Get your art on

There’s an oft-quoted figure that Newcastle was once (and may well still be) the home to more artists per capita than any other city. Is this true? Who knows? It’s near impossible to verify, but from personal experience, we do have a lot of creative types in this city.

And there’s an increasing amount of spaces for artists to collaborate and galleries to display their work. Here are just some of my favourites.

Newcastle Art Gallery

Located on Lamen Street Newcastle this is the city’s Gallery. This Brutalist masterpiece of a building was opened by the Queen in March 1977, and it’s housed exhibitions of local, national and international prominence over two floors ever since.

A new area is The Sculpture Garden on Darby Street, where rather fabulous events often take place. Last Fridays in an event on the last Friday of the month, where there’s live music, a pop-up bar and interesting programming. It’s the perfect way to introduce yourself to the Gallery.

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The Lock-Up

Located in a repurposed police lock up in Newcastle’s east end, this is one of the city’s most intriguing venues. With a diverse program representing edgy, contemporary works – the art is as evocative as its setting.

Of all the spaces in the venue, the former men’s exercise yard, known as The Yard, is often used for events and function and it’s one of my faves.

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Curve Gallery and Studios

Curve started in Liverpool in the UK and moved to Australia in 2012. Located opposite the Lock-Up, Curve has a focus on art, design and theatre.

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Cooks Hill Galleries

One of Australia’s leading commercial art galleries, this is the place to visit if you’re looking to invest in art, or are just browsing.

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Watt Space Gallery

Now in its third home (not in Watt Street – that was its first home) this is Australia’s longest-running student Art Gallery – having just celebrated its 30th birthday.

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The Creator Incubator

This warehouse space in Hamilton North is home to around 10 artists, with a gallery open Thursdays to Sundays.

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Art Systems Wickham

A warehouse in Wickham hosts a range of contemporary artists.

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C Studios Art

Located in the old Bellevue Hotel in Newcastle West, this gallery offers opportunities for a range of artists to exhibit. You could see jewellery, photography, pottery or painting on display.

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Gallery 139 Hamilton

Located on Beaumont Street, this independent gallery features a regularly curated array of emerging and established Newcastle artists.

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These aren’t the only ones. Do you know of more? Let us know in the comments.

Picture: Jamie North’s installation in The Yard at The Lock-Up in his exhibition SLIDINGS, June 2017.

Written by Linda Drummond

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