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.

We value community engagement and welcome the public to engage with our many exhibition openings and public programs throughout the year. See sign up tab to your right for event updates.

Holiday Dates & Upcoming Exhibitions

The University Gallery would like to thank our visitors, exhibitors and friends for helping to make 2017 another wonderful year of inspiring exhibitions and events. We wish you all the best for the festive season and the New Year. The University Gallery will reopen in 2018 with PhD candidate Mojgan Habibi's PhD exhibition, Behind the Words.

Top image: Mulkun Wirrpanda, Riyala, 2016, etching and aquatint print on paper, 40 x 40 cm. University of Newcastle Collection. Image courtesy the Artist and Buku Larrngay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala, NT

Upcoming Exhibitions


Wednesday 31 January to Saturday 18 February 2018

Please join us for the opening on Saturday 3 February from 1PM, to be launched by Dr Christopher Allen.

Mojgan Habibi’s PhD research is concerned with use of text by politically motivated Iranian visual artists. Hidden or secondary meanings contained in prose become more evident in times of political or religious censorship, and the use of text in contemporary art can direct the viewer to content beyond the literal meaning. The works in Habibi’s PhD research exhibition, Behind the Words, use metaphor, allegory, poetry and references to Persian mythology and history as vehicles to discuss contemporary Iranian politics. Habibi’s carefully crafted objects are made from clay, some are fired, and all contain textual references ranging from Persian script to abstract calligraphy.

IMAGE: Mojgan Habibi, Calligraffiti, 2017 slip terracotta clay, 600 x 300 cm Photo: Joerg Lehmann

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Gallery opening hours

The Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 12pm - 4pm, or by appointment. For enquiries please phone +61 2 4921 5255

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