Mai-Wel creates vibrant laneway art
Mai-Wel artists have explored Maitland’s connection to its community through a vibrant project, the latest in a series of laneway place activations across the city.
Living Laneway is a fabric work currently installed in the NAB laneway near the Riverside Carpark, which uses blue fabric and body silhouettes to join locals to the Hunter River.
The artists employed the technique of cyanotype, a photographic printing process which uses ultraviolet rays to turn material a cyan-blue colour. The technique is roughly the same age as the city of Maitland.
“A couple of us came down to the riverbank and laid on blankets on the grass,” artist Briety Dorahy said.
“We had to lay there for a while, but we listened to music and I enjoyed that.
“I learned about how quickly the colour changes to blue and how our bodies reacted to the colour.”
Enabled by a Maitland City Council My Place grant, an original soundtrack by Ian Mills will be installed this weekend which will be activated by a motion sensor.
The installation will be celebrated with a free event next Thursday, October 25 from 6pm in the laneway. The evening will feature performances from Mai-Wel Creative Arts musicians.