The 2023 Muswellbrook Art Prize is now open for entries! The Muswellbrook Art Prize began in 1958 and has grown to be one of the richest prizes in regional Australia with a prize pool of $70,000 across 3 sections.

– Painting ($50,000 acquisitive)
– Works on Paper ($10,000 acquisitive)
– Ceramics ($10,000 acquisitive)

Astute adjudication of the Prize over the years has yielded an excellent collection of modern and contemporary Australian paintings, works on paper and ceramics from the Post War period of the 20th Century and into the 21st Century, with the winning acquisitive works forming the nucleus of what is now known as the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection. Previous winners of the Muswellbrook Art Prize include such key figures as David Aspden, Sydney Ball, Richard Larter and Fred Williams. The Upper Hunter Region is also well represented with a number of local artists being successful in winning the Prize including Peter Atkins, Dale Frank, Lyn Nash and Hanna Kay.

Along with Muswellbrook Shire Council, who since 1958 has acted as sponsor and administrator of the Muswellbrook Art Prize, Bengalla Mining Company has generously sponsored the Prize for close to three decades, their commitment ensures the development of the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.

An entry fee of $45.00 for paintings and $25.00 for works on paper and ceramics. A commission of 35% applies to sales.

Key Dates 2023

  • Entries Open – November 2022
  • Entries Close – 13 January 2023
  • Finalists Announced – 27 January 2023
  • Exhibition Launch Event and Announcement of Winners – 25 February 2023
  • Exhibition Dates – 27 February to 29 April 2023

Find out more.

Image: Winner of the 2019 Muswellbrook Art Prize – Sacha Pola, ‘Having Reached Utopia, It Was Then Time’ 2018, acrylic and conte on canvas, 135 x 165cm.