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Our Projects

These are some of our past and upcoming projects.

 

Upper Hunter Art Trail Survey

Arts Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre are investigating the possibility of an Upper Hunter Art
Trail Weekend. The survey is intended to help us see how much interest there is in being a participant and what a potential trail might look like.

It is hoped that the trail will include individual artists, groups of artists, galleries and other venues that can exhibit art located in the Dungog Shire, Muswellbrook Shire, Upper Hunter Shire and the Singleton Council region.

In the event you want to respond as an individual and also on behalf of a group you can complete the survey more than once.

The tentative dates are Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of November 2017.

Read more: Upper Hunter Art Trail Survey

2017 - Navigating Social Media for Visual Artists Workshop with Rebecca Rath

Well known Hunter Valley artist Rebecca Rath will be running a workshop at the Dungog Arts Society on Tuesday 28
March for visual artists interested in developing their use of social media.

Using social media tools and platforms, visual artists have new ways to connect with audiences and buyers far and wide. And because these websites are free to use, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram are quickly becoming as important to an artist as the paintbrush and palette.

The workshop will focus on Instagram.

The cost is $15 and attendees should ideally bring along their smartphone, tablet or a laptop that can connect to the internet.

The workshop runs from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on Tuesday 28 March at the Dungog Arts Society.

Artists can book a place by calling the Simone from the Dungog Arts Society on 0434 673 202 or by calling Arts Upper Hunter on 6541 4776.

2016 - Navigating Social Media for Visual Artists Workshop

Well known Hunter Valley artist Rebecca Rath will be running a workshop at Singleton Library on Saturday November 12 for 
visual artists interested in developing their use of social media.

Using social media tools and platforms, visual artists have new ways to connect with audiences and buyers far and wide. And because these websites are free to use, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram are quickly becoming as important to an artist as the paintbrush and palette.

The workshop will focus on Instagram.

The cost is $15 and attendees should ideally bring along their smartphone, tablet or a laptop that can connect to the internet.

The workshop runs from 10 am to 12.30 pm on Saturday 12th November at Singleton Library.

Artists can book a place by calling Arts Upper Hunter on 65414776 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

2016 - A Thank You Soirée

Whether it’s visual arts, craft, writing, theatre, museums or festivals, the cultural fabric of the Upper Hunter relies
heavily on unpaid groups of people who come together to develop their chosen art form or cultural activity.

To acknowledge these groups of people, Arts Upper Hunter is holding a soirée at Scone Arts and Crafts on Friday November 11.

Guests will arrive to the cool guitar sounds of Dave Harvey and nibble on cheese and biscuits while catching up with arty pals. Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Cr. Wayne Bedggood will thank local arts and cultural groups and then it’s over to young songwriters Samantha Bell, Eadie Limon and Maicey Limon for the world premiere of a new song “Their Love Grows”. Next, young Singleton comedian Ethan Andrews will have you in stitches with his unique comedy stylings. Finally, it’s coffee, cake and conversation.

Read more: 2016 - A Thank You Soirée

2016 - Three Contemporary Dance Workshops

Hosted by Arts Upper Hunter, Cadi McCarthy from Catapult Dance ran workshops in contemporary dance at
Muswellbrook High School, Singleton High School and St. Catherine’s College in Singleton. Thanks to teachers Jason Foy, Rebecca Luscombe and Sarah Purnell for organising three very creative groups of young people. Thanks also to Amy Foster from Expressions School of Dance for use of her studio.

Photo: Cadi and participants of the dance workshop held for Muswellbrook High School. Photo courtesy of Muswellbrook High School.

 

2016 - Play In A Day

Host by Arts Upper Hunter, Co-Artistic Director Lucy Shepherd of Tantrum Youth Arts ran full day workshops at Gloucester
and Dungog high schools and at Merriwa Central School. Students learnt the theory of play structure and put theory into practice by creating short plays of their own. Many thanks to Scott Davis at Gloucester High, Louise Rowley at Dungog High and Neal Endacott at Merriwa Central School.

Photo: Lucy Shepherd and Merriwa Central School students. Photo taken by AUH staff. 

