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July 2016

Song Writing Workshops with Amy Vee


In conjunction with the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music, Arts Upper Hunter is holding songwriting workshops in Singleton and Muswellbrook. The workshops will be run by Newcastle singer/songwriter Amy Vee.

Dates: Tuesday July 5 at the Singleton Youth Venue.
            Thursday July 7 at the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music.
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Cost: $25 per workshop
Book: Call AUH 0409 382 509 or email

As a writer and performer, Amy’s credits include the APRA/ABC Publishing Songwriters and Composers Recognition Award, MUSICOZ Artist of the Year, and a string of ABC Newcastle Music Awards, as well as finalist placings in the International Songwriting Competition, the UK Songwriting Competition, LA Music Awards, Australian Songwriter’s Association Song Competition and the Independent Music Awards. Read more....
Photo courtesy of Amy Vee.

Winners of Singleton Council’s Waste Art Sculpture Prize Announced

Scone’s Dale Fitz-Gerald was thrilled to be named winner of Singleton Council’s Waste Art Sculpture Prize.

Dale’s artwork, The Tree of Life – a 2016 Representation, was described as ‘magic’ by the judges Read more....

Dale is Arts Upper Hunter's featured artist for July Read more....

Photo Singleton Mayor John Martin and Councillor Val Scott with Waste Art Sculpture Prize Winner Dale Fitz-Gerald. Media release and photo courtesy of Singleton Council.
Pearl Red Moon selected as artist for Createability 2016.

Nine regional NSW artists with a disability will star in short films as part of Createability 2016 - a project for professional filmmakers to profile artists with a disability living and creating in regional NSW.

Pearl Red Moon is an established textiles, digital and mixed media artist with her own gallery in Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter.  Read more....

Photo courtesy of Pearl Red Moon.

What's On

Aberdeen Highland Games

The Aberdeen Highland Games is a celebration of Scottish heritage and tradition in the Upper Hunter.

Events run from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 July, with the parade and games being held on Saturday 2 July. Read more....

Photo from the 2008 Aberdeen Highland Games.
Singleton Writers Group Book Launch

The Singleton Writers Group will launch their book,  "Hearts of the Hunter Volume 2" on Saturday 9 July 2016 at the Singleton Library, Queen St, Singleton.

Bookings are essential so please call the library on  6578 7500 or visit  Read more....
Singleton Mini Festival 2016

The Singleton Mini Festival is held the years between the biennial Singleton Festival.

This year's mini festival includes:

Coal & Allied Singleton Art Prize
Folk in Broke Busking Competition
High Tea & Art in the Vineyard
Read more....
Irish Baroque: A concert by The Sydney Consort

Irish music on baroque instruments.

The Sydney Consort features Josie Ryan, soprano; Hans-Dieter Michatz, recorder; Stan W. Kornel, baroque violin; Verna Lee, harp; and Monika Kornel, harpsichord.

Sunday 17 July 2016, 2pm at the Sacred Spaces Chapel, Queen St, Singleton. Read more....
A Day in the Bush

The Dungog - Clarence Town CWA presents a day of poems, music and yarns.

Friday 22 July 2016 at the School of Arts Hall, Clarence Town. Morning tea at 9am is followed by the entertainment.

Bookings essential by 12 July. Read more....
The Sound of Music

The Muswellbrook Amateur Theatrical Society (MATS) with the Muswellbrook Shire Concert Band presents "The Sound of Music" by Rogers and Hammerstein.

Dates: 22, 23, 29, 30, 31 July & 4, 5 & 6  AugustRead more....
ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016 Early bird rates extended to 12 August.

The biennial national regional arts conference ARTLANDS is four days of activity and inspiration from across Australia and overseas. 27-30 October 2016. Read more....

Free Artist Workshops – Sharing and Promoting Your Work

In a two part workshop series presented by the Upper Hunter Artists Network and the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, learn how to professionally photograph and video your work and how to use this to share and promote your work through social media networks. Bookings essential. 

Workshop 1: Leslie Wand - Photographing and Videoing your Work, 10am-1pm Saturday 9 July 2016. Read more....

Workshop 2: Rebecca Rath - Navigating Social Media for Artists, 10am-1pm Saturday 27 August 2016 Read more....

For more events visit our website
Arts Upper Hunter is available to help you in applying for grants including: assisting with developing project ideas, sourcing artists and helping with application forms. Just give us a call 6541 4776.

Blue Heeler Short Film Competition  - entries close 20 July 2016

The Blue Heeler Film Festival Short Film competition is open to filmmakers living in the following shires: Muswellbrook, Singleton, Dungog, Upper Hunter, Gloucester and Cessnock. Read more....

Community Building Partnership 2016 - applications close 22 July 2016

NSW incorporated, community based not-for-profit organisations and local councils are invited to apply for the NSW Government's Community Building Partnership program, which can fund: construction of new capital works, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance to existing capital facilities, and the purchase of capital equipment.  Read more….

Country Arts Support Program (CASP) - applications close 28 July 2016

CASP provides grants to arts and cultural groups, not for profit organisations and local councils in regional NSW for short term, locally initiated projects. The grants of up to $3,000 must primarily be used to employ professional artists or cultural workers. Projects can be in any art form including oral history. Read  more....

Museum and Gallery Building Improvement Program - applications close 31 July 2016

The Museum and Gallery Building Improvement Program is designed to enable energy efficiency/feasibility studies and repair works to buildings in NSW, being considered or utilized as museums or galleries, to ensure they can offer appropriate access and egress, sustainability, environmental and/or collection care controls. Read more....

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) - applications close 8 August 2016

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. Funding targets activities that will have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities. Read more....

For more grants, prizes and opportunities visit our website


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Arts Upper Hunter Inc
142 Bridge St, Muswellbrook
PO Box 114, Muswellbrook.
Phone: 6541 4776
Email: Regional Arts Development Officer, Mark Reedman
          :Office Manager, Sandra Reichel,

Arts Upper Hunter is supported by Arts NSW and the Dungog, Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter Councils.

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