About us

Watt Space was established in 1989 as an innovative gallery space for students to exhibit works and develop their professional practices. A bright idea hatched by three students, the first gallery site was funded through the Student Union and was located in Watt Street, Newcastle. It was at this single-room shopfront that the symbolic light globe motif became a fitting trademark for a 'space for ideas'.

Over several transformations Watt Space has grown to a beautiful series of gallery spaces fitted with industry-standard hanging systems, lights and the facility to exhibit all media and host diverse events. Our students and the community remain the vibrant heart of Watt Space, which, now in its third home, is an icon of the cultural landscape of Newcastle.

The incubator for some of Australia's best-known artists, Watt Space has also provided mentorship and support for arts administrators, critics and arts writers. As the longest running student gallery in Australia, it remains a flexible teaching and exhibition space and continues to meet the challenges and needs of new education, new research, new media, new students and new ideas.

Above image: Timothy Burke, Detail of Drawing Machine, exhibition installation 2018.


Watt Space Gallery would like to thank our three Co-Directors Harrison Cromarty, Grace Limond and Amelia Rofe as well as the four Gallery Interns Emma Heath, Molly McNeil, Kate Gallagher and Olivia McDonald for their outstanding commitment to Watt Space throughout 2018.

Their hard work and enthusiasm were invaluable to the energy and vigour of the gallery throughout the year. Their presence will be missed by all as we bid them farewell and good luck with their next exciting endeavours for 2019.

2019 Co-directors

Three Co-Directors will be elected for 2019. Applications will open in Term 1.

Please email the University Art Curator Gillean Shaw for details gillean.shaw@newcastle.edu.au

2019 Student Interns

Four paid intern positions will be available in 2019. Applications will open in Semester 1.

Please email either of the following for further details

Gillean Shaw

University Art Curator
University Library
Academic Division


Tone Gibson

Manager Activites and Events
Student Life Team
Student Central
Academic Division