Image courtesy of Hannah Quinlivan

Hannah Quinlivan State of Suspension (with artist) (2016) Steel, PVC, nylon, salt and shadow (2 km wire, 1.5 km nylon, 6.5 kg salt)

Just Draw

6 February - May 2016

Just Draw celebrates drawing and its many possibilities, performance, multimedia, installation, sculpture, kinetics and robotics. Exhibition curators Todd Fuller and Lisa Woolfe present Australian artists who leverage the possibilities of this deceptively simple medium.

Australian drawing is alive with dynamic interrogations of its own parameters. It is an enduring medium with a fierce versatility, a medium of democracy, easily accessible in materials and actions.

Drawing offers a conceptual wonderland allowing the practioner to meander through a broad spectrum of ideas and concepts. From artists whose work could be described as a contemporary take on a classical methodology, to those who nudge the definition of ‘drawing’ beyond the realm of ‘marks on paper’. This survey considers artists works which are so much more than just drawing.

Related Public Programs

Opening Event
Friday 19 February
7.00pm - 9.00pm

Mark your diary for a night out at Newcastle Art Gallery. Come and experience the opening of three new exhibitions plus a live drawing performance.
Gallery open from 7.00pm, so make sure to come and take a look at our three new exhibitions on display:

A DIRTY BUSINESS: Devine, Styan and Tilley

From 8.00pm, performance artist Kellie O'Demsey in conjunction with musician Mick Dick, will perform 'A line in the Dark' using the Gallery facade as a canvas.

Bookings and Enquiries
Free event, refreshments will be available for purchase
RSVP essential call 4974 5122 or

Free Children’s Art Trail
Take your children on a tour of the Just Draw exhibition, supported by a drawing activity booklet.

Experimental Drawing
Five-part introductory series of casual drawing classes on
Thursdays 25 February – 24 March (5 weeks) 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Cost: $20 per class, $90 for all 5 classes. Payment required at time of booking call 4974 5100

Inspired by the exhibition Just Draw enjoy a social and experimental drawing class in the Gallery with fine art and complimentary refreshments. Each week participants will investigate the practice of a different artist on display, developing skills in the areas of basic drawing techniques, mechanised mark making, loose landscapes, drawing from life and drawing with a narrative. Beginners and experienced artists welcome. Participants are required to bring a sketch pad and pencils.

Egg-cellent Easter Art Extravaganza
Saturday 26 March 2016 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Cost: $10 per child, includes art materials and refreshments. Adults free entry. Payment required at time of booking call 4974 5100.

Hop along to the Gallery for an Easter egg hunt and guided tour around the exhibitions. Then grab a hot chocolate, collect your egg hunt loot and make your own Easter craft. All ages are welcome.

Autumn School Holiday Workshops – Week 1
Wobbly & Wonderful Drawings
12 April – 15 April 2016

Cost: $25 per child, includes all art materials.
Ages 5 – 12years. 10.30am – 12.30pm, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Art making workshops inspired by the exhibition Just Draw. Young artists are invited to become creative inventors, designing and building their very own mechanical drawing hand. Children will get to use parts from discarded plastic toys to design and assemble a machine-like hand to hold a pencil and then create their very own wobbly and wonderful drawings.

Free Youth Arts event in conjunction with Community Youth Development Project
Saturday 16 April 2016
11am - 1.00pm | 1pm -8pm
Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Region Library, & Civic Park

This year, Community Youth Development Project is set to transform Civic Park into a vibrant celebration of youth, cinema, arts and music. The event is to celebrate National Youth Week!

From 11am to 1.00pm, artist Grant Stewart will providing an art workshop at Newcastle Art Gallery prior to and during the event. Drop in any time. Join Grant as he demonstrates some fun ways for students to explore their world through drawing and robotics. Free event. All materials will be provided. All ages are welcome.

From 1pm to 8pm, head outside for a BBQ and more activities and then along to Civic Park to enjoy the entertainment and activities provided by Community Youth Development Project, including a Pop Up Cinema at sunset, circus workshops, food and coffee vans, Plus much more to be announced! (Gold Coin Donations will be welcomed to Samaritans to support young people at doing it tough)

Educator's Exclusive
Information session for educators
Thursday 7 April 2016 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Free event. Bookings required call 4974 5100.

Audience Program staff and artists from the Just Draw exhibition invite educators to this exclusive after hours event. Experience the new exhibitions on display, enjoy refreshments and discuss new teaching ideas with your colleagues.

Art Fix Friday
After hours tour in the dark to celebrate EARTH HOUR
Friday 22 April 2016, from 8.00pm

Free event. Bookings required call 4974 5100

Join Dr Miranda Lawry, Senior Lecturer, School of Creative Arts, Newcastle University and selected Art students who participated in the Dust project, for an informal viewing of the exhibition Just Draw and discussion of works on display.

Community Access Workshop
For community groups working with people with special needs
Thursday 31 March & 7 April 2016 10.30am – 12.00pm

Free event, bookings required. This is an education event, contact Audience Programs on 4974 5112 to make your booking.

Exploring drawing. This workshop allows participants to experiment with printmaking in a fun and encouraging way inspired by works in the exhibition. Visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend, including those with limited mobility, vision or hearing impairment and intellectual disabilities.

DRAW OFF: A Day of Drawing
Sunday 1 May, 10.30 to 2.30pm
Activities free, all materials supplied
All ages and abilities welcome

Celebrate the last day of the Just Draw exhibition by participating in a range of creative drawing activities across all levels of the Gallery. From life drawing to digital drawing, there will be something for everyone. We will have special guest artists Todd fuller and Lisa Woolfe in the Gallery for a live 'draw off'. Visitors can watch, learn or join in! There will be collaborative activities and a chance to create your own work. A fun event for kids and adults who love drawing!


Just Draw Art Trail (980.3 KB pdf)
Just Draw catalogue (1.3 MB pdf)