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6pm - 9pm Thursday 19 April 2018

ArtWalk is an edgy, intense and surprising night of discovery.  Last year’s event attracted around 8,500 people, illuminating secret, unassuming and unexpected spaces with free pop up performances, artistic interventions and creative installations. ArtWalk is returning this year bigger and better then ever.

The Port Macquarie CBD, its streets, intersections, cafes and cultural facilities will become the stage for contemporary works as artists push the boundaries of their practice.

The theme for this year’s program is a reflection on “Journeys”: the journey of our natural environment and the Birpai people; of John Oxley as part of our 2018 Bicentenary celebrations; the journey of our community and our potential journeys into the future. The concept of journeys across lands looks to the past, the present and future of the Hastings Region, whether it be individually, socially, economically or culturally.  ArtWalk will encourage the community to come together in a series of engaging arts activities, creating opportunities for people to meet, exchange ideas and foster community spirit.

ArtWalk Map

You can access the ArtWalk Map by downloading the izi.TRAVEL mobile app which also shows more information about the artists and sites. Download the app onto your tablet or smart phone and have it available for the night.  Just remember to update it on the day of Artwalk to ensure that you have all the right locations.

Don’t forget to share your experience on the night and tag #artwalkpmq on your social media platforms.  We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information contact or phone (02) 6581 8111

Satellite Events

A list of satellite events is available online.

If you are hosting an event, curating an exhibition, having an open studio, presenting a performance, having a gig, screening a film or having a creative gathering in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Region during 19 – 29 April 2018, we would love to list your event as part of the program of satellite events. 


What is ArtWalk?

ArtWalk is a multi-venue cultural event that opens our local art galleries and museums and brings art out of the gallery and onto the streets at night!

Digitally projected artworks will guide the public through a tour to our top arts and cultural locations throughout the Port Macquarie CBD.  Over the evening the public will have the opportunity to explore our local collections and discover local artists exhibiting in unconventional spaces. Live art work, music & entertainment in pop-up spaces and businesses around the CBD will provide our local artists with an opportunity to exhibit their artworks. 

ArtWalk is a free family friendly community event that encourages the general public to explore, experience and participate in our local arts and cultural aspects in the centre of Port Macquarie.  ArtWalk logos and a map will lead the public to participating venues and spaces, encouraging our community to experience our night time economy. ArtWalk maps will be available closer to the date.


What will be happening?

During the evening our local art galleries and museums and creative industries open their doors to the public and spill out onto the streets.  An exhibition of digital artworks is projected onto walls across the CBD, as well as live art demonstrations and live music.  Artists' works is on display in galleries, businesses, and through live arts displays. Some live music will be occurring at small locations.

What will it cost me?

It is free to participate.  The venues are opening their doors to the community. Come in and explore our amazing creative and cultural buildings. 

Where do I start?

You can start anywhere on the map that is produced for the festival. The map will guide you to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the participating venues.

Where will this be happening?

The festival is held in the Port Macquarie CBD.  The area selected for this program includes: Horton Street (North of  Clarence), Clarence Street - (between Horton & Murray Streets), Murray Street (North of Clarence), Sunset Parade & Hay Street North. 

I am interested in being a part of ArtWalk.  How can I register my interest?

 You can register your interest to participate in the ArtWalk program by subscribing to our email list below:

This page was last updated on: 19 April 2018