THE biggest night on Maitland Regional Art Gallery's calendar is almost here, with its annual arts health fundraiser just weeks away.
The fundraiser raises money for the gallery's programs to support members of the community living with memory loss, lived mental health experiences, families with sensory processing needs, and others with accessibility requirements.
Gallery coordinator Kattie Bugeja said the annual fundraiser would provide funds for the programs for the next 12 months.
"Primarily, the evening provides funding for our art and dementia program which has a number of streams," she said.
"The main one is our Conversations: Art and Dementia which happens twice every week. It is a group of 10 to 12 community members with their carers or loved one, who come into the gallery for a tour and morning tea.
"It's a way of using art as a catalyst point to connect to each other and the community. We piloted it in 2011, and it has been running ever since.
"It reaches about 600 people every year."
This year's special guest is renowned architect and art collector Penelope Seidler AM, in conversation with 1233 ABC Newcastle's Jenny Marchant.
Ms Bugeja encouraged people in the community to attend the "fantastic night out".
"The night is always a lot of fun. This year is Penelope Seidler and she has recently donated the Penelope Seidler Collection to the City of Maitland," she said.
"She is going to be talking about life, love and architecture."
Tickets include a three course meal, Tyrrell's Wines, craft beer and lucky door prize. There will also be a raffle and auction.
Raffle tickets are also on sale at the gallery with prizes including a coffee a day for a whole year courtesy of The Cunning Culinarian and $1000 travel pack (luggage and travel voucher) courtesy of italktravel & cruise.
The Arts Health Fundraiser will be held on October 25 from 6pm to 11.30pm at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.