Dobell Festival of Art Lantern Project

Next date: Sunday, 26 June 2022 | 12:00 AM to Thursday, 30 June 2022 | 11:59 PM


Look for the lanterns at Festival locations around Lake Macquarie in June

Solar-powered lanterns on display at the Dobell Festival were created by BEAUTIFUL AND USEFUL The Collaborative Art Studio. Maurice Goldberg and Michael Aberline from BEAUTIFUL and USEFUL worked with the local community to create these colourful lanterns that illuminate key festival venues. 

They look great at Museum of Art and Culture, yapang and can also be seen at the Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima in Speers Point Park, Dobell House, Wangi Creative Hub & Library and currently the Wangi Workers Club as well.

Aberline designed the lanterns, combining imagery produced by local participants during a Creative Flow Workshop at MAC yapang earlier this year. During the workshop, Goldberg encouraged participants to shake loose their critical judgment and 'dance' into expressive mark marking. 

Creative Flow Workshop Participants

Workshop participants included Hanneke B, Mary Fitzpatrick, Debby Gill, Helen Graham, Cathy Heaton, Zoe Hirschbichler, Sandra Irons, Jess Kellar, Mary Kromodikoro, Cathie and Chris Marsh, Beth Mcintosh, Anne Michael, Martina Mrongovius, Lyne Neilson and David and Nicole Slee.

Goldberg and Aberline are best known for their huge and colourful inflatable installations that featured at MAP mima as part of the PRESS PLAY festival last summer, and have wowed audiences all around Australia and internationally, including in New York, London and Copenhagen.

This event is part of the Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival. For a full list of festival event please visit Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival 2022

This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.  

Top: Matthew Aberline of BEAUTIFUL AND USEFUL The collaborative art studio

Above: Creative Flow workshop participants at MAC yapang








  • Wednesday, 01 June 2022 | 12:00 AM - Thursday, 30 June 2022 | 11:59 PM


Multiple locations around the lake

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