Wrapture

Cherie Johnson - WraptureCherie Johnson

Wrapture

Exhibition

10 to 27 September 2014
The University Gallery

Over the past four years Cherie Johnson has been working closely with a number of elders and various groups—learning and teaching the process of making traditional possum skin cloaks. During this time Johnson has observed and become fascinated with the spiritual and emotional wellbeing people experience in these groups. As their shared journeys and reconnection to culture take focus, the recreation of the possum skin cloak, its dialogue and understanding, engage Aboriginal Women of the Hunter in profound discussions around matters of Women’s Business.

The essence of this exhibition was to capture a moment, the physical manifestation of that process as these women wear or remember wearing a possum skin cloak for the first time and their emotional response to that moment.

Johnson’s project Wrapture is making a significant contribution to her local Aboriginal community and will grow as more women come together to share and revive this important cultural practice.

Please join Cherie Johnson for a traditional smoking ceremony, dancing and celebration at the University Gallery:
Friday 12 SEPTEMBER at 6pm

PODzome: in the middle of things

PODzome: in the middle of things

PODzome: in the middle of things

Exhibition

10 to 27 September 2014
The University Gallery

Jen Denzin | Penny Dunstan | Eleanor Jane Robinson | Mandy Robinson | Bree Sanders | Brooke Stevens | Alison Smith. Created by Jen Denzin

PODzome is a pulse. It is a map. It is a conceptual tuber.

It is an ode to the constancy of local creative adaptations, experiments, expansions and contractions. In a broader context, PODzome marks change, flux, and mobility in and around our city. Its artists are engaged in urban, creative, and organic rhizomatic networks, which exist ‘in the middle of things’1. PODzome is also a formal ‘hat doffing’ to the alliances and interconnections generated by and between organisations such as Octapod and the University of Newcastle.

PODzome also heralds the commencement of Newcastle’s This is Not Art Festival, ‘TiNA’. For almost two decades TiNA, considered one of Australia’s leading contemporary emerging arts festivals, has facilitated the convergence of experimental and emerging artists, writers, performers, thinkers, musicians, dancers, arts workers, media makers and creative researchers in a kind of ‘transart’ ideas and resource exchange.

The University Gallery is delighted to host PODzome for PODspace, an arts initiative that has become an open structure, not fixed to a format or place – it regenerates and grows horizontally with offshoots popping up throughout Newcastle. Rhizome-like. Curated by Jen Denzin, former PODspace Director, PODzome features the work of Jen Denzin, Penny Dunstan, Maggie Hensel- Brown, Mandy Robinson, Eleanor Jane Robinson, Bree Sanders, Brooke Stevens, and Alison Smith.

1. Deleuze, Gilles and Guattari, Felix: A Thousand Plateaus, (University of Minnesota Press: 1987), p7.

Please join the artists for the opening and entertainment at the University Gallery: FRIDAY 12 SEPTEMBER AT 6PM.

Arson in modern Ireland

History @ Newcastle

Seminar

Friday 29 August 2014,

Cultural Collections, Auchmuty Library 10 – 11am.
Followed by morning tea.

Arson in modern Ireland:
Fire and protest since 1800

Dr Gemma Clark, University of NSW

The act of willfully setting fire to property with the intent to cause damage is not only a serious crime. In Ireland, the UK and elsewhere, arson is also a historically recognized protest tool. My postdoctoral project examines the range of social, political and military activists who have, since 1800, utilized fire—and the threat of one’s property being burned—to enforce compliance with collective demands and communicate grievances. This paper presents my research so far, exploring the role played by arson in nineteenth-century rural unrest, and incendiarism as a feature of urban and sectarian conflict, particularly in Northern Ireland. I argue that the persistence of—typically non-lethal—arson as a protest tool, in Ireland, is explained by the distinctively Irish propensity to property damage, as well as the relative scarcity of brutality in modern Ireland, compared with mainland Europe and the USA.

