Explore your musical goals at Work Life Connect, Cessnock!

Explore your musical goals at Work Life Connect, Cessnock! At Mai-Wel’s Work Life Connect at Cessnock, Bruce has been taking part in the 1:1 music program to explore the world of music. As part of this program, Bruce has been learning how to play the acoustic guitar and has been loving every minute of it! Each week, Bruce attends Work Life Connect in Cessnock to take part in a weekly hour session with Mai-Wel Creative Arts mentor, James. During these sessions, Bruce is able to explore his passion [...]

Kathy’s helping out and expressing herself through art!

Kathy’s helping out and expressing herself through art! Meet Kathy, a participant of Work Life Connect’s Creative Arts program, which runs at Mai-Wel on Vincent, Cessnock. Through the program, Kathy has been learning new art techniques and really enjoying herself. Have a look at some of her amazing artworks and textile creations! Kathy became interested in Creative Arts to help achieve some of her goals. Kathy said, “Creative Arts helps me to socialise and keeps my brain active. I get to go out into the community as well [...]

Immersive installation explores cityscape through light and sound

Immersive installation explores cityscape through light and sound As part of an overarching Access and Inclusion program being developed by the Civic Theatre, on Tuesday 25 May, the people of Newcastle will have the opportunity to view an installation in City Hall which delivers a unique perspective on the city centre. The Civic Theatre team has partnered with one of the Hunter’s largest Disability Service Providers, Mai-Wel, to facilitate this creative initiative for young people in the Newcastle area. Over the last 12 weeks, the Mai-Wel Creative Arts [...]

By |2021-05-20T13:36:25+10:0020th May, 2021|Creative Arts, Media releases|

Sense of the City Update: Creating music through household objects!

Sense of the City Update: Creating music through household objects! For the past couple of weeks, Mai-Wel Creative Arts participants have been hard at work travelling around Newcastle to find the best noises for Mai-Wel’s multimedia art installation project, ‘A Sense of the City,’ hosted at Newcastle City Hall. The 12 week program has been taking place every Tuesday, with the end goal to create a series of works that will be held for installation. One of these collaborative works is an audio composition that will be used as [...]

By |2021-05-18T10:12:25+10:0012th May, 2021|Creative Arts, Good News Stories|

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, [...]

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|

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