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 the fun and creative Goldberg Aberline Studios via Zoom in 2020. Over four weeks Mai-Wel Creative Arts participants logged on to Zoom from The Hub to join Maurice, Matt, and other artists from regional areas to laugh, move, dance and create artworks for the collaborative project. 

To make the collaborative project, Goldberg Aberline Studios used Photoshop to collage drawings created by artists from many regional community groups, to reimagine a series of evocative colourscapes to be used for the exhibition’s inflatable sculpture. The sculpture, which will feature in Sculptures by the Sea later this year, is currently planted in the stairwell of MRAG, reaching towards the ceiling. Viewers are invited to move between the giant limbs and gaze up at the organic forms and vibrant colours.

Congratulations to our artists of Mai-Wel Creative Arts involved in this collaborative exhibition, including Briety, Jeni, Emma, Gabi, Alex, Jordy and staff Jacinta, Amy and Denise who each created many works on paper through the Zoom workshops.
This collaborative project was such an incredible opportunity for Mai-Wel Creative Arts artists to be involved in, allowing them to work with such inspiring artists from across the state and be part of a fun project in the midst of the global pandemic. 

Through this project arts were reminded that art making can be such a joyous activity. 

Many thanks to Maitland Regional Art Gallery for inviting Mai-Wel Creative Arts to be a part of this inclusive and community driven project.

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Pictured: Mai-Wel Creative Arts artists and staff enjoying the Adaption exhibition at MRAG (above) and participating in the Zoom workshops with Goldberg Aberline Studios in 2020 (below).