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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 so save the date: Thursday 19 April 2018

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

Artists Callout - register today!

This year’s program offers a number of different opportunities for artists to participate:

  • Expressions of Interest: Site Specific Public Spaces Program
    We are now calling for expressions of interest from individual artists, groups and artists collaborations to be featured as part of the public component of ArtWalk which will include digital projections onto buildings, Installations and or performances and live music in public spaces.  Works will be curated and selected based on the quality and ability to work with the whole program. Register your interest by completing the online form.
  • Artists in Businesses Program
    Similar to last year, artists are encouraged to work with local businesses to host artists for the night in their spaces. You might have items in the windows, Artworks on the walls, or live music in a café. We encourage live demonstrations so you are able to talk about your work and you as an artist. Connect up with an existing business/store then register online to be a part of ArtWalk 2018.
  • Satellite Events
    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.

  • Artist Markets
    This year we welcome the Artists Markets back to the Town Square. Got a pop top tent and want to sell your unique handmade works? If you don’t have a space to exhibit, the Artists Market will be a great place to show and sell your works. This will help to get your creative business up and running (Public Liability Insurance is required). There are limited places so book in early.

When will this be happening?

SAVE THE DATE: ArtWalk will take place on Thursday 19 April 2018.

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.

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. A map for ArtWalk 2018 will be available closer to the event date.

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 for Artwalk 2018?

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

This page was last updated on: 02 March 2018