BAROQUE AND BEYOND

Baroque and Beyond

In 2015, 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 so the present exhibition came to life.

The resulting body of new work is not so much a collaboration as a convergence. Here, two interlocutors share space and time, having departed from the same pre-defined point: the elaboration of six different works, each exploring a distinct texture or emotion. In crafting their separate pieces – McMahon of torn and brooding textiles and assemblages and Banney with surging, audible motifs – their paths converge, cross over, join together, diverge, and collide.

PLEASE JOIN THE ARTISTS FOR THE EXHIBITION OPENING AND A PERFORMANCE OF THE WORK BY THE CHRIST CHURCH CAMERATA AT THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY ON WED 9 AUGUST AT 6PM

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE NEWCASTLE MUSIC FESTIVAL 9 – 20 AUGUST 2017

RAAF memories – WW2

[Noel Thomas Osland, RAAF, c. 1944]

We have just uploaded 16 photos from the Ron Osland Collection to our Living Histories @ UON site.  This collection from Mr Ron Osland, was made available to us by our colleague, Barry Howard, together with permission to publish, granted by Mr Osland.

These photos feature the Royal Australian Air Force in which Noel Thomas Osland (1923-1985) served. See Noel Osland’s war record at the National Archives of Australia.

There are more photos of the Cessnock area which will be uploaded to this collection in due course. In the meantime, enjoy this glimpse of World War 2.

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression

BALHNDHURR INVITATION

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression

Exhibition dates: 19 April – 15 July

Please join us for the exhibition opening at the University Gallery on:

Wednesday 19 April from 5.30pm

This is a free event. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression celebrates twenty years of onsite print production at the Yirrkala Print Space in the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, located in the remote Aboriginal community of Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The Yirrkala Print Space is unique amongst remote community art centres with twenty years of continual production of limited edition fine art prints by locally employed and trained Indigenous printmakers.

Balnhdhurr refers to marks made on the ground as a sign for people to follow – where one group goes ahead, but wants to leave a message for those behind. An impression is scratched into the ground directing the future viewer to follow the right path. In this way printmaking provides a medium for passing on knowledge to younger generations to keep culture and history and identity alive and strong, while at the same time creating a conversation between the Yolngu (Yolŋu) people of Northeast Arnhem Land and the national and international community.

The diversity of the work acknowledges Yolngu respect for clan and country, highlighting the importance of kinship with many of the prints relating to Creation stories and Law as passed on by their Ancestors. 

An Artback NT National Touring Exhibition 2017-2019 produced in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre

IMAGE Gaymala Yunupingu Djirikitj, 1998, screenprint, 40 x 40 cm

CONSALVO | LANKAS | MAHER

Poster

Paul Maher, Suburban Opera, (detail), oil on canvas. 170 x 119 cm.

CONSALVO | LANKAS | MAHER

Curated by Ahn Wells – Director, Gallery 139

The University Gallery is delighted to collaborate with Gallery 139 to present CONSALVO | LANKAS | MAHER, an extensive exhibition profiling the work of three Gallery 139 artists, Dino Consalvo, Peter Lankas and Paul Maher.

Building on the success of CONSALVO | LANKAS | MAHER at the Depot Gallery in Sydney in 2016, curator Ahn Wells has recontextualised the exhibition for the University Gallery, bringing together new works from their studios that focus on practice and continual improvements in defining and refining subject matter, materiality and process.

The three artists live and work in Newcastle and their works respond to the environment in different ways. These artists each employ their own unique visual language to reflect on the landscape around them, whether suburban, urban or natural. Through working and exhibiting together, they as a group enjoy a collegial frankness in their discussions that brings a freshness to these independent approaches and evident mastery of medium.

The University Gallery, in conjunction with Gallery 139, will present workshops and conversations with the artist – please see our website for details.

EXHIBITION DATES

15 FEBRUARY18 MARCH 2017

Please join the artists at the University Gallery for the Exhibition opening
SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY
FROM 2PM

2016 Margaret Olley Postgraduate Scholarship

2016 Margaret Olley Scholarship

Friends of the University of Newcastle

2016 Margaret Olley Postgraduate Scholarship & 2016 Student Art Prize

The Friends of the University of Newcastle play a vital role in the development and support of scholarships for the university and fundraise, mainly through the  biennial Book Fair, for the university and its community.

This year, the Friends of the University of Newcastle are again sponsoring the 2016 Student Art Prize. Two winners will be awarded $1,000 each, and their work  will be acquired for the university’s art collection. 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. The judges for  the 2016 exhibition are Dr Una Rey, artist, curator, and lecturer in Art History and Theory, and Newcastle-based artist, James Drinkwater, winner of the 2014 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and finalist in the 2016 Sir John Sulman Prize.

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. The scholarship was created to support  exemplary postgraduate research in the creative industries, and the successful  recipient in 2016 will receive $2,000 to assist them in their work.

The exhibition at the University Gallery will display the finalists of both the  Student Art Prize and the Margaret Olley Postgraduate Scholarship, with awards announced at 5:30pm on Thursday 22 September.

Please join us for the exhibition opening at the University Gallery to be launched by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor Andrew Parfitt:

Thursday 22 SEPTEMBER from 5:30pm

Shade: Artists of the desert

 

Shade Artists of the desert

SHADE
Artists of the desert

EXHIBITION: 6 July – 6 August 2016

The University Gallery

Remote desert communities in the heart of Australia are home to some of our country’s most successful artists. Beginning in Papunya in the early 1970s with the exploratory transfer of ceremonial mark making onto board and canvas, there emerged an explosion of works made using vibrant acrylic paints, potent symbology and diversity of line and form. This unique contemporary art movement has now been active for over 40 years.

Contemporary art from these regions illuminate the unique experience of the desert: its light and shade, its contours, its gifts and adversities, its deep running songlines and sacred beauty. Artists render themes connected to place and belonging in ways that bring Country, Tjukurpa (Law), creation stories and the landscape, to life. Places of both sacred and everyday meaning are embodied in vibrant articulations that shimmer with colour and power.

Drawing on works from the University Art Collection, Shade celebrates this richness through paintings that range from across the Central and Western Deserts, to Kintore, Yuendumu and the Kimberley region. The University Gallery will, in conjunction with the artists of Warlukurlangu, have paintings for sale during the exhibition.

Please join us for the exhibition opening at the University Gallery to be launched by Una Rey:

Wednesday 6 July from 5.30pm