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
Penny Dunstan SHADOWLANDS
In the Upper Hunter Valley, open-cut coal mining is transforming what was once agricultural land into unfamiliar landscapes. The trace of history has been severed by industry, to be replaced by shadowlands of our consumerism.
This PhD research exhibition is based upon walking through these hidden places and interacting in this newly manufactured world. It is a record of wayfinding through terraformed land, using drawing, photography, soils and collected artefacts.
Through these works, creative practice co-constitutes post-mining places by transmuting tracks into images and giving interactions form, thereby articulating a way of knowing our shadowlands and making our minescapes matter.
– Penny Dunstan, May 2017
PLEASE JOIN THE ARTIST FOR THE EXHIBITION OPENING
AT THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY ON FRIDAY 21 JULY AT 6PM
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.
15 FEBRUARY – 18 MARCH 2017
Please join the artists at the University Gallery for the Exhibition opening
SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY
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
Technê: crafting technology
Exhibition from 24 August – 3 September 2016.
Please join the artists for the exhibition opening to be launched by Professor Mario Minichiello on Thursday 25 August from 5:30pm.
Linda Renz: Re-inventing the Lolita Complex
PhD Exhibition held 24 August – 3 September 2016
Please join the artist for exhibition opening to be launched by Dr Miranda Lawry on Thursday 25 August from 5:30pm
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