Newcastle's Izabela Pluta is one of four artists whose work will be presented through the street hoarding project as part of the Newcastle Art Gallery expansion. Photo courtesy of Anna Kucera.
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Art gallery expansion to showcase artists on street hoarding

Newcastle Art Gallery’s major expansion project is set to get a vibrant artistic touch with the unveiling of four captivating artworks on the temporary street hoarding surrounding the gallery.

Selected from over 300 submissions, artists Izabela Pluta, Dylan Mooney, Diana Baker-Smith, and Agus Wijaya will have their unique creations featured on the hoarding, symbolizing themes of renewal, change, and anticipation.

Working closely with the Art Gallery’s Curatorial and Exhibitions team, each artist will bring their distinct artistic vision to life through mediums such as photography, drawing, painting, text, and digital illustration. The diverse range of artistic approaches is set to add a dynamic visual experience to the construction phase of the expansion project.

“Newcastle Art Gallery is held in high regard in the Australian arts community, home to a nationally significant collection worth more than $126 million and with an award-winning artistic program,” Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“This esteem will grow further as we progress with our long-awaited Gallery expansion project, which will significantly increase the Gallery’s capacity to present works of art of local, national and global importance while also providing our audiences with greater access to the city’s renowned public collection.

“In the meantime, the hoarding commission project offers a unique opportunity for audiences to enjoy new site-specific works of art made by these four well-regarded contemporary Australian artists, which will also help to improve the external view of this work zone in the heart of our city.”

The expansion project has reached a significant milestone with the completion of the remediation work on the historic mine tunnels beneath the building and is scheduled for completion in late 2024.