Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression


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

Liminal Exhibition at the University Gallery

E-invite to LIMINAL at the University Gallery

liminal /ˈlimənl/ adjective technical
1. Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
2. Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
Liminal celebrates the art work of students completing the Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) degree and the Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degree at the University of Newcastle in 2015. Graduating students have worked with a range of different media and processes to create individual pieces that reflect their achievements in becoming independent and professional artists.
Showing across two locations at Callaghan campus, the University Gallery will feature the work of six BFA Honours students presenting their final works for examination: Libby Eckersley, Shelagh Lummis, Louisa Magrics, Kalinda Nelson-Boyd, Shandele Pascoe, and James Rhodes. The Art Building (AT)will also host a selection of final art work from 37 graduating students of the BFA and BFA Teaching degree course (from 25 November to 4 December).

Creativity and Culture in the 21st Century with Marcus Westbury
Thursday 26 November at 10am Free event, all welcome

Please join the artists for the opening at the University Gallery to be launched by the founder of Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia, author of Creating Cities, and writer and presenter of Bespoke on ABC TV, Marcus Westbury:
Wednesday 25 November at 6pm

Nora Moelle (PhD) – Breaking Symmetry: the structure and dynamics of form in ceramics

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Breaking Symmetry: the structure and dynamics of form in ceramics

In the vessel form, the practice of ceramics is inextricably tied to concepts of symmetry, which is crucial in terms of structure and dynamics. Inspired by an archaeological find of Stone Age pottery near my hometown of Trento, Italy, I was motivated to explore ways to ‘break’ symmetry and thus create new ceramic vessel forms.
My PhD research has reviewed how perceptions of symmetry—historically synonymous with beauty, harmony, rhythm and balance—have shifted over time towards revolutionary changes in aesthetic perception. The Antique meaning of harmony of proportion as well as the modern conceptualisation of symmetry, inclusive of elements of non-Euclidean geometry, have informed my investigations and my own ceramic work.
– Nora Moelle, 2014

Start date: Wednesday January 21st 2015

End Date: Saturday 7th February 2015

Opening: Saturday 24th January 2015 at 2pm

Exhibition dates: 21 January2015 to 7th February 2015
Gallery hours: Wednesdays to Fridays 10am–5pm, Saturdays 12noon–4pm, or by appointment.

Rae Richards: Past Imperfect – Future Conditional

Rae Richards

Past Imperfect – Future Conditional

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Rae Richards has been making art since she arrived in Newcastle in 1957.

She has exhibited in the Wynne Prize and the Sir John Sulman Prize and in the Qantas Gallery in London, but most regularly in Newcastle, where she was a member of the celebrated Low Show group of painters that brought modernism to the city in the early 1960s.

She held regular exhibitions at the von Bertouch Galleries of both paintings and the appliquéd fabric banners which reached a high point in the comprehensive decorative scheme for Christ Church Cathedral, as well as many other public commissions.

In paintings, textile works and decorated ceramics for over fifty years, the common theme has been life enhancement, a personal celebration undiluted by trends or fashions.

This exhibition contains work from throughout a long career; major banners for public buildings, paintings from public and private collections, including the University of Newcastle, and the series of still life studies which have continued to command the attention of this committed artist up to the present day.

Curated by Jill Stowell and Gillean Shaw.

Start Date: Wednesday 26th November 2014

End Date: Saturday 13 December 2014

Opening: Saturday 29th November 2014, 3-5pm

Exhibition dates: 26 November to 13 December 2014
Gallery hours: Wednesdays to Fridays 10am–5pm, Saturdays 12noon–4pm, or by appointment.

Transformations Exhibition Opening

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Transforming lives – transforming visions.

Transformations is an exhibition of art and illustration celebrating 40 Years of the Open Foundation Program. Artists participating are: Aubry Byrnes, Bernadette Drabsch, Dom Freestone, Tanya Hoolihan, Annemarie Murland, Prue Sailer, Sharon Taylor, Luke Thurgate and Ashley Whammond.

Please join us for the official launch at the University Gallery on Wednesday 5 November at 5.30pm. Entry is free, refreshments served, all welcome.

Start Date: Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 10 AM

End Date: Saturday, 15 November 2014, Noon

Exhibition dates: 5 to 15 November 2014
Gallery hours: Wednesdays to Fridays 10am – 5pm, Saturdays 12noon – 4pm, or by appointment.