We’re painting a new picture of Maitland and the canvas is the streets, laneways, parks and gateways that exist between the historic structures of our city.
Place activation creates a sense of place, encourages social connections, improves safety and brings life to the streets. It will be expressed in diverse ways through art, food, play, performance and renewal activities. Activation projects bring energy to the streets, create new community connections and build the story of a place.
Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest is a celebration of Maitland's strong steam and industrial heritage, cementing itself as Australia's premier festival of steam operating for over 30 years. The event features a diverse steam and diesel rail journey program, vintage machinery, Show 'n' Shine car display, kid's activities and live entertainment.
The project invites creatives to design a showpiece that could potentially take the shape of form of an interactive sculpture, activity or freestanding art project. This would be displayed on the Rally Ground at Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest 18 and 19 April 2020. The interactive component will require facilitation on the event weekend.
The Rally Ground is an expansive space with almost no limit to the space available and with this in mind, large scale projects are encouraged.
The project needs to be family friendly, appeal to a broad audience and encourage the community to take part. A concept that aligns with the core themes of Steamfest, such as vintage trains and antique machinery is encouraged.
Download the EOI HERE
- Expressions of Interest (EOI) open 5 February 2020 for the activity.
- Submissions will be open until midnight 1 March 2020.
- Budget: $3,000 to $5,000 (plus GST if applicable) depending on the complexity of the project.
Over the next 12 months Maitland City Council will be seeking expressions of interest from artists and makers on a range of creative opportunities. These projects will transform the selected spaces from underused or empty walkways to places that can be used by people for performance, leisure or to create intrigue and enjoyment. This booklet is an outline of planned projects and contains information on the submission process.
View below or download here.
Street Eats is all about opening the city's doors to unique, and very tasty, street food vendors. So far there has been a number of get togethers where there are a mix of trucks and flavours to sample in some of the best places around town. It's a great reason to get the family out of the house or to catch up with friends with a picnic and a bite to eat. Street Eats Get Together events are shared through the MyMaitland website.
Mobile food vendors can find out how they can be part of Street Eats Maitland here.
Maitland is embarking on an urban renewal pilot project called Create Maitland to activate vacant properties in key commercial sites by offering short term tenures for creatives. Council is now an affiliate member of Renew Australia. You can find out more about this initiative by reading the FAQ's.
For a pilot project to occur formal commitment is needed from property owners to provide access to a suitable and available property. To achieve this, a prospectus of interested creatives and makers looking for a space and details of their offering has been compiled.
You can view the prospectus here.
Maitland City Council encourages busking at The Levee, recognising that street performance adds to the atmosphere of the City and helps to activate public spaces. Council does not issue busking permits, but welcomes buskers to perform who are prepared to comply with the Maitland City Buskers Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct clarifies the standards that are expected of buskers and assists Council to manage public space and the interests of the community.
Maitland City Council funds initiatives to activate Maitland's public places.
My Place and Creative Streets Grants are currently under review. If you require more information on Place Activation grants please email Place.Activation@maitland.nsw.gov.au
Budgeting and project management
Budgets tell a story of how the money will be spend to deliver your project, on such necessities such as materials, artist and contractor fees and other associated costs. If you are unsure of how to create a concise budget, or need more information to be able to successfully deliver your project the below list of organisations can provide resources and support.
- NSW Government – Local Character - Policy and strategy for enhancing local character
- Octapod – Hunter Region resource for creatives
- Creative Business Plus – Tools and support for creatives to develop their business know how
- Create NSW – Information on NSW arts grants, opportunities and professional development
- National Association for the Visual Arts - Support and information for Visual Artists
- Regional Arts Australia - Policy, strategy and professional development for regional arts
- The Australia Council - Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body