Watt Space Gallery
Contemporary and dynamic, Watt Space operates in the University’s Newcastle City precinct in an award winning re-purposed civic building, Northumberland House. Its heritage facade opens to industrial style galleries within, designed by UON alumnus Andrew Donaldson.
Watt Space has acted as an inspirational cultural hub for our students and community for almost 30 years. In 2018 the gallery welcomes a new, talented student committee and an extended student internship program to support its exciting and diverse calendar of exhibitions.
Photo: Danielle Minett
18 June - 5 AUGUST 2018
HIGH PERFORMING STUDENTS PROGRAM
Curated by Melissa Bull
The University of Newcastle supports the High Performing Students Program (HPS). The program provides an excellent opportunity for exceptional students (years 9 to 11) from local high schools to undertake first year university courses. It is an opportunity for students to accelerate their career opportunities as it can lead to credit toward university studies. The program is run in conjunction with Merewether High School ho provide facilities for the program. The aim for the 2018 HPS program in Fine Arts was to integrate Science and Art into 2D artworks. Once the foundational skills and techniques in art processes were introduced and demonstrated, the students were required to provide a self-directed proposal to investigate a chosen scientific area through visual interpretation.
THE LANGUAGE OF PAINT
Can a painting exist beyond its basic constituents of surface and support? Is it still a painting... or does it become something else?
GATEWAY: WHITE MUSHROOMS & PAINTED GODS
Maggie Hall is a Newcastle based artist, she has contributed photographs to four publications and regularly has her writing and images in Studio La Primitive Arts Zine. Maggie’s creations are largely derived through elemental properties, using mediums such as photography, painting, printmaking & automatic writing. Her main interest and continuing study is in the connection between art & science and establishing a link between the two. This exhibition is a mixed media illustration of the iconography and imagery that has guided the artist through her life experiences and continuing studies of religion, iconography and animal behaviour. This exhibition is a taste of the nature, justice and beliefs that have carried Maggie through into the creative and energising realm of High Art.
STUDENTS OF NATURAL HISTORY ILLUSTRATION
Curated by Emma Heath
The practice of natural history illustration highlights the importance of the relationship between the arts and sciences. Prior to photography, drawings and paintings were the primary visual sources of information for scientists, botanists and anatomists alike. Considering this, artists today continue to play a vital role in the communication and documentation of the world around us. Through traditional and digital mediums, ‘Naturalist’ presents a showcase of the natural wonders that abound, and the artists that recreate them.