 

 

2016 - Songwriting Workshop

Hosted by the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music and Arts Upper Hunter, Newcastle singer/songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist Amy Vee led four young songwriters and two older songwriters through an inspiring day of lyric writing and putting music to the lyrics. Many thanks to the Conservatorium’s Dave Harvey for help with logistics and his great guitar playing.

 

Read more: 2016 - Songwriting Workshop

2016 - Got A Project Idea? Call Us Now!

You might have a rough idea for a project and need help developing the idea. You might have a well-developed idea and need help with, say, budgeting or finding the right artist to run the project. You might be ready to go and need someone to proof read your application.

Arts Upper Hunter is offering tailored one on one assistance with your project idea and application. We can come to you or you can come to us. So give us a call on 65414776 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2016 - Country Arts Support Program Recipients

The NSW government has announced more than $16,000 in small arts project funding to the Upper Hunter Region region. The funding was part of the NSW Government's 2016 Country Arts Support Program (CASP) which allocated $250,000 to 86 country arts projects across the State.

Successful recipients in the Upper Hunter region are:

Craven Creek Music Association Inc (Gloucester): $2,000 for a music festival at Craven Creek showcasing young professional musicians. It will include classical music concerts for schools in the region.

Read more: 2016 - Country Arts Support Program Recipients

"2015 - Storytelling in Muswellbrook and Singleton"

Arts Upper Hunter engaged accredited storytellers Dr Julie Mundy-Taylor and Megan Pascoe to run a series of storytelling workshops for selected high school students and nursing home residents in Singleton and Muswellbrook.

As well, Arts Upper Hunter in-conjunction with the Singleton Library, held an "Adults Only Storytelling Evening" at the library on Friday 23 October. Julie and Megan, as well as some local storytellers, enthralled audiences with stories true and tall, myths, legends and historical folk stories.

Read more: "2015 - Storytelling in Muswellbrook and Singleton"

"2015 - Business Skills for Aboriginal Artists"

It’s one thing creating art. It’s another selling it.

Regional Arts NSW, Arts Upper Hunter and Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council are hosting a workshop in Muswellbrook which will provide a range of information to help Aboriginal artists improve their business skills. Promotion, marketing, presentation, pricing, tax, copyright and writing a business plan will be among the topics discussed.

The facilitator is Senior Business Advisor David Sharpe from Moneypenny Services who specialise in providing business advice to the creative industries worldwide. David has successfully run this workshop all through regional NSW.

Read more: "2015 - Business Skills for Aboriginal Artists"

"2015 - Upper Hunter Theatre Forum plus Stones in His Pocket"

Arts Upper Hunter is calling all actors, directors, writers, designers, choreographers, dancers, publicists, technicians, drama
teachers and theatre lovers to attend the inaugural Upper Hunter Theatre Forum.

The Forum will be an opportunity to meet like minded people from across the region, share what you’re up to, discover new opportunities and start developing a regional approach to growing theatre in the Upper Hunter. Facilitated by Jane Kreis, director of the newly formed NSW Theatre Network, there’ll also be three guest speakers including Amy Hardingham, Ken Longworth and Chris Bendall. Amy is the artistic director Tantrum Youth Arts in Newcastle, Ken is the long time theatre writer and critic for the Newcastle Herald and Chris is one of Australia’s leading contemporary theatre directors and CEO of Critical Stages.

Read more: "2015 - Upper Hunter Theatre Forum plus Stones in His Pocket"

"2015 - Upper Hunter Shire Artist Talks"

Working in and supporting arts and culture may seem like a fun-filled whirlwind of creativity, openings,
glasses of wine and mini quiches, but behind the scenes there’s a lot of hard work. Arts Upper Hunter’s Artist Talks is an opportunity to get an insight into the lives of nine local people from diverse cultural practices. With the aid of slides, each will talk about their inspirations, challenges and what draws them to the arts.

Presenters include: Peter Carlin, Anne Davies, Sue Davis, Hanna Kay, Carmel Hughes, Gwen Alchin, Jenny Loasby, Lachlan Phelps, Fran Wachtel and Leslie Wand.

