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Stories from Wonnarua Country is a series of artworks made by students from seven local schools who have been exploring what it means to be living on Wonnarua Country today.
The artists have been led by their student colleagues who are the leaders of their school -based Junior Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.
Showcasing the hauntingly beautiful collaboration between acclaimed artist Del Kathryn Barton, celebrated director Brendan Fletcher and award-winning visual effects house Method Studios, this milestone exhibition traces the interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century classic through a sophisticated artistic lens. A shining example of multidisciplinary partnerships across the creative arts, Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose has its genesis in a commission by ArtAnd Foundation (previously Art&Australia), who asked Del Kathryn Barton in 2010 to reimagine a timeless fairytale. Layered…Find out more »
Newcastle based artist Lottie Consalvo's work traverses painting and video, with a strong focus on performance. Her work mines her interest in the psychology of human experience with ideas surrounding longing, desire, the intangible and the ungraspable. This solo exhibition, Somewhere Else brings her disciplines together as she unfolds the enormity of the immeasurable and the ineffable attributes of distant places in the self. Lottie Consalvo is represented by Dominik Mersch GalleryFind out more »
This exhibition invites current members of the Maitland Region Society of Artists to create a new work of art which celebrates what Maitland means to them. As part of the process each artist will contribute to a poem which will be written and displayed as their gift to Maitland.Find out more »
Nola comes from a long standing tradition of painting en plein air, artwork created ‘in the moment’, painted and worked on in situ. Nola can often be working in her magnificent home garden or out in the field during her many trips overseas. Nola’s subjects are often domestic or people enjoying themselves in a café in the sun. But there are glimpse of grandeur here in Italy, France or in her own backyard.Find out more »
Penelope Seidler AM has an intrinsic and layered connection to Maitland. This exhibition unfolds those layers to reveal Penelope Seidler's love of art, her support of artists, her generosity and her ties to Maitland - a personal connection that began more than a century ago in East Maitland where her father, Clive Raleigh Evatt QC (born in 1900), and his two elder brothers Ray and Frank, who were both killed in France during WW1, were born. This exhibition also unfolds…Find out more »
For Suzanne Archer, travel has been one of the most powerful challenges and enriching source of artistic expansion. From travelling with camera, sketchbook and notebook in hand, Archer has amassed a collection of travel journals that have recently begun transforming into artist books. Her journeys have taken her to Europe, Africa, Thailand, China, Bali, USA, and domestically throughout Australia, with this exhibition including a variety of media collected from and in response to the idea of Travel and Self. Suzanne…Find out more »
Local legend Frank Oakes invites you into a world of wizardry, wonder and fairy tales created through the ancient art of puppetry.Find out more »
If you stroll along High Street in an easterly direction you cannot miss Brett Piva’s immense mural on the side of the Gallery building. Commissioned to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Gallery’s redevelopment the Artist was asked to take inspiration from this milestone. Piva believes the beauty of abstract art is that it is open to interpretation. The Artist has taken inspiration from the landscape within which the Gallery sits and has amplified the patterns that can be…Find out more »
Volunteer snake catcher, educator and natural history illustrator Teresa Purnell presents an exhibition of serpentine splendour.
Teresa’s passion for the conservation of snakes and reptiles drives the artworks in the exhibition SnakeAbout. The detailed natural history illustrations are seen as a tool for teaching people about the peaceful and safe co-existence with reptiles.
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo. Co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams (Director of Umbrella Studio), the exhibition brings together a selection of over 20 works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, twenty-five years after the historic achievement. Each artist has responded to an aspect of Eddie Mabo that they are drawn to, whether it is his life, politics, activism, or legacy. The…Find out more »
Hunter-based artist Edwardo Milan has a particular obsession to make things by hand. Referencing the everyday and raw gritty materials, Milan takes us into his world to talk about the who, the how and why of us. In his words: My art work comes from an obsession of making things by hand and referencing the everyday, the commonplace, not the high tech manufactured cool, this is the raw, the hands on, the gritty world of making things that talk about…Find out more »
Between the wheezing song of the carousel and the voice of the muse of epic poetry lies the land of Nicola Hensel and John Turier. For twenty six years their home and studio have produced a steady stream of sculptures, drawings, songs and offspring who make things. This show brings their practices together for the first time – and included a drawing machine a mechanical parade, giant buttons and maps for the ever renewable heart.Find out more »
Dale Forward is a Newcastle based artist and comic creator. Predominantly working in ink, though also delving into painting and digital illustration on occasion, Forward’s work is characterised by its dark fantasy themes and explorations into interactive elements. The title Warlock is drawn from Forward’s 2018 interactive comic of the same title that readers are able to engage with through 3D glasses to find different images on the same page giving two different sides to the story.Find out more »