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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 »
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 »
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 »
Between the wheezing song of the carousel and the voice of the muse of epic poetry lies the land of Nicola Hensel and John Turier. For twenty six years their home and studio have produced a steady stream of sculptures, drawings, songs and offspring who make things. This show brings their practices together for the first time – and includes a drawing machine a mechanical parade, giant buttons and maps for the ever renewable heart.Find out more »
Dale Forward is a Newcastle based artist and comic creator. Predominantly working in ink, though also delving into painting and digital illustration on occasion, Forward’s work is characterised by its dark fantasy themes and explorations into interactive elements. The title Warlock is drawn from Forward’s 2018 interactive comic of the same title that readers are able to engage with through 3D glasses to find different images on the same page giving two different sides to the story.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 »