Place Activation

We’re painting a new picture of Maitland and the canvas is the streets, laneways, parks and gateways that exist between the historic structures of our city.

Place activation creates a sense of place, encourages social connections, improves safety and brings life to the streets. It will be expressed in diverse ways through art, food, play, performance and renewal activities. Activation projects bring energy to the streets, create new community connections and build the story of a place.

Initiatives will be guided by the Maitland Place Activation Strategy.

Walls That Talk

As part of a series of eye catching installations, the current Walls that Talk exhibition at Maitland City Library features 'Born In The 60's'.

Maitland Library is 50 years old in 2018. In celebration of the library's milestone, 'Born in the 60's' is a walk down memory lane. From miniskirts to milk bars, it provides a glimpse into the 1960's with a eclectic selection of images from the State Library of NSW collection. 

For more information and to see the photographs on display go to Maitland City Library's website.



Street Eats

Street Eats is all about opening the city's doors to unique, and very tasty, street food vendors. So far there has been a number of get togethers where there are a mix of trucks and flavours to sample in some of the best places around town. It's a great reason to get the family out of the house or to catch up with friends with a picnic and a bite to eat. Street Eats Get Together events are shared through the MyMaitland website. 

Mobile food vendors can find out how they can be part of Street Eats Maitland here.

Maitland City Buskers' Code of Conduct

Maitland City Council encourages busking at The Levee, recognising that street performance adds to the atmosphere of the City and helps to activate public spaces. Council does not issue busking permits, but welcomes buskers to perform who are prepared to comply with the Maitland City Buskers Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct clarifies the standards that are expected of buskers and assists Council to manage public space and the interests of the community.

Grants & Funding

Maitland City Council has two exciting funded initiatives to activate Maitland's public places. 

Creative Streets

Creative Streets is a chance for artists to engage with audiences at street level and challenge the boundaries of their practice with the street as their canvas. The program encourages all art disciplines including, but not limited to, visual artists (including multimedia, printmaking, sculpture and textile), performers, filmmakers, storytellers and designers. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open. 

For more information contact Charlotte Hilder by calling (02) 4931 2852 or emailing

My Place Grants

My Place supports cheap, quick and fun projects for residents to create places where people feel connected, want to stay longer and have a memorable experience. The program hopes to build networks, trial new ideas and transform public places around Maitland. The end result will be a more vibrant, safer and inclusive Maitland for everyone to enjoy. Applications open 22 October 2018. For more information visit our My Place Grants page.

For more information contact Charlotte Hilder by calling (02) 4931 2852 or emailing