Creative industry

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Lake Macquarie is bursting at the seams with artists and creatives always eager for new opportunities to expand and develop their creative practice.

Current opportunities

EOI: Activating Pearson Street Mall

Lake Macquarie City Council is offering small creative grants to individuals and groups to help activate Charlestown's Pearson Street Mall. 

Activations could include: 

  • Live music performances
  • Art installations
  • Theatre performances 
  • Other creative ideas

Grants are available for between $500-$1000 (excluding GST). Applications will open on Monday 6 June and close at 4pm on Friday 2 July.

The grant funding provided by Lake Macquarie City Council is inclusive of all activation requirements. As part of the submission process, applicants should address how grant funds will be spent.

For more information contact Jessica Dowdell via email jdowdell@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

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On the Rocks - Community Art Project

The ‘On the Rocks’ Community Art Project is designed to bring creatives from across the Lake and beyond together to demonstrate the role and importance of protecting our environment. The poem ‘On the Rocks’ gifted to the community by Linda Visman, was selected by the Fellowship of Australian Writers – Lake Macquarie Branch in response to a challenge to honour the environment with wonder and awe.

We now invite the community to create their own response to this poem using any artistic medium. For example: paint, sculpture, ceramics, pottery, floral art, dance, puppetry, embroidery, textile, cartoon, comic etc.

Completed works will be exhibited at Toronto Library as part of the Launchpad@Lake MacLibraries programs from 6 August to 8 October, celebrating Living Smart Festival.

Full details can be found on the Lake Mac Libraries website. Registrations will be accepted until 30 June.


Lake House Artist Residency

The Lake House Artist Residency program is an initiative of Lake Macquarie City Council. It offers artists, curators and creatives the space and time to create and develop new work.

Applications for funded residencies opening soon.

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yapang Arts Placements - Museum of Art and Culture, yapang

The yapang Arts Placement is a pathway for First Nations creatives into the arts.

Lake Macquarie City Council offers support for curatorial projects, public programs, arts education, digital arts, documentation, design and marketing. Your placement can focus on an area of interest or enable you to explore various aspects of arts.

Applications are currently open on a rolling basis.

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Expressions of interest - Museum of Art and Culture, yapang

We welcome expressions of interest from artists, curators and groups who would like to develop an exhibition, for the Museum of Art and Culture, yapang.

The Museum aims to provide a high quality and balanced program. The Museum of Art and Culture yapang is committed to supporting First Nations and Hunter-based artists and fosters insightful contemporary art.

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Launchpad @ Lake Mac Libraries

Launchpad is an engaging exhibition program for local creatives to showcase their works to the community. 

The exhibition is held across four Lake Mac Libraries branches - Belmont, Toronto, Charlestown, and Swansea, providing a space for students, emerging artists and community art groups to present their works for public viewing.

Applications will be considered by Launchpad @Lake Mac Libraries that best reflect the objectives of the program.

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