✦ With less than a month to go until the annual ArtWalk event hits the streets of Port Macquarie, excitement levels are growing by the day in anticipation of what will be on offer this year.
The hugely popular open-air event ArtWalk celebrates the town’s vibrant art scene by bringing together local artists and art enthusiasts for a night of exploring, discovering, and experiencing art in all its forms.
This year’s event, entitled ‘Up In Lights’, takes place on Friday, June 9 from 5pm to 9pm in the Port Macquarie CBD.
As is the norm each year, the streets of Port Macquarie will come alive with a variety of spectacular artworks displayed in galleries, shops, and public spaces. Visitors have the opportunity to view and enjoy a hugely diverse range of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, live performances, exhibitions, illuminations, artist markets, creative installations, and more. Not only that but visitors also have the chance to interact with the artists, attend workshops and talks, and participate in various art-related activities.
Some of the artists exhibiting their wonderful work include: Olivia Cotovich at Eyeq Optometrists on Clarence Street; Laura Furnifer at Ichi Restaurant, also on Clarence Street; up-and-coming 15-year-old local Lola Willows, a photographer in the music industry, who will be exhibiting her work at Dark Alley Collectables, 125 William Street; local realism artist Nicola McLeay, displaying oil paintings at the Lighthouse Gallery, 159 Matthew Flinders Drive; Mel Stewart’s ‘Exploring the Joys of Colour and Harmony’ exhibition in Port Town Square; a ‘Living in the Seventies’ exhibition at Port Macquarie Museum, showcasing local culture during that decade via a series of digital projections; the students of Hastings Preschool proudly displaying their works at Black Pepper, 56 Clarence Street; the incredily talented sand artist John Thiering at Clarence Street Carpark and many, many more. The full line-up of exhibiting artists can be found here.
Additionally, Murray Street will be bringing a taste of Tortuga to this year’s ArtWalk event, where a circus, fire performance and live musical acts on the rooftop above Four Espresso will elevate the energy levels, all curated by Tortuga’s Lucy and Gordo. It’s a great chance to catch multi award winning circus performers such as Rogan Josh balancing high on the walking ladder, Hannah Cryle with the big wheel show and the incredible puppeteers from Curious Legends.
Visitors can try their hand at glow art or take part in pop up life drawing, although organisers state with their tongue in cheek that absolutely no nudes will be allowed! Leah Doeland will also be demonstrating her incredible yarn installation, while offerings from Arthouse Industries, phenomenal fire performances and Tortuga favourite Elle Diablo are guaranteed to wow the audience.
ArtWalk has grown to become the signature cultural arts event in Port Macquarie-Hastings each year where all ages are welcome to come and admire the art on show and enjoy the fun and festivities on offer. A local artisans market and an array of food trucks offering delicious food and beverages will also be present.
ArtWalk is not just an event for art lovers, but also for those who appreciate the culture, history, and creativity of Port Macquarie. It is a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the town’s creative spirit, connect with local artists, and support the growth of the local arts scene.
Whether you are a seasoned art collector or a first-time visitor, ArtWalk is an event not to be missed. Come and experience the magic of Port Macquarie’s art scene and let it inspire and captivate you. Full details on this year’s program can be found here.
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