History week at Maitland Library
Curating Maitland’s 19th Century Past
Through curating and sharing collection items, Maitland Libraries get hands on with history to enrich the way our audiences understand and commemorate Maitland’s 19th century heritage.
This exhibition presents a range of items connected to our city’s first century of European settlement. They include several early colonial items, which relate to the ways Maitland’s territories, natural resources, and people, were viewed, named, treated, and governed. Other artefacts are presented to explore notions of progress and civility, which inspired various later 19th century Maitland organisations.
Archibald Prize stories in the MRAG Collection
In 2021, the famous Archibald Prize celebrated its 100th anniversary and this year the 2021 Archibald Prize is on display at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
Since the first competition in 1921 more than 1500 artists and 6000 portraits have been exhibited in this prestigious portrait prize exhibition. The Maitland Regional Art Gallery Collection has many artworks by artists who have won the Archibald Prize, have had their portraits selected as finalists in the prize and have themselves been the subject of finalist portraits created by fellow artists. This Highlights selection of artworks tells some of the Archibald stories and connections within the Maitland Regional Art Gallery Collection.
The 2021 Archibald Prize exhibition was on display at Maitland Regional Art Gallery from 22 January - 6 March 2022.
Hello Again - it's nice to see your face: Portraits from the MRAG Collection.
On display at MRAG from 15 August 2020 – 14 February 2021, this exhibition reunited many characters from the gallery collection with audiences as the region emerged from a three month lockdown in 2020. This exhibition was a finalist in the 2021 Museums and Galleries NSW Imagine Awards.
Les Darcy is Maitland’s most famous sporting hero. Born near Maitland in 1895, by 1915, aged nineteen, his name, boxing prowess and wide smile were recognised around the world. This is a selection of items from the Maitland Regional Art Gallery Collection relating to Les Darcy's story.