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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 EXHIBITIONS


RAE RICHARDS
OVERTIME

20 September to 7 October 2017


PLEASE JOIN THE ARTIST FOR THE EXHIBITION LAUNCH AND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY
SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 3:30PM
Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

Rae Richards long career as an artist demonstrates a life of evolving practice. Her paintings, appliqué fabric banners and ceramics have become representative of the nonagenarian’s style and interest in working with diverse materials and themes.

Overtime marks 60 years for Richards as a painter in this city. Arriving in 1957 with her young family and attending the local branch of the National Art School, she has become an enduring presence in the Newcastle art scene. In recent years she has taken a different approach to her painting. Continuing to probe techniques and ideas, her works move gently from the explorations and subjects of previous years, towards more reduced and dreamlike studies of colour and light.

This exhibition both builds on and deviates from Richards’ solo exhibition in 2014 at the University Gallery: Past Imperfect – Future Conditional – that presented an extensive survey of her practice. New paintings inspired by the poetry of W.B Yeats, William Wordsworth and James E. Flecker, are a meditation on memory and emotions.  In her ninetieth year, Rae Richards is still taking chances, as she pushes the boundaries of her art practice to uncover something new and illuminating.


Image: Rae Richards, Sailing to Byzantium, 2017, oil on canvas, 61 x 93 cm


PAUL MUNRO
AFTERWORK

20 September to 7 October 2017

PLEASE JOIN THE ARTIST FOR THE EXHIBITION LAUNCH AT THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY
SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 3:30PM
Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

Afterwork represents a generous commitment to equity of access to higher education by the artist, with all the works in the exhibition for sale with the proceeds assisting students in need.

For over two decades, Paul Munro has practised as a painter. He is known for works that carefully observe the landscape, for compositions that attempt to comprehend the minutiae of nature, and for paintings that appear like fragments fallen out of an unknown world. Over time, his vision has shifted from more realistic representations to abstract interpretations – from a broader vision to one that is concerned with detailed introspection. Munro’s recent work continues to explore the texture, range and adaptability of paint and reflects a practice which is sound, joyful and eclectic.

This survey of paintings by Munro encompasses his time working at the University of Newcastle since 1991. Many in our community will remember him in his Employee Relations role, but also as an avid painter and creator of painted objects.

Paul Munro retired from the university in early 2016 and immediately began working with UON to create a generous and impactful gift through the donation of the Paul Munro Collection. All funds raised from the sale of the collection will create Paul Munro Collection Shaping Futures Scholarships for dedicated students who are in need of financial support to achieve their academic dreams.

Presented by the University Gallery in conjunction with the UON Office of Alumni and Philanthropy.

Image: Paul Munro, The Kimberlies, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 cm


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