27 June – 15 July 2012
The Loading Dock, Long Room and Hoist
Wearables as Media
COORDINATED BY SHAN TURNER-CARROLL
WAM (Wearables as Media) is an international collaboration between the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music, The University of Newcastle, and The Hong Kong Baptist University, including works by students from both institutions. The exhibition explores the ethical, environmental, political and social issues that surround clothing, fashion and textiles. The artists in the exhibition challenge the traditional role of the artist/designer operating within the spheres of cultural production. Rather than produce objects for fashion consumption, their images and objects create models for new worlds as prototypes for micro-utopias. After showing in Hong Kong, the exhibition is being co-ordinated in Newcastle by Honours student Shan Turner-Carroll and lecturer Jonathan James.
APRIL COLLISON, TALLULAH CUNNINGHAM, DOMINIC DE CARVALHO, JOHN HOCKINGS, GEORGIA LEIGHTON, TONI WALSH and BENJAMIN WATKINS
Cryptozoologica combines the traditional techniques of zoological illustration with a generous dab of imagination. Eight design and illustration students have combined their skills to create a veritable menagerie of unlikely beasts based on legends, myths and folklore. Nessie, yetti and their ilk will abound in the aptly named Pit Room.
The Locker Room
Flat 1 is a series of self-portraits that question the notion of the home as sanctuary. While the domestic environment has always been the mainstay for shelter and separation from the outside world, it does not always guarantee safety from ourselves. When left in your own company, you have readily available opportunity to delve into your psychological makeup and confront the lurking shadows. The work begins with the hunting down of the agoraphobe by the assertive alpha. A confrontation takes place, followed by assimilation and then the grounding, from which emerges a more wholly developed psychological constitution.
Exhibitions to be opened on 28 June at 6.30pm
The exhibitions continue until 6pm Sunday 15 July. Gallery hours are 11.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday to Sunday.