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Newcastle Art Gallery is taking it to the streets

While inside the Newcastle Art Gallery is a construction zone, outside the work of the gallery continues.

As part of the Gallery’s off-site programming initiative, it has unveiled a number of captivating works by local talent Izabela Pluta on the walls of the construction hoarding along Laman Street.

Pluta’s visually arresting works not only add a splash of creativity to the city’s streetscape, but serve to remind us of the importance of the gallery, its commitment to local artists, and why its expansion matters.

“We can’t wait to be able to welcome the community back into our expanded Newcastle Art Gallery, which will significantly increase our capacity to present exhibitions and programming that showcase our incredible collection while supporting contemporary practice and artists’ groundbreaking ideas that engage and broaden our audience,” Newcastle Art Gallery Director Lauretta Morton OAM said.

An artwork by Dylan Mooney, installed along Darby Street, has further enriched the cultural tapestry of the city and helped build expectations of what’s to come inside once construction is complete.

Sydney-based artists Diana Baker-Smith and Agus Wijaya are slated to showcase their works on the walls later this year, adding to the diverse array of creative expressions featured in the off-site programming.

Selected from a pool of over 300 applicants nationwide, these artists bring their unique perspectives to the forefront, enriching the cultural landscape of Newcastle.

You can find out more about the art and the gallery’s expansion by visiting