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Tomorrow's Architects Fostered Today with Brand New Program at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Facilitated by an artist and an architect, The Young Architects is a brand new program coming to Maitland Regional Art Gallery aimed at fostering the ability and love of kids to design and build by developing their skills in creative and critical architectural thought.


A monthly program designed to incorporate key learning areas such as science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, TYA will bring kids together after school and during school holidays to create, learn, and grow together.

It’s made possible through a unique partnership between Maitland Regional Art Gallery and EJE Architecture, who are generously funding the program. Architects from EJE will join Gallery artists and tutors to design and facilitate fun and engaging workshops.

Gallery Director, Gerry Bobsien called the program a dream combination of art and design with engineering, technology, and maths.

‘Architecture is a practice that demands people to combine the creative with the technical, and The Young Architects aims to ignite the innate creativity of the child that loves dreaming up their perfect cubby house or pillow fort,’ Bobsien said.

‘The program will also look at important issues like sustainability and accessibility in design, but more importantly, will have fun workshops and projects for kids.

‘It’s a new program for the Gallery and we’re delighted to be partnering with one of Australia’s leading architecture firms actively engaged in education and advocacy in the architectural profession.’

EJE Director, Holly Nyquist said the firm is thrilled to help bring the brand new program to Maitland.

‘The Young Architects is such a unique, creative offering for young people and it’s great to be able to partner with the Gallery to excite and inspire young minds,’ Nyquist said.

‘A fun education program like this is a great chance for us to inspire young people to think creatively about design and do it in a way that also examines sustainability and how we live and work in the spaces around us.’

Registrations for the first workshop on Thursday 30 March are now open at There will be regular monthly workshops, with a special school holiday program and an end of year exhibition to showcase the year’s work.



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