EXHIBITION DATES: 20 November – 1 December 2019


Join us for the launch of ‘In Place’, an exhibition by UON Master of Architecture Students on Thursday 21 November at 6pm

Architecture students from the University of Newcastle have the opportunity to step out of the studio and into the global classroom. An underlying social agenda joins them as students use their architectural skills to analyse, document, communicate, design and educate.

This exhibition, organised by Master of Architecture students, showcases the work of six global electives located in Alice Springs, Slovenia, Nepal, France, New Zealand and Hill End.

Festival X

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Now in its second year, Festival X is a culmination of student’s work in the areas of design, animation, communication, theatre, music and film.

Held over five days and featuring more than twenty unique events, the students will be making their mark in performances, exhibitions and screenings, celebrating their achievements and showcasing years of dedication to their craft.

Experience the emerging creative talent that exists in the heart of the beautiful city of Newcastle.


Noteworthy: A collection of ordinary lives Barbie Procobis


Barbie Procobis’ PhD research examines the sentiments of ephemerality and permanence. Noteworthy: a collection of ordinary lives contemplates the methods and motivations to keep or discard and the impact that such actions may have in our everyday experiences, with particular emphasis on found manuscripts of unknown writers. Procobis’ practice transcends multiple disciplines, in particular drawing, sculpture, and collecting as process, which she employs to facilitate connections between the viewer and unknown lives.


Image: Barbie Procobis, little lunch, smoko, afternoon tea (Living Epitaph of the Everyman), 2019, white marble, 48 x 14 x 36 cm.


Glitch and Dead Matter

On 10 October from 6pm, join us for the opening of two exhibitions: GLITCH: PRACTICING IMPROPER PRODUCTION IN ARCHITECTURE by Nicholas Flatman and DEAD MATTER, a group show by Michael Chapman, Beth George, Nicholas Flatman and Nicholas Foulcher.

Exhibition dates: 10 October – 20 October

Practicing Improper Production in Architecture

Nicholas Flatman


This exhibition presents an innovative and integrated body of creative research through a combination of theoretical research, built projects and speculative design. Nicholas Flatman’s research is an inquiry into glitches – a process that disrupts the conventional production of information that are usually accidental variations of digital processes, creating unexpected and often destructive outcomes. His creative practice explores the way glitches can be deliberately and methodically integrated into a design process, in order to produce unexpected and unconventional outcomes, and to question the centrality of form and program in contemporary architecture.

Flatman explores the use of glitches across a range of scales and complexities, from the personal, to the residential, to the urban, to the communal and the hypothetical. While the use of glitches has been an important creative process in adjacent fields like art and music, its systematic use in architecture is relatively new and Flatman’s work reframes the role of glitches as a deliberate and reproducible architectural design process, with an endless array of possibilities that question the prevalent modes of architectural production and regulation.


Michael Chapman, Beth George, Nicholas Flatman, Nicholas Foulcher

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“We fight the battle with the drawings on the wall” – Alvin Boyarsky

Images courtesy of respective artists.



The 2019 Student Art Prize presents works that inject art into an object and an object into art. Objectify challenges practice as a prescribed object becomes subject matter to be interpreted across multiple media.

The Friends of the University are generously sponsoring two Acquisitive Student Art prizes of $1,000 each. Other major prizes
include the $1,500 Penny Finnigan Memorial prize and the $800 University Art Collection award.

Our judges for 2019 include typographer and director of Pocket Design, Brett
Piva, as well as photographer and owner of Lee Illfield Photography, Lee Illfield.

For those who were not able to join us, the prescribed object is a ‘Cocktail Umbrella’. To enter for your chance to win, please fillout and submit a submission form to with an image of the work/s. The submission form can be found here.

The exhibition will run from 4 – 29 September 2019.

4 – 29 September 2019
Corner King & Auckland Streets, Newcastle

Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

T Watt Space Gallery + 61 2 4921 8733



MetalMotif_cmykIn partnership with the Newcastle Music Festival, Watt Space Gallery will be hosting Fused, an exhibition that will bring together a fusion of media and music, with image and sound working together to create a multi-disciplinary exhibition of art, film, music and ideas.

Join us on Thursday 8 August from 5:00pm for the exhibition’s opening, and again on Sunday 11 August* from 5:30pm for a night of performances from some of Australia’s most exciting electronic artists.

Exhibition dates: 7 August – 1 September


Lucy Cliché (Sydney)
Lucy has carved out a niche of her own bodily contagious techno over her last two decades of practice and is one of Australia’s foremost electronic artists. She has performed at the Sydney Opera House, soundtracked films at The Gallery Of Modern Art (Brisbane) and NSW Art Gallery (Sydney), as well as being regularly billed on both dance festivals and DIY shows alike.

Troth is a recently-formed Newcastle duo comprising Amelia Bessenyei and Cooper Bowman. Together they fashion ethereal environs from vocals, electronics, zither, tape loops and sampled percussion and piano. They will be performing in the centre of their film and reel-to-reel installation in Watt Space’s Media Room, titled Nothing Still In The Stone Garden.

Romy Church is a student of music at UoN and a tireless live performer, gigging regularly both in Newcastle and elsewhere in Australia. As e4444e, Church crafts ornately-structured electronic pop and has revealed himself as one of Newcastle’s eminent emerging musicians.

Darcy Archer
Darcy Archer is a student of music at UoN who predominantly works as a percussionist. For this performance, she will be creating a set of meditations via vibraphone. Her collaborative work with Ellen Presbury, The Natural World, is featured in the Fused exhibition in Gallery 1.

*Tickets $15 on the door +a complimentary glass of wine.

IMAGE: Caelli Brooker, metal wallpaper 2019, digital print, dimensions variable



Substrate is a cross-institutional exchange that looks at photographic practices within contemporary art. The exhibition brings together a selection of students who work across photography from both UNSW Art & Design and the University of Newcastle and presents a range of material explorations that hold the image at their conceptual core.

Exhibition dates 3 July – 4 August 2019

The second iteration of the exhibition will be presented at Kudos Gallery from 23 July – 10 August 2019.

IMAGE: Image: Kelly Owen, Jemez Seasonal Dancers, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico 2018, inkjet prints,
80 x 61 cm