Read more: "2015 - Upper Hunter Shire Artist Talks"

"2015 - Inspired Women"

Friday 21st August 2015 at Gloucester.

Working in and supporting the arts may seem like a fun-filled whirlwind of creativity, openings, glasses of wine and mini quiches, but behind the scenes there's a lot of hard work. Arts Upper Hunter's Inspired Women is an opportunity to get an insight into the lives of eight Gloucester women who work in and support the arts. With the aid of slides, each will talk about their inspirations, challenges and what draws them to the arts.

Presenters include: Elizabeth Bartlett, Erin Beech, Adele Compton, Lindy Dupree, Pippa Robinson, Rachel Saunders, Pauline Reynolds-Barff and Trudy Symonds.

Compere Julie Lyford will introduce the presenters and facilitate questions from the audience at the end of each presentation.

Read more: "2015 - Inspired Women"

"2015 - Arts Upper Hunter supports 2 NAIDOC Week Celebrations "

Arts Upper Hunter supported 2 NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Lands Council, the Upper Hunter Shire Council and Arts Upper Hunter organised a visit by Gamilaroi elder Dolly Jerome to run a series of basket weaving workshops in Muswellbrook and Merriwa.

The Upper Hunter Museum Network (UHMN), Upper Hunter Shire Council and Arts Upper Hunter organised a trip for the UHMN and other interested people, to visit Cumbo Gunerah Museum in the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council, Gunnedah. This museum holds a significant collection of stone artefacts, carved trees, weapons and utensils.

Read more: "2015 - Arts Upper Hunter supports 2 NAIDOC Week Celebrations "

"2015 - Arts Grants Workshop in Vacy"

Seeking arts funding can be a time consuming process and, at the end of it all, there's no guarantee of success. Help is at hand.

Arts Upper Hunter will be running a workshop in Vacy to make the process less stressful and to improve your chances of getting a grant.

The workshop will cover the most common arts funding sources but, in particular, the Country Arts Support Program which closes early October. CASP provides grants of up to $3,000 and has a high success rate.

Read more: "2015 - Arts Grants Workshop in Vacy"

"2015 - Writing an Application for an Arts Grant Workshop"

Seeking arts funding can be a time consuming process and, at the end of it all, there's no guarantee of success. Help is at hand.

Arts Upper Hunter will be running a workshop in Dungog to make the process less stressful and to improve your chances of getting a grant.

The workshop will focus on items where applications often fall down, especially the budget. Many a good project idea has fallen over because of the budget.

Read more: "2015 - Writing an Application for an Arts Grant Workshop"

"2015 - Arts Upper Hunter supports 2 Harmony Day Celebrations"

Arts Upper Hunter engaged belly dancer Sheri Court Kriesch for Singleton Council's Harmony Day event and classical Indian dancer Arti Trasi for the event held at Scone by Scone Neighbourhood Recourse Centre, Rotary Club of Scone, Upper Hunter Shire Libraries and the Community Relations Commission.

Photo: Sheri Court Kriesch at front of dance workshop, photo was taken by Wendell Peacock and courtesy of Singleton Council.

"2014 - Reading You Loud and Clear!"

It's great to curl up in bed with a good book, but imagine how good it'd be to curl up in bed with the author reading aloud to you!

Well, apart from the bed and the curling, that's what you'll experience when members of the Singleton Writers Group and the Singleton Bush Poets read from their work in the Boarders Dining Room at Singleton's Sacred Spaces on Sunday November 9, 4 to 6 pm. Tickets are $10 and $5 at the door.

Ring 6541 4776 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

"2014 - Dungog Artist Talks"

Arts Upper Hunter presented eight diverse artists and artsworkers living in the Dungog local government area who gave presentations about their work at the James Theatre in Dungog on Friday October 31 2014. Presenters include art activist Georgina Clark, Paterson Gallery owner Cath Varcoe, screenwriter John O'Brien, photographer Ken Rubeli, filmmaker and theatreworker Michael Winchester, textile artist Lisa Wiseman and jazz musicians Paul McNamara and Sally Corbett.

