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our gallery window display
Members are entitled to display their works in the gallery front window for a 2 week period
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Our front window is a real treat this fortnight.

We have 2 artists sharing the space and as a change from the usual paintings, our artists Lynne McNairn and Heather Kilpatrick have created craft works of the highest order coupled with a sense of fun and intricate attention to detail.

These works are special and a tribute to the skills of these 2 talented artists.

You will kick yourself if you don't drop into the gallery and see them.

For more of Lynne's and Heather's works

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CREATIVE DAY OUT

Saturday 9th July

Get together with our talented Cynthia Denning for an informal day of artistic instruction.

Looking for inspiration to start that new project?

Maybe you want to develop new skills but don’t know where to start?

Whatever medium you are interested in, come along and join the fun.

 

Where: Dungog Hospital Day Care Centre

When: Saturday 9th July

Time: 10am til 3pm

Cost: $30

What to Bring: Your own materials, the medium of your choice.

                        Your own lunch

We will provide: Easels and tea and coffee

 

To book: Contact Cynthia on 0422 847 599 or drop into the gallery

Hurry, numbers are limited.

latest news
Business Morning
2022 ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION
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IT'S ON !!!

The Dungog Arts Society's 2022 Annual Exhibition

After the disappointment of cancellations due to Covid of the past 2 exhibitions the Dungog Arts Society is proud to announce its 2022 Annual Exhibition.

The exhibition will run over a 10 day period from Friday 30 September 2022

Prizemoney of $7050 will be available in 13 categories, including Junior under 13yo, Youth 13 to 15yo and 16 to 18yo

Entry is available online

 

Click HERE to go to exhibitions & events page which has full details and link to online entry

Members, you may wish to take advantage of this opportunity to display your work.

Contact the gallery direct.

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Photographers, get your cameras out.

PIX from the STIX is back

After two years of COVID disruptions, Pix From The Stix is back with a slight revamp and ready to reboot for 2022.

While all the categories and prizes remain the same, this year will be a hybrid of the past competitions.

In the spirit of 'levelling the playing field' for all entrants, the judging will be done from digital photographs, while the physical exhibition in the Gloucester Gallery will allow for the photographers to present their photographs in their own way.

Go to their website for full details.

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Hello artists, an opportunity to showcase your art and maybe pick up a prize
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DUNGOG ARCHIES RAFFLE
And the winners are..............
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First Prize

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Nicole Laing

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Second Prize

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R McAllister

Dungog Arts Society is running a raffle in conjunction with our ever popular portrait competition

The Dungog Archies

First prize is a beautiful painting The Garden Shed by Eugenia Dunlevie

Second prize is an exquisite freshwater pearl and citrine necklace by Carrie Williams

Prizes will be drawn at the conclusion of the Archies Exhibition on Sunday 13 March

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The Wangi Lions Dobell Festival of Art and Craft is approaching. This year it will again be held in Wangi Wangi, at the Wangi Workers Club, opening on Friday evening, 3rd June 2022, and open for viewing on 

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June.

Art Online Entry Link  - CLICK HERE

The link also contains 

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY and all other relevant information.

An opportunity exists for a local artist to be involved in a project where they will be commissioned to create work that responds to the prompt ‘What does the future look like for your region?’.

The successful applicant will receive a grant of $3000.

Full details can be found at the Regional Futures website.

https://www.regionalfutures.net/

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our mission
Reach the Top

Provide a focal point for the fostering of creative activities for all members of the community, and to further develop artistic awareness of both visual and performing arts.

 

Promote local talent by providing a creative base and tourist facility of local significance.

 

Engage in activities intended to develop the practice of arts and crafts in the community.

 

To be the most progressive Arts Society in the Lower Hunter Region through participation, promotion, support and management.

our committee

 President

         Carrie Williams                       0438 611 677

 

                Vice President

Cynthia Denning                      0422 847 599

 

               Secretary

                       

         Greg Mudie                                0407 953 928

                                    Assistant Secretary     

 

Cheryl Lavender                      0421 136 933
 

        Treasurer

                      

Ruth Dircks                              0448 950 255
 

         Membership Secretary

Marilyn Rudak                          0416 435 651

Minutes Secretary

Michelle Nickerson                   0429476779


                  Curator  

                        

Carrie Williams                        0438 611 677

opening hours
Open For Business
Monday to Sunday

10 am to 2 pm

266 Dowling St Dungog

NOTE.
As of Thursday 9 September, the gallery has re-opened after Covid-19 lockdown was lifted

And the Dungog Archies winners    for 2022 are.............
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WINNER: Janelle Hatherly "Jan"
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Second Prize
Gillian Waddell
"Roy Harris, Cattle Farmer, Chads Creek"
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Youth under 13 years
Lexi Gorman
"Nanny Moo"
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Youth 13 to 18 years
Grace Miller
"Unfulfilled"
Go to The Dungog Archies 2022  for all the entries and a report on the event
 
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WELCOME

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John O’Brien, the new Executive Director of Arts Upper Hunter

John O’Brien, the brand-new Executive Director of Arts Upper Hunter, brings an intriguing slate of skills to the job, with a background in music, film, TV, improvisation, museums, travel writing and community groups.

