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.

This year Watt Space is celebrating 30 years as an inspirational cultural hub for our students and community. In 2019 the gallery welcomes an extended student internship program to support its exciting and diverse calendar of exhibitions.

Watt Space Gallery

Photo: Danielle Minett



7 DECEMBER 2019 - 4 MARCH 2020

Waiting For Equality Exhibition Flyer

Waiting for Equality is an exhibition that brings together archival and contemporary material to focus on LGBTQI+ history, as it has emerged in the city of Newcastle. Until now, LGBTQI+ history and culture has yet to be the focus of a public exhibition and has received little attention through academic scholarship. The exhibition is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate this history and culture, focusing on the development of LGBTQI+ rights and the historically significant moment in December 2017 when same sex marriage was legalised throughout Australia. The passing of the bill has been seen as a watershed moment for equal rights within Australia and was the outcome of decades of campaigning by the LGBTQI+ community.

Waiting for Equality has developed out of an interdisciplinary research project by Dr James Bennett, Professor Marguerite Johnson, Dr Kcasey McLoughlin and Dr David Betts at the University of Newcastle and in conversation with LGBTQI+ community groups in the region.

The Waiting for Equality Project is generously supported by a bequest from the late Mrs Janet Copley.