lighting of the Gallery

An application has been lodged with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal for a grant to replace the existing downlights with more cost effective and environmentally friendly LED lights. Successful applicants will be notified in March. Fingers crossed.

Visit the Gallery

Have you been to the gallery lately? The premises are looking fantastic and are a testament to the hard work of our loyal volunteers. Visitors have commented on what a lovely, friendly gallery it is and it a credit to our town.

Drawing classes to resume

After the Summer hiatus, drawing classes will resume on Monday 3 February at 5:30pm at the gallery. Cost is $5 per person.

Next monthly meeting

Monthly meetings will resume on Thursday 6 February at 5:30 pm at the gallery. Please come along and show your support for the organisation. Many of us retire to the restaurant next door at the conclusion of the meeting for a meal and a red, making it a pleasant night out.


Greg Mudie


Dungog Arts Society




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.


We are pleased to announce that the Archies will be held again in March 2020.

Go to the new page THE ARCHIES 2020 for all the details and download an entry form.

Or click here