About wattspacegallery

Watt Space is a comtemporary art space in the Cbd area of Newcastle that exhibits new work every three weeks by current students and recent graduates of the University of Newcastle.

ASAP, 2017 Semblance.

Watt Space Gallery would like to announce the third and final guest judge for the upcoming Student Art Prize….

Sally Bourke


Sally Bourke

Born Sydney 1973. Lives and works in Newcastle NSW. Sally has a studio career spanning almost 20 years and has a reputation for an uncompromising attitude towards paint and practice.
Sally has exhibited widely in Australia and most recently in the UK.
A loyal fan base has seen a high and ever increasing demand for her work that is collected nationally and internationally.

ASAP, 2017 Semblance.

Watt Space Gallery would like to announce the second of our three guest judges for the upcoming Student Art Prize….

Shan Turner-Carroll



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Shan Turner-Carroll (b. AUS 1987) is an Australian artist of Burmese descent. Shan’s practice responds to both site and situation specificity, and integrates mediums including photography, sculpture, performance and film. The subjects his works have related to include both human and non-human nature, alternative forms of social exchange and interactions between art, artist and viewer. His practice questions current modes of living, and explores alternative methodologies and modes of education. A deep philosophy within his work is thinking through doing. Over the past three years his work has evolved from still photography into a multidisciplinary practice that corrodes the boundaries historical and behavioral conventions have erected between art and life. Shan uses the ritual of art making and its transformative agency to question how art can find meaning outside of the institution of the gallery. At the core of his practice is the conviction that art has a meaningful and active role within contemporary, industrial, globalized societies in which the paradigm of the individual is most present.

Shan has exhibited throughout Australia, as well as in New York. New Zealand, Hong Kong and Myanmar. His work is in both public and private collections

ASAP, 2017. Semblance.

Watt Space Gallery would like to announce one of three guest judges for the upcoming Student Art Prize….

Meryl Ryan, 
Curator, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.


Meryl Ryan is an established, widely travelled curator and arts writer and with a long-term interest in interdisciplinary practice. As inaugural recipient of ANU’s Janet Wilkie Memorial Scholarship for Fine Art, she worked abroad for seven years (including three as Editor for Quarto Publishing, London) before returning to Australia in the 1990s, an elected member of AICA (British Section). Since then she has been a regular contributor to catalogues, journals and symposia; and lecturer (including four years at UoN). As Curator at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery since 2004, Ryan has managed many award-winning publications and over 50 exhibitions, including most recently Book Club (2017), Happyness (2015/16); and (in)visible (2015). In 2015 she directed the multidisciplinary Art Bender at The Lock-Up Contemporary Art Space, where she consults on selected curatorial projects. Ryan was invited to the annual National Craft Curators Forum from 2010–12, and was recipient of the 2009 ASIALINK Curatorial Exchange to Japan, and the 2013 M&G NSW Fellowship to the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, USA.

Watt Space Annual Student Art Prize Entries Now Open

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Student Art Prize Entry Form


Its that time of year again. The Annual Student Art Prize!!

Are you ready for Semblance? Be part of this year’s UON Annual Student Art Prize, curated by Melissa Bull and Meighan Winchester.

Only $20 entry fee, with the opportunity to win cash prizes totalling over $3,500 with First Prize of a $2,500 travelling scholarship.

It’s too good to miss.

We’re calling for works that contemplate ‘semblance’.

[sem-bluh ns]
1. outward aspect or appearance.
2. an assumed or unreal appearance; show.
3. the slightest appearance or trace.
4. a likeness, image, or copy.
5. a spectral appearance; apparition.1

1. Dictionary.comhttp://www.dictionary.com/browse/semblance?s=t(retrieved 13 July 2017).
2D, 3D, media, sound, spoken word, written word, performance …
…how will you respond?

Entries close 18 August @ 5pm.

Entry forms are available at Watt Space office, Watt Space Gallery, newcastle.edu.au/wattspace and facebook.com/WattSpaceGallery.

For further information contact wattspace@newcastle.edu.au.

Exhibition Opening


Exhibition Opening – 20th July 2017, 6.30pm

Come along to our next round of openings with
inter-play: The Balancing of Colour – Robyn Pedley
Shards – Lynette Bridge
A New Perspective – Emma Wilks
The Other Woman – Chloe Hey

We look forward to seeing everyone for a night of art, wine and nibbles. Congratulations to all the exhibiting students.

Open Show Entries

Hello again everyone

Entry forms for the open show are now available!

2017 Watt Space Open Exhibition entry form

The theme is ‘What Is Art’ and we will have guest judges from Gosford and Maitland galleries so get those entries in!

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