5 great art shows to keep in mind

At Towel Flick, by Brydie Piaf, from her book, The Sunrise Swimmers of Merewether Ocean Baths. An exhibition of works from the book is on show at the Local History Lounge, War Memorial Cultural Centre, Laman Street, Newcastle.
At Towel Flick, by Brydie Piaf, from her book, The Sunrise Swimmers of Merewether Ocean Baths. An exhibition of works from the book is on show at the Local History Lounge, War Memorial Cultural Centre, Laman Street, Newcastle.

BRYDIE PIAF Newcastle photographer and storyteller Brydie Piaf has created an extraordinary book and exhibition, The Sunrise Swimmers of Merewether Ocean Baths. It is a collection of portraits, seascapes and stories documenting early morning swimmers at the iconic location. The exhibition is on through April 17 in the Local History Lounge, War Memorial Cultural Centre, Laman Street, Newcastle.

JOHN EARLE One of Newcastle’s favourite visual artists, John Earle, has a show of new works by him and his alter ego, Larri Patience, at Cooks Hill Galleries, Bull Street, Cooks Hill. The show opens Friday, March 2.

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PETER MASTERS CStudios will host a new show, Spirit of Place, a solo exhibition of photographs by Peter Masters, opening next week. The formal opening is Saturday, March 10, at 4pm, at the gallery, 738 Hunter Street, and Masters will be attending.

MUSWELLBROOK ART PRIZE The winners of the 45th annual Muswellbrook Art Prize will be announced at the official opening on Saturday, March 10, at 6pm, at the gallery. The painting prize is $50,000; works on paper $10,000; ceramics $10,000 and People’s Choice $1000. On Friday, March 9, the gallery is hosting a free event, Yield: A Happening at Weidmann Cottage, from 7.30pm to 9pm featuring live action painting and dance response to live music with artist Ben Kenning, dancers from Catapult directed by Cadi McCarthy, and music by Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music.

DOUG MORAN PORTRAIT PRIZE An exhibition featuring the 30 finalists  in the 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, including Tim Storrier’s winning work of McLean Edwards (detail pictured) opens at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on March 10. It features original works from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life.