FIRST: Expressions of interest now open for new exhibition at Newcastle Museum

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island creatives who have a link to Newcastle and the Hunter are being invited to take part in a major new community exhibition being curated by Newcastle Museum.

Entitled FIRST, the exhibition, which will offer an insight into the diverse and contemporary practices of First Nations artists, will be on display at the museum from April 2023.

Newcastle Councillor and proud Wiradjuri woman Deahnna Richardson said Newcastle Museum offers an invaluable vehicle through which we can tell our city’s story and understand our identity.

“The Awabakal and Worimi communities have cared for this country we call Newcastle for more than 60,000 years and have carried rich and diverse arts practices and knowledge through many generations to contemporary life,” Cr Richardson said.

“I applaud Newcastle Museum for working alongside the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to provide a space to celebrate their extraordinary creative and cultural practices.”

First Nations artists who would like to take part in the exhibition should submit an expression of interest by 12 February 2023.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an online portfolio where visitors can connect directly with artists’ online profiles.

Newcastle Museum is on the cutting edge of contemporary museum practice and has been nationally recognised for its innovative exhibitions, which create insightful ways to interpret and preserve our city’s fascinating history,” Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“This exhibition will provide a wonderful avenue through which we can gain new perspectives and celebrate the work of local emerging and established First Nations creatives.”

For more information about the First and to submit an expression of interest visit