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The University Gallery presents curated exhibitions and touring shows that facilitate an awareness of contemporary art, artists, communities and disciplines.  We also support and promote local and emerging artists through our exhibition program and present research exhibitions by our postgraduate candidates at the University of Newcastle.

We value community engagement and welcome the public to engage with our many exhibition openings and public programs throughout the year. See sign up tab to your right for event updates.

Current Exhibitions

Technê: crafting technology

Simone O'Callaghan

Technê refers to art, craft, and skill,
and the means by which a thing is made or gained –
a process of making and thinking.

Women who engage with technology in their creative practice have come together to explore unique outcomes and combinations that arise through the layering of art and design. Together, the work of these makers, artists, designers and writers, in their (often overlapping) capacities as professionals, practitioners, lecturers and students in creative industries, tease out their common ground.

With a focus on the creative harnessing of technology to materialise ideas, reference points and associations, these artists articulate an interplay through the vector, the pixel, the interactive and multiple digital dimensions. The idiosyncratic technological skill set of each maker is influenced both through their relationship to technology and their own personal histories.

Exhibition dates: Wednesday 24 August – Saturday 3 September 2016
Exhibition opening: Thursday 25 AUGUST from 5.30pm
Images: Simone O’Callaghan (TOP) Bathtime, cyanotype, 2011(BOTTOM)The Good Life, cyanotype, 2011

Linda Renz

Re-inventing the Lolita Complex

Linda Renz - Blow up

Linda Renz’s art practice investigates how socio-cultural beliefs surrounding gender, authority and erotic narratives are transmitted through visual images, implying broader social consequences. Her PhD exhibition, Re-inventing the Lolita Complex, explores the tensions and nuances that exist in historical portraits of young women, and also considers the rise of the “selfie” in contemporary culture.

Through her research, Renz links representations of women found in the visual culture of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and in particular the Lolita trope of the 1950s, to this new phenomenon – a popular iteration of the self-portrait genre. In doing so, she explores the continuing role of images of female sexual seductiveness in contemporary expression.

Re-inventing the Lolita Complex comprises a series of film-stills taken directly from iconic twentieth-century cinema. The images are distorted through a process of cropping or camera focus, highlighting lustrous contours and evocative shadows. These subtly-altered historical scenes are contrasted with a wall of “selfies” – an installation that questions the innovation of the “selfie” format and reflects on the mutability of digital photography.

Exhibition dates: Wednesday 24 August – Saturday 3 September 2016
Exhibition opening: Thursday 25 AUGUST from 5.30pm
Image: Linda Renz, Untitled (from Blow Up, 1966), 2015, digital print

Coming Up

2016 Friends of the University Student Art Prize

2016 Friends Student Art Prize Poster

This year the Friends of the University of Newcastle are generously sponsoring two acquisitive student art prizes of $1,000 each. The development of the Student Art Prize assists in the growth of the University’s Art Collection, ensuring that this public collection continues to provide our region with contemporary and relevant work for ours and future generations to enjoy. This is a great opportunity for students to have their work represented in a public collection. It is open to all students of the University of Newcastle in all media.

An award exhibition will profile the finalists over three weeks from 14 September to 1 October 2016, with the announcement of the winning entries in the University Gallery on Friday 16 September at 5pm. Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 19 August 2016. No late entries will be considered.

The Friends of the University of Newcastle play a vital role in the development and support of scholarships for the University and fundraise consistently for various needs of the University’s Community. The Friends of the University formed in 1981 and have successfully raised over $1,000,000. Each odd-numbered year, the Friends of the University host a Book Fair and now work with the University Gallery to host a Biennial Acquisitive Art Prize in each even-numbered year.

Download the entry form here.

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Gallery opening hours

The Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 12pm - 4pm, or by appointment. For enquiries please phone +61 2 4921 5255

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