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“Where to begin ......” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
230 High Street, Maitland, New South Wales 2320, Australia
02 4934 9859
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Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Maitland
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Owner description: MRAG offers in total, eleven exhibition spaces in three distinct wings across two levels of the art gallery. MRAG accessibility features include a lift, interior and exterior wheelchair access ramps and a sensory garden. One wing of the building is dedicated to children and education: the Art Factory fosters appreciation to the arts for the specific audience of children, schools, family groups and youth. MRAG’s retail outlet showcases the wares of local, national and international artists and craftspeople as well as objects from the Pacific and the East including Africa and Mexico. The MRAG shop also offers toys and decorative art from international destinations. Adjacent to the Art Factory, café Seraphine caters to a large number of patrons Tuesday-Sunday 7.30am-4.30pm as well as for functions in and outside normal art gallery hours. MRAG is now one of the most active and exhibition vibrant regional galleries in NSW with almost 3000sq metres of public access space.
Newcastle, Australia
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“Where to begin ......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

Maitland Regional Art Gallery is a gallery that you definitely add to your regular viewing cycle. But where to begin?? The redesigned building is a wonderful example of an architect taking what is beautiful and old mixing in what is new and now and coming up with a functional art space with a wide variety of viewing areas. The gallery attracts many of the major touring exhibitions as well as having faith in local projects and artists. At any moment you may find art, photography, ceramics or sculpture on view. The permanent collection, particularly works on paper, is wonderful. And the kids are always catered for with a permanent viewing space set aside for them; parents welcome too. To build on this there is always an interactive art happening linked to the kids exhibition that invites the kids to show their talent.

But there are more decisions. Do I visit the cafe before I view or do I wait till I have finished; maybe both? The choice may be to have a meal at a table or just coffee on the lounges and read a book from the reference library. Time must be left to browse through the Gallery shop where art pieces from current or previous exhibitions are available at reasonable prices.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery is definitely worth the trip and no parking or access problems.

Visited February 2012
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Sydney
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“Definitely worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

If you are in Maitland or going through Maitland this is definitely worth stopping to visit. Great gallery, parking at rear and lovely Cafe. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Visited January 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Surprisingly wonderful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

Regional Art Gallery? well that was a surprise. Very interesting permanent collection but also excellent temporary exhibitions and a very very well re-designed building. A must do if you go through Maitland or visit either Morpeth or Maitland Gaol.

Visited December 2011
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