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This exhibition invites current members of the Maitland Region Society of Artists to create a new work of art which celebrates what Maitland means to them. As part of the process each artist will contribute to a poem which will be written and displayed as their gift to Maitland.Find out more »
Nola comes from a long standing tradition of painting en plein air, artwork created ‘in the moment’, painted and worked on in situ. Nola can often be working in her magnificent home garden or out in the field during her many trips overseas. Nola’s subjects are often domestic or people enjoying themselves in a café in the sun. But there are glimpse of grandeur here in Italy, France or in her own backyard.Find out more »
Penelope Seidler AM has an intrinsic and layered connection to Maitland. This exhibition unfolds those layers to reveal Penelope Seidler's love of art, her support of artists, her generosity and her ties to Maitland - a personal connection that began more than a century ago in East Maitland where her father, Clive Raleigh Evatt QC (born in 1900), and his two elder brothers Ray and Frank, who were both killed in France during WW1, were born. This exhibition also unfolds…Find out more »
For Suzanne Archer, travel has been one of the most powerful challenges and enriching source of artistic expansion. From travelling with camera, sketchbook and notebook in hand, Archer has amassed a collection of travel journals that have recently begun transforming into artist books. Her journeys have taken her to Europe, Africa, Thailand, China, Bali, USA, and domestically throughout Australia, with this exhibition including a variety of media collected from and in response to the idea of Travel and Self. Suzanne…Find out more »
Local legend Frank Oakes invites you into a world of wizardry, wonder and fairy tales created through the ancient art of puppetry.Find out more »
If you stroll along High Street in an easterly direction you cannot miss Brett Piva’s immense mural on the side of the Gallery building. Commissioned to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Gallery’s redevelopment the Artist was asked to take inspiration from this milestone. Piva believes the beauty of abstract art is that it is open to interpretation. The Artist has taken inspiration from the landscape within which the Gallery sits and has amplified the patterns that can be…Find out more »
One decade on from Council’s bold redevelopment of Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Council will revisit community engagement conducted in 2009 (Regional Conversations) to understand the current needs and aspirations of our community for the Gallery. Targeting key stakeholder groups including young people, people with disability, Aboriginal people and people from cultural and linguistically diverse communities, Council will be looking to identify the barriers to participation, visitation and access to the Gallery and its programs and services. These barriers may be physical, experiential…Find out more »
Volunteer snake catcher, educator and natural history illustrator Teresa Purnell presents an exhibition of serpentine splendour.
Teresa’s passion for the conservation of snakes and reptiles drives the artworks in the exhibition SnakeAbout. The detailed natural history illustrations are seen as a tool for teaching people about the peaceful and safe co-existence with reptiles.
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo. Co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams (Director of Umbrella Studio), the exhibition brings together a selection of over 20 works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, twenty-five years after the historic achievement. Each artist has responded to an aspect of Eddie Mabo that they are drawn to, whether it is his life, politics, activism, or legacy. The…Find out more »
We love sharing information about the Gallery, it's history and the exhibitions on display. Explore the Gallery at your own pace using the Art and Heritage Audio Tour available at reception desk, and as a free app Or get in touch to organise a guided tour with one of the Gallery team members.Find out more »
Every Sunday families are invited to drop into the art gallery for free art activities inspired by the exhibitions on display. Our activities are designed for kids of all ages, and as a family you can all join in and get creative. Each activity takes around half an hour to complete.
Art Sunday is staffed by qualified art teachers. The workshop is designed to encourage parents and children to add to their experience of the gallery by accessing hands-on activities in a family friendly environment.
Please note: children cannot be left unattended during Art Sundays
Art Materials proudly supported by CleverPatchFind out more »
At MRAG we offer engaging social tours of current exhibitions and art spaces, tailored specifically for people living with dementia and their carers. The tours are guided by art therapist, Nicole Lemaitre who delivers a program which encourages discussions, self expression, stories, and laughter, enabling visitors to express their thoughts and emotions. Morning tea is included to encourage lively participation.Find out more »