The University Gallery is situated in a purpose built, award winning building designed in 1995 by Peter Stutchury of Stutchbury Pape, in conjunction with EJE. One of the original aims for the gallery was to provide a best practice facility in which graduating students of the University could exhibit their work for examination. Graduating students continue to present exhibitions of the highest standard, and today the Gallery also provides an energetic space for the presentation, promotion and discussion of artistic and cultural developments and achievements in other areas of reaserch at the University of Newcastle. It offers a facility to enhance the learning and teaching experience of contemporary art, design and other related disciplines.
The Gallery also presents curated exhibitions and toruing shows that are relevant to the wider University and Hunter community, promoting an awareness of contemporary artists, communities and disciplines. It provides opportunities for the development of national and international networks in cultural organisations, and hosts regular events.
Underneath the Gallery is the Senta Taft-Hendry Museum, which houses an extensive and diverse collection of artefacts including carved wooden masks, weapons, drums and body adornments. The collection dates back to the 1950s when Senta Taft-Hendry began her travels to Papua New Guinea, West Papua, Micronesia, Polynesia and remote Australian communities. It has been donated to the University through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gufts Program.
Gallery hours are Wednesdays-Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays 12-4pm.
Please visit our website for information about exhibitions and events, or to add your name to the Gallery mailing list for invitations to openings and events.