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


5 September to 11 November 2018
Exhibition Launch: Tuesday 11 September from 6pm

In the Ottoman capital of Constantinople, on the evening before Anzac troops landed on the Gallipoli peninsula, hundreds of Armenians became the first victims of the Armenian Genocide. One century later, the legacies of these violent events continue to resonate.  

Long Shadows: The Great War, Australia and the Middle East brings together past and recent histories to highlight lesser-known aspects of The Great War in the Middle East. It examines the long shadows cast by this conflict reaching well beyond Gallipoli and deep into the present day experiences of communities within the broader region.

With texts, clips and evocative photographs, the exhibition leads the visitor from Australia to Gallipoli, Asia Minor and Northern Syria, from 1915 through to 2018. 

To be officially opened on Tuesday 11 September from 6pm
by Vicken Babenkian, author of Armenia, Australia and the Great War, and independent researcher for the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Sydney.

Developed by Dr Hans-Lukas Kieser – Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow – in collaboration with Dr Kate Ariotti, PHD candidate Caroline Schneider, and the University Gallery.

Generously supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council, and the Centre for 21st Century Humanities at the University of Newcastle.

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Top left: Two Australian Light Horsemen watch Armenian women sew at the Port Said refugee camp, c1918. Courtesy James A Cannavino Library, Archives & Special Collections, Marist College.
Bottom left: Australasian Near East Relief fundraising badge (button). Courtesy Vicken Babkenian and Nick Pezikian.

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