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Thursday 6th July to Sunday 9th July, Morpeth Art Gallery, l0am to 5pm daily, 5 Green Street Morpeth NSW 2321, admission free.

Two of the world’s greatest artists will combine for a joint exhibition at Morpeth Art Gallery next month.

The Two Masters Art Exhibition (July 6-9) will feature the works of Gordon Hanley and John McCartin, both internationally acclaimed Australians whose works are among the most sought-after in the world. Both will be on site in the gallery during the exhibition.

“These guys are as big as you get anywhere in the art world,” gallery owner Trevor Richard said. “We’re really excited. Very few galleries get to hang their works – we’re lucky to be able to hang both, and to have them here on site.”

Their CVs make stunning reading.

John McCartin won ‘Best Painting in the World’ in 2011, as judged by the prestigious International Artist Magazine, taking out the top prize out of more than 23,000 entries from 93 countries. He has since received 52 major international awards in the past three years.

But his crowning glory came when he was hand-picked for membership of the Master Painters of the World artists guild – an exclusive group widely recognised as the best artists in the world today.

Hanley’s resume is no less impressive.

He has been named Australia’s only “Living Master” by the US Art Renewable Centre, one of the art world’s of most authoritative bodies, whose website draws more than 20 million hits a month. It describes a living master as one who has the rare talent, experience and expertise to create great humanistic works of art that a seemingly executed with effortless perfection.

Hanley uses the rare goldpoint technique, using a 24 carat gold tip on specially prepared paper. It is a system that was used in the 1500s but which had been lost to the world for hundreds of years, until rediscovered by Hanley.

His works are some of the most sought-after in the world today.

Gordon Hanley’s ‘Evening Elegance’

The tax deduction has been extended for another year and the turnover threshold has been increased to $10 million. Get a 100% tax deduction this financial year, and next financial year.

How you may ask? Well…


The Treasurer, when delivering the 2015 Federal Budget on 12 May 2015, made a statement about a new incentive for small business. The statement is summarised as follows:

Small business (business with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $10 million* annually) can obtain a 100% deduction for assets used and installed ready for use from 12 May 2015 to 30 June 2018* where the cost of the asset is less than $20,000.00.

Some assets may be excluded from the new concession such as horticultural plants and in-house software, mostly assets for which special depreciation rules already apply.


Yes, artworks are depreciable assets. Provided the art works are used or displayed in business premises then presently those artworks may be depreciated. The announcement allows artworks acquired from 12 May 2015 to 30 June 2018** to be depreciated at 100%.


The announcement applies to a person carrying on business with a turnover of less than $10 million*, generally the test for a small business.

For example:  lawyers and doctors, accountants and financial planners, engineers and architects, plumbers and electricians, storekeepers and franchisees conducting their own business with an annual turnover of $10 million* may apply the concession of a 100% depreciation for artworks.


Yes, there is no limit on the number of artworks that may be purchased and depreciated at 100%. Several works of different artists or several works of the same artist might be purchased.


The limit of less than $20,000.00 applies to each artwork and not to the total number of artworks purchased. Several artworks might be purchased with a total cost of more than $20,000.00.

For example:  if 3 artworks, each of which cost $15,000.00, were purchased for a total of $45,000.00 then each of the 3 artworks may qualify for the incentive because each cost less than $20,000.00.


Yes, the announcement applies both to new and old artworks. The artworks must have been purchased between 12 May 2015 and 30 June 2018** to qualify for the 100% depreciation incentive.


The announcement does not apply to individuals, trusts or companies which do not carry on business. The announcement does not apply to persons carrying on business who have a turnover of more than $10,000,000*.

The announcement does not apply to persons who hold artworks which are not used in business.  For example:  an artwork kept on display at home, or kept in a secure storage unit, or kept as trading stock will not qualify for the incentive.


Artwork inspires employees and greatly enhances the work environment. It is influential in establishing corporate image and speaks volumes about a business. Art is an integral part of business presentation and operation for many of our clients. We have delivered art to countless offices and workplaces over the years and have seen, first hand, the dramatic change that well selected artworks can have on the work environment and the people that spend so much time there.

If you have any more questions or you would like to know more, contact Morpeth Gallery on (02) 4933 1407 or email info@morpethgallery.com


Saturday day 3rd June and Sunday 4th June at Morpeth Gallery 10am – 5pm for the World Environment Day Wildlife Art Exhibition, 5 Green Street, Morpeth NSW: admission free.

For four days Morpeth Gallery will come alive for the World Environment Day Art Exhibition with some of Australia’s best, award winning and internationally acclaimed wildlife artists.

Come in and see the work of internationally acclaimed wildlife artists like Stephen Jesic, the 2017 Grand Prize Winner of the International Art Award. Out of 26,000 entries it was Stephen’s stunning painting of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos ‘Cockatoo Canapes’, that took out the top prize from 17,000 artists representing 93 countries.

It’s not the first time Stephen has been recognised for his exceptional work, taking out the top prize in 2014 with a painting of a baby koala ‘Tender Tips’ and was runner-up in 2015, this time with a painting of a Military Macaw. 

