The celebrated and longest running student gallery in Australia, Watt Space Gallery continues to excite audiences through its diverse and dynamic calendar. Located in the heart of Newcastle in the award winning re-purposed Northumberland House, designed by our esteemed University alumnus Andrew Donaldson, Watt Space remains a centre for contemporary ideas.

Since its establishment in 1989, Watt Space has been a community leader in innovation and creative experimentation. Through engagement with contemporary issues and artistic practices, Watt Space has a proud legacy featuring a host of talented emerging and established cross-disciplinary artists and curators. Watt Space continues to challenge, inspire and inform with an ever-changing program of innovative creative endeavours.

Watt Space Gallery is committed to its long history of student professional development opportunities and is continually evolving to best serve our student community. Since its inception, Watt Space has embedded an extended student internship program across a diverse range of disciplines. Our student internship placements challenge students to step outside their comfort zone, inspire new ways of thinking and acquire practical, transferable workplace skills in a supportive and fast-paced environment.

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Current Exhibition

Building Resilience

Building Resilience

An exhibition exploring contemporary responses to climate catastrophe, community & sustainable development. 06 March - 25 April | Wed - Fri: 11am - 5pm & Sat: 12 - 4pm

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Building Resilience is an exhibition profiling engagement with local and global communities to raise awareness and support for the multiple dimensions needed for safer, better living in the 21st Century. A growing number of educational, government and private organisations focus on ‘building resilience’ as their central tenet to drive change. This trend is underpinned by the need to not only improve the human condition, but our capacity to respond to collapses in complex systems and environments.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals, provide us with opportunities to address the resilience agenda in a meaningful way. The twenty-nine exhibits from the researchers in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, strive to find ways to build resilience at multiple levels – individual, community, systemic and global through governance, advocacy, design and education.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.