TAKE A WALK: Harold Le Jeune art on display at Laing+Simmons from 2018 ArtWalk in Port Macquarie.
TAKE A WALK: Harold Le Jeune art on display at Laing+Simmons from 2018 ArtWalk in Port Macquarie. Lindsay Moller Productions

Creative ArtWalk lights up the CBD in July

PORT Macquarie will light up as ArtWalk returns to the Central Business District on July 18.

Presented by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council in partnership with local businesses, ArtWalk is a captivating creative night of discovery that illuminates unexpected and sometimes secret spaces with free family-friendly pop-up performances and creative installations.

Now in its fourth year, ArtWalk 2019 will see more than 40 artists and performers take to the streets throughout the night, providing a platform for local artists to be celebrated and to work collaboratively with local businesses.

The evening comes alive as the buildings and venues light up 'after dark' with digital projections, live music and live arts demos.

Port Macquarie -Hastings Council Community Place Manager Lucilla Marshall said ArtWalk was more than artworks.

"ArtWalk is not just 'art on walls'; it's street art, music, food and celebration for the whole family," she said.

"This year we are excited to extend our program to include a range of satellite events including exhibitions, workshops, record fairs and artist talks across all genres of the creative sector."

For the first time, the program features a special digital animation that was created by Port Macquarie-Hastings seniors living with memory loss.

Sunday Afternoon is an exploration and response to the question: "What do you love to do?"

Using hand-painted 2D elements and iPads, participants created stop-animations under the guidance of creative ageing practitioner Lisa Hort and designer Katherine Appleby.

The workshops were funded by a Dementia Australia grant and proudly produced by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the Port Macquarie Dementia Friendly Steering Committee.

ArtWalk is on from 6-9pm in the Port Macquarie CBD.

To discover a list of satellite events or to learn more about the ArtWalk 2019 offerings, go to pmhc.nsw.gov.au/artwalk.

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