Each presentation lasted under seven minutes, include slides and, in some cases, a few surprises. MC will be Dungog Council's Ivan Skaines introduced presenters and facilitated questions at the end of each presentation.

Read more: "2014 - Dungog Artist Talks"

"2014 - The Caravan of Stories"

Arts Upper Hunter presented 3 days of storytelling in the Upper Hunter Shire. It doesn't matter if you're young, old or in between, we want you to tell a story on the theme of: "I've never been so scared in my life!" You have up to 10 minutes and you can't use notes. Sound scary?

That's why we've got the free afternoon workshops. You can go along and build up your story and your confidence with one of our 3 professional storytellers. Then join them on stage that night.

Read more: "2014 - The Caravan of Stories"

"2014 - Workshop: Writing an Application for an Arts Grant"

Seeking arts funding can be a time consuming process and, at the end of it all, there's no guarantee of success. Help is at hand.

Arts Upper Hunter will be running workshops in Gloucester and Muswellbrook to make the process less stressful and to improve your chances of getting a grant.
The workshop will focus on items where applications often fall down, especially the budget. Many a good project idea has fallen over because the budget section hasn't been completed properly.

Read more: "2014 - Workshop: Writing an Application for an Arts Grant"

"2014 - Speed Dating For Visual Artists - EOI close 2 June 2014"

Arts Upper Hunter seeks ten visual artists who’d like to discuss their work with five gallery professionals: Brad Franks (Manager, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre), Kim Blunt (Exhibitions Officer, Maitland Regional Art Gallery), Bruce Tindale (previously Manager of Michael Reid Murrurundi and Broken Hill Art Gallery), John Barnes (Director, Cessnock Regional Gallery) and Rob Cleworth (Collection and Exhibitions Officer, Lake Macquarie Gallery).

Date: 27 June 2014
Time: 6pm
Venue: Singleton Civic Centre

This is the third event of its kind that Arts Upper Hunter has run. Acting on feedback from previous events, we’ve substantially reduced the number of artists to allow for more time with each gallery “date”.

Read more: "2014 - Speed Dating For Visual Artists - EOI close 2 June 2014"

"2014 - Arts Upper Hunter presents workshops for local disability service providers. "

Arts Upper Hunter brought didgeridu virtuoso Charlie McMahon to the Upper Hunter for workshops with disability service providers Witmore Enterprises in Singleton, Koora Industries in Muswellbrook and The Cottage in Gloucester.

The workshops started with Charlie performing and worked up to participants joining in on the didgeribone and synthesiser, with lots of clapping, chatter and some impromptu dancing.

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"2014 - Suitcases Project"

Eight cases designed to hold sets of laminated documents and photos were built by local cabinet makers for the historical museum sector.

The cases are designed as a portable educational tool and for temporary displays.

Read more: "2014 - Suitcases Project"

2013 - Pecha Kucha

In 2013 Arts Upper Hunter held 2 Pecha Kuchas.  

Japanese for chit chat, Pecha Kucha started in Japan in 2003 as a way for young designers to show and talk about their work. Each presenter had twenty slides asting twenty seconds each, a total of six minutes and forty seconds, over which they discussed their work. Since then the format has been used and adapted worldwide in all sorts of settings but maintained a focus on cultural activity.

 

Read more: 2013 - Pecha Kucha

"2013 - “Voices”: Readings by Local Writers"


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Date: Sunday the 17th of November
Time: 4pm
Venue: The Old Court Theatre, Kingdon Street, Scone
Tickets: $5 inc tea & coffee. Tickets available from the door

Writers from two Upper Hunter writers’ groups will read from their work at Scone’s historic Old Court Theatre in an event hosted by Arts Upper Hunter.

The Warrah Writers, who meet at the Warrah Creek Hall, 20 kilometres from Willow Tree on the Liverpool Plains, were established in 2001. They’ve published two anthologies of fiction, poetry and non-fiction and run workshops from time to time.

Poets Corner, who meet at Haydon Hall in Murrurundi, was established in 2011 and meet bi-monthly. Their collective body of work has grown to the extent the where they’re planning to publish an anthology.

Read more: "2013 - “Voices”: Readings by Local Writers"