2014 celebrates Watt Space, The University of Newcastle Students’ Art Gallery, 25th anniversary. Our major event to commemorate this milestone is a curated exhibition of works by artists who showed at the Gallery as students and now have national and international reputations.
Watt Space is the longest running student art gallery in Australia – most student galleries closed after the abolition of compulsory student union fees.
Originally established after political activism by students in 1989 its agenda continues to be the provision of opportunities for professional experiences for students of the University of Newcastle. Over its life close to 30,000 student artists have taken advantage of the opportunities the gallery provides.
The 2014 Annual Student Art Prize, Bloom: exploring Life, Death and the Ephemeral opened on Thursday 21st August 2014, with the announcement of the prizes winners.
Major prize sponsored by Uon Services Ltd: a $2,500 travelling scholarship was awarded to Andrew Styan. Two Highly Commended cash prizes sponsored by Port Waratah Coal Services and Chris & Helen Ford were awarded to Hugh Grant and Bree Rooney and the Impetus award sponsored by Sign-A-Rama to Ben Kenning. Congratulations to the prizes winners and all exhibitors who responded to the fantastic theme.
Thank you to Tilse’s Apple Truck Cider for their generous contribution of cider for the opening.
Winner of the major prize, Andrew Styan, pictured with Judge James Drinkwater and Acting CEO of UoN Services Jennifer Smith.Installation view of Andrew’s winning work Signal Station.
Highly Commended prize winner Bree Rooney pictured with judge James Drinkwater and Acting CEO of UoN Services Jennifer Smith.
Prize Winning entries:
Signal Station, Sculpture by Andrew Styan
Men and Woman of the World, by Hugh Grant
Abstraction of Darkness, Photographic Series by Bree Rooney
Semi-Conscious, acrylic and ink on canvas, by Ben Kenning
Emilie Jeine Amaryllis
A provocative series of fibre and ceramic works challenging the patriarchal construction of lesbian sexuality and the sex toy industry.
Made by hand
Eloise Genner explores ideas of repetition and persistence through traditional photography and fibres work.
Bodies of Water
A series of mixed-media figure drawings and portraits inspired by the fluidity and complexity of the human form.
Group photography exhibition examining analogue and digital photography.
With this series of ceramic sculptures Mojgan Habibi aims to express the notion of hope and change.
There is still time to get your entry in for the 2014 Uon Services Ltd. Annual Student Art Prize, BLOOM: exploring life, death and the ephemeral. Fantastic prizes including 1st prize- $2,500 Travelling Scholarship (sponsored by Uon Services), with other cash prizes for runner ups. Entry form and $15 fee per work due at the Watt Space Office or Gallery by 5pm Thursday 7 August 2014. Entry form below:
If you’re interested in our Artist in Residence program during the TINA festival don’t forget submissions close 16th August!! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!