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 GALLERYNorthumberland House

About us

In November 2015, Watt Space has opened at its new premises on the Ground Floor, Northumberland House, cnr King and Auckland Street, opposite University House after occupying its previous premises for 19 years and its original premises for 7 years. It now stands monolithic as an art gallery which offers students unparalleled opportunities to develop and extend their professional practice at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The environment is nurturing, however the expectations on student exhibitors and volunteers are equitable to those found in other professionally run galleries. Exhibiting, curating and gallery administration all form part of the Watt Space experience and it serves as an invaluable educational resource.

It was the vision, dedication and guile of the originating management committee of Jacquie Henderson, Bryan Bulley and George Drewery who, together with Fine Art staff Ross Woodrow and Graham Gilchrist, laid the foundations for what Watt Space is today. We are forever indebted to their pioneering efforts. So as we look to the future and to the next twenty five years, we hope that Watt Space continues to build upon its national reputation as a respected student art gallery, but also that we continue to maintain an independent stance, never afraid of asserting and insisting on our right to exist.

Watt Space is funded by the University of Newcastle.


Gallery opening hours

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


Management committee

The Watt Space Management Committee is formed of nine representatives, three each from the student body, the University of Newcastle Fine Art staff, and Student Life at UoN.

The executive positions are occupied by the three student representatives who retain those positions for twelve months. Nominations for these positions from students currently enrolled are called for each October with elections run in November.

The three University staff representatives are staff members from the discipline of Fine Art within the School of Creative Arts. Student Services staff are the Manager of Watt Space, the Student Life Manager and a Finance representative.

The Watt Space Management Committee meets approximately every six weeks from March until December.

Student Representatives

Tim Buchanan 
Johanna Lynch 
Amy Hamilton 


University Representatives

Melissa Moore

Senior Manager Student Life

Penny Finnigan

Manager, Watt Space

Leonie Marsden

Management Accountant (Bus Support)

Fine Art Representatives

Dr Angela Philp

Senior Lecturer, Art History and Theory, University of Newcastle

Toni Shuker

Technical Officer, Photomedia, University of Newcastle

Amy HillCasual Academic, School of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle