Watt Space Gallery on ABC1233

Hi All!!! We are so excited!!

Karen Bolden the Watt Space Officer is going to be on ABC radio tomorrow morning with Jenny Marchant.

Tune in between 8:30am-11:00 am on ABC1233 (Newcastle) to hear how Watt Space Gallery has been running for the last 28 years and the amazing achievement it is to be the longest running student gallery in Australia.abc2


The Penny Finnigan Scholorship

Watt Space Gallery would like to thank the University of Newcastle for the dedication of the previously known Annual Student Travelling Scholarship in Penny Finnigan’s name.

This annual prize worth $2500 will now be known as
The Penny Finnigan Scholarship.

Watt Space Gallery and University Staff have also placed a plaque in her honour within the Watt Space Gallery. It reads;

Remembering Penny Finnigan
Penny’s initial connection with Watt Space was as a student committee member in the early 1990’s. She was appointed Gallery Director in 1996, a position she held untill1999. Penny returned as a curator of Watt Space in 2012, where she continued to champion the Gallery until she passed away in June 2017.
As Gallery Director and Curator, Penny contributed a wealth of Knowledge to the management and preservation of Watt Space, gained from many years working with regional galleries in Newcastle and Broken Hill and a range of Art Committees. As an educator, she was a generous and committees teacher for the many student scholars, interns, committee members and exhibitors who came through Watt Space. The work-embedded learning opportunities offered through the gallery were acknowledged when Penny received the Vice Chancellors award for Integrated Learning in 2013.
Penny’s contribution to the refurbishment of the heritage-listed Northumberland House as the new gallery was critical. Her insistence that the gallery be finished to the highest standard was typical of her belief in the future of Watt Space. Penny will be remembered for her absolute dedication to the students of the University of Newcastle, and for those who knew her, the Gallery will always be a tribute to her work.

Penny Finnigan

Words In Semblance

Watt Space Gallery  had the pleasure of being host to the UoN writers collective for their event Words in semblance which responded to the theme of the Annual Student Art Prize exhibition presently on show. Writers Kait Fenwick, Claire Albrecht, Alison Kelley and Jodi Vial each recited their amazingly inspirational and insightful poetry to a packed house.thanks all to those who came.


Words In Semblance : an interactive literary exploration reading between the lines on the Newcastle Map


UON Writers Collective featuring  Creative Writing students Kait Fenwick, Claire Albrecht, Alison Kelly and Jodi Vial presented words in semblance .

The event ran in conjunction with the 2017 Student Art Prize

The event, in keeping with the Art Prize theme of “semblance” explored that notion within a literary context and from within the framework of the geological and psychological map of Newcastle. included live readings staged during the event as well as interactive exhibits and opportunities to connect with the notion of semblance as it relates to the spatial, personal and historical experience of living in Newcastle.

Thank you to all those who attended this exciting literary response to this years 2017 Annual Student Art Prize.

2017 Annual Student Art Prize : Opening Night

Watt Space Gallery would like to thank all those who attended the Opening Night event for this years 2017 Annual Student Art Prize. It was an incredible turnout and a wonderful evening was had by all.

Thank you to all the University of Newcastle’s student artists who entered their works this year.

Also Thank you to our three esteemed Judges and the University Academics and staff who have supported this event and to our wonderful volunteers and the Watt Space Student committee.