Experience Maitland’s flourishing art & food scene
Rejoice all art-lovers: we have prepared for you a day discovering all things art in Maitland!
Head to Seraphine Café for breakfast. Located within the Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG), Seraphine is a gorgeous place to dine. Sit outside, soak up the sunshine and enjoy a cup of coffee amongst the lush greenery.
My pick for a drink is the matcha latte, it’s absolutely magical! Treat yourself to a delicious breakfast, which is guaranteed to be plated up in the most aesthetic manner! With its relaxing, serene atmosphere, Seraphine is the perfect place to be immersed in artsy vibes, not to mention perfect for a polaroid snap or two.
Wander the halls of the MRAG and admire all the gallery’s diverse art pieces. Featuring artists of varying ages and backgrounds, the MRAG showcases a series of colourful, cultural, and challenging pieces. Check their website for up-to-date exhibitions. Prepare to be inspired.
Only a 5-minute walk up the street from the MRAG sits the Levee Art Gallery. Artists can exhibit and sell their art at this lovely venue! The Levee Art Gallery invites everyone to realise their artistic dreams, be it to collect art or create it. They also offer art workshops and courses - you can check them out here.
Stroll along the Maitland River, contemplate all the art you’ve experienced, and settle into Lavenders Café for another coffee.
Pay a visit to the Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles, located within the gothic Victorian building Brough House. The exhibitions are a walk through a bygone era, with each display showing changes in fashion throughout the ages.
Whilst you’re exploring the main strip of Maitland, head on over to the unique gallery space housing the works of Dutch artist, Patricia Van Lubeck which is Studio Amsterdam. Unlike anything I’ve seen before, Patricia’s work both on canvas and her public art projects including large-scale wall murals and her footpath rugs are equally thought-provoking and whimsical, offering the perfect textile for those more curiously inclined.
Watch a play at the Maitland Repertory Theatre. Showcasing the community’s acting talent, the Maitland Repertory Theatre has been putting on plays for more than 50 years in their 160-year-old building on High Street! Check out what’s playing here.
Head across the road to dinner at Fratelli Roma for some gorgeous Italian dining after your show. Be sure to make a booking, they’re always busy! Enjoy fresh handmade pasta and a tantalising wine list.
Post-dinner cocktails are the perfect way to end your artsy day, and they await you at The Rigby next door.