Maitland’s Renew Project Targets Vacant Properties

Local artist Helen Hopcroft has been busy making herself at home in Central Maitland, setting up shop as part of a successful Create Maitland partnership with a local property owner, in conjunction with Maitland City Council.

The Create Maitland project  aims to activate vacant properties in key commercial sites by offering short term tenures for creatives. The idea was first investigated in 2017 before a prospectus was sent out to local building owners last year. Council since received interest from the property owner of 344 High Street, Maitland and the  local creatives are now settling in.

Helen will be collaborating with artists Anna Eggenhuizen and Katrina Holden, to bring life and colour to the riverside shop. From fine, fairy tale inspired paintings to dramatic, feathered headpieces for theatre, sculptures and drawing, the space will be buzzing with creativity.

We’re thrilled to have Helen and the other creatives in this recently vacant space. It really brings the property to life and will no doubt increase foot traffic in Central Maitland,” said Andrew Brown, Council’s Coordinator City & Visitor Economy.

I’d also like to congratulate the property owner for coming on board and opening up their property for the creatives.”

This newest creative space is located at 344 High Street Maitland. 

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About Create Maitland urban renewal pilot project

Maitland is embarking on an urban renewal pilot project called Create Maitland to activate vacant properties in key commercial sites by offering short term tenures for creatives. Council is now an affiliate member of Renew Australia. Read the FAQ’s for property owners to find out more about this initiative.

For a pilot project to occur formal commitment is needed from property owners to provide access to a suitable and available property. To achieve this, a Create Maitland Prospectus of interested creatives and makers looking for a space and details of their offering has been compiled.

Register your property in the Create Maitland urban renewal project by completing the expression of interest form.