Gemma Clark studied History at the Queen’s College, Oxford, completing her doctorate in 2011. In October 2012, she took up her current position as postdoctoral research fellow at the Global Irish Studies Centre, UNSW Australia. Her research concerns violence and protest in modern Ireland. Cambridge University Press recently published her first monograph, Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War.

ALL WELCOME

Ruth Liou Lim’l’nal

Ruth Liou Lim'l'nal

RUTH LIOU

Lim’I’nal

PhD Exhibition

27 August to 6 September 2014

The University Gallery

Ruth Liou’s PhD (Fine Art) research has focused on the construction of identity and the sense of belonging from the perspective of a displaced person. Identifying the ‘becoming’ self in an ambivalent space, Liou explores how relocation affects the migrant’s sense of belongingness in a new country.

Migrants straddle boundaries of here and there, past and present, constantly ‘negotiating’, a new self and new life in the peripheral of the dominant site – a site of ‘neither here nor there’ – residing in the ‘between-ness’.

My research perspective is drawn from a personal migration experience; universally understood as a transnational condition of this postmodern world. The research project explores and conceptualises a personal justification on hybrid/cultural identity, the configuration and metaphysical belongingness in a liminal space – the psychological space (a site) of ‘neither here nor there’ is realised through sculptural installation.

Hybrid positions sit in the fissure of liminality, for those transnationals who are placed between two or more divided geographies, socio-graphics and cultural identities in this ‘in-between-ness’.

- Ruth Liou 2014


Please join the artist for the launch of the exhibition followed by a Conversation in Art by academic and artist Annemarie Murland, who will discuss migration and diaspora: Wednesday 27 AUGUST at 12 noon.

Local Treasures: The Rodoni Glass Negatives

Troops posing for a comical photograph after fall of German Papua,1914 (Thomas James Rodoni)

Troops posing for a comical photograph after fall of German Papua, 1914 (Digitised from a Thomas James Rodoni Glass negative by Chris Fussell)


Day Shift – 19/08/2014 – 02:10 PM
Presenter: Nick Gerber
Interviewees: Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, University of Newcastle (Australia)

Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist of the University of Newcastle discusses plans for the recently donated glass negatives of the late Thomas James Rodoni that documented Australia’s first military conflict of the First World War, the fall of German New Guinea. The Collection also contains images from the lead up to the Great War, including what appears to be recruitment drives across Sydney and Newcastle. There are also images believed to be taken at places around Lithgow and Newcastle. We would appreciate any further information relating to the selection of images below

Broadcast Notes:

In February 2014 Bill Rodoni, son of the late Thomas James Rodoni donated all his father’s original glass negatives held in his possession to the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections (Auchmuty Library).

Close family friends Chris Fussell and his wife helped Bill organize the transfer of the Collection to the University, Chris, being a photographer, also kindly provided some of the digitized images he was able to make of the glass negatives that were in good enough condition.

Chris Fussell (left) with Bill Rodoni (right) son of the late Thomas James Rodoni

Chris Fussell (left) with Bill Rodoni (right) son of the late Thomas James Rodoni

Some of these images were featured in the recent 5th August 2014 Newcastle Herald story here: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2466630/hunters-first-wwi-volunteers-in-action-in-new-guinea-photos/

At present, there are nine or so images up on the Herald website to accompany the story. The newspaper print edition featured two images.

We collected around four archival boxes worth of glass plates. Some (i.e., around 2 boxes worth) of the original glass negatives were in relatively good condition, and another two archival boxes worth (that lay in Bill’s downstairs garage) were in a very terrible condition, water damaged, moldy, dirty and most stuck together.

Rodoni Glass Negatives upon arrival at University of Newcastle

Rodoni Glass Negatives upon arrival at University of Newcastle

All these glass negatives are now in the hands of our conservator, undergoing a thorough conservation and preservation treatment involving documenting their condition, cleaning, carefully separating the damaged plate, and then re-housing all of them in new archival quality boxes.

