Mai-Wel’s Creative Arts Band to kick off the ‘Great Northern Country’ music extravaganza, with proceeds to Mai-Wel!

Mai-Wel’s Creative Arts Band to kick off the ‘Great Northern Country’ music extravaganza, with proceeds to Mai-Wel! Hotel Cessnock’s car park will transform into the FREE 'Great Northern Country' Music Festival for the afternoon of Saturday, 20 March, with a line-up of Aussie Country Music Artists, both local and from out of town, coming to perform for the crowds. Mai-Wel are delighted to announce that our very own Creative Arts musicians will be kicking off the festivities at 1pm and playing for an hour set. From then, [...]

By |2021-02-24T09:06:02+11:0024th February, 2021|Creative Arts, Events and Fundraising, Media releases|

Creative Arts celebrate Adaption exhibition at MRAG

Creative Arts celebrate Adaption exhibition at MRAG Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) and artists Matt and Maurice from Goldberg Aberline Studios officially opened the ‘Adaption’ exhibition on 12 January 2021. The exhibition, which is on display until 24 January on the ground floor of MRAG, adds another happy burst of colour to the surrounding exhibits, such as Ken Done’s collection.   Adaption includes six stretched fabric works printed onto green fabric made of recycled bottles. The works are the result of the online collaborative project delivered by [...]

By |2021-01-15T18:53:17+11:0013th January, 2021|Creative Arts|

Bright Lights, Big City and New Opportunities!

Media Release: Bright Lights, Big City and New Opportunities! Released: 29 December 2020 Mai-Wel, one of the Hunter’s largest Disability Service Providers, is bringing an immersive audio and visual experience to Newcastle in 2021 in partnership with City of Newcastle. Commencing in February, the 12-week program ‘A Sense of the City’ will be an inclusive, interactive and collaborative program for creative storytellers living with disability in Newcastle and surrounding areas. Held at Newcastle City Hall, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded people to [...]

By |2021-01-15T18:53:33+11:0023rd December, 2020|Creative Arts, Media releases|

An album from the best Father and Son songwriting duo in the Hunter Valley

An album from the best Father and Son songwriting duo in the Hunter Valley Back in September 2020 we had the pleasure of sharing a story about Peter’s debut album ‘Fight 4 Life’. Since then, Peter has been working hard in his one on one supports with Mai-Wel Creative Arts and has now digitally released his second album ‘Wells Country Collection’, a collaboration between Peter and his father George. ‘Wells Country Collection’ offers a collection of Country songs inspired by Australian country livin’. Peter [...]

By |2020-12-04T11:44:33+11:004th December, 2020|Creative Arts|

Mai-Wel Creative Arts Professional Development Program was a hit!

Mai-Wel Creative Arts Professional Development Program was a hit! Mai-Wel Creative Arts successfully held its first visual arts professional development program, which ran for eight weeks at the local Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG). During the program, artists were immersed in the contemporary art world, inspired by various exhibitions and artists. They observed the curation and installation process within the gallery and utilised the professional studio space. The program is an opportunity for professional development within a public art gallery space in the community. Artists were mentored [...]

By |2021-01-15T18:55:23+11:0012th November, 2020|Creative Arts|

Visual Arts Professional Development – open for Expression of Interest!

Visual Arts Professional Development - open for Expression of Interest! Community-based visual arts professional development program based in the studio space and gallery of Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) to commence 13 October 2020. This is an opportunity for professional development within a public art gallery space within the community. Artists will be mentored to explore traditional and contemporary art practice within MRAG current exhibitions, observe gallery exhibition installation and work within the accessible studio space. The program will be held each Tuesday for 8 weeks, in [...]

By |2020-10-01T11:32:37+10:001st October, 2020|Creative Arts|

Peter’s debut rock album, ‘Fight 4 Life’

Peter's debut rock album, 'Fight 4 Life’ Peter, a songwriter from Lochinvar who participates in Mai-Wel’s Creative Arts program in Maitland, has just released his debut rock album Fight 4 Life! Fight 4 Life is a story of human realities, both good and bad. It was recorded at the The Hub, Maitland during 1:1 music sessions with Creative Mentor, Ricky. Peter uses music as his escape and has written on many topics and in many genres. He has overcome all obstacles to be in a far better [...]

By |2020-09-04T15:10:23+10:004th September, 2020|Creative Arts|

Mai-Wel’s Creative Arts presents ‘Change’ Virtual Showcase 2020!

Mai-Wel’s Creative Arts presents ‘Change’ Virtual Showcase 2020! Nothing stops the creativity flowing at Mai-Wel Creative Arts! While in-person exhibits and performances are on hold with the current changes to supports and daily life that have come from COVID-19, Maitland, Cessnock and distance Creative Arts participants have been busily working to pull together a showcase of music, creative writing and visual arts that respond to the theme 'change'! The Change Virtual Showcase ’20 is an opportunity for Creative Arts participants to exhibit a variety [...]

By |2021-01-15T18:59:06+11:0021st August, 2020|Creative Arts|

Alex sets up her arts business online

Alex sets up her arts business online Alex has been a long-time participant of Mai-Wel Creative Arts, with the end goal to transform her art into a business. Over the past few months she participated in three Zoom sessions a week, each focusing on a different aspect of her creative endeavours; developing her artwork with Deanne, building her art business with Denise and mindful art making with Amy. Attending these supports online allowed Alex to continue to explore her creativity during the pandemic lock-down period from the [...]

By |2020-07-23T11:23:17+10:009th July, 2020|Creative Arts|

Gaby Stays Creative at Home!

The Mai-Wel Creative Arts team have moved their face-to-face sessions into the digital age by using the video conferencing app Zoom! Using the Zoom platform has allowed participants to continue receiving one-on-one mentoring online, helping them to stay socially connected and creative from the comfort of their own home. Gabrielle (Gabby) is one Mai-Wel artist who has continued to thrive artistically during isolation with the support of Mai-Wel Creative Arts. Each week she attends an hour long, one-on-one Online Music Mentoring Session with her Music Mentor Dan, as well as [...]

By |2021-01-15T19:02:30+11:0030th April, 2020|COVID-19, Creative Arts|
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