Jenni Nichols (Gallery Owner) - 0407381911

The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe

48 Melbourne Street, EAST MAITLAND NSW

We aim to encourage, connect, empower & inspire our local arts community              

Jenni Nichols (Gallery Owner) - 0407381911

About Us

Local creatives

The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Café is a permanently housed artisan collective, featuring the works of some 30 independent makers from across the Hunter and surrounding area.  We encourage creativity to connect, inspire and empower the creative community; this is our simple aim and at the heart of what we do.

Home-style cafe

The small gallery café offers a very simple menu of hearty home-style meals, tasty toasties and home-made cakes and sweets.  As far as practicable, we endeavour to use local produce and 'made on the premises' condiments. We are fully licensed and offer a small range of Hunter wines.

More than a gallery...more than a cafe

'A Creative Space and a space for creatives'. 

The building, located at 48 Melbourne Street, East Maitland (the former George and Dragon Inn, originally built in 1837) is unique and beautiful and filled with a history that spans across 180 years.  As well as gorgeous art, we have beautiful giftware, jewellery, homewares and vintage china.  Our creative space also offers drawing and other art workshops, special individual and group exhibitions and a wonderful meeting place for writers and poets.

Gallery Newsletters & Exhibition Brochures

For your convenience, to keep up to date with events and exhibitions, you can download information here.

Exhibition Calatogue July - November 2018 (pdf)




The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe Brochure (pdf)


Exhibition Calatogue 2019 (pdf)


Upcoming Events & Exhibitions


Poets have been inspired by works of art for centuries. The art of writing poetry about paintings is known as 'ekphrasis' - which basically means a verbal description of a visual work of art, whether it is real or imaginary. Our gallery is proud to have two poets in residence every Sunday as part of Maitland City Library's 'Verses' programme. Our poets write works in response to the art produced by our 'creative collective'

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Keep an eye out for information about our next Creative Networking Event. We get together on a regular basis for coffee, wine and nibbles, or an evening 'pot luck' dinner to hang out with other creatives, to find our what others have been doing creatively, learn about events and meet new friends. The best way to keep up to date with these gatherings is to like our 'Creative Coffee' facebook page.


‘An evening of art, poetry, music & food’…

An intimate gallery atmosphere, sharing a 3-course communal dinner of delicious dishes, enjoying great company & getting up close & personal with art...

Featuring: local poets,visual artists, musicians, writers, photographers and story tellers

Cost: $55/head (includes 3 course dinner and a complimentary drink)  


The best way to find out when the bookings open for the next dinner is to like our FB page - The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe

NEXT EVENT Saturday 24 November 2018 at 6:00pm

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This exhibition will include works depicting the natural world, in particular the movement of water in waterfalls, as well as flora and fauna illustrations in a variety of forms including watercolour, acrylic, textiles and small sculpted pieces.


 OFFICIAL OPENING: THURSDAY 1st November, 2018 6 - 8PM

EXHIBITION DATES: 1st - 11th November, 2018

Daily 9am to 5pm

'THE STORY OF STEVE AND STELLA' - An Exhibition by the children of Our Lady of Lourdes School, Tarro

Karen Tucker is the Pastoral Care Worker at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Tarro and recently she approached The Hunter Artisan Gallery with a wonderful idea….an Exhibition which showcased stories and artworks by the children, in particular… The Story of Steve and Stella’

In collaboration with the gallery, this Exhibition will tell the story of how Steve and Stella (the school’s magical scarecrows) met and fell in love. 

As well, the Exhibition will incorporate Cultural Yarns artworks, a selection of works from the school’s portrait and poetry competition and indigenous food. This is a fundraiser for the school and a ‘silent auction’ will be held for a sculptural piece completely designed by the children.


EXHIBITION DATES 19th –30th September 2018 Daily 9am to 5pm 


Hunter Women Artists are based in Newcastle.  This energetic group of vibrant and talented artists create a variety of works. This collaborative exhibition showcasing the many and varied artforms of this accomplished group of women  will be held from 3rd until 21st October.


OFFICIAL OPENING: FRIDAY 5th October, 2018 6—8PM


EXHIBITION DATES 4th - 21th October 2018 Daily 9am to 5pm 

Featured Artists

Jennifer Nichols

My fascination is with the human form… with people and their stories. My work takes form utilising different mediums, particularly charcoal/pastels, inks, ceramic and acrylics, combined with the techniques of painting, drawing, ceramic-work, sculpture and print-making. I use whatever medium is appropriate to transform my ideas into reality, with a preference to using multi-medium, often with the combination of natural and man-made materials.

