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With this COVID-19 Pandemic happening and everyone in isolation - it's even more important to stay connected and creative. We know art is a powerful tool to bring balance and stay positive during these stressful times.

The creative community of the Mid North Coast and all around the world have mobilised to help artists share, connect and keep creativity alive online. We are gathering them all here in the one place as one big Isolation Creation fest!

Like the pandemic, this is ever-evolving - so we are keen to hear your ideas and input for content! If you have something you want to share or ideas to add please send us an email on or DM us through our Facebook or Instagram

P.S... We have all been through some pretty tough times with drought, bushfires and now a global health pandemic. Arts Mid North Coast are currently pulling together some resources for our arts and cultural community to assist in Creative Recovery. Meanwhile please let's all help look after and support one another during these tough times xx Be Well and Be Creative!  

Coffs Collections online

The Library, Museum and Gallery team at Coffs Harbour City Council are providing the opportunity to have a sneak peek at a new online service they have been developing - Coffs Collections.

The Coffs Collections / The Coffs Coast Heritage & Arts Digitisation (CCHAD) project is a work in progress, where you will photographs from Picture Coffs Harbour, oral history interviews from the Voice of Time, the Regional Gallery’s art collection including local public art, a small range of documents and local Honour Boards.

Instructions to login:

In the Email box, type in: guest@cchad

In the Password box, type in: CCguest2020

The team are keen to hear your feedback a, which you can provide at

Play a Mate's Music Mid North Coast

Play a Mates Music is a playlist started by Bellingen muso/producer Jay Maguvner (LTTLE KNG) to help indie musicians keep their music alive! If you want to get added send an email to

Yellow Jack Gallerie

Big Fig Arts from Bellingen have started up an online art gallery - Yellow Jack Gallery

The aim is to provide a space to show an exhibition or a body of work created by local artists. With plans for studio visits and talks via video and a chance to meet the art makers to directly purchase work, book commissions and ask questions.

Big Fig have also started online weekly drawing and writing exercises designed to maintain connection through social media.

If you are interested in getting involved get in touch through Big Fig Arts website.


Withdrawing Project / 19 Words

Over the last 5 years, Big Fig Arts have been running their Dead Flowers Drawing class in Bellingen. To keep the community inspired and connected, and help with boredom and anxiety, they have launched the Withdrawing Project.

Each week they will post a new theme with a drawing. You can then send them your drawing through Facebook or tag #withdrawingproject on instagram so it can be shared through their online gallery.

They also have something for writers: 19 Words. Can you write something in only 19 words? It could be a story. A review. An observation. A rant. An idea. A poem. A thought. A love letter. A shopping list. A feeling. Song lyrics. Authored or Anonymous. Again DM through Facebook or Instagram tag #19wordsbig

Drawn From Here

Drawn From Here is an annual creative art journal project started by Port Macquarie illustrator/designer Katherine Appleby and sponsored by Sunset Framing & Gallery.

Entries are open to all Mid North Coast creatives of all ages and skill levels - writers, photographers, musicians, poets, artists, designers, illustrators, if you’re creative and have an idea for filling your own art journal, Drawn From Here is for you!

Together Apart Postcard Project

Together Apart is an art postcard project hatched by Coffs artist Jess Miller at The Art Dept.

Order your pack through the Art Dept website, which includes blank watercolour postcards for your artwork and sweet words to send to your loved ones and neighbours who may be feeling lonely right now.

Send one postcard back to The Art Dept to hang in their Isolation Exhibition. Jess will also be facilitating engagement with your creative process and documentation to help share the joy you are spreading!

Original Sound Lounge: LIVE STREAM

When you have a beer but no pub, let Original Sound Lounge provide the entertainment in your own lounge room!

OSL Live Stream will feature regular live streams of your favourite local mid north coast, and national artists. Stay tuned for their weekly line-up of amazing talent.

If you have the means to help support our artists please consider purchasing their music or donating to their cause.

Musos: if you want to join the line-up contact OSL through their FB PAGE at

To watch the stream join the FB group at

Isolation Competitions for Youth

Got Ya Back Productions have put together THREE competitions open to youth 18 years and under in the Port Macquarie and Taree areas.

  • 10 min Play Writing Competition
  • 2 min Short Film Competition
  • Song Writing Competition

Entries will be judged by arts industry professionals such as writer/director, Nicholas Christo (playwriting), film editor Ellitio Travers (film) and Grinspoon's Phil Jamieson (music).

Plus prizes to be won!

Send your entries to

Creative Resources

Art Can Help

Nambucca Arts Studio will be sharing accessible creative activity ideas that offer relief in everyday life during these unsettling times.

Artists and Teaching Artists with ideas to share, can DM up to 150 words and 4 images describing the activity through Facebook or simply tag #ArtCanHelpMNC when posting an idea on Instagram - your contributions will be posted/reposted and credited.

Open to ideas across all art forms that bring reflection, calm and/or smiles. If you are doing something creative right now that is lifting your spirits, then it is likely to help someone else. Check out their ideas on their Facebook and Instagram pages thus far for inspiration


Like many of us, having kids at home from school brings an extra challenge, especially if you are also still working from home.

ARTS:LIVE is an award-winning, creative learning hub for the arts developed by The Song Room.

For parents and families, ARTS:LIVE includes a range of entertaining projects to do at home with children of all ages.

All the resources have been developed in collaboration with professional artists and arts organisations. You’ll gain expert insights into the creative process, and instruction and guidance through the activities and lessons.

The Song Room is an Australian-based not-for-profit organisation that brightens the futures of disadvantaged children with tailored, high-quality music and arts programs, delivered in partnership with schools, education and community groups.

If you have projects you'd like to add or discuss, contact us on

Cheers, take care and be well x

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