Maitland Cultural Resurgence brought together Aboriginal cultural knowledge holders with schools and community groups in the production of possum skin cloaks and large-scale woven sculptures. These projects celebrate the ceremony of connectivity and cultural strength.

19 March - 15 May 2022
Maitland Regional Art Gallery

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Inspired by the traditional practice of coiling with rushes, lomandra and other grasses, these contemporary artworks provide the opportunity for young people and community to explore traditional practices while making contemporary sculpture with contemporary materials.


Possum skin cloaks are utilitarian objects. Starting as a baby blanket, three pelts are sewn together with kangaroo sinew to create a warm and soft blanket. Over the years, the blanket is added to. With each new pelt, images are burnt and scratched into the underside of the leather creating a personal story.

View the Maitland Cultural Resurgence catalogue.

View the Maitland Cultural Resurgence social impact summary.

Read the Maitland Cultural Resurgence media release