Arts Health

Innovative and inclusive programs to keep audiences connected with art and each other

We present a variety of Arts Health programs to foster creativity, enable inclusion, and promote knowledge among the Maitland community. Our social and cultural approach provides a meaningful way for participants to connect with others, particularly during periods of isolation. Innovative approaches that maintain communication and relationships are vital to ensure ongoing connection with communities.

Contact Us and we will help you plan your visit.

Social Script & Visual Schedule

Would you like to know a bit about the Gallery before you arrive for a visit? Download our Social Script, a visual and scripted guide to view so you know what to expect before your visit.

Available at the Gallery reception desk is our Visual Schedule, which includes nine picture and word cards about what you can see and do in the Gallery.  This has been designed to assist visitors who may experience anxiety if visiting for the first time.

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Conversations Art & Dementia

Community Day & Group Visits

Art & Dementia sessions are creative and social visits of exhibitions specifically designed for people living with dementia and their carers. Our friendly Facilitator uses works of art as a trigger for conversation and self-expression, guiding people through artmaking activities in a friendly and supportive environment. The dates below relate to the Community Day program for group visits contact the Gallery on 49349859 or email

2024 Community Day Dates


February Thursday 8th  10:30am

February Tuesday 27th  2:00pm



Thursday 8th August  10:30am

Tuesday 27th August  2:00pm



Thursday 14th March  10:30am

Tuesday 26th March  2:00pm



Thursday 12th September  10:30am

Tuesday 24th September  2:00pm



Thursday 11th April   10:30am

Tuesday 30th April  2:00pm



Thursday 17th October  10:30am

Tuesday 29th October  2:00pm


Thursday 9th May  10:30am

Tuesday 28th May  2:00pm



Thursday 14th November  10:30am

Tuesday 26st November  2:00pm



Thursday 13th June  10:30am

Tuesday 25th June  2:00pm



Thursday 5th December  10:30am

Tuesday 10th December  2:00pm



Thursday 4th July  10:30am

Tuesday 30th July  2:00pm



Arts Health at Home

Enjoy our Arts Health Activities, easy to follow and inspiring downloadable activity sheets and videos which connect you with your creative side. You can watch the videos online and download our Activity Sheets below, or find the complete set of videos and sheets to download and play at home or at your facility at our Drop Box:

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Creative Connections

Journeys Creative Connections is a monthly workshop that welcomes people with a lived mental health experience to connect with art and community. The workshops are supported by our community partner Flourish and feature guest artists from the exhibition program or Gallery Collection. Bookings are essential via Flourish Australia.

2024 Workshop Dates

16 February

15 March

19 April

17 May

21 June

19 July

16 August

20 Sept

18 October

15 November

Culture Dose For Kids

Engagement with the arts can help young people connect to their feelings, thoughts and imagination. It can build self-confidence and resilience, foster social connections and improve mental health and wellbeing.

This free program will provide a safe, structured space for young people and their parents/carers to engage with and respond creatively to curated artworks in a small group setting.

Led by Artist/Educators Liss and Vanessa, the program will be held from 2pm to 4pm over eight weeks starting 10 February to the 6th of April*.  A program for the children’s parents and caregivers will also run at the same time . All art materials, resources and morning tea will be provided.

Culture Dose for Kids is part of a research study program in collaboration between the Art Gallery of NSW and the Black Dog Institute and is funded by the Jibb Foundation.

Applications have closed and places in the Culture Dose For Kids program  have been filled

*March 30 is Easter weekend and we will not be holding a workshop on this date