Student Engagement

A core function of the University Galleries is the support of student excellence by developing practical professional skills and industry opportunities. The University Galleries offers students from all disciplines the chance to utilise creative thinking practices across real workplace scenarios. Engaging with the Galleries gives students the tools to challenge their existing perspectives and methodologies, approach problem-solving from new directions, allowing innovation and new ideas to flourish through engagement with curated and research exhibitions, and a broad range of industry experience.

Above image: Installing Emily Sinclair's exhibition Bodies in Flux, 2018

Student placements and internships

The University Galleries supports annual paid student placements and additional unpaid internships by discretion. Our interns are essential and highly valued team members who take part in all aspects of the University Galleries annual program.

Gallery placements are highly competitive and we value multi-disciplinary learning and encourage students from all faculties to apply. If you are interested in applying for the 2022 internships please submit an application through Jobs on campus.

Meet our 2021 student interns: 

Image: Ann Rolfe installing artwork in the Senta Taft Hendry Museum, 2021.

Anna Rolfe | BA Visual Communication Design (Hons)
Currently in her final year of study and undertaking her honours, Anna is talented illustrator and designer who has a long-standing interest in the arts. Her creative skills have been a huge asset to the University Galleries team, helping us to bring our exhibition calendar and art collection to life.

Madeleine Lock | BA Design (Architecture)
First year student, Madi, comes to the gallery with an eye for detail, love of good design and enthusiasm. Her artistic background and involvement with SABE have allowed her to take on a key role with the 2021 Alumni House exhibition, contributing to both the exhibition logistics and content.

Nicola Ward | BA Creative Industries (Visual Art)
After completing Open Foundation in 2018 and moving into full time study, Nicola is currently in her final year of study. Majoring in Visual Art, she enjoys art history and administration, maintains her own creative practice in photography and printmaking, and volunteers for local arts organisations. Nicola’s wealth of experience and passion for the community makes her a valuable – and in demand, member of the University Galleries team.

“I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to intern with the University Galleries this year. With experience in a variety of roles prior to studying I am enjoying learning to combine my existing skills with newly acquired ones and applying them in a gallery setting. With so many aspects to exhibiting, organising and maintaining a gallery and its collection, it’s exciting to have the chance to work alongside and learn from such an experienced team and with the artists. This position has given me the confidence to move forward next year into an arts administration career.”

Volunteer 

In addition to internships, the University Galleries also facilitates a volunteer program that offers our students the opportunity to gain valuable arts industry experience working with our team in a fun, dynamic environment.

If you would like to volunteer with the University Galleries, please fill out this form and return it to universitygallery@newcastle.edu.au or register your interest through the Library Placements Program.

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