Nexus is a much-anticipated annual art exhibition hosted by Newcastle Grammar School featuring local Newcastle artists.
Monies raised from Nexus benefit the Nexus Paediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at the John Hunter Hospital.
Opening night is Friday 26 July from 6:30-8:30pm at Newcastle Grammar School, Level 2 of the Holland building (top floor), Newcomen Street, Newcastle. All are welcome to this free event.
The exhibition will also be open to the public on Saturday 27 July 11am-3pm and Sunday 28 July 11am-3pm.
Nexus is a much-anticipated annual art exhibition hosted by Newcastle Grammar School featuring local Newcastle artists. Nexus is organised by a small committee of committed teachers and parents who curate an annual exhibition of well-known local artists. The intent of the exhibition is to bring art to the School, the Newcastle community and to raise funds.
Several years ago the Committee developed a synergistic relationship with the Nexus Paediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at the John Hunter Hospital. This is a psychiatric unit for adolescents and young people. The Nexus Unit is an acute intensive care facility for children with a vast range of issues, from behavioural problems associated with autism and Asperger’s to eating disorders, mood disorders and more acute and immediate issues.
Monies raised from the Nexus Exhibition benefits the Nexus Paediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at the John Hunter Hospital.
The commission from the sale of artworks goes to the School’s Nexus Committee. Funds are donated to Nexus at JHH for them to be utilised in the most appropriate way for the young patients. For example, the Nexus Committee has ensured that the Unit at JHH has had ample ‘art for therapy’ equipment. We have also spoken with the young patients who requested items to make their stay more ‘home-like’. Hence the purchase of Xbox game consoles and games, sporting equipment, raised garden beds and GHD Hair Straighteners. In 2016 our funds contributed to the refurbishment of some of the areas within the Nexus Unit, in particular the sensory room, creating a welcoming and engaging space for the young adolescents who use this facility. New furniture and resources were purchased for this area and it is wonderful that the Nexus Exhibition was able to contribute to these upgrades.
A huge success for nearly two decades, with the first exhibition held in 1999, the primary focus of the Nexus Exhibition has been connecting leading Newcastle artists to the community and the Newcastle Grammar School family. In past years we have had up to 40 professional artists exhibiting at any one time with this number increasing significantly in 2016 – with approximately 75 artists contributing.
All participants are professional artists, with some working in institutions such as the Fine Arts Departments at the University of Newcastle and TAFE, and local schools. All artists have exhibited works locally and many have also exhibited nationally and internationally. A great diversity of art forms are represented, including painting, drawing, collage/mixed media, photography, sculpture, printmaking, jewellery, ceramics and illustration.