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Maitland Regional Art Gallery Sets the Stage for a Creative Start to the New Year

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) is ushering in the new year with a flourish with the popular all ages program Free Art January set to return.


Free Art January at MRAG will feature artist led workshops, drop in activities, and self directed creative experiences suitable for participants of all ages.

To enhance accessibility, the Gallery has also extended its operating hours, welcoming visitors every day of the week from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

In addition to the extended hours, MRAG is introducing after hours activities, including free family film nights, workshops and insights from artists talking about their ideas, processes, artwork and their creative lives.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Director Gerry Bobsien says, ‘Free Art January is a festival of art in the heart of Maitland. Throughout summer, we will see the Gallery buzzing with people embracing and interacting with exhibitions and activities designed to delight everyone.

‘It’s a drawcard for people around the region and brings in visitors and tourists exploring the region during the holiday period. It’s the perfect way to start the year here at MRAG.’

The Gallery has further enriched its offerings with the recent launch of a series of captivating summer exhibitions.

Renowned artists such as Noel McKenna, Kate Rohde and Troy Emery, Cherine Fahd, Deirdre But-Husaim, and the innovative Operational Art initiative of the Children's Hospital Westmead contribute to the vibrant showcase.

For detailed information on the summer exhibition and to secure a spot in the school holiday programs, including Free Art January, visit

Maitland Regional Art Gallery’s Free Art January program is made possible through the generous support of education partner Cleverpatch and the NSW Government through the Office of Regional Youth.



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