Creative Streets is a place activation initiative that sees Council partner with the community to co-create, reimagine and creatively transform places around Maitland through temporary and semi permanent projects.
The program seeks to promote projects that create places where people feel connected, want to stay longer and have a memorable experience. This year there were two different rounds to this funding – Creative Streets After Dark and Quick Response Creative Streets.
The Creative Streets After Dark grants aims to support projects that contribute to the night time economy in Maitland and help create safer and more enjoyable streets. The Quick Response Creative Streets grants form part of Council’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Initiatives and seek to deliver projects that creatively respond to COVID-19.
‘ISO-MOOD’ is a Quick Response Creative Streets project funded by Maitland City Council and is Maitland’s Motorised Mechanical Mood Monitor. As community feeds into the weekly question on www.iso-mood.com the interactive sculpture captures the collective changing mood of the community.
‘Nest’ is a Creative Streets After Dark project funded by Maitland City Council and is a whimsical take on our diverse community. Our Homes/ nests provide a sense of belonging, shelter and comfort. ‘Nest’ celebrated a different interpretation of what diversity looks like. Our need to feel safe and our love for incorporating aspects of cultures different to our own to enrich our nest/home. Bridget Taylor has used natural and repurposed materials to create these solar lit homes.
‘Shadow of the Day’ is a Creative Streets After Dark project funded by Maitland City Council, and is an exploration of shadow puppetry After Dark through creative installations in five shopfronts in Central Maitland. The shadow based artworks were changed daily resulting in 70 artworks presented over 14 days between 14 September and 28 September 2020.
'Spatial Radiance' is a Creative Streets After Dark project funded by Maitland City Council. The installation is inspired by the 20th Century Dutch art movement 'De Stijl' and is comprised entirely out of recessed aluminium LED lights. The location of the work is in Church Street, Central Maitland.