Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is located on the New England Highway three hours drive north west of Sydney and roughly two hours from Newcastle. Established in 1976, the gallery was housed in a purpose-built annex attached to the Muswellbrook School of Arts. Following several permutations a redevelopment of the School of Arts building in 2000 was undertaken to convert it to a modern regional gallery.

The Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre presents traveling exhibitions, local exhibitions and art prizes including the Muswellbrook Art Prize and Muswellbrook Photographic Prize, along with selections from the Max Watters and Shire Collections. Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre manages a large permanent collection, which was originally founded through the Art Prize in the late 1950s. Astute adjudication of the prize over the years has seen an excellent cross-section of mid 20th century Australian art enter the collection.

Complementing the Shire Collection is in the Max Watters Collection. Bequeathed in 2004 the Max Watters Collection spans about 40 years of mid to late 20th century Australian art representing major developments in this period through the work of artists such as Tony Tuckson, Ken Whisson, Danila Vassilieff, Grace Cossington-Smith, John Perceval, John Plapp, and Euan Macleod, to name a few.


The Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre accepts proposals by artists. For details please visit


Opening:Tuesday - Friday 10am to 5pm. Weekends 10am to 1pm. Mondays by appointment only. Closed Public Holidays.  


Parking for details on parking near by please visit visit


Photo: 3rd from left. Taken by Roger Skinner, and courtesy of the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.

Listing Details

Cnr Bridge & Williams Streets, , , 2333
6549 3800
Venue Type
Art Gallery
Venue Capacity
Seating 200, standing 200-500.
Lighting, Hanging System, Kitchen, Pedestals, Tables, Seating, Cafe, Shop.
Contact Person
Brad Franks
Disabled Access
Disabled Toilets