Murrurundi Arts Trail

Murrurundi is a charming rural town with a wealth of visual arts experiences.

 

Michael Reid Murrurundi

Michael Reid Murrurundi was established in 2006. Situated in the thoroughbred, vineyard and coal-belt of the Upper Hunter Valley, in the small but significant town of Murrurundi, the gallery is an accessible drive from Moree, Armidale, Tamworth, Scone and Newcastle. The gallery gardens are complemented by the simple grandeur of the Henry Danger (1796- 1861) designed Bobadil House (1841- 1842). Michael Reid Murrurundi exhibits outdoor sculptures such as Gregor Kregar’s impressive, mirror polished stainless steel works that reflects the sky and garden from each of their numerous surfaces. A gallery coffeehouse, art shop and plant nursery complement and extend the immersive creative experience. Leading Australian artists such as Adam Cullen, David Bromley, Noel McKenna, Robert Jacks, Chris Langlois, Paul Ryan, Lucy Vader and Sally Gabori have, over the past decade, mounted solo exhibitions.

Boyd Street
Sat and Sun 11:00 - 5:00
02 6546 6767
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Chicken in the Window

The Chicken in the Window gallery studio is on the New England Highway at the top end of Murrurundi. It’s been showcasing and selling unique craft and artwork for the last twenty years. Most of the work is created on site. Artists Fran Wachtel and Charlotte Drake Brockman rebirth old sheds, corrugated iron roofs and tin cans into whimsical animals, landscapes and one off art pieces. Three years ago a barn was built which now houses large exhibition pieces and is also a space used for house concerts and art workshops.


220 Mayne Street
Sat and Sun 10:00 - 4:00
02 6546 6270
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Haydon Hall

Haydon Hall Art Gallery was established late 2007 to promote and showcase ceramics, paintings, glass and other art works from regional and national artists with special exhibitions held throughout the year. The Gallery has been designed with specialised lighting and hanging tracks, flexible display modules and simple décor to create the ideal domestic environment for viewing and selecting art. The gift shop features a stunning selection of jewellery by Australian and international designers, fine art gift cards, handmade papers from Asia and a sophisticated selection of design objects, contemporary merchandise and gifts to delight all ages and suit all budgets. Overlooking the gardens and rose arbour, enjoy a fresh lunch menu that changes each month with the focus on the best seasonal produce. Whether it’s a leisurely brunch, coffee on the run or a relaxed lunch with friends, our café will satisfy your every wish and mood.


66 Mayne Street
Sat and Sun 11:00 - 5:00
02 6546 6969
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Murrurundi Arts & Crafts Council

Formerly Murrurundi and District Arts Council, Murrurundi Arts and Crafts Council is a registered not for profit volunteer based arts council which was formed in 1988 whose aim is to encourage, nurture and promote artistic pursuits in the Murrurundi area. As well as running workshops and ArtStart lessons throughout the year, the group hosts the annual Murrurundi Art Prize, the Murrurundi Photographic Prize and the biennial Opera Murrurundi. For the Art Trail Weekend, Murrurundi Arts and Crafts will be holding a pop up exhibition of local work in the RSL hall.


114 Mayne Street
Sat and Sun 10:00 - 4:00
0415 503 632
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David Darcy Gallery

Over the past 12 years David’s been on one hell of an adventure photographing dogs of all descriptions around the world. The journey has taken in the streets of New York, London, Tokyo and Rome, the jungles of Cambodia, the slums of India, to the very heart of Australia and back again. His goal has always been to photograph man's best friend within the environments we share and to do it with dignity and respect. This has not always been an easy task. As a dog lover his heart has swollen with pride, been torn apart, then mended again with the things I have seen. David hopes his photos can entertain, inspire and move people to love, care and help our four legged friends whenever and wherever possible.


37 Mayne Street
Sat and Sun 10:00 - 5:00
0405 817 174
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Art in the Garden

Pearl Red Moon and Rodney Swansborough are both artists who have lived in Murrurundi for over a decade. At their traditional Federation workers cottage built in 1914 they have developed a garden which is an extension of their creativity and an important inspiration for both in their art. Rodney is an accomplished portrait artist working in pastels and acrylic paint who is often inspired to paint the seasonal and fleeting beauty of the garden flowers as they come and go. Pearl is a mixed media artist who designs women’s art-to-wear clothes and adornments. At the bottom of their garden they share a studio which will be open to the public with a display of their art for sale.


34 Haydon Street
Sat and Sun 10:00 - 4:00
0427 775 707
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Jute and Honey

When you visit Jen’s workshop and space, you can expect to find some great chair frames that been given a fun, classic or quirky breath of life, luscious bed heads, great vintage and preloved homewares and one off industrial pieces, beautiful on trend homewares that have been sourced from fabulous suppliers from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, New Zealand, South Africa and Kenya. You will also be able to discuss your re-upholstery needs so you can turn a tired family heirloom into a one off statement piece for your home.


147 Mayne Street
Sat and Sun 10:00 - 5:00
02 6546 6053
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Jenny Vaughan

Jenny Vaughan endeavours to reproduce the style of botanical drawings of the early 1900’s in pen and ink. These botanical arrangements, collections and patterns are often items such as seedpods, fungi, birds’ nests, shells, butterflies or insects. Alongside these detailed works are semi-abstract landscapes, often depicting themes such as storms, rivers, or forests but always including some small detail of fish, a tortoise or a dragonfly. You’ll always find something 'secret' in Jenny’s work. A recent painting 'Filling the Dam Again' won Best in Show in the 2017 Murrurundi Art Prize. Jenny also has a fascination with coiled woollen pots, with colours and designs matched to rural towns to which she’s travelled. Call in to see some of her work. She'll be painting, drawing or coiling pots during the exhibit.


CWA Rooms, 109 Mayne Street
 Sat and Sun 10:00 - 3:00
0488 283 991
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Murrurundi and District Historical Society & Museum

Murrurundi & District Historical Society is presenting an exclusive collection of 200 previously unseen photographs of local pioneer family the Wrights, and in particular Maxwell Edmund Wright who joined the Australian Imperial Forces on September 21, 1914 at the age of 22, fought in the Egyptian desert and returned home four and a half years later with the rank of captain and the Order of the Nile Fourth Class. The exhibition is being shown in the historic church hall adjacent to the museum's "Literary Institute" building.


127 Mayne Street
 Sat and Sun 10:00 - 3:00
0418 647 176
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Jelle van den Berg

Born in The Netherlands, Jelle van den Berg has worked in artist collectives since 1974. Involvement in collectives often spilled over into running artist-run spaces and after he moved to Sydney in 1983, he was one of the co-directors of Union Street Gallery. In 2012 van den Berg established The Drawing Room, an artist run initiative in Elizabeth Bay (Sydney). He is the former Painting Coordinator at the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong and remains the Faculty Gallery and art collection curator. He resides and works between the South Coast and Hunter Valley, NSW. As part of the Upper Hunter Arts Trail Weekend, he’s holding an exhibition of his drawings, watercolours, and mixed media on paper. The title of the show is Drawing Room.


Murrurundi Railway Station, Victoria Street, Murrurundi
Sat and Sun 10:00 - 4:00