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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

If you are looking for resources or funding assistance during this crisis please visit this page.

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!  

Latest Events Online

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Online Galleries and Exhibitions

Burnt: Urunga Art space

BURNT is an exhibition of works from local artists responding to last summer’s terrible bushfires, originally set for Urunga Art Space's April exhibition.

Burnt was overshadowed by COVID19. But now the exhibition is online. It is a brilliant show covering many disciplines even documentary. It’s emotional, raw and diverse.

Sales can be made through their online shop with 20% of sales donated to bush fire relief.

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.

Instructions to login:

In the Email box, type in: guest@cchad

In the Password box, type in: CCguest2020

Manning Regional Art Gallery Walkabout

You can still see what's on at the Manning Regional Art Gallery with these guided 'Walkabout' videos. Jane Hosking, Assistant Director takes you on a guided tour of three exhibitions, the 2019 Doug Moran Portrait Prize, 'Barely Wearable' by Ruth Downes and the surreal work of MidCoast artist Matthew Mallia.

Tourist Paradise

The Port Macquarie Museum newest online exhibition and digital story telling project 'Tourists Paradise' - was supported by Arts Mid North Coast.

The exhibition features numerous photographs, objects and stories from the Museum’s large collection, and is a curated journey through a number of themes including long forgotten places and stories.

Mid Coast Stories

MidCoast Stories is a comprehensive collection of stories, images and local resources that preserve and promotes the unique history of the Gloucester, Great Lakes and Manning regions of NSW.

Winning a NSW Heritage Award in 2019, these stories are short, factual and often quirky, describing the people, places and events that have influenced the Mid Coast region.

Our Rivers Our History

Our Rivers – Our History is a collaborative project involving seven museums on the Mid North Coast from the Manning Valley to the Macleay.

The digital exhibition presents some of the most significant objects held in our local museums relating to our rivers and coastal waters,  an integral part of our region's history.

Sculpture in the Gaol 20:20 Exhibition

Sculpture in the Gaol at the Trial Bay Gaol has moved online with their 20:20 Exhibition - a space where you can view and purchase work by the family of artists associated with Sculpture in the Gaol.

Glasshouse Port Macquarie

Enjoy the latest exhibition at the Glasshouse Port Macquarie, from the comfort and safety of your own home! Their 3D virtual tour features their three current exhibitions: Arcadia - Laura Jones / duality - Asher Milgate / Northern Exposure Six - featuring some of the Mid North Coast's best artists.

Yellow Jack Gallerie

Big Fig Arts from Bellingen have started up an online art gallery - Yellow Jack Gallery to provide a space to show an exhibition or a body of work created by local artists.  If you are interested in getting involved get in touch through Big Fig Arts website.

Share Your Creativity

Be Still Project

During this remarkable moment in time Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery is capturing the domestic experiences of people living in COVID isolation, through the theme of still life.

Get involved by photographing a still life composition – a new composition, or something defining your time in isolation. Post it to Instagram with one of these hashtags: #BeStillCoffsCoast, #BeStillAustralia or #BeStillWorld. Your photos will be printed and included in  their next public exhibition, 'Be Still'. Dates TBC.

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!

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

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

Transform Tuesday - Manning regional Art Gallery

The Manning Regional Art Gallery have started a fun creative activity for all ages!
Every Tuesday the Gallery will be posting a new creative prompt of an everyday item (this item will change each week). Your task is to create an image that includes this everyday item and share it online. Submit each week’s challenge by 9pm on Sunday and images will be published each Monday.
Share your creation via Facebook messenger upload to Insta or post to your wall with #TransformTuesdayMRG

Music Online

Pluto Entertainment Live Stream

Pluto was born from a small production company on the Mid North Coast who saw a need for entertainment to be made accessible to everyone.  The COVID shutdowns transformed Pluto into a full blown live streaming studio but will always have supporting people living with a disability at our core.

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 features regular live streams and workshops from 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.

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

LIVE2U - Help with Live Streaming

Port Macquarie based agency, LIVE2U have started a new initiative to support musicians during this difficult time.

Live2U Streaming aims to build an online community of streaming musicians, and help support monetising skills for tuition or private streaming events.

They will guide you with tips and resources to improve your streaming plus provide a space for you to promote your streaming events.

Creative Resources


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.

Looking after your Mental Health

The Arts Wellbeing Collective have some good little reminders of the simple things we can do to keep up our strength during these corona times.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is an Arts Centre Melbourne initiative that involving a consortium of arts and cultural organisations working together to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts

Support Act

Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.

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Cheers, take care and be well x

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