28 APRIL - 29 MAY 2021
gatherED brings together a group of mid-career artists and alumni who are celebrated members of the University community. With careers that span our region and beyond, each artist has a particular and profound relationship to our place, our University and our people.
Curated by Ahn Wells, artist, gallerist and former student of the University, Wells has selected seven artists to show the breadth of contemporary creative practice to be found in Newcastle. From Olivia Parsonage’s appliqued domestic moments, to Dino Consalvo’s en plein air workings of the shoreline, Wells gathers together a thoughtful and compelling group of artists, and their work. Paul Maher expresses through his depictions of the everyday the majesty of the townscape, Peter Lankas describes with compassion the suburban moments we all share, Helene Leane and Michele Teear speak to landscape across the country and Malcolm Sands captures the remoteness of Australia’s centre.
05 MARCH - 25 APRIL 2021
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.
03 - 21 FEBRUARY 2021
THE LAST DANCE
This Master of Philosophy studio based research sought to discover ways of jumping over the restraints of traditional ceramic practice; finding something new by letting go. Working with the materials and relying on chance rather than contrivance, allowed for a pushing and pulling of ideas and memories. And though often slowly and partially disclosed, a glimpse, a single moment may be all that is required. It is a process of creativity realised through the concept of ‘play’ — exploring the external universe and of memory arriving unbidden.
11 - 27JANUARY 2021
Collaborative series of architectural drawings by Michael Chapman and Kati Ross, featuring urban sites from the Hunter region.
18 NOVEMBER - 17 DECEMBER 2020
END OF YEAR ARCHITECTURE STUDENT GROUP SHOW
Explorations of architectural drawing, model making and theory
19 OCTOBER - 06 NOVEMBER 2020
THEATRE, AUTOPATHOGRAPHY AND THE MEDICALISED SELF
Theatre, autopathography and the medicalised self is a creative response to a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2011 and its complex presence - both aesthetic and sensory - in the artist's life. By testing the limits of the studio and a variety of medical environments, abjection, loss, beauty and order are reperformed by the body and reframed by the lens, the screen and the page. The prognosis is a subjective and yet visually critical autographic portrait of illness, health and self.
23 SEPTEMBER - 16 OCTOBER 2020
coalface MICHAEL CHAPMAN, TIM BURKE, DERREN LOWE AND SARAH JOSEFIAK
Explorations of architectural drawing, geology and urbanity
02 - 18 SEPTEMBER 2020
Objects imbued with personal meanings central to their worth become family keepsakes, passed down from one generation to another. But what happens when family objects are passed on out of turn? This exhibition considers the idea of the contested object; the unprepared custodian of family objects.
01 - 28 AUGUST 2020
WISH YOU WERE HERE: REPRESENTATION AND COHESIVENESS OF ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE POSTCARD
Through this curation relating to the travel and exploration of architectural monuments around the world, the research aims to establish elements of the image that contribute to a cohesiveness within the postcard and then by extension, the architectural photograph. This cohesiveness is critical in establishing a representation language which becomes a container of memory from the travel experience.
30 JUNE - 30 JULY 2020
ENTROPY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
6 MARCH - 29 JUNE 2020
What are the consequences of censorship on activities that involve creative work? Songs, soap operas, newspapers, books and magazines are among the censored artefacts examined in Cruz’s practice-based PhD research. This exhibition presents a visual journey through creative attempts to circumvent censorship during the Brazilian dictatorship (1964-1985). Put your creativity to the test through an interactive typographic experiment that emulates the experience of encountering censorial activities and censored material.
The quality of light, the beauty of the natural world and the use of landscape tap into our primal connection to the earth. This is demonstrated by our ability to be submerged in its isolation and loneliness, with the seemingly contradictory belief that we are in control over it and that its beauty is therefore for our pleasure alone. In our relationship to landscape there is an ebb and flow between knowledge and uncertainty, between complacence and fear. These works echo the transient nature of the landscape and act as a tribute to the transient lives of the women who have, throughout history, painted it.
COMMUNE WITH NATURE
Commune with Nature explores the respect for nature granted by the appreciation of flora through artistic practice, particularly the process of natural dyeing. Focussing on the colours and textures of the bark and fallen leaves of gum trees, Graham’s work contributes to a contemporary revival of natural dyeing methods and presents an ode to the inherent beauty of nature.
