The University Gallery

The University Gallery presents curated exhibitions and touring shows that facilitate an awareness of contemporary art, artists, communities and disciplines. We also support and promote local and emerging artists through our exhibition program and present research exhibitions by our postgraduate candidates at the University of Newcastle.

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Current exhibition


Join the artists for the exhibition opening at the University Gallery
Saturday 23 March 2019 from 3pm  

Exhibition dates 20 MARCH to 20 APRIL 2019

From the Mudbrick House is an exhibition curated by Gillean Shaw and Ahn Wells that explores the art practice of Newcastle-based father/daughter artists - Dino and Lottie Consalvo.

From age two and a half to five years, Lottie lived with Dino in a small mud-brick house in country Victoria, in a little town called Briagolong. It was a simple existence that revolved around Dino painting in his studio (usually at night), teaching art at the local TAFE, working as a signwriter, and raising Lottie as a single parent.

Much has been written on the affects, particularly in these early years of a child’s life, of the crucial role of learning and experience for the development of a child’s personality, and Dino’s practice was all around Lottie and the backdrop to her everyday life. As we look back on both artists' practices, we can now see how spending this time together in the Mudbrick House has influenced not only their art, but the relationship of father/daughter and how this has (unintentionally) created synergies within their work.

This is the first time ‘the Consalvos' have exhibited together and, as a consequence, have spent significant time reviewing each other’s artworks. The process has elicited much debate and an intense review to select works they feel have the most innate resonance to the relationship, from both their own–and the other’s–practice. This process was undertaken over many months and the result is in a part retrospective and part collaborative exhibition. It has been a journey for both and has forged a special bond as artist to artist, rather than the familial relationship of father and daughter. While both artists are on independent trajectories w-ithin their careers, this exhibition comments on family dynamics, the family home, and shared time and space, and how these elements influenced each artists' approach to making. We hope you enjoy this very special and unique exhibition from two of Newcastle's most well-known and respected Artists.

Ahn Wells – Curator

Dino Consalvo is represented by Gallery 139, Newcastle
Lottie Consalvo is represented by Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

Top: Lottie Consalvo in silence 2017, acrylic on board, 166 x 366 cm
Bottom: Dino Consalvo The Jake Painting 1980, acrylic on board, 120 x 180 cm

Next exhibition


24 APRIL to 18 MAY 2019

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