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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

Our artist for the front window this fortnight is the very talented Diane Sant.

Diane has a selection of beautiful oil and pastel paintings, covering a wide variety of subjects from landscapes, to our barnyard friends and to vibrant, colourful floral depictions.

Diane has produced works on both large and small scale and are priced to sell.

A delightful display indeed.

For more of Diane's work

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Cynthia is organising another day after the first one proved so popular

When: Saturday 27th August - 10am til 3pm

Where: Dungog Hospital Day Care Centre, Hospital Rd

How much: $30

What to bring: Any medium you like – Bring some pencils for drawing

Bring your own lunch – Tea/coffee and cakes will be provided

Note – any tutored work cannot be entered in our Annual Exhibition.


Easiest way to book??

Add your name in the COMMENTS on our Facebook page

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We are running a raffle in conjunction with our 2022 Annual Exhibitiion.

Tickets are on sale until the exhibition ends on Sunday 9th October and the prize will be drawn on Monday 10th October.

The  prize is this magnificent oil  painting by our member Cynthia Denning. Measuring 35cm X 70cm, lovers of magpies would want this painting on their walls,

















Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 or 7 for $10

Your ticket numbers will be emailed to you after purchase. Note, this is not an auto process but will be done by one of our members.

Tickets can also be purchased at the gallery.

Good Luck


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It is with a heavy heart that Dungog Arts Society announces the passing on Sunday morning of our beloved member Liz Aldis

She will be greatly missed and the thoughts of our saddened members and indeed all who knew this special lady is summed up in this tribute by past President, Toby Solomon.

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Thinking about a world without Liz saddens me to my depths. She was the first person I met when I ventured into the little yellow structure that housed the Dungog Arts Society. The group was in the midst of setting up the 2010 Annual Exhibition. Liz handed me a membership application and thus started my association with Liz and the rest of the group.

Liz always had a joke ready for every situation. She was a bright and enthusiastic member who cheered people along. I especially felt supported by her as I struggled with learning to draw and paint. Her criticism was always kind and instructive. She supported the group both financially and with her time, including many years as treasurer, which was the position she held when I joined the group. I once offered to bring in a calculator to ease her job. Her response was, why would I need that? She kept our books using pen and paper and her brain. No need for my calculator - or an eraser.

One long standing member said, “she was good at cheering people along and was loved by everyone … unless she was stirred up.” From another member, “she was a lovely little lady who moved to Dungog and always intended to move back to Sydney when her dog died. I invited her to join the Society and she loved the wide circle of friends so much, she decided to stay.

She loved her garden, growing her own tomatoes and making tomato sauce which she shared with others. She participated in crochet and a walking group.” And from another, “Lizzy loved dogs before people, she enjoyed her garden and the birds. Her artwork was as she was - special.”

Fare thee well, dear Liz.

Art gallery

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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And the winners are..............

First Prize

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Nicole Laing


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

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.

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


         Carrie Williams                       0438 611 677


                Vice President

Cynthia Denning                      0422 847 599




         Greg Mudie                                0407 953 928

                                    Assistant Secretary     


Cheryl Lavender                      0421 136 933



Ruth Dircks                              0448 950 255

         Membership Secretary

Marilyn Rudak                          0416 435 651

Minutes Secretary

Michelle Nickerson                   0429476779



Carrie Williams                        0438 611 677

opening hours
Open For Business
Monday to Sunday

10 am to 2 pm

266 Dowling St Dungog

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"
Youth 13 to 18 years
Grace Miller
Go to The Dungog Archies 2022  for all the entries and a report on the event
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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

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
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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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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

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