Shan Turner- Carroll’s ‘Rites of Passage- The Lost Art of Being Human’

Shan Turner Carroll’s MPhil exhibition ‘Rites of Passage-The Lost Art of Being Human’ opened last night! Turner-Carroll showcases mystical installations of human traces that are left behind and transformed into objects of journey and survival.

The exhibition is on show at Watt Space until Sunday the 10th of April! Be sure to see this wondrous show!
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Current Exhibitions: 2nd-20th March

So far 2016 has been a fantastic year at our new space in the Northumberland House! The third set of exhibitions for 2016 shows a dynamic range of 2D and 3D works. If you haven’t checked it out yet be sure to do so!

The Expanded Print curated by Ellen Starrett and Danielle Minett

Travelling Birds by April Collison and Tallulah Cunningham

Tiny People by Amy Hamilton

While Away by Mark Mason

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Megan McCarthy, Wisdom in Beauty and Beauty in Knowledge


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Sand Plover, Sygna and Scaevola, April Collison

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Amy Hamilton, Cinematic Abstractions: Crowd # 32

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Mark Mason, While Away #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honours Show

Congratulations to our graduating Honours Students!
We were lucky enough to host the graduating exhibitions of Louisa Magrics, John Heaney, Eloise Genner and Charlotte Patterson.

 

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Louise Magrics

Visualising Rhythm

“The links between art and music are sometimes inseparable. Space between these two fields has merged in this research practice of crochet. Rhythm is referenced through the work in an application of number, pattern, symmetry and scale, while notions of melody inspire the use of colour palettes which move through the forms.”

 

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John Heaney

Inside Out

The work from this project is the result of chance and spontaneous decision making, relying more on accident than design, to create something new. The Japanese tea ceremony and the utensils used were fundamental to the development of pottery in Western countries after World War II. Rather than trying to recreate the perfect tea bowl, in the manner of a farmer/potter of seven hundred years ago, I adopted the approach of Peter Voulkos. A revolutionary American potter who was more like an abstract expressionist painter, Voulkos turned form on its head and pushed material and chance to the limits.
Japanese designer Rei Kawakuda challenged Western notions of beauty and fashion in the 1970s, taking the two dimensional kimono and the colour black as the basis for covering the body, rather than revealing its contours. She depends on spontaneity and looks for accidents to create something completely new with each collection.
Both artists rely on the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, ‘the incomplete’, that is central to the tea house and ceremony.”

 

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Eloise Genner

The Trace of Home

“This work explores the idea of real versus imagined space. Photography makes the images appear real while the trace of materiality makes the images appear unreal. It is here where a kind of tension begins in the work. There is a desire for the images to be real spaces even though they are not. It is the sense of nostalgia and familiarity that makes the viewer want the rooms to be real. The images are a source of comfort and discomfort at the same time. Ultimately the work is about this tension caused by the trace of people, materiality and technique.”

 

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Charlotte Patterson

Unearthing the Anthracite Heart

“This work came about through my desire to thank the underground coal miners of my own family. Unearthing the Anthracite Heart is my way of dedicating a time and space to appreciate the people of an industry that shaped our community and today still hold a prominent place in society. As I have grown up, I have come to realise that the people of coal mining quite often are forgotten in the shadow of politics, environmental issues and above all, money. Although I understand that all of these factors do have an important place and are necessary components of modern industry, I believe that it is the people that matter the most.”

Don’t Forget! DUE TOMORROW!!!

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2016

***DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY 27 NOV by 5PM***

The following dates are open:

13 April – 1 May
25 May – 12 June
15 June – 3 July
6 – 24 July

You will need to provide:

1. a written application detailing concept and form of the proposed
exhibition.

2. A CD, USB, email or printed images of your current work, even if it doesn’t relate to your proposed exhibition.

3. Details of the dates and space you would prefer.

4. A current CV

Please note that there is a charge to rent the gallery, as well as a responsibility to share staffing with other exhibitors.

The space fees for 3 weeks are:
Gallery1: $238
Gallery 2: $216
Gallery 3: $160
Gallery 4: $160
Gallery 5: $105
This includes covering print costs for invites.

Submissions are due 27th November by 5pm. Proposals can be delivered or emailed to Penny Finnigan on campus at the Watt Space Office. If you have any queries please contact Penny (penelope.finnigan@newcastle.edu.au) to arrange an appointment.

 

***Here is a rough floorplan of the gallery! We are working towards a plan with measurements but please bear with us! If you require specific measurements please feel free to contact Penny for a rough estimate.***

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SUBMISSIONS FOR 2016!

call for subs

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2016

The following dates are open:

13 April – 1 May
25 May – 12 June
15 June – 3 July
6 – 24 July

You will need to provide:

1. a written application detailing concept and form of the proposed
exhibition.

2. A CD, USB, email or printed images of your current work, even if it doesn’t relate to your proposed exhibition.

3. Details of the dates and space you would prefer.

4. A current CV

Please note that there is a charge to rent the gallery, as well as a responsibility to share staffing with other exhibitors.

The space fees for 3 weeks are:
Gallery1: $238
Gallery 2: $216
Gallery 3: $160
Gallery 4: $160
Gallery 5: $105
This includes covering print costs for invites.

Submissions are due 27th November by 5pm. Proposals can be delivered to Penny Finnigan on campus at the Watt Space Office. If you have any queries please contact Penny (penelope.finnigan@newcastle.edu.au) to arrange an appointment.

Annual Student Art Prize 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the Annual Student Art Prize 2015!

Bree Rooney
First Prize – Bree Rooney ‘The Space Between Me and You”

Louise Rea
Highly Commended – Louise Rea ‘Sunships’

Megan
Highly Commended – Megan McCarthy ‘The Same But Different’

Clare Weeks
Curators Choice – Clare Weeks ‘Untitled’

Kalinda
Curators Choice – Kalinda Nelson-Boyd ‘On Our Knees For Liberation’

Opening Night was a wonderful evening showcasing the brand new space!

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And of course there was a celebratory cake!

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The 2015 Annual Student Art Prize was curated by Eloise Genner and installed by Eloise, Penny Finnigan, Barbie Clifton, Nadia Aurisch and Kim Saberton.

The show was judged by Ross Woodrow and opened by DVC Andrew Parfitt.

A special thank you and shout out needs to go to the team from Student Central (Rohan and Hugh) who prepped the platters and helped out during the night, the 2015 student committee (Maddyson Hatton, Nadia Aurisch and Kim Saberton) who staffed the bar and helped out during the night. To Andrew Donaldson Architecture and Design, and Lee Bateman for leading the project and the construction team for working ridiculously hard to finish for our opening and dancing around us during install!

Most of all Thank You needs to go to Penny Finnigan who has done an amazing job navigating this year! Her dedication to the student body through upholding the importance of Watt Space as an educational and student directed art space has been truly phenomenal. We cannot thank her enough for her hard work behind the scenes through this time of transition, and look forward to seeing her share her experience with many more students to come.