 

Arts Upper Hunter (AUH) is one of 14 Regional Arts Development Organisations across the state. It’s a key community group for local creative people and organisations; AUH provides, supports and promotes opportunities for those involved in the creative industries across the Shires of Dungog, Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter.

 

“Creativity and the arts have been crucial to my life,” says John, “so it’s wonderful to be able to sing the praises of this industry and help strengthen the network round here and build support for others.”

 

John’s background is eclectic, from editing labels in the Powerhouse Museum and London’s Natural History Museum to making short films, writing episodes for TV shows and creating TV series, to a more recent shift into music and live performance. “There’ve been some leftfield highlights along the way, such as driving around Estonia rewriting a guidebook to the country. And some fantastic experiences in this very region, mentoring drama students in Singleton or Aberdeen, for example. I know what it’s like to connect with your local community, how hungry people are to be offered the chance to access new skills, and how buzzy it is to be learning or teaching those skills!”

 

For five years, John was co-coordinator of Dungog Community College. “In community education it’s all about finding out what’s needed, matching it to what’s possible and seeing if you can put a course or event together, whether that’s A Day In The Roses or a Certificate in Aged Care. It’s the same principle with the creative industries - trying to match needs with opportunities, hopes with happenings.”

 

John’s musical life includes playing the vibraphone and Pianica for trio Fancy and duo The De Factos. Most recently, he has been a founding member of the Performing Artists of Dungog non-profit community group, which is trying to nurture a live performance culture in that Shire. “We made a great start, but we are a bit snookered by Corona Virus, at the moment,” he confesses.

 

But if there’s a renewed energy in many parts of the bush, it’s partly a positive side-effect to the otherwise dark effects of Covid. Tourists and tree-changers are coming to the country in unprecedented numbers. Benefits are being reaped. There’s an energy around, according to the Chair of Arts Upper Hunter, Ivan Skaines. “This is a great time to be promoting the arts and creative industries. One example: shops and galleries opening in main streets, which can be good for the economy, for local artists and for visitors wanting things to do.”

our meetings

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the gallery commencing at 10.30am

Come along and be part of the decision making of our Society

Next Meeting Tuesday 15 June

Generous Donation form IGA Dungog

Dungog Arts Society was thrilled to be the recipient of a cheque for $798 from Lovey's IGA as part of their Community Chest program.

Our society is grateful for the support of IGA. As a member of a close community, we can only exist with the support of local businesses.

Lovey's IGA generous donation will add to the prizemoney bank for our Annual Art Exhibition in October  2021.

Again, thank you James and your crew. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday Drawing Classes

Postponed due to COVID-19

Drawing classes are held in our gallery on Monday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Cost is $5 per person per session.
Youths are free

An interesting read about art in Covid times, forwarded by Philippa Graham of Sculpture on the Farm
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Covid Proof Art Projects: Getting It Done

Join us for Part Two of our deep dive into Adaptation, a completely online collaborative artwork GAS implemented during the last lockdown. Last time we discussed setting up a Covid-proof art project, now how do you execute it? 

 

We share the successes and challenges and many practical tips from what we learned in running an online creative project with four regional centres and 100 regional creatives. The articles focuses on using Covid as an opportunity to pivot and innovate. We think projects like Adaptation are just the beginning!

 

If you missed Part One of our exploration into Adaptation, you can read it here.

             ISOLATION ART
Our gallery has now opened but our members have still been busy creating new works during this COVID-19 pandemic.
See their work at the new isolation art page and read how they are coping cooped up at home.
We are still accepting works.
For more information and how to contribute go here
        THE DUNGOG ARCHIES 2020
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The Dungog Archies 2020 have been judged and the winners have been announced.

Congratulations to

First prize - Greg Danvers

Second prize - Helene Leane

Highly Commended - Cynthia Denning

Junior under 13 - Lily Cook

Junior 13 to 18 - Isa Taylor

See all the entries on our Dungog Archies 2020 page in the "exhibitions & events" page

or click here

Prizemoney proudly donated by

The Medical Centre Dungog

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and Mr Doug Spedding

The exhibition runs from Friday 4th September until Friday 18th September at our gallery 266 Dowling St Dungog

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GALLERY LIGHTS UPGRADE

We have been fortunate to receive a grant from Arts Upper Hunter of $1000 to upgrade the lights in our gallery to LED which are cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The total cost of the upgrade is $1415, so generous members have embraced the "Sponsor a Light" scheme where they contributed to the shortfall, by "adopting" one of the 18 lights in the gallery for $20

Here is a list of the contributors so far

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Pat & John Staker
Gaye Shield
Royce Burns & Dianne Pope
Greg & Phyl Danvers
Marilyn Flannery
Wendy Grahame
June Beckett
Lyn Rayward
Greg Mudie
Elaine Stuart
Toby Solomon
Phillippa & John Graham
Cheryl Lavender
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The February 2022 Members' newsletter is now available on the "members' news" page.

December gallery roster is also available there

Members - our artists page
As a member of Dungog Arts Society you are entitled to have your work  displayed on the our artists page.
To see instructions on how to get your work on the page, click here

Members' individual pages

For instructions on how to get your individual page up on the website, click here