Exhibition Archives

DATEEXHIBITION

2020

 

19 OCTOBER - 06 NOVEMBER 2020

Clare Weeks

THEATRE, AUTOPATHOGRAPHY AND THE MEDICALISED SELF
CLARE WEEKS PhD

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

WITHIN
KAREN DIMMOCK PhD

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
PETER FISHER PhD

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.

MELOMANIA
2 YR SOCI STUDENTS AND FRIENDS

30 JUNE - 30 JULY 2020

ENTROPY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
DEBORAH REDWOOD

6 MARCH - 29 JUNE 2020

Crystian Cruz, [Censurativa] 2020

Susan Zglinicki, Unknown Lands 2 2018

Mary Graham, Mad About You 2020

Kathryn Jeanes, Ephemeral Compositions 2017

[CENSURATIVA]
CRYSTIAN CRUZ

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.

UNKNOWN LANDS
SUSAN ZGLINICKI

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
MARY GRAHAM

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.

EPHEMERAL COMPOSITIONS
KATHRYN JEANES

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.

2019 

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

In Place Exhibition Image

IN PLACE 

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

Festival X 2019

FESTIVAL X

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)

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 (PHD ARCH)

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
MICHAEL CHAPMAN | BETH GEORGE | NICHOLAS FLATMAN | NICHOLAS FOULCHER

“We fight the battle with the drawings on the wall” - Alvin Boyarsky

DEAD MATTER is an exhibition by academic staff from the University of Newcastle School of Architecture and Built Environment

4 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2019

OBJECTIFY

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

FUSED

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

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
PROJECT LED BY DR MICHELLE KELLY

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 2019

UNDER 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.

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BEYOND THE BINARY
PHOTOMEDIA STUDENTS
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.

Curated by Jodi Vial, in support of the Newcastle Writers Festival

6 - 31 MARCH 2019

THE F WORD
CURATED BY MEGAN MCCARTHY 

A FLOCK, A HERD, A SCHOOL, A PACK, A COLONY OR A SWARM?

DEBORAH REDWOOD

IF TREES COULD TALK, WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD SAY TO US?
COURTNEY HEFFERNAN

ART-BOOK-WORK

SALLY GOODFELLOW

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

See the Watt Space Exhibition Archive for more information on our past exhibitions.

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