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.

Brain @ Watt Space

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An interactive and dynamic exhibition exploring the amazing brain. This exhibit will showcase some of the University of Newcastle’s research, giving the public a sneak preview of how we look at the brain, why we look at the brain, and what we find when we look at the brain. Brain @ Watt Space is a collaboration between teachers and scientists in Psychology, Neuroscience, Creative Industries and Architecture working alongside students and the community.

Exhibition dates 5 – 30 June 2019

A project led by Dr Michelle Kelly from our Faculty of Science, profiling research from the disciplines of Psychology and Neuroscience.

IMAGE: Stuart Marlin, Lightbulb moments: measuring ideas in the brain with optical imaging2017, 40 x 40cm, Digital Photograph

New Year, New Exhibitions

Welcome back to a new year at the Watt Space Gallery.

There have been plenty of changes going around in the University Art world and some of these will be reflected in the Watt Space gallery, so watch this space for details.

This year the student committee members are:

Karen Bolden

Danielle Minett

Elizabeth Mackenzie


Our first event is coming up on the 23rd February, with the opening night of the first exhibition of the year. This begins at 6.30pm so put it in the diary! We have animals, maps, keepsakes and portraits, and the rare vision of a turtle in a tutu so don’t miss out!


Also coming up is our student open show in May so keep an eye out for further details on the theme.

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls – Pablo Picasso

Current Exhibitions

We have some truly beautiful art to start the exhibition calendar for 2013 at Watt Space. With solo shows by Zoe Roxbourgh, Shana Dennis, Kate Burton, Michaela Swan, and Anna Mackintosh, the gallery is temporarily home to the creative endeavors of some seriously talented women. Don’t miss out! The current exhibitions run until the 17th of February. We hope to see you there.

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30 January – 17 February 2013


Zoe Roxburgh

Roxburgh examines the alchemy of painting through the domesticity of the home studio. She has painted on a variety of surfaces and explored dimension, moving away from traditional, flat surfaces. The works explore the idea that memory of home and childhood can be captured and re-experienced in colour and light. Like Margo Lewers, Roxburgh really enjoy colour!


Once More With Feeling
A solo photographic exhibition by Shana Dennis

Rather than her usual ‘dressing people into characters with costumes and make up’, for this exhibition Dennis decided to go in a different direction with a new series Once More With Feeling. The body of work is a photographic expression of different emotions and ideas explored through a series of self-portraits, using long exposures and colour.


Art Forms
Kate Burton

Kate Burton’s first ever solo show explores and identifies art forms and patterns within nature itself through several different projects all put together in one exhibition.

The first project involves ceramic works in the style of creatures of the sea. Some of these creatures have electrical wires coming out of them, a statement of the fragility of coral reefs against environmental dangers such as global warming, genetic engineering and non-renewable energy being sourced in marine parks such as the Great Barrier Reef.

The second project is called 50 Shades of Collage, where Burton shows 50 small-scale collages sourced from old National Geographic  magazines and picture books about nature and geography.  This project explores arts forms of nature alongside juxtaposition, surrealism, abstraction and absurdum.

The exhibition also includes other works of Burton’s favourite subjects such as anatomy, natural history illustration and Dada and Surrealism.


Avoid Black: Textile Art Exhibition

Michaela Swan

Growing up on the Mid North Coast, Michaela Swan has always been inspired by her family, her surroundings and everything colourful or textured.  Avoid Black expresses Swan’s love of textiles, by contrasting the texture and visual effect of her solvy handmade fabric against digital reproductions printed on fabric.  Each work is loud, vibrant and excludes black from the design in order to gain the full impact of the colours.


Paper and Stone

Anna Mackintosh

This series of lithographs refers back to pre-industrial origins of the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield. Remembered as a rural landscape, bordered by bush to the West, steep gullies, creeks and river flats to the East, and close to water. I visualize this replaced topography just below the hard surface of bitumen, concrete and slag. Movements of water and wind historically deposited and shifted more malleable natural materials. Evidence of these land forming processes are perhaps reflected in the contours and cracks, and the shifting and heaving of our own temporarily imposed strata’s and surfaces.


To be opened by Miranda Lawry, senior lecturer Fine Art, at 6.30pm Thursday 31 January, the exhibitions continue until 6pm Sunday 17 February. Gallery hours are 11.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday to Sunday.
For media comment, contact Penny Finnigan on 4921 5188. 


University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate Show
Prelude showcases the diversity of art practices, techniques and concepts employed and explored by our graduating students. The exhibition is both a celebration of years of artistic development as well as a preface for tomorrow.

The exhibitions continue until 6pm Sunday 9 December. Gallery hours are 11.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday to Sunday.