A fortnightly newsletter of events held in the Upper Hunter region
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'What's Up' from the 5 of January to the 18 of January in the Upper Hunter?

Welcome to our 'What's Up!" e-newsletter. This e-newsletter has been developed by Upper Hunter Country Tourism in conjunction with the Upper Hunter Shire Council and Muswellbrook Shire Council and will be delivered electronically to our subscribers every fortnight.  Our aim is to keep you informed about all the events, festivals, sporting activities, cultural and arts activities and entertainment in our region and is designed for our community as well as for visitors to the region.  We would like to encourage input from the local communities and invite you to submit news items about events you are involved in or anything you feel should be included in this newsletter.  
Happy New Year from Upper Hunter Country Tourism! 
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Art Attack

Michael Reid Gallery Murrurundi - 'Holding Space' by Amica Whincop 
Boyd Street, Murrurundi

6th January to 26th February

Behind each painting is a study in simplification and an exploration of natural processes.

“Stone-like” forms float, loosely connected, in an apparent void of negative space. However, underneath this expanse, lies the concealed elements of a whole painting, and a study in simplification.

This under painting is essential in creating the fluidity and connectedness of the forms that become the final anchors of the piece. The under painting is created spontaneously, by moving paint around with water, gravity, air pressure and reactive paint, imitating natural processes and formations until the paint settles into its own place, forming the idea of a painting.

Making sense of this new artificial landscape, I notice “stone” like forms emerging and highlight these to chart a pathway through the work. The remaining landscape is concealed behind an opaque, flat ground, and the forms arise as the focal point of the work. When there is nothing left to mask, and the tension between ground and form, positive and negative is balanced, the work reaches resolution.

The gallery is open Friday to Sunday, 11AM to 5PM.

January 12

Muswellbrook Race Day
Muswellbrook Race Club, Racecourse Rd, Muswellbrook

Thursday 12 January 2017, 11.00am 

Muswellbrook Race Club's next race day is FREE entry with TAB races.

January 13

Exhibition Opening - Face to Figure: From the Collections & Workshop Series + 8 Artists: DIfferent Strokes
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Bridge St, Muswellbrook

Friday 13 January 2017, 6.00pm 

The Face and the Figure – while artistic style, approach and purpose have changed over time as well as varied between cultures; they have remained one of the constant subjects of art through history. Drawn entirely from the Collections held at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts, Face to Figure offers up a rich diversity of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture from the mid-20th Century until the present day.

8 Artists: Different Strokes is representative of each artists’ interpretation of their surroundings achieved through a wide variety of forms, mediums, techniques and interests - as diverse as the individual artists themselves.

Opening night will include refreshment courtesy of Stone Hill Vineyard, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.
Exhibiting 14th January to 5th of March

January 15

Scone Race Day
Scone Race Club, Scone
Saturday 15 January 2017, 11.30am

Enjoy a day at the Races. Free Gate Entry, 7 TAB Races, Jumping Castle, Slide and Face Painting for the children. Gates Open 11.30am.

New tourism guide for 2017

Upper Hunter Country Tourism on track with new guide
A stylish new publication for the Upper Hunter was recently launched, at the Upper Hunter Country Tourism (UHCT) annual general meeting.
The 68 page visitor guide promotes events, attractions, and activities from festivals to National Parks, in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter shires and also includes town maps, accommodation listings and a business directory.
The guide is available free at Visitor Information Centres (VICs) and from UHCT members.
The guide is just one of the initiatives UHCT is undertaking. Membership of UHCT has risen to 43, and new members from businesses to festival committees, are always welcome.
UHCT operates a website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
A new app that provides a self -drive and virtual stud tour will be launched in 2017.
A new UHCT board was elected at the meeting.  Steve Tilse of Omadale Brook Estate was elected President, Craig Benjamin Vice President, and Tamara Peterson as Treasurer.
Outgoing President Peter Hale, who will still serve on the UHCT board, thanked the Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook shire councils for their ongoing support of the UHCT.
For further comment: UHCT President Steve Tilse 0408 498 646

Photo: Upper Hunter Shire Council General Manager Waid Crockett, Peter Hale, newly elected UHCT President Steve Tilse, and Muswellbrook Mayor Martin Rush launch the new visitor guide.
Bike Hire now available at the Scone Visitor Information Centre

The Scone Visitor Information and Horse Centre (VIC) offers a bike hire service to visitors and locals keen to discover the town on two wheels. The bikes will be available for hire from the Scone VIC seven days a week. The friendly staff at the Scone VIC can also provide you with a brochure of recommended bike rides around Scone.
For more information contact the Scone VIC on 6540 1300 or email

Do you have an event coming up in the Upper Hunter?
Community event, exhibitions, markets, festivals etc, we want to hear about it! 
Let us know and we will put it into the 'What's Up Newsletter'
Please contact Shay Hancock at or call 6540 1300

January 26 - Australia Day Celebrations, across the Upper Hunter
February 2 - Muswellbrook Race Club Race Day
February 4 - Cassilis Rodeo
February 17 - Scone Race Club Race Day 
February 18 to 19 - Moonan Flat Campdraft
February 18 - Scone Neighbourhood Centre Skills Auction
February 23 to 26 - King of the Ranges
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