I am fascinated by the process of how we transform throughout life, the journey more so than the destination and how the stories of others can change us, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

My personal life journey has given me much insight. It has taken me from the depths of despair to the heights of happiness and peace and it is these constantly changing transitions between emotions that direct and inspire my work.

I love the beauty of the broken, the lost, the damaged, the forgotten, the sad, the disenfranchised, the imperfect… the perfection of imperfection.

My work is inspired by photographer Diane Arbus and painter Alice Neel, both of whom also embodied this narrative. Diane Arbus once said ‘The subject is more important than the picture’...a statement that I fully endorse.

Lee Pigott – Pappigo Images

A self-taught photographer, I bought my first DSLR just over two years ago and have never looked back. To practice and learn, I started walking around, camera in hand, wherever I happened to be and this developed into a real passion for street photography. In street photography, I draw my inspiration from photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Thomas Leuthard, Marcus Anderson and Lee Jeffries. I endeavour to express myself through photography, not to just capture a moment but to create a work of art. 

I am a local photographer, I grew up in Maitland and still live here. As a member of RAW Artists, an international organisation aimed at promoting creative arts, I have showcased my work at their Newcastle events. My camera lens also turns towards other areas of interest to me such as events, surfing, sport and portraiture and I currently cover events for local company H Events producing their social media images. People fascinate me so you’ll often find me at local events looking to capture images that present viewers with my interpretation of the events atmosphere.


David Oberdorf

Artist David Oberdorf was born in Maitland, NSW. His artistic skills were recognised at high school when chosen to illustrate and draw cartoons for Maitland High School’s weekly news sheet, which extended over a two year period.

Following school he worked for 22 years as a press photographer before pursuing his passion for art full time in 1994 when he began drawing house portraits. An exhibition of his work was held at Maitland City Art Gallery that year.

Since this time demand has grown significantly for David’s house portraits, which he draws by hand in fine ink from photographs. Many requests are made by proud home owners or people wishing to give their favourite relative or friend a lasting and unique portrait of their home. Orders are also often taken for church portraits, to become a timeless gift and celebration of the wedding for the bride and groom.

David has completed numerous commissions for Maitland, Newcastle and Blacktown City Councils which included public buildings, hotels and tourist sites.

David’s photographically accurate and highly detailed house portraits have been featured on NBN television and in Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

'The Art of Words...Words in Art'...

'Change' - (suiga) (Mixed media ceramic, natural bark & wood by Jennifer Nichols

'Shouldering the burden

of wings emerging-

fear having bled the past-

hope now sends ripples

into a future bending

to the winds of change,

the power of flight.'

Poet in Residence

Pip Sheehan Lowther


'And Lemons' acrylic on canvas by Janelle Goldman

The Lemons

'They hang over the fence

I watch the globed fruit

hang into the sunlit air

with an assumed sigh 

of disinterest

that belies the acid

juicing beneath

the tough skin.

I watch out the kitchen window,

I want them to ripen.

My iced water needs

something extra.'

Poet in Residence

Pip Sheehan Lowther


'Kinship' oil on linen by Skye O'Shea

The Shapechanger

'Sleeping, drifting, dreaming

Fey, virgin, vixen mother

leaning back into the earth.

Signs autumn before the winter'

Poet in Residence

Jan Iwaszkiewicz


'Drifting' mixed media on canvas by Bev Leggett Simmons

'Small grains of minutes

seconded from life's flow

drift past.    here were are

at bedrock we think

but large chunks of reality

break off the continents

of family, work, friendships.

as mothers, days are measured

by skin-smell and small steps.'

Poet in Residence

Pip Sheehan Lowther


'Vineyards Slab Hut' acrylic on canvas by Renata Daniel

'Grandpop's barn

was made of

logs rough hewn and primitive

and corrugated iron rusted

to a piebald roof-skin

Grandma's roses

are long since overtaken

by prolific purple thistles.

Thinking of her scones,

sponges, lemon curd, and

fresh buttered mushrooms,

I am surprised

by a saliva rush

half a century later.'

Poet in Residence

Pip Sheehan Lowther


'Pauashell' Limited Ed. photographic print by Marie Foster


marine waves

leeched from the oceans

of light,

swim across

my soul's

salty pools.'

Poet in Residence

Pip Sheehan Lowther


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48 Melbourne Street EAST MAITLAND NSW 2323




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