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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.

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Current Exhibition

SHADE: Artists of the desert

Exhibition dates: Wednesday 6 July to Saturday 7 August 2016

Linda Puna, Ngayuku Ngura (My Country) screenprint

Remote desert communities in the heart of Australia are home to some of our country's most successful artists. Beginning in Papunya in the early 1970s with the exploratory transfer of ceremonial mark making onto board and canvas, there emerged an explosion of works made using vibrant acrylic paints, potent symbology and diversity of line and form. This unique contemporary art movement has now been active for over 40 years.

Contemporary art from these regions illuminate the unique experience of the desert: its light and shade, its contours, its gifts and adversities, its deep running songlines and sacred beauty. Artists render themes connected to place and belonging in ways that bring Country, Tjukurpa (Law), creation stories and the landscape, to life. Places of both sacred and everyday meaning are embodied in vibrant articulations that shimmer with colour and power.

Drawing on works from the University Art Collection, Shade celebrates this richness through paintings that range from across the Central and Western Deserts, to Kintore, Yuendumu and the Kimberley region. The University Gallery will, in conjunction with the artists of Warlukurlangu, have paintings for sale during the exhibition.

Celebrating 2016 NAIDOC Week (3 - 10 July): Songlines: The living narrative of our nation - marking the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

Image: Linda Puna, Ngayuku Ngura (My Country), limited edition screen print, Mimili Maku suite, 84 x 59 cm.

Coming up

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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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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