Saturday's opening was a very festive start indeed to our two latest exhibitions Rae Richards' Overtime and Paul Munro's Afterwork. We celebrated Rae's ninetieth year with cake and champagne as well as Paul's extraordinary extracurricular artistic career and his generous gift to the university. The exhibitions continue until 7 October and there are still some outstanding works available for sale.
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.
PLEASE JOIN THE ARTIST FOR THE EXHIBITION LAUNCH AT THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY
SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 3:30PM
All are welcome and refreshments will be served
Image: Rae Richards, Sailing to Byzantium 2017, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm
Image: Paul Munro ‘The Kimberlies’ 2002, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60cm.
Time to get in the mood for This is Not Art 2017 and celebrate the success of Critical Animals 2016 with a double launch event! Whilst Critical Animals is fleeting, the CA Catalogue is as permanent as paper and available for consumption, to be unveiled alongside the 2017 TiNA Digital Program Launch at the University of Newcastle Gallery on Thursday 31 August.
See it in the flesh and take one home to relive all that was the 2016 Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium, showcasing some of the most exciting emerging contemporary artists from around Australia.
You’ll also get your first look at the full This is Not Art 2017 program of over 150 events packed into 4 days over 1 long weekend! Start planning your festival experience.
FREE event. All welcome. 6-8pm at The University Gallery, Newcastle, Thursday 31 August.
Image – Daisy Knight CHRIST ME$$ at The Lock-Up in 2016, Photo by Clare Weeks
In 2015, conductor and composer David Banney encountered artist Brett McMahon’s installation work for the first time and saw in it the dynamic interplay between symmetry and broken symmetry that he was seeking in his own music. It was then that they discovered the formal and conceptual affinities between their practices and Baroque and Beyond came to life. The resulting body of new work is not so much a collaboration as a convergence, a conversation around texture, tone and contrasting sensation. Exhibition continues until 2 September 2017
Balnhdhurr - A Lasting Impression has arrived at the University Gallery. The elegant works in this exhibition are all from the Yirrkala Print Space at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, which is located in the remote Aboriginal community of Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
Balnhdhurr refers to marks made on the ground, which are left as a sign for people to follow. An impression is scratched into the ground directing the future viewer to follow the right path. Similarly, printmaking provides a medium for passing on knowledge to younger generations, keep culture, history and identity alive and strong.
We will be hosting printmaking workshops during the course of Balnhdhurr so keep an eye on our website and social sites for details, or call the Gallery to check for updates: 02 4921 5255.
CONSALVO | LANKAS | MAHER showcases the work of three Newcastle-based artists: Dino Consalvo, Peter Lankas and Paul Maher. With 50 works on display, the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to consider the nature of artistic practice. The local landscape features in all the imagery, but each body-of-work is clearly differentiated by the artist's distinctive visual language.
Exhibition Launch: Saturday 18 February from 2pm
Exhibition Dates: 15 February - 18 March 2017
Image: Installation View from CONSALVO | LANKAS | MAHER showing works by Peter Lankas.
This year's batch of Visual Communication Design Graduates are an impressive group of creatives. 'HOT OF THE PRESS' presents a tour-de-force of exciting new talent in the design arena. The show includes sewing pattern design, greeting cards, zines, apps, tee-shirts and so much more. The exhibition closes on Saturday 26 November. If you miss it, make sure to check out the 'HOT OFF THE PRESS' website: uonvis.com/2016
Saturday 12 November is the last chance to view Dani Marti's incredible exhibition Still life in Yellow, Steel and Mandarins.
The major solo show continues Marti's exploration of the physical, psychological and emotional boundaries around intimacy, sexuality, relationships and the role of the artist.
The exhibition presents two large-scale sculptures – Black Sun a 3.5m glistening orb, and Still life in yellow, steel and mandarins, which is made from mattress frames and fruit, and conceived specifically for the University Gallery. Alongside these impressive pieces, Marti presents the video installation Notes for Bob and three woven rope works.
Exhibition dates: 6 October - 12 November 2016
Technê refers to art, craft, and skill,
and the means by which a thing is made or gained –
a process of making and thinking.
Technê: crafting technology presents work by women who engage with technology in their creative practice. These makers, artists, designers and writers explore the unique outcomes and combinations that arise through the layering of art and design.
Please join us and the artists for the exhibition opening, to be launched by Professor Mario Minichiello:
Thursday 25 AUGUST from 5:30pm
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
Exhibition dates: 24 August - 3 September 2016
Image: Simone O’Callaghan, Bathtime, cyanotype, 2011
Linda Renz's PhD exhibition Re-inventing the Lolita Complex explores the tensions and nuances in historical portraits of young women, and considers the rise of the “selfie” in contemporary culture. The exhibition comprises a series of film-stills taken directly from iconic twentieth-century cinema, along side a large-scale installation of over 300 selfies.
Please join us and the artist for the exhibition opening, to be launched by Dr Miranda Lawry:
Thursday 25 AUGUST from 5.30pm
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
Exhibition dates: 24 August – 3 September 2016
Image: Linda Renz, Untitled (from Blow Up, 1966), 2015, digital print