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August 23, 2023

Arts Upper Hunter and AGL are proud to welcome 16 artists into the Liddell WORKS project, a unique partnership inviting artists to creatively respond to the process of the closure, decommissioning and demolition of the iconic Liddell Power Station in April 2023.

The selected artists work across the fields of sound installation, pottery, 3D video recording, portraiture, large-scale photography, sculpture and blacksmithing. This innovative program of artist “residencies” will culminate in a major local exhibition or performance opportunity with the completed and curated works on exhibition at both Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery and the Singleton Cultural Centre in 2024.

Submissions for the Liddell WORKS program were highly competitive and saw submissions from across the region and beyond. Congratulations to Tim Black, Mark Brown, Suellyn Connolly, Penny Dunstan, Andrew French-Northam, Todd Fuller, Roger Hanley, Huw Jones, Will Maguire, Rachael Milne, Rebecca Rath, Kirry Toose, Fran Wachtel, Kara Wood, Lisa Wiseman, and Fiona Lee. Six of the artists hail from the Upper Hunter, while four come from the wider Hunter region, three from Lake Macquarie and Central Coast, and three from Sydney.

The Liddell WORKS project is a collaboration between Arts Upper Hunter, AGL, Muswellbrook Gallery and Singleton Cultural Centre. The project is made possible thanks to the support from AGL and the Regional NSW’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Arts Upper Hunter is the peak body for arts advocacy, promotion and engagement across the Local Government Areas of Muswellbrook, Singleton, Dungog and Upper Hunter. For the last 20 years, we have been providing support, advice and connection to our creative communities. AUH is principally funded by the NSW Government through Create NSW, the Dungog Shire Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council, Singleton Council and the Upper Hunter Shire Council.

Image: Taken by LiddellWORKS artist Anna Rankmore

“There are so many ways artists could respond to Liddell’s evocative industrial landscape or to the decarbonisation journey that AGL is undertaking”

“We’re also hoping some of the artworks will reflect the great sense of pride that exists amongst the past and present workforce for the role they’ve played in supplying power to NSW for more than 50 years.” 

– Arts Upper Hunter ED John O’Brien. 

“AGL is pleased to be welcoming the Upper Hunter artistic community on site at Liddell to mark the retirement of the power station and I expect we’ll see some truly incredible works produced through our partnership with Arts Upper Hunter”

“Liddell Power Station has been a social, cultural and economic fixture in our community for more than 50 years and we’re looking forward to seeing how the artists interpret the stories of our people and respond to the site.” 

– General Manager Len McLachlan
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