This exhibition from Jeanes unites research into a dark colonial period when young girls were incarcerated, with abstract themes derived from reparative art. Jeanes explores and communicates materiality through the use of decommissioned hospital sheeting - used for the assembly of strait jackets, paper torn from books and cotton thread used to bind.
7 DECEMBER 2019 - 4 MARCH 2020
WAITING FOR EQUALITY
Waiting for Equality is an exhibition that brings together archival and contemporary material focusing on LGBTQI+ history and the YES vote for same sex marriage as it occurred in the Newcastle and Hunter region.
20 NOVEMBER - 1 DECEMBER 2019
Architecture students from the University of Newcastle have the opportunity to step out of the studio and into the global classroom. An underlying social agenda joins them as students use their architectural skills to analyse, document, communicate, design and educate.
This exhibition, organised by Master of Architecture students, showcases the work of six global electives located in Alice Springs, Slovenia, Nepal, France, New Zealand and Hill End.
13 - 17 NOVEMBER 2019
Now in its second year, Festival X is a culmination of student’s work in the areas of design, animation, communication, theatre, music and film.
Held over five days and featuring more than twenty unique events, the students will be making their mark in performances, exhibitions and screenings, celebrating their achievements and showcasing years of dedication to their craft.
Experience the emerging creative talent that exists in the heart of the beautiful city of Newcastle
23 OCTOBER - 10 NOVEMBER 2019
NOTEWORTHY: A COLLECTION OF ORDINARY LIVES
Barbie Procobis’ PhD research examines the sentiments of ephemerality and permanence. The exhibition contemplates the methods and motivations to keep or discard and the impact that such actions may have in our everyday experiences, with particular emphasis on found manuscripts of unknown writers.
9 - 20 OCTOBER 2019
GLITCH: PRACTICING IMPROPER PRODUCTION IN ARCHITECTURE
Nicholas Flatman’s PhD research is an inquiry into glitches - a process that disrupts the conventional production of information that are usually accidental variations of digital processes, creating unexpected and often destructive outcomes.
9 - 20 OCTOBER 2019
DEAD MATTER is an exhibition by academic staff from the University of Newcastle School of Architecture and Built Environment
4 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2019
The 2019 Student Art Prize presents works that inject art into an object and an object into art. Objectify challenges practice as a prescribed object becomes subject matter to be interpreted across multiple media.
The Friends of the University of Newcastle are generously sponsoring two Acquisitive Student Art Prizes of $1,000 each. Other major prizes include the $1,500 Penny Finnigan Memorial Prize and the $800 University Art Collection Award.
7 AUGUST- 1 SEPTEMBER 2019
In partnership with the Newcastle Music Festival, Watt Space Gallery will be holding the exhibition
Fused. Fused will bring together an interdisciplinary fuse of media and music with image and sound working together to create a multi-disciplinary exhibition of art, film, music and ideas.
3 JULY - 4 AUGUST 2019
Substrate is a cross-institutional exchange that looks at photographic practices within contemporary art. The exhibition brings together a selection of students who work across photography from both UNSW Art & Design and the University of Newcastle and presents a range of material explorations that hold the image at their conceptual core.
5 - 30 JUNE 2019
BRAIN @ WATT SPACE
This interactive and dynamic exhibit will showcase some of the University of Newcastle's research, giving the public a sneak preview of how we look at the brain, why we look at the brain, and what we find when we look at the brain.
1 - 26 MAY 2019
HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL 2019UNDER TWENTY-SEVEN
DR ELLA DREYFUS
Head On featured artist
Under Twenty-Seven is a solo exhibition by Australian artist Dr Ella Dreyfus that presents a series of poignant portraits which began as black and white photographs of her son and his soccer team when they were finishing primary school. The work tracks their growth with a new portrait every seven years and Dreyfus’ detailed photographs show the boys/men bare-chested against a deep black background.
BEYOND THE BINARY
In support of Head On
Beyond the Binary is a diverse exhibition featuring artists from the University of Newcastle, National Art School and Newcastle Art School experimenting with gender and its social construction through photography.
3- 28 APRIL 2019
FABLE: THE ART AND HEART OF STORYTELLING
FABLE: the Art and Heart of Storytelling, is a collaboration of artists with stories to tell, investigating the transformative and connective nature of the storytelling ritual across mediums and generations.
6 - 31 MARCH 2019
THE F WORD
See the Watt Space Exhibition Archive for more information on our past exhibitions.
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.