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Arts Upper Hunter Board AGM
Gail Bragg was returned as chairperson, James Hooke was returned as vice chair and Julie-Anne Ellem elected as treasurer. Thanks to outgoing treasurer Lyn Gowing. As a result of Kara Mitchell-Watson resigning, the board is looking for a community representative from the Upper Hunter Shire. For an information pack contact Mark Reedman at Expressions of interest close April 27.
Comings and Goings
Farewell to long serving Gloucester Gallery director Leanne Barrett and welcome to new director Rachel Saunders.

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

Above - Photo taken by Wendell Peacock and courtesy of the Singleton Council. 
Left: Photo taken by Jan Kelaher and courtesy of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre.


What's on
Listed below are a number of events and festivals happening in our region this month. More can be found in "What's On" on our website 

You can search the event listings/calendar by interest, town, and upcoming or past events, or by key word. Read more...

Blue Heeler Film Festival. Sunday 12 to Wednesday 15 April 2015. Venues in Muswellbrook, Scone and Denman.

This year there will be 4 events and the Blue Heeler Short Film Competition.

Sunday 12 April 2015. Muswellbrook Cinema.
Monday 13 April 2015. Muswellbrook Cinema. Read more....
Tuesday 14 April 2015. Scone Old Court Theatre. Read more....
Wednesday 15 April 2015. Two Rivers Wines, Denman. Read more....

Aberdeen Quilt Affair. Sunday 19 April. 10 am - 3 pm. St Marks Church and Hall, Aberdeen RSL Club, Aberdeen Library and the Rose Garden.

Lots of quilts, mini workshops (at RSL), market stalls, BBQ and other refreshments available. Quilts in the Aberdeen Library will be for sale. Read more....

Photo taken by and courtesy of Liz Birch.

Fusion 3 by John Andrews, Wendy Fraser and Kylie Rose-McLean. Closes 19 April. Gloucester Gallery, Denison St, Gloucester.

New paintings by John Andrews, photographs by Wendy Fraser and ceramic work by guest artist Kylie Rose-McLean. Read more....

Baerami Bush Dance. 18-19 April Baerami Hall
Dance the night away to 'Waltzing Jack' & Friends. A great night for young and old, BYO food, drink, table decorations and supper to share. Arrive after 4 pm and dancing starts at 7.30 pm. Camp overnight or stay at local accommodation. Join the guided Sunday morning bushwalk! Read more....

Photo courtesy of Martin and Lyn Fallding.

Commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac Day and World War I around the region.

A number of art and cultural groups around the region are hosting special exhibitions and events to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac Day and World War 1.
April.  Scone and the First World War I. Scone Historical Museum has put together a series of story boards each focusing on a different aspect of the First World War: Gallipoli, Western Front, Palestine, Volunteers. Read more....

4 to 28 April. Centenary of Anzac Day Exhibition by the Dungog Arts Society. Read more....

17 April to 23 May. A Camera on Gallipoli. Singleton Library. The Australian War Memorial's digital exhibition, A Camera on Gallipoli, showcases a series of 39 candid  photographs taken by Sir Charles Ryan while serving with the AIF in Turkey in 1915. Read more....

24 April Scone Films presents the screening of "The Waler: Australia's Great War Horse". This film tells of the regiments of the Australian Light Horse in WW1.  Set in the Sinai and Palestine, culminating in the Charge at Beersheba, the ‘Great Ride’ through the Jordan Valley and the capture of Damascus. Some parts were filmed in the Upper Hunter and involved “local boy” Peter Haydon, who will be attending the screening and will share stories from The WalerRead more....

Alex Skailes and Eric Lengling rehearse Muswellbrook Amateur Theatre Society's production of Monsieur Goes A Hunting. Opens at the Muswellbrook Library on 14 May. Read more.... Photo courtesy of Ryan Langford.

Grants, prizes and opportunities

More listings can be found in the Grants/Prizes/Opportunities directory on our website. Read more...

You can search the directory by category such as: grant, prize, award, residency, job etc or by closing date.

2015 Murrurundi Art Prize – entries close 17 April 2015
Murrurundi & District Arts Council Inc invites artists residing in the following postcodes: 2328, 2329, 2333, 2336, 2337, 2338, 2339 and 2343 to enter. Total prize pool is $4,500. Read more....
Tocal Country Beanie Competition – posted entries close 27 April 2015, however entries can be handed in at Tocal Field Days on 1 May 2015.
The Maitland Group of the Knitters' Guild in partnership with Tocal Field Days is hosting a "Country Beanie Competition". Read more....    
Scone Landcare Inc 2015 Photo Competition - entries close 28 April 2015

To celebrate the diversity of our local natural world Landcare UpHunter & Scone Landcare have launched their first Native Wildlife & Native Flora Photo Competition.

The competition is open to Upper Hunter Shire residents aged 8 and up. Read more....

2015 Muswellbrook & Upper Hunter Eisteddfod  - various closing dates.
The Muswellbrook & Upper Hunter Eisteddfod divisions are being held between May and July. Entries close:
  • 2 April for: Instrumental, School Choirs & School Bands, Speech, Drama & Public Speaking
  • 1 May for: Piano
  • 8 May for: Dance
  • 10 July for: Creative Writing
For guidelines and entry form Read more....

Anyone who would like to assist with the Eisteddfod by helping at any session, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Suzie Troon on Ph: 65412094 or email

About Artsbark
Artsbark is the monthly publication of Arts Upper Hunter.
Arts Upper Hunter is supported by the Arts NSW and the Dungog, Gloucester, Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter Councils. We welcome your contributions and are happy to include them in Artsbark (space permitting) or on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Listings should include the title, date, location, a short description and contact details. We reserve the right to edit material. Please send your listings to
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