Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery in Booragul is reopening after their renovation with a brand new name. It’s now called the Museum of Art and Culture (MAC). To celebrate, they’re planned a weekend of fun on Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November.

From Saturday 23 November through to Sunday 24 November, MAC and the sculpture park will become a hive of activity with creative fun and free events for all ages. From markets to workshops, guided exhibition tours to live music, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Enjoy Storytimes, art-making, music, market stalls, weaving and much more all weekend long to celebrate the new art museum. There’s loads of activities. Some drop-in and others require booking.

The event runs from 12pm to 6pm on Saturday 23 November and 9am to 4pm on Sunday 24 November.

Saturday 23 November

Family-friendly activities

Enjoy the new exhibitions with activity sheets, music and art-making for everyone from 12pm – 6pm

Outdoor Community Art Projects

Join artist Richard Lewer to create a large-scale artwork in the art museum grounds.

Join local emerging Aboriginal artist Jasmine Craciun in weaving woven forms for an artwork in the museum grounds.

Aboriginal markets

Browse local Aboriginal market stalls showcasing local art and craft from 12pm – 6pm.

Guided exhibition tours

Take a guided tour of the exhibition with the curators at 12pm and 2pm. Book online at: https://macopening.eventbrite.com.au

Saying hello storytime

Join in a special storytime at 12pm followed by art activities about the different ways we say hello. Suitable for children under 8 and carers
Book online at: https://macopening.eventbrite.com.au

Expression through sound

Express feelings and thoughts using musical instruments in this family-friendly musical workshop at 1pm. Suitable for children under 8 and carers. Book online at: https://macopening.eventbrite.com.au

Indigenous Storytime

Join Aboriginal Artist Michelle Earle for a special Indigenous Storytime.
2pm. Book online at: https://macopening.eventbrite.com.au

The Good Spirit Show – Muurrang Marai Show

Learn about Aboriginal language, songs and animals in this interactive workshop at 3pm suitable for children over 4 with adults. Book online at https://macopening.eventbrite.com.au

The Rover

Lake Mac’s mobile library ‘The Rover’ will be on site all day with plenty of stories and activities from noon to 6pm.
Noon-6pm

Roving performers

Be amazed and entertained by roving performers from 1pm -5pm.

Music on the Terrace

Enjoy some music by DJ Wanjun Carpenter. There’s also a bar, snacks and family-friendly activities from 4pm – 6pm.

Sunday 24 November

Hunter Arts Network Art Bazaar

Immerse yourself in local arts and crafts at this special Hunter Arts Network Art Bazaar in conjunction with the opening of MAC – Museum of Art and Culture. The event runs from 8am to 4pm.

8am-4pm

Outdoor Community Art Projects

Join artist Richard Lewer to create a large-scale art work in the art museum grounds. Drop in 10am-4pm

Join local emerging Aboriginal artist Jasmine Craciun in weaving woven forms for an artwork in the museum grounds. Drop in 11am–3pm

Family Friendly Activities

Enjoy the new exhibition with activity sheets and art activities for families from 10am-4pm.

Saying Hello Storytime

Join in a special storytime at 10am and 12pm followed by art activities all about the different ways we say hello. It’s suitable for children under 8 and parents. Book online at: https://macopening.eventbrite.com.au

The Good Spirit Show – Muurrang Marai Show

Learn about Aboriginal language, songs and animals in this interactive workshop at 11am suitable for children over 4 with adults.
Book online at: https://macopening.eventbrite.com.au

The Rover

Lake Mac’s mobile library ‘The Rover’ will be on site all day from 10am to 4pm with heaps of stories and activities.

For more information, visit the Lake Macquarie City Council website.

Reena Bilen

In 2012, Reena founded Newy with Kids to share information about family-friendly Newcastle. Originally from Canada, she had no idea about what to do with her toddler and after searching unsuccessfully for a family guide, decided to start her own. Since that time, both the toddler and Newy with Kids have grown keeping Reena busy. If you see her out and about, say hi.
Reena Bilen

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