Hunter artists ~apply to enhance urban areas in Lake Mac.

Hunter artists can get art on the streets by submitting designs for traffic signal boxes across Lake Macquarie City.

Lake Macquarie City Council’s Major Creative Projects Innovation Coordinator Jo Smith said many creatives across the country are experiencing hardship due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The past few months have been tough for our community and in particular our local artists and creatives, who have struggled to find work or experienced a loss of income,” Ms Smith said.

This EOI is a great opportunity for local artists to showcase their work, get creative and help beautify intersections across the City, while being paid to do so.”

Artists can submit designs – that reflect the culture of the area – for traffic signal boxes located at Charlestown, Edgeworth, Morisset, Swansea and Windale

In selecting the final designs, the judging panel will look at vibrancy, community appeal and connection to the location.

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 6 August. Successful artists will receive $600 to complete the artwork on one traffic signal box or $1000 for groups of two traffic signal boxes.

Applications can be submitted online at

Multi-arts venue go-ahead

A state-of-the-art facility showcasing contemporary art and performance has received development approval.

The first of its kind on Australia’s east coast, the Multi Arts Place (MAP) at Speers Point Park will provide an innovative arts pavilion, including a flexible platform for cutting-edge multimedia exhibitions, contemporary installations, performance, music and community events.

Council’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Manager Jacqui Hemsley said MAP would also include a hybrid stage and multi-arts space that could be divided for workshops, pop-up events and creative engagement programs.

The space will be an ideal stepping-stone for emerging artists, and a platform to present alternative art to new audiences,” Ms Hemsley said.

MAP will provide a host of exciting new opportunities to the arts community – both locally and further afield.”

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said MAP would help grow the City’s economy, strengthen Lake Macquarie’s reputation as a cultural destination and attract new visitors.

This new facility will help drive cultural tourism and the creative economy in our region,” Cr Fraser said.

We expect it will attract up to 45,000 additional visitors to the City each year, increasing annual visitor spend in the region by $1 million and increasing the total impact of cultural tourism within the precinct to $2.5 million.” 

University of Newcastle architecture student Samantha Bailey’s winning design for MAP was one of dozens submitted by students from the University of Newcastle’s School of Architecture and Built Environment in a design competition in 2018. Chris Tucker, Samantha Bailey, and other students from the University of Newcastle have been working closely with Council and the NSW Government on the project.

Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2020 and be completed in mid-2021. Stay up-to-date with the project at

Exhibition reconnects Lake Macquarie artists with community

The depth and diversity of Lake Mac’s artistic talent is on display at the Museum of Art and Culture.

Reconnected: A Recovery Story reflects on a positive way forward, with more than 100 paintings, photographs, sculptures and other artworks looking at the brighter side of life.

Director Debbie Abraham said it was exciting to see the range of work and the sentiments they expressed.

“The community has always been at the heart of MAC’s programming, but this is the first time we have taken on such a big project focusing only on art and artists in Lake Macquarie,” Ms Abraham said.

More than 240 works were submitted for consideration by local artists after a call for works in May.

MAC Director Debbie Abraham with some of the works ready to go on display for Reconnected .

Ms Abraham said a panel of five judges, comprising artist Jamie North, writer and journalist Scott Bevan, emerging Aboriginal artist Jasmin Craciun, artist and art educator Joanna Davies and Council’s Aboriginal Community Development Officer Maree Edwards, painstakingly selected the final works over three days.

“The selection panel, and everyone at MAC, were really delighted with the calibre of works selected,” Ms Abraham said.

The exhibition opens Saturday 4 July with a series of 90-minute booking-only sessions to help limit numbers in line with COVID-19 health guidelines.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said the exhibition would help reconnect local artists and the wider community.

A $500 People’s Choice Award will be on offer for the  top three community-selected artworks, with visitors provided access to an online voting system.

We’ve pre-recorded a range of talks and demonstrations featuring Reconnected artists, and these will be playing on-site to complement the exhibition,” Ms Abraham said.

We’ll also host in-person demos, talks and workshops throughout the exhibition in small groups within COVID-19 guidelines.”

Also on show at MAC is a selection or work from Lake Macquarie’s  yapang Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection and a selection from the recent online #MACtrianglechallenge, where artists submitted triangle-themed works.

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