Living Laneway Comes Alive With Community Celebration



The Maitland community came together on the evening of Thursday, 25th October, 2018, to celebrate the success of Mai-Wel Creative Arts' Living Laneway installation in the NAB Laneway, off High Street in Maitland. The installation was alive for two weeks, from Thursday, 11th October, for two weeks. 

The night was filled with music, dance and smiles amongst the fabric installation that beautified the laneway. The installation represents Maitland’s connection to the river and was prepared by Mai-Wel Creative Arts creatives and approximately 30 community members who attended Creative Arts workshops earlier in 2018. To create the dreamy fabric design, the group harnessed the magic of the historical cyanotype photographic process which uses the sunlight’s reaction to a special emulsion. As workshop participants laid out on the fabric and the sun hugged their posing bodies, the exposed fabric transformed to vibrant shades of cyan, or blue, leaving only the silhouettes in the original colour of the fabric.

The visual component of the installation is paired with an original sound composition created by Creative Arts musician, Ian Mills through mentoring from Creative Arts Mentor, Ben Gain.

Click here to see photos of the Living Laneway!

Living Laneway is made possible thanks to Mai-Wel Creative Arts’ successful application for the Maitland City Council My Place Grant 2017/18. For more information about Mai-Wel Creative Arts or the Living Laneway installation contact or (02) 4015 8480.

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