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Lake Mac Dobell Festival bigger and better in 2024

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One of the most popular artistic events on the local calendar, the Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival, will return in 2024 bigger and better.

The month-long extravaganza, comprising activations and exhibitions, is inspired by the life and work of esteemed artist Sir William Dobell.

A former resident of Wangi Wangi, he’s known for his passion, innovation, experimentation and creative excellence.

From Saturday 1 June until Sunday 30 June, the Lake Macquarie Dobell Festival features a range of events including workshops, presentations and displays, all centred on the man himself.

Sir William Dobell. Photo: National Portrait Gallery

Dobell, a three-time Archibald Prize winner, was widely recognised for his contribution to artistic culture.

Between 1944 and 1948, he was a Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and, in 1965, awarded an OBE, before being knighted a year later.

He bequeathed his estate, following his death in 1970, for the formation of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, which assisted in the purchase of many artworks for the collection and sponsored an annual drawing prize, now the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial.

The Wangi Lions Club’s 47th Dobell Festival of Art and Craft kicks off proceedings on Friday 31 May from 7pm.

With substantial prizemoney on offer, it attracts more than 300 high-quality artworks and hundreds of craft items from throughout the Hunter.

Other events throughout the month include: The Wangi Painted Owl Project (1 June), Western Lake Macquarie Concert Band at Rathmines Theatre (2 June), Dobell House Lake & Landscape Painting Adventure (5 June), Lake Macquarie Music Society presents Supreme Ballroom Old Time Dance (7 June), Kathryn deBoer: Acrylic Natives Workshop (10 June), Young Dobell exhibition opening (15 June), Jazz Night at Dobell House (15 June), One Song Sing (16 June), Make your Paint & Paint the Lake (18 June), Lake House Clay & Art Studio (28 June), Dobell Dyed and Stitched – Textile Landscape (29 June), Lake Macquarie Winds Concert Band (29 June) and A Dog Day Out (30 June), a fun activity at MAC yapang to celebrate the conclusion of this year’s festival and the artist’s love of his canines.

For the full program, go to https://arts.lakemac.com.au/Get-involved/Lake-Macquarie-Dobell-Festival/Events-and-activities

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