Two opportunities for Lake Mac Creatives

1 May 2020 - 4 June 2020


A view through a hole in a stone wall. Steel beams are visible in the wall construct, and green plants are growing through. A body of water with a boat can be seen through the hole.
Jamie North Succession (detail), 2013, cement, steel, native plants, 2 parts, 450 x 90cm (diam.); 420 x 90cm (diam.). Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gift Program in memory of Kerry North, 2017.

Reconnected: a recovery story exhibition
Expressions of Interest

Lake Macquarie artists will feature front-and-centre in an upcoming exhibition celebrating the region’s ongoing emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reconnected: a recovery story will provide a way for local artists to reconnect in a physical sense with their community after months of closures, restrictions and bans on social interaction. COVID-19 has made us all appreciate things closer to home, and the mindset behind this exhibition reflects that theme.

The exhibition also presents a great opportunity for local Lake Macquarie and community artists to exhibit their works in a major regional gallery, whose space often features works by nationally and internationally recognised artists.

Artists can submit up to three works each, across all mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation art. Works could be displayed inside MAC or within the grounds outside. Most of the artworks in this show will be for sale, offering the community a chance to support local artists, MAC to celebrate the wealth of creativity in our City, and artists a professional opportunity on the other side of isolation.

Reconnected is planned for a July launch. It’s perfect timing for an exhibition intended to showcase the works of local artists and their interpretation of this unprecedented journey we’re all on at the moment. We want contributing artists’ works to reflect on the recovery process and on finding a positive way forward.

A MAC exhibition project in consultation with the community.

Submissions close 5pm, Thursday 4 June.

For more information or assistance with your application, contact

Creative Grants

Lake Macquarie artists have the opportunity to receive grants of up to $2500 in a Council program aimed at supporting the City’s creative community during COVID-19. The grants, worth a total of $11,500, recognise the importance of strengthening the City’s cultural and creative industries.

Last week, Council awarded $13,500 in first round grants to 10 local applicants. Potential applicants can now apply for the second round within five categories: Research and Development, Creative Presentation, Emerging Musician and Creative Professional Development.

Second round applications close 5pm, Monday 25 May.

For more information or assistance with your application, contact