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NAIDOC WEEK 2015
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.

Photo: Some of the members of UHMN visiting the Cumbo Gennerah Museum. Photo taken by Tash Taaffle and courtesy of Lynn Collins, Heritage Advisor for the Upper Hunter Shire Council.
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. Read more

Photo taken by and courtesy of Tash Taaffle, Upper Hunter Shire Council.

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  www.artsupperhunter.com 

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

The Nude (Covered) by Roger Skinner. Thursday 13 to Sunday 30 August 2015. Haydon Hall. Mayne St, Murrurundi.
Roger Skinner, a local photographer, has put together a series of images where nudity is implied or only in part revealed. Read more....
Inspired Women. Friday 21 August. 7pm. Gloucester Citizen Centre. Hume St, Gloucester.
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, Maureen Hjorth, Pippa Robinson, Rachel Saunders and Trudy Symonds. Read more...
Upper Hunter Artist Talks. Friday 28 August. 7pm. Scone Arts and Crafts Centre, Kingdon St, Scone.
Arts Upper Hunter's Artist Talks are an opportunity to get a realistic insight into what it's to be an artist. Eight artists living or working in the Upper Hunter Shire region will give presentations about their art and favourite projects. Presentations will include slides.  Read more....
Lara Craft Exhibition. Saturday 29 August. 10.30am to 2.30pm. Anglican Church Hall, 51 Dowling St. Dungog.
Displaying many crafts from residents of Dungog Shire. Read more....
 
Upper Hunter Theatre Forum. Saturday 12 September. 11am to 3.30pm. Singleton Senior Citizen Club.
Run by Arts Upper Hunter, this forum is for actors, writers, directors, musicians, choreographers, theatre lovers, teachers - anyone interested in developing theatre in the Upper Hunter! Apart from the opportunity to share what you do with likeminded people from across the region there’ll be four guest speakers.
Jane Kreis is the Director of the new NSW Theatre Network. Chris Bendall is the CEO of Critical Stages which tours independent Australian theatre. Amy Hardingham is the Artistic Director of Tantrum Youth Arts in Newcastle and Ken Longworth is the long time theatre writer and critic for the Newcastle Herald.
In addition, following the forum, there’ll be a performance of Stones in His Pockets. Read more....
"Sean Hawkins and Grant Cartwright from Stones In His Pockets". Photo courtesy of Critical Stages. Read more....

Grants, prizes and opportunities

More listings can be found in the Grants/Prizes/Opportunities directory on our website. You can search the directory by category such as: grant, prize, award, residency, job etc or by closing date. Read more...

Scone Art Prize 2015 – entries close 7 August 2015
The Scone Art Prize is hosted by Scone Arts & Crafts Inc. There are 9 sections including: Open, Figurative and Portraiture, Watercolour, Print or Drawing, Miniature, Pastel, Local, Sculpture, and Ceramics. Total prize pool is $6,200.
This year a new award for children, the Pursche Youth Conservation Art Awards 2015, has been added. For details and an entry form please email sconeartsandcrafts@gmail.com
Dungog Arts Society Annual 2015 Art Exhibition - entries close 28 August 2015
The Dungog Arts Society is holding their annual art exhibition opening on Friday 11 September, and closing Sunday 20 September. There are many categories including: painting, photography, fibre art, three dimensional works and a youth section. Total prize pool is $5,000. Read more....
Dungog Festival Short Film Competition - entries close 31 August 2015
The Dungog Festival is being held on 22-25 October. Part of the festival is a short film festival, with a total prize pool of $1,000. There are 6 categories. Read more....
Country Arts Support Program (CASP) - applications opening soon
CASP provides small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional NSW for short term, locally initiated projects. Read more....
Upper Hunter Community Services delivered  photography workshops for participants from Muswellbrook High School and Challenge Disability Services to learn out of the box and inexpensive photographic techniques relevant to our everyday lives. The exhibition "My World Through a Lens" is showing at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre from 31 July to 13 September. Read more....
Photo: This photo exploring filters was taken at one of the workshops. Photo courtesy of Upper Hunter Community Services.
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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 admin@artsupperhunter.com.au.
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