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SEE MAKE DO | Take a virtual art tour with Lucas Grogan at MRAG

When was the last time you visited an art gallery?  I love art but truth be told, it’s been a while for me!  So, I was pretty excited to learn that one of my favourite art haunts, the Maitland Regional Art Gallery or MRAG as its affectionately known, has gone virtual. That’s right, the Gallery may have closed its doors but you can now jump online and take virtual tours of their current exhibitions.

The highlight of the gallery’s new SEE MAKE DO digital content, these very cool, 3D exhibition tours are a fun way to get your creative fix and learn a bit about art in the process, all in the comfort of your own home!


Lucas Grogan

Fancy taking a tour of Lucas Grogan’s ‘Long Story Short’ exhibition with Lucas himself?  Be MRAG’s guest!  This unscripted, casual tour with Lucas is both engaging and insightful with Lucas explaining the materials he works with and the creation process.

Using 3D photo technology, you can also explore Lucas’s bold, blue patterned murals, paintings and textiles up-close, along with other popular exhibitions at your own pace.

If you don’t mind a bit of light entertainment, be sure to check out some additional content created by Lucas on the MRAG site.

What’s your story competition?

Encouraging artistic expression in these isolated times, Lucas is inviting everyone to tell their story.  According to Lucas, this could be the story of your life, a romance novel, a cookbook or even an atlas.  Basically, whatever floats your boat.  To submit, you’ll need to come up with a title for your book, draw the cover and write a short blurb on what it’s about. 

Two winners (an adult and under 18yo) will receive a coveted collection of items hand-made by Lucas, a Long Story Short exhibition catalogue, plus a small original work created by Lucas themed around your story.  Pretty cool huh!  Get writing and drawing people. For more info click here.

More virtual exhibition tours

Fancy some more 3D artistic exploration?  History lovers will appreciate the Masters & Apprentices exhibition tour which features a behind the scenes talk by Museum Learning & Development Curator, Anne McLaughlin.  There’s also the Japanese artist Kei Takemura’s ‘How can it be recovered?’ exhibition and the ‘Let all the birds fly: the hybrid print’ tour.

If you want to get that full museum experience, you can even purchase each artists exhibition catalogue.  Just give MRAG a call and they’ll post it out to you.


Keen keep the kids occupied and get their creative juices flowing?  Now you can!  In lieu of MRAG’s usual school holiday program, the gallery has pulled together a whole host of fun, arty activities inspired by their feature artists.

Here you’ll find video demonstrations and printables that’ll have your little ones producing their very own works-of-art. First up is Lucas Grogan’s “You’ll be Right” ‘Plate’ activity which includes a special workshop tutorial from Lucas on patterns, text and his passion for all things blue!

There’s also a ‘Drawing Special Memories’ activity inspired by Japanese artist, Kei Takemura, a ‘Mysterious Worlds’ activity inspired by Joan Miro and artist Jaime Pritchard’s ‘Paper Accessories’ activity.

All in all, hours of fun!


From podcasts and textural art recommendations to photography and art scholarships, this section provides a range of art information for the enthusiasts out there as well as some unique art experiences to try at home.

Whether you’ve an eye for art or are a bit of a novice like myself, now’s the perfect time to get in touch with your creative side and explore MRAG or make your own masterpieces!

In the words of MRAG Coordinator Kattie Bugeja…

“Art is for all and now, more than ever, we can seek comfort, inspiration and connection through art and artists.”

To stay creative and connected during iso, subscribe to MRAGs weekly newsletters, follow them on Facebook or Instagram or visit their website.


Photo credit: Lucas Grogan, Long Story Short, 2020, exhibition images, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, photography by Clare Hodgins

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