Cool Art July

Maitland Regional Art Gallery's School Holiday Program has landed!

Cool Art July turns up the heat this winter, with performances, artist workshops and drop-in experiences to suit every age and ability. There’s interactive exhibitions, animation and felted sculpture, printmaking, portraiture and oil painting, performance labs with theatre makers, artist talks and much, much more!

Everyone is welcome, bookings essential. The Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Read on to explore the program and book. Members receive a 10% discount. Please contact the Gallery for your promo code!

This program is sponsored by our Members and Cleverpatch. 

Take One is supported by Create NSW’s Audience Development Fund. The Audience Development Fund is a Create NSW devolved funding program, administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.



Story Go Round

Daily, 10.00am–1.00pm
Drop-in | Free

Visit exhibition See You in the Soup, featuring a short film by creative duo Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles alongside their original props, and add your story to the interactive Story Go Round.

Artist Talk: Cat Rabbit & Isobel Knowles

Saturday 2 July, 12.00-12.30pm
Talk | Free

Join textile artist and designer Cat Rabbit and animator Isobel Knowles, the artists’ behind the exhibition See You in the Soup, to hear about their collaboration Soft Stories and creative process used in the animated short film, from analogue prop making to the digital production.

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Julie-Anne Long is Bev Beazley, Officer on Duty

Saturday 16 July, 10.30am–2.30pm
Drop-in | Performance | Free

Bev Beazley is an expert at rules and restrictions, working to conditions as Lollipop Lady and Covid Safety Officer, policing park picnics and physical distancing. For the first time she turns her hand to the business of Gallery Invigilator, unofficial observer, looking out, seeing all, without being seen.


Free Art Sunday

Every Sunday, 10.30am and 11.45am
Workshop | Free

Free Art Sunday is our weekly program connecting kids with art through hands-on activities. It’s facilitated by our friendly Art Tutors, with something unique every week inspired by what’s on display and all materials provided.

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Connected to Nature: Printmaking Workshop

Thursday 7 & Wednesday 13 July, 10.30–11.30am
Workshop | $30 Family up to 4
Members receive 10% discount 

Get connected to nature in this easy and fun print making workshop. Learn how to draw upon the natural environment to create prints inspired by and using natural elements.

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Felt Animation Workshop

Tuesday 5 & 12 July, 10.30am–12.00pm
Workshop | $15
Members receive 10% discount 

Learn simple animation techniques using felt, inspired by the exhibition See You in the Soup. Bring your own Ipad or smart device with a camera, with your charger.

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Storytelling Through Portraits

Wednesday 6 & Thursday 14 July, 10.30am–12.00 pm
Workshop | $15
Members receive 10% discount 

Learn the basics of portraiture, then explore new ways of using composition and creative framing to tell a story in your portraits.

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Take One! Character Development with Julie-Anne Long and Upstage Youth Theatre

Friday 15 July, 1.00-4.00pm
Workshop | Performance | Free
Ages 12-18 Years

Julie-Anne Long is a master of creating characters! Join her and the ensemble from Upstage Youth Theatre for a free and fun introduction to character development, subtly in performance, and audience interaction.

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Felt Food Brooch with Soft Stories

Saturday 2 July, 2.00-4.00pm
Workshop | $25
Ages 15+

Members receive 10% discount 

Join Soft Stories artists’ Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles to learn about working with felt and the techniques they used in making props for See You in the Soup, then make your own felted-food brooch and walk away in wearable art.

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Oil Painting Masterclass: Telling Stories through Portraiture with Michelle Brodie

Saturday 9 July, 10.00am–4.00pm
Workshop | $120
Ages 15+

Members receive 10% discount 

Do you have a story about someone you would like to capture in oils? Join artist Michelle Brodie for an introduction to working with oils, where you will learn how to use objects and symbols to tell a story through portraiture and develop skills to create a painting of a person with a significant backstory, either someone you know or admire or yourself!

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