Dungog Arts Society - 266 Dowling St, Dungog 

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March 2020 Newsletter

Hello members

I trust you are all well. It is nice to hear the whirl of lawnmowers as the rain has revived the grass. Everything is so lovely and green.

Request for works of Art

Our Thursday meeting opened with an address from new man in town, Michael Williams. He has a desire to hang artwork in his residence and will commission artists from our gallery to do so. He is looking for 5 paintings, of dimensions around 700cm X 600cm or thereabouts. He desires a particular theme that represents old world charm in country towns, the likes of general stores, petrol stations, buildings with outdoor displays such as ads for Bushells Tea, Arnotts biscuits, Rosella sauce, you get the drift. If interested we can put you in touch with Michael

The Archies

The Archies is fast approaching. It is not too late to get your entries in with closing date being Wednesday 18th March. But remember you have until 25th March to delivery your entry so pay by 18th and deliver 25th with opening night Friday 27th March.

There has been a slow response to Youth entries, so encourage the young ones amongst you to have a go. It is very easy to enter the Archies on our website, so no paper form required. Go to https://www.dungogartssociety.com.au/enter-the-archies.

If you can volunteer on the night, serving drinks, food, manning the front door etc respond to this email and we will put you on the roster.

Advertisement “Barrington Towns” magazine.

Thanks to all those who pledged money to make the Barrington Towns ad a reality. Also thanks to Cynthia Denning who commissioned and paid for the design of the ad.  The magazine should be in tourism outlets from late March so it will be interesting to see the reaction.

Bunnings Maitland Sausage Sizzle

It is all systems go with Bunnings allocating us a date of Saturday 13th June for a sausage sizzle. At Thursday meeting seven enthusiastic members put their hands up to man the bbq. I am waiting for Bunnings to send me details of hours required and also figures of takings from previous sizzles.

It is likely that we would have an 8 hour day there, so hopefully we can have enough volunteers to roster 4 hour shifts. If you can put your name down, again get in touch with the gallery or respond to this email.

Donation from Loveys Grocers

You may be aware that Loveys Grocers have a Loyalty Reward Program, where a percentage of what you spend in store goes to worthy organisations. We gratefully received our quota this month. If you shop regularly at Loveys, and have a reward card, can you consider making the society the recipient of any benefits.

Treasurers Report

Another quiet month in the gallery, where again our outgoings exceeded our takings. Hopefully things can turn around soon, but in the meantime, it makes it all the more important to support our fund raising initiatives.

Ruth also has asked that members be more careful when writing receipts as a recent error, where a cheque was receipted twice, made balancing the books difficult. The alleged offender has assured me that he will take more care in the future as he does not want to get a bad name in the Munni area.

Application for Grants

The NSW government, via the Office of Tourism is offering Funding for Regional Events. The total pool is only small, $1 million statewide, however any grant can be used up to 31 December 2020. Potentially we could apply for the grant to promote our Annual Exhibition. The grant cannot be used for prizemoney. Applications close 25th March, so I will look into the application process.

We are still awaiting outcome of our gallery lighting grant.

Trip to Archibald Prize in Sydney.

It is still proposed to organise a bus trip to Sydney for the Archibald Prize. The date pencilled in is Wednesday 17th June. If interested, a list has been started at the gallery, or email the society.

Monday Drawing Classes – Possible changes

Our Monday evening class is limping along. Numbers are down. We’re wondering if people would prefer a daytime class rather than evening. As it is there aren’t enough attendees to keep it going.  Please email back your thoughts or speak to a committee member.


Gaye Shield organised a workshop held at the CWA building in pastel techniques, facilitated by renowned artist Gwendolin Lewis. The event was well patronised and thank you Gaye for your hard work.

Jan Ailwood is running watercolour classes at her home studio. Full details can be found on our website here https://www.dungogartssociety.com.au/janice-ailwood-art-classes

It is hoped to have perennial favourite Pablo Tapia hold a workshop in November on portraiture, in preparation for the 2021 Archies. Stay tuned for further details. They will certainly go up on our new improved website when available…have you paid a visit lately? https://www.dungogartssociety.com.au/.

Until next month

Greg Mudie


Dungog Arts Society

Bus trip to the Archibald Prize in Sydney

The proposed date for the trip to Sydney to view the Archibald Prize is Wednesday 17 June.

Depending on numbers, the coach cost should be $30 per person.