Last year in USA, Stephen took out the Art Renewal Centre’s Annual International Salon Competition where he was the First Place Winner in the Animal Category for his painting of a Scarlett Macaw in ‘Jewel of the Amazon’. This competition is restricted to only the best 1000 artists in the world.

These wins give him cash prizes, but more importantly wide coverage across America and internationally in feature articles written in their national art magazines, including the American Art Collector, which is considered to be the “bible” for art collectors in USA. 

Stephen’s paintings continue to sell faster than he can paint them and regardless of size the fine detail has to be seen to be believed. From the intricate details of a feather to the fur on a tiger, Stephens’ paintings look as though they have been meticulously woven into the image like an intricate piece of finely woven silk. 

You can meet five internationally acclaimed wildlife artists Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June including the world’s best wildlife artist Stephen Jesic at Morpeth Gallery for the World Environment Day Art Exhibition.

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A 6 kilometre charge of the Australian Light Horse, lead to the fall of Beersheba 100 years ago this year.

The charge of the 4th Australian Light Horse at Beersheba late in the afternoon of 1917, is remembered as the last great cavalry charge. The assault on Beersheba began at dawn with the infantry divisions of the British XX Corps attacking from the south and south-west. Despite artillery and air support, neither the infantry attacks from the south, or the Anzac Mounted Division’s attack from the east had succeeded in capturing Beersheba by mid-afternoon.

With time running out for the Australians to capture Beersheba and its wells before dark, Lieutenant General Harry Chauvel, the Australian commander of the Desert Mounted Corps, ordered Brigadier General William Grant, commanding the 4th Light Horse Brigade, to make a mounted attack directly towards the town. Chauvel knew, from aerial photographs, that the Turkish trenches in front of the town were not protected by barbed wire. However, German bombing had forced the 4th Brigade into a scattered formation and it was not until 4.50 pm that they were in position. The Brigade assembled behind rising ground 6 kilometres south-east of Beersheba with the 4th Light Horse Regiment on the right, the 12th Light Horse Regiment on the left and the 11th Light Horse Regiment in reserve.

The Australian Light Horse was to be used purely as cavalry for the first time. Although they were not equipped with cavalry sabres, the Turks who faced the long bayonets held by the Australians did not consider there was much difference between a charge by cavalry and a charge by mounted infantry. The Light Horse moved off at the trot, and almost at once quickened to a gallop. As they came over the top of the ridge and looked down the long, gentle open slope to Beersheba, they were seen by the Turkish gunners, who opened fire with shrapnel. But the pace was too fast for the gunners. After three kilometres Turkish machine-guns opened fire from the flank, but they were detected and silenced by British artillery. The rifle fire from the Turkish trenches was wild and high as the Light Horse approached. The front trench and the main trench were jumped and some men dismounted and then attacked the Turks with rifle and bayonet from the rear. Some galloped ahead to seize the rear trenches, while other squadrons galloped straight into Beersheba.

Nearly all the wells of Beersheba were intact and further water was available from a storm that had filled the pools. The 4th and 12th Light Horse casualties were thirty-one killed and thirty-six wounded; they captured over 700 men. The capture of

Beersheba meant that the Gaza-Beersheba line was turned. Gaza fell a week later and on 9 December 1917, the British troops entered Jerusalem.

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba where the 4th Australian Light Horse brigade took the strategic town of Beersheba from Turkish rivals.

Morpeth Gallery will remember this charge in a stunning art display capturing this amazing feat by world famous equine artists Jennifer and Ron Marshall. 

‘Lest We Forget’ Art Exhibition
Thursday 20th ‘til Sunday 23rd April at Morpeth Gallery 10am – 5pm,
5 Green Street, Morpeth: admission free.


The Battle of Beersheba: the “Last Great Cavalry Charge in the world”

Thursday 20th ‘til Sunday 23rd April at Morpeth Gallery 10am – 5pm,
5 Green Street, Morpeth: admission free.

A six kilometre charge of the Australian Light Horse, lead to the fall of Beersheba 100 years ago this year.

Morpeth Gallery will remember this charge in a stunning art display capturing this amazing feat by world famous equine artists Jennifer and Ron Marshall.  It can be viewed from Thursday 20th ‘til Sunday 23rd April at Morpeth Gallery 10am – 5pm, 5 Green Street, Morpeth: admission free.

Specialising in the Australian Light Horse, artist Ron Marshall uses a mixed technique of acrylics, alkyds, and oils to create paintings showing the unique bond between soldiers and their horses, and the events they endured together – particularly the Battle of Beersheba.

In 1917, the Battle of Beersheba was the last great cavalry charge, where members of the 4th Australian Light Horse stormed through Turkish defences, seizing Beersheba and enabling the British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza on 7th November and advance in Palestine. The battle was a part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza.

Ron Marshall will be at Morpeth Gallery throughout the exhibition, as well as fellow artists Jennifer Marshall, miliaria and landscape artist John Bradley and marine artist Ian Hansen.

For more information on the Battle of Beersheba see attached information sheet.

For more details and to see these artists stunning works, wander through our website or follow us on Facebook!


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