Launch of community-focused exhibitions at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Four new exhibitions have recently launched at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery, featuring prominent artists, young designers and local residents.

Female Drivers, by Newcastle art teacher and curator Madeleine K. Snow, will be on view until August 28.

The exhibition explores the representation of women in art and culture.

It focuses on the work of 10 female artists, including Maggie Hensel-Brown, 2012 Brenda Clouten Memorial Art Grant winner and contemporary lacemaker, South Australia’s Iwantja Young Women’s Film Project and the Art and advocacy The Countess Report.

One of the gallery staff’s favorite exhibitions is Connected to Nature, a project by local creative artists at Mai-Wel, which runs until September 4.

It celebrates and explores our local and natural world.

The public will also be able to discover Sleepwalking, with works from the Gallery‘s Collection, until September 4.

This exhibition focuses on art that crosses dreams, memory, twilight and the subconscious.

It also appears alongside Shallow Pond Deepest at Night by young emerging Hunter artist David Lobb and musician e4444e.

See You in the Soup by Soft Stories is another must-have that will delight young and old alike.

A whimsical collaboration between Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles, it features stop motion animation alongside miniature scenes and large-scale soft sculptures.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery director Gerry Bobsien said the exhibits explored various topics in a way the public would like.

“This year has brought so many amazing exhibits to our space here in Maitland, and the programming for the winter builds on what has been an amazing 2022 so far,” she explained.

“We have an exceptional season to share, from Female Drivers delivering a powerful message about women in art and culture to Sleepwalking showcasing works from our collection to reveal dreamlike experiences of the night.

“All of this is accompanied by Connected to Nature, which gives voice and agency to our diverse community, and delightfully soft sculptural works from See You in the Soup to bring joy to our young audiences.”

All exhibits are free, while the gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Julia P. Cluff