Once this phase is done, we will commence the digitization of them all, and have secured the University Gallery for an exhibition next year running  from March 2015 as the University’s contribution to the Anzac Centenary Commemorations.

Dr Ann Hardy, a University historian, has also said she would be prepared to volunteer her time to research Thomas James Rodoni’s life and trace the subject matter of his photographic works in the collection for the Exhibition. Gillian Shaw, University Gallery Curator, has booked the University Art Gallery from March 2015 next year to present large reproductions of these Rodoni slides as part of our contribution to the Centenary of Anzac Commemorations.

The collection is rare as there are few wartime collections taken by non-official photographers during the World War I.  The collection depicts Australia’s first military engagement of World War 1 being the transfer of power from German New Guinea in 1914 to the Australian Forces. This engagement also witnessed the first Australian casualties of First World War.

Biographical information relating to Thomas James Rodoni is scant, but have identified a moustachioed man  (in the selfie pictured below) and in a number of images as Thomas Rodoni.

The moustachioed man we believe is Thomas Rodoni

The moustachioed man we believe to be Thomas Rodoni

Military Parade - Leichhardt Marchers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Military Parade – Leichhardt Marchers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Military Parade - Farmers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Military Parade – Farmers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Plumber Gas Fitter Gladesville (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Plumber Gas Fitter Gladesville (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Bagpipes and Highland Dressed (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Bagpipes and Highland Dressed (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Street Parade - Domain Artillery Off to the Front (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Street Parade – Domain Artillery Off to the Front (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Lithgow - Parade Opposite Walters and Son Undertakers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Lithgow – Parade Opposite Walters and Son Undertakers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Newcastle Beach Crowds Military (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Newcastle Beach Crowds Military (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

The Australia in Sydney Harbour - View from Boats (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

The Australia in Sydney Harbour – View from Boats (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

The Australia in Sydney Harbour (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

The Australia in Sydney Harbour (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

New Guinea - Soldiers with Coconuts (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Soldiers with Coconuts (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

New Guinea - GMP Madang NG 1914

G.M.P. Madang NG 1914

Soldiers and Papuans (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Soldiers and Papuans (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Company of Soldiers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Company of Soldiers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Lineup of soldiers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Lineup of soldiers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Officers in White (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Officers in White (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Rodoni photographed with glass plate [?] (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Rodoni photographed with glass plate [?] (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Newcastle - Unveiling of Newcastle Post Office Cenotaph (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Newcastle – Unveiling of Newcastle Post Office Cenotaph (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Freidman's Carrington Hotel (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Freidman’s Carrington Hotel (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Diving at Newcastle (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Diving at Newcastle (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Newcastle - 2HD Mayfield (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Newcastle – 2HD Mayfield (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Interior - Unidentified Engineering Workshop (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Interior – Unidentified Engineering Workshop (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Unidentified workers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Unidentified workers (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Photograph taken of Newcastle Customs House, from second floor of Great Northern Hotel at 10 minutes to 1 PM date unknown (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Photograph taken of Newcastle Customs House, from second floor of Great Northern Hotel at 10 minutes to 1 PM date unknown (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Wer (sic) Are We [?] (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Wer (sic) Are We [?] (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Two Ladies on Shore at Sunrise or Sunset  (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

Two Ladies on Shore at Sunrise or Sunset (Thomas James Rodoni Original Glass Negative, digitised by Chris Fussell)

 

Name: Thomas James Rodoni

Born: 1872? (according to Bill vaguely) but actually born in 1882 in Victoria (sourced and confirmed by Lyn Keily via Ancestry.com)

Married: 1915 in Sydney to Catherine Annie

Occupation: Toolmaker

Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force document (Signed 28/1/15):
Certificate of Discharge of No. 534
(Rank) Private Name Rodoni T.J.
(Regiment or Corps) Aust Naval & Military Expedition
at or near the Town of [Hoth---?] Melbourne
in the State or Country of Victoria.
Attested at Sydney on the 18th August [1914] for the Australian Military Expedition Regiment or Corps at the age of 31 Years.
He is discharged in consequence of June expiring
Service towards completion of engagement 164 days
Service Abroad 164 days.
Discharge confirmed at Sydney.

