Port Macquarie's ArtWalk Is Next Month And You Really Should Shimmy On Down

This October, the charming coastal towns of Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton are transforming themselves into the longest footpath art gallery, as ArtWalk returns for another year.

This October, the charming coastal towns of Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Laurieton are transforming themselves into the longest footpath art gallery, as ArtWalk returns for another year.

Craving an arts and culture fix after a long winter of lockdown?

Port Macquarie’s annual arts and cultural festival, ArtWalk, returns this October, but not as you know it…

It will still be edgy, surprising, and delightful, but instead of just one night of discovery, visitors are invited to explore multiple locations across the region, by introducing the ‘Longest Footpath Art Gallery’.   

ArtWalk thinks outside the box

ArtWalk
ArtWalk 2019 – Alcia Fox Photography

For COVID-safe reasons, instead of being hosted on one evening in one town, the public will be invited to explore artworks across the CBDs of Port Macquarie, Wauchope, and Laurieton from October 1-8th, with ‘galleries’ showcasing the huge breadth and diversity of talented creatives living and working in the region.

The exciting, new debut of ‘The Longest Footpath Art Gallery’ will see ArtWalk winding its way into the windows of local businesses, who will open their shopfronts as mini-galleries and live exhibition spaces to showcase creatives.

“We are planning for this year’s ArtWalk to be particularly special as we have found a unique way to support our local businesses and creative community, demonstrating we are there to help them to recover following bushfires and the current pandemic.”

Amanda Hatton

“ArtWalk always provides a fantastic event – not just for residents of our towns, but also a much wider audience from outside of Port Macquarie who can appreciate artists’ work. And even better- it’s taking place during school holidays, so bring the kids and make it a family adventure!” says Amanda Hatton, Acting Group Manager Economic and Cultural Development at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.  

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This year’s ArtWalk encourages the public to not only take to the streets but also visit outdoor Artist Markets and a number of Satellite Events at leading attractions around the region.

Visitors to ArtWalk can also look forward to:

  • Live painting – from contemporary landscape artist Leah Doeland and young artist and illustrator Todd Bourke.
  • Unique portrait photography installations from Ronnie Grammatica
  • Panels of painted poetry along the famed coastal walk from the talented Lucy Gamsby-Frost.
  • Art from – Birrbay artist, Angela Marr-Grogan, a cultural arts and language teacher and specialist in contemporary Aboriginal art, imagery, and design.
  • Glass bead making demonstrations and a curated display of glass art from Skye Petho at Arthouse Industries.
  • A curated display of artwork at Vivianne Hazenveld’s ‘Sanctuary/Gallery’.
  • Out There mosaics from Francessca O’Donnell.

A full event program will be available from mid-September.

Click here for more information.