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.

Watt Space Gallery

Photo: Danielle Minett

Current Exhibition
16 May - 3 June 2018


Opening Launch and Announcement of Winners
Thursday 17 May from 6:30pm

The Friends of the University of Newcastle play a vital role in the development and support of scholarships for the university and
fund-raise for the university and its community. This year, the Friends of the University of Newcastle are again sponsoring the 2018 Student Art Prize. Entrants have been tasked to respond to the theme, ‘temp’, and its many connotations.

The Student Art Prize assists in the growth of the University’s art collection, ensuring that it remains relevant to our region with contemporary work for future generations to enjoy. Two winners will be awarded $1,000 each and their work acquired for the University’s art collection.

The judges for the 2018 exhibition are independent writer and curator, Scott Millington and Courtney Novak, Program Coordinator of the Lock Up.

The Friends of the University of Newcastle also sponsor the annual Margaret Olley Postgraduate Scholarship, named in honour of distinguished Australian artist and philanthropist Margaret Olley.

Bottom Image: Ryan Fitzgerald, Still Lives #1 2014, wet colloidan print
Winner of the Friends of the University Acquisitive Student Art Prize 2014