New South Wales Government Railways and Tramways document dated 12th August 1915 from the Office of the Chief Commissioner Sydney states that Mr. T. J. Rodoni wrote to them on the 3rd August 1915 requesting desire to temporarily leave department to enter the Lithgow Small Arms factory to assist in manufacture of munitions for war.

Department of Defence document dated 23rd June 1916 certifies that T.J. Rodoni was employed in the Small Arms Factory Lithgow between 4th August 1915 and the 22nd June 1916 as a CUTTER GRINDER and that his conduct and character was GOOD.

A Government Dockyard, Newcastle document dated 4th March 1919 states that he was currently employed there on work connected with the engines for the Commonwealth Ships as a tradesman.

Died: 25th January 1956 (Mayfield) Killed in Waratah according to Bill while getting the newspaper he was involved in car accident, and died at the Mater a few hours later.

We welcome any further information that anyone can shed on Thomas James Rodoni and his collection of glass plate negatives.

Gionni Di Gravio
University Archivist
18th August 2014

Telling Tales

Telling tales exhibition

Telling Tales: Hunter history told through simple stories and perfect pictures

Exhibition: 14 August – 30 September 2014

Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Region Library, Laman Street, Newcastle

Featuring the artworks, stories and curiosities of Dudley Lewis, Charles Martin and the University of Newcastle Library’s Cultural Collections.

Exhibition Launch

Friday 15th August 2014 5.30pm Free

RSVP phone 4974 5330 or email Library@ncc.nsw.gov.au

Telling Tales is an exhibition about where we come from, why we are here and what has happened in our past. A vivid retelling; from campfire yarns and elaborate truth-stretching to the eclectic, imaginative recreation of events. A delightful mix of drawings, photos, stories, poems and computer recreations.

Workshops for school groups are available.
Phone 4985 6692 for bookings and further information.

Proudly supported by:
The ‘Telling Tales’ Exhibition Committee;
The Arts Emporium, John Cliff, Charles Martin, Bob Pirie, The Lewis Family, Messrs. Dudley Lewis, Newcastle Region Library, Cultural Collections, Auchmuty Library, The University of Newcastle, The City of Newcastle, The Society of Artists Newcastle.

The Blanket Pilots

Blanket PilotsTHE BLANKET PILOTS

Exhibition: 30 July to 9 August 2014

The University Gallery

Fine Art Students from Hunter Schools High Performers Program 2014

Since 2003, the High Performing Students Program has been giving exceptional high school students the opportunity to get a ‘taste’ of university while still at school. The program is delivered at Merewether High School but is open to students from all schools, and aims to keep our best and brightest in the region.

Students enrol in first-year University courses, getting access to world class lecturers, online learning technologies, and library resources. There is a diversity of courses in areas ranging from Science and Engineering to Business, Fine Art, and Health. Practical industry experience is included when possible, so students may attend labs, excursions, and exhibitions.

When a course is successfully completed, students have the satisfaction of achieving new knowledge in an area of interest, and are also eligible for a credit transfer in a relevant university degree program.

In 2014, the program has included Fine Art for the first time, and students have produced an outstanding selection of work for exhibition in the University Gallery. The University of Newcastle is proud to support the region’s high performing students and this inaugural exhibition of our students’ work.

Featuring the work of:
Amanda Chan and Rachel Ditton – Merewether High School
Georgia Clifton, Skye Hobbs and Liam Johnston –
Toronto High School
Isabelle Kenyon – Distance Education
Bonita Maher – ASC St Peter’s Campus
Eliza Munro and Brianna Standen – Charlton Christian College
Chelsea Patterson – CC Wallsend Campus
Salem Shaw – San Clemente High School
Jack Wilton-King – Cooks Hill Campus

Please join the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parfitt for the official launch at the University Gallery:
Thursday 31 JULY at 5.30pm