Immerse yourself in art these summer holidays

Thursday, 09 Dec 2021

The school holidays are an excellent time to embrace your artistic side, whether you're creating your own masterpiece or admiring others'. Here are some artsy opportunities that are up for grabs these holidays:


Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Posca Art on Canvas

Monthly Weaving Circle

The National Art School’s Future Makers Programs

Clay Kit with The Art Dept

Local Shows

Summer Dreams Festival - Support year 12 student James Rothacker

River Sounds Music Festival

  • Two day festival featuring Baker Boy, Regurgitator, Dallas Woods, and many local musicians 
  • 14th - 15th January 2022
  • Bellingen showgrounds
  • More info and booking here:

Summer Salt Music Festival

Matilda O’Brien Music Night

Make sure to stay up to date with the Arts Mid North Coast website, as more workshops and events will be announced soon!

Christmas Gift Ideas to Support Local Artists

Supporting local artists and creators is a special way that you can give to your friends and family this Christmas. Here are some ideas from artists, galleries and makers in our local area that would make perfect gifts:

Handmade jewelry from Sapphire Jewels by year 12 student Jess Joice

Unique art pieces from the online Christmas Art Market by The Art Space Urunga

Give a pottery class as a gift or a custom Christmas star with The Art Dept

Gift an artsy friend with some new art supplies from Island Art Shop in Urunga

Original prints and clothing from local gallery Alykat Creative

Get a cute handmade charm for a pet from Two Cat Creative

Discover more at our local markets:

  • Jetty Markets
  • Made with Love Markets
  • Makers Market at Coffs Central
  • Bellingen Community Markets
Visit a Local Art Gallery
Wadjar Regional Indigenous Gallery -

Culture Hub -

Coffs Regional Gallery -

Alykat Gallery -

The Art Space Urunga -

Artspace on 45, Coramba -

Sawtell Art Gallery -

National Cartoon Gallery -

Exciting New Film to Watch at the Cinema or at Home
  • The French Dispatch, in cinemas now
  • Don’t Look Up, on Netflix December 24
  • The Matrix Resurrections, in cinemas on December 26
  • West Side Story, in cinemas on December 26
  • House Of Gucci, in cinemas January 1
  • Belfast, in cinemas February 3
  • Loveland, in cinemas on February 10
Galleries + Performances to See on Holiday


Visual Arts

Art Gallery NSW

Matisse: Life & Spirit

Museum of Contemporary Art

Dough Aitken: New Era

Powerhouse Museum


Black Brass by Mararo Wangai of Performing Lines WA 

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by State Theatre Company of South Australia

Dance + Musicals

A Chorus Line by Darlinghurst Theatre Company

Wudjang: Not the Past by Bangarra Dance Theatre


National Art Gallery

Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

Jeffery Smart

National Portrait Gallery

National Photographic Portrait Prize 



APT10 Kids

Fine Lines

Get Up, Stand Up

View all other exhibitions:


Newcastle Art Gallery

The Art of Protest

Enjoy your holidays!