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Dive into Art and Sustainability at The Coal Loader

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If you’re on the hunt for an educational and fun family outing, The Coal Loader in Waverton is your must-visit destination from 11 May to 2 June. The unique North Sydney Art Prize combines creativity with sustainability, offering something special for every member of the family. Here’s what you’ll find.


Nestled on the harbourside, explore over 90 mesmerising artworks as the Coal Loader transforms into a captivating gallery. From the hidden coal loading tunnels and chambers beneath to the stunning views of the harbour on top, these spaces will feature a diverse array of artworks including paintings, sculptures and installation works that dive into themes of sustainability, the impact of climate change and consumerism, inspiring visitors of all ages.

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Along with the North Sydney Art Prize, there are plenty of activities happening throughout the month.

Family Fun Activities

Drop-in Creative Fun Sundays

Children will have an opportunity to dive into the art world and all things sustainability through hands-on activities like Drop-in Creative Fun Sundays, where they can experiment with unconventional art materials and techniques.

  • Sunday 19 May: 10:30am to 1:30pm
  • Sunday 26 May: 10:30am to 1:30pm

Eco Playgroup

Eco Playgroup in action!

The Coal Loader is also holding several public programs for the whole family, including a free eco playgroup, perfect for children aged 2 to 5 years. With sustainability workshops and meeting the Coal Loader chickens also on offer, there is something for everyone to discover and explore. Bookings are essential.

  • Monday 13 May – Nature Play
  • Wednesday 29 May – Creative Play
  • Wednesday 12 June – Plant Play
  • Wednesday 26 June – Love of Country

Weaving Connections Workshop with Dr Virigina Keft

Weaving Connections with Virginia Keft

For the older kids and adults, Weaving Connections provides a supportive environment in which to connect with others while sharing the fundamentals of weaving. The yarning circle is continuous and non-hierarchical – a harmonious, creative and collaborative space. To underpin the collective nature of the circle, participants, are invited to contribute woven pieces to a collaborative artwork.

This workshop is for people 16 years and over. No prior experience is necessary; whether this is your first time or you are a master weaver, all are welcome. Bookings essential for this FREE workshop.

Yarn Up with Jamie Eastwood

Dive into the world of renowned Darug artist Jamie Eastwood. Jamie’s remarkable artwork celebrates a deep sense of place and connection to culture, capturing the essence of Darug heritage.

Jamie will share insights into his creative process, what inspires his art, and his mission to represent and preserve culture through his captivating work. It’s a unique opportunity to hear directly from the artist about the stories and traditions woven into his pieces.

Bring your family and friends for an enriching experience, where we’ll yarn up, celebrate art, and Aboriginal culture. Bookings are essential.

Artisan Markets

On Sunday 2 June, they’re wrapping up the Art Prize with one of Sydney’s best artisan markets, the Coal Loader Artisan Markets. Only held four times a year, you can meet the makers as you browse their art, ceramics, eco-products, basketry, jewellery and much more.

And don’t worry about your caffeine fix – they’ve got you covered! A brand-new café has opened its doors at the Coal Loader, serving up a delightful selection of locally sourced brews and snacks.

The Coal Loader provides the perfect spot to relax and rejuvenate after exploring the art and sustainability initiatives.

Essential Details

  • Address: The Coal Loader, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton
  • Dates: Saturday 11 May to Sunday 2 June
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