Sunday, November 8, 2020

Maitland Culture Trip - What’s New in Hunter’s Creative Hub


This month sees Maitland abuzz with new exhibitions, public art installations, activations and hands-on cultural experiences. Located within the popular Hunter Region, a short drive from Sydney, Maitland leaves travellers seeking a weekend culture trip spoilt for choice. 


Considered one of Australia's leading regional galleries, the Maitland Regional Art Gallery has a diverse program of exhibitions and events that explore our Australian identity. Most notably, cultural icon Ken Done: Paintings You Probably Haven't Seen, Selected Works 2000 – 2017 exhibits from 21 November. Other collections celebrating Australia's landscape and rural life include Fieldwork and When night falls.  


Explore the streets after dark and discover the new art installation Spatial Radiance. Part of the Creative Streets project funded by Maitland City Council, the geometric installation comprised of multi-coloured LED lights is by talented young local artist, Karri McPherson. 


Celebrating Maitland's artistic community spirit, BOLTspace is a collaboration between two artists who jointly tackled COVID lockdowns to showcase their art, and the work of other local artists. WAG the tale is a collection of paintings and drawings of our doggie besties open from 7 November, with new exhibitions each month.    


Create your own masterpiece at Pinot & Picasso Hunter Valley located at The Levee, Maitland's entertainment precinct. Pick a theme like Havana Nights, Frida or Sloshy the Snowman and juggle a paintbrush and wine glass. Join a group session or gather friends for your own group booking.

The township of Morpeth comes alive with Morph it, a series of pop-up activations, live music, family activities and market stalls each weekend until the end of November. Download the recently revamped Morpeth Heritage Walk and spot the markers on 25 historic sites.    

Showcasing the best of Maitland's food culture, Umbrella Events has launched the new A Taste of Maitland coffee and culture walking tour. Discover the city's rich history and meet the locals offering a unique product or experience. Or join A Moving Feast, a progressive dinner party highlighting the city's thriving restaurant and small bar scene.  


Maitland is once again put on the map as a dining destination with the recent opening of Muse Kitchen Lorn. Gaining its fame through its Hunter Valley location, the new restaurant in the picturesque village of Lorn offers a European bistro inspired menu in a stylish rustic setting.  


About Maitland 

Maitland is one of the oldest heritage rich locations in Australia, built on the banks of the Hunter River, which brought life and trade to the early city. Scenic beauty, heritage buildings, a thriving cultural and food scene, and a convenient location are just some of the highlights that draw visitors to Maitland. #MyMaitland #LoveNSW  


Images (L-R): Spatial Radiance; Morph It; Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

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