Watt Space is the University of Newcastle's student art gallery. We invite the public to visit our exhibitions and support our emerging artists.


Watt Space Gallery

Watt Space, the University of Newcastle's student art gallery, is an activity of UoN Services, also known as "the U". It is a place of inspiration and experience for our students - a place where they can engage with the community through their art. We welcome the public to visit our exhibitions and opening events and support our emerging student artists.


11 – 28 September

The formal anniversary celebration will be a curated exhibition of works by ex-students from over the twenty five years, who have now established reputations as artists nationally and internationally. A catalogue will be produced to promote the exhibition and it  will include essays by some of the key players over the years, and also biographies of ex-exhibitors who are now art administrators rather than art makers  - though some still do both.

Any enquiries can be directed to Penny Finnigan, the current Manager of Watt Space, on 02 49215188.

View the Watt Space 25th Anniversary edition of Art City magazine here.

Current Exhibitions

21 August - 7 September 2014


2014 Annual Student Art Prize, curated by 2014 Watt Space Gallery Assistant Gillian Adamson.

Students were asked to respond to the idea that we, as human beings, are alive for a short time on this planet. We are all individual beings, but are connected through life and death, and the ephemeral joys and sorrows in between.

Major prize sponsored by Uon Services Ltd: a $2,500 traveling scholarship, which was awarded to Andrew Styan. Two Highly Commended cash prizes sponsored by Port Waratah Coal Services and Chris & Helen Ford were awarded to Hugh Grant and Bree Rooney and the Impetus award sponsored by Sign-A-Rama to Ben Kenning. Congratulations to the prizes winners and all exhibitors who responded to the theme.

Thank you to Tilse's Apple Truck Cider for their generous contribution of cider for the opening.


 The 2014 Artist in Residence Program

AIR Poster

Students will establish a studio in the Gallery where they will work and display their results. This will coincide with the This Is Not Art Festival.

The studios should have an interactive aspect to encourage public participation. Performance art is welcome.

There are up to 10 studio spaces available, and the program runs from 1st - 12th October 2014, with the opening night on Thursday 2nd October at 6:30pm.

For more information visit facebook.com/WattSpaceGallery or see Penny Finnigan in her office on campus.

See more information on our latest exhibitions and opening events.

Gallery opening hours

Watt Space Gallery is open from 11am – 5pm  Wednesday to Sunday or by appointment.UoN services