Wandering around Central Maitland you will find street art in many forms. The works can be found on walls, poles and fences all over the city. Some only appear for a short amount of time, so be sure to keep your eye out for art popping up in unusual places.
Maitland’s four libraries (Central Maitland, East Maitland, Rutherford and Thornton) had their book return bins transformed with colourful and unique designs from local artists. Explore these colourful and unique designs.
The work takes inspiration from a previous collaborative artwork called ‘Maitland Includes you’ which depicts High Street, Maitland River and the Belmore bridge into Lorn. The design uses a mix of pastel colours and vibrant hues with bold brush strokes, fluid drips and angular shapes to contrast against the organic form of the Hunter River.
Artists: Pertriece Brown, Sal Thompson and Samantha O’Grady, part of Mai Wel’s Arts4All program.
East Maitland Library
The colourful design was drawn in texta and turned into a decal to wrap the bin. The artist wanted to create something that would inspire kids imagination and encourage them to read more.
Artist: Taylor Reiher – Maitland High School
The concept comes from the idea of a unique, diverse but connected community, coming together, fitting together and working together to make one. The skate characters pay homage to the young people of Rutherford and the nearby skate park.
Artists: Shane Kennedy and Lachy Myall, Up & Up
Looking to the natural environment as inspiration and keeping in theme with fun, bright and energetic art, the design reveals blue skies, gum trees and cheeky cockatoos which are often observed in numbers around Thornton. Paint Pens were used for their vibrant colours relating a pop art style theme.
Artists: Pertriece Brown and Sal Thompson, part of Mai Wel’s Arts4All program.
At the entrance to Central Maitland, right next to the train station, you kind find the eye catching and enormous paste up by Trevor Dickinson. The mural incorporates a number of iconic Maitland images from his recent exhibition at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
A little splash and quite a bit of stencilling, this piece is an eye catching piece of visually contrasting fun tucked away off the footpath. The work proudly displays some of the strong heritage aspects of Maitland, in a modern way.
Art by Stealth transforms the day to day objects on the streets. Artists have put their stamp on objects around Central Maitland in quirky and creative ways.