The coach would leave Dungog at 7:00 am and return by 6:00 pm. There would be a stop off at Clarence Town.

Entry cost to the exhibition is not available to date, but in 2019 the cost was $20.

The coach will drop participants off in The Rocks, where they can have lunch, peruse the shops or take in the Archibald rejects at the S H Irwin Gallery.

Please email us,or phone a committee member or just drop into the gallery if you would like to attend.

Family and friends are welcome to come along.First in best dressed and numbers need to be finalised by 17 May.


Newsletter February 2020

Hello members

I hope the rain has lifted everyone’s mood. The grass is green and the dams are filling up. With a bit more rain forecasted, even the farmers are happy. Let’s hope that this is the turn in fortunes that we all have been waiting for.

February Monthly Meeting

The February monthly meeting was well attended with 15 members in attendance. We know that it was well attended as our guest speaker, Tracey Lowery, Community Project Officer with Dungog Shire Council advised us that none of the many committee meetings that she attends in her official capacity is so well represented. Attendance could well have been more impressive as there were a number of apologies from members unable to attend.

Tracey was able to speak at length on matters that vitally affect our society. Primarily, she confirmed that funding for our Annual Exhibitions should be made each year through the Community (Small) Grants program. Our fears that the guidelines were outside the scope of conditions were allayed as Tracey stated that there was a good deal of discretion when reviewing grants.

Tracey also gave valuable information in regards to applying for other grants. She also discussed ways that our society can interact with council in the various community involvement events, such as Seniors Week, International Women’s Day etc. Tracey also suggested that we could be included in the various Newsletters that circulate within the Shire. All in all there was much to consider and there are obvious benefits to our society.

The Archies

A reminder that the Archies are in full swing. Get those paints out and have your entry in by 18th March and come along for the opening on Friday 27th March, at the gallery at 6pm. Encourage your friends to enter especially the children as there is $250 in Youth Section prizes this year.

 Treasurer’s Report

The Christmas holiday period was not kind to us this year. No doubt the bushfires had a massive effect on visitor numbers to the town and consequently to the gallery. Sales were minimal and we ran at a loss for the December/January period. This makes a successful Archies all the more important so please give it your full support.

Trip to Sydney for the Archibald Prize

We are still keen to get a trip to the Archibald Prize up and running. At this stage we have a provisional date of Wednesday 17th June pencilled in. If we can get around 40 participants, we can hire a large coach with a fare of approximately $30. Departing Dungog at 7:00 am and returning by 6:00pm with a stop at Clarence Town to pick up passengers. We will need numbers soon so contact us if you are interested.

Advertising in The Dungog Chronicle

We were approached by the Chronicle to participate in a brochure promoting tourism in the Barrington region. Whilst there would be benefits from being involved, the minimum cost of over $500 for a quarter page advertisement is beyond our financial capacity at this stage, so it was voted to decline their offer.

Sausage Sizzle – Maitland Bunnings

Our society is pursuing the opportunity to run a Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings. This I feel would be a fantastic opportunity to raise much needed funds. Ruth Dirks, who has experience is these matters, believes it would not be unreasonable to raise $1000. This is serious money. I have made initial enquiries and will advise when a date is available.

Grant for lighting for the gallery

Our grant application is awaiting approval, with advice that successful applicants will be advised in March (date unknown). Stay tuned.

Workshop report

A workshop has been organised by Gaye to be held 7th March. Gwendolyn Lewis will be holding it and the subject being “mixed media” the cost is $40.00 for the day. Wendy suggest we charge $50.00 and hire the hospital room to have the workshop. Numbers are limited so contact us if you are interested.

Regional Shows

For those members interested in entering works in Regional Shows, there are 2 in the immediate future.

Gresford show 2020 is the 13th & 14th March. Download entry form www. gresfordshow.com.au.

Newcastle Art Show, running from 6-8 March, with entries closing Friday 2020.

New Website

The new website is live. Hopefully you received the separate email so I will not elaborate here. Remember that alterations/additions/hints are very welcome.


Greg Mudie


Dungog Arts Society

March 2020 Gallery Roster

If you can help out on one of the vacant days either attend the gallery and add your name


email dungogartssociety@gmail.com 


text Toby on 0408 630 214 or Greg on 0407 953 928 with dates and we will update the roster. 

Thank you

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

January 2020 Gallery roster