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  • Art+Collection+continues+to+come+out+of+the+shade
    07 Feb 2018

    Art Collection continues to come out of the shade

    Newcastle Art Gallery continues to showcase its significant collection with the opening of GRISAILLE: Shades of grey from the collection.

    Often a supporting act to more eye catching hues, grey is taking centre stage in this exhibition. The French word ‘Grisaille’ is an art theory term for the practice of using a colour palette restricted to grey. GRISAILLE explores the often discordant qualities we attribute to grey - simultaneously associated with tedium, absence and banality, but also elegance, neutrality and calm.

    The previous exhibition PAINTING MEMORY: From the collection, which closed after the Australia Day long weekend, was visited by almost 15,000 people and featured some of the Gallery's most well known and loved paintings. By comparison, GRISAILLE could be viewed as an eclectic and intriguing selection which allows the Gallery to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the collection, which currently holds more than 6,300 works of art and continues to grow.

    "Some of the works of art in GRISAILLE have not been previously displayed," said Lauretta Morton, Gallery Manager. "It is exciting to showcase them for the public to view and enjoy".

    A diverse range of artists is included in GRISAILLE, including John Brack, William Delafield Cook, Noel Counihan, James Gleeson, Frank Hinder, Max Linegar, Bea Maddock, Mike Parr and Fred Williams, as well as local artists Brett McMahon, Claire Martin and Nigel Milsom.

    In order to accentuate the exhibition, the Gallery has partnered with a local event company - Singles Events Newcastle - to present a Singles Mixer inspired by the concept of 'monochrome'.

    "The prefix 'mono' means 'single' or 'one," said Lauretta Morton. "The singles mixer is part of a bigger strategy of engaging with new audiences - locals who may not have had the opportunity to visit the Gallery and enjoy its collection before."

    Open until 8pm on Friday 23 February, visitors can enjoy after-hours access to the exhibitions, live music and stand-up comedy. Entry to the Gallery is free and all are welcome to drop in. Tickets to the Singles Mixer are $10 and must be pre-purchased. The singles event will be held concurrently with the Gallery's existing after hours program, Last Fridays.

    GRISAILLE: Shades of grey from the collection 3 February - 11 March 2018
    Also on display: EVERYTHING CHANGES: Tim Maguire 2002 - 2017 Closes 18 February 2018

    Related Events:

     Last Fridays

    Free, Friday 23 February & the last Friday of every month (except December), open until 8pm.
    More information:
    (Note: Last Fridays March will not be held as this date is Good Friday. The Gallery will be closed.)

    Enjoy after-hours access, live music and a drink at our pop up bar while you explore the Gallery for an evening of ‘mono’ (meaning 'single' or 'one') inspired programming.

    Local music by: solo singer-guitarist Mark Wells (pictured) (5-7pm)
    Exhibition micro-talk: Tobias Spitzer, Technical Officer, Newcastle Art Gallery (from 7pm)
    Stand-up comedy: Jarrod Moore from the UoN Comedy Club (short set after 7pm)
    Plus: Uno, checkers and solitaire game action.

    Exclusive Singles Mixer in the Gallery sculpture garden

    Presented in partnership with SEN Events as part of LAST FRIDAYS
    $10 per person, Friday 23 February, from 6:00 - 8:30pm
    Tickets available:

    GRISAILLE: Shades of grey from the collection sets the perfect backdrop to a Singles Mixer night - for nothing these days is simply black and white, but rather, many shades of grey.

    Come dressed in black, white and grey and enjoy an exhibition which celebrates the elegance and complexity of a mono (meaning ‘single’ or ‘one’) colour palette, as you mingle with other singles. Exclusive ticketed event.

  • New+tech+to+explore+Art+Gallery+online
    22 Jan 2018

    New tech to explore Art Gallery online

    An interactive, high-definition walk-through of the gallery and some of its most famous works of art is now live online to help educate the community about art and display the collection to a wider audience. 
  • Tim+Maguire+exhibition+at+Newcastle+Art+Gallery+is+cinematic+in+scale%3b+romantic+in+nature
    09 Nov 2017

    Tim Maguire exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery is cinematic in scale; romantic in nature

    A major survey exhibition by the internationally recognised artist Tim Maguire will be on display at Newcastle Art Gallery throughout summer - filling the gallery with large scale, incredibly detailed paintings. 
  • Much-loved+works+from+Newcastle%27s+collection+on+display+for+summer
    23 Oct 2017

    Much-loved works from Newcastle's collection on display for summer

    From Margaret Olley to Brett Whiteley, Rupert Bunny to Grace Cossington Smith - 36 of the "greatest hits" from the Newcastle Art Gallery collection - will be on show in the exhibition PAINTING MEMORY: From the collection.
  • Touching+portrait+of+everlasting+love+wins++KILGOUR+PRIZE+2017+People%27s+Choice
    30 Sep 2017

    Touching portrait of everlasting love wins KILGOUR PRIZE 2017 People's Choice

    A tender and colourful portrait of 89 year old Ken and 90 year old Betty's brightly smiling eyes peering over cups of coffee has won the hearts of voters in this year's KILGOUR PRIZE 2017 People's Choice Award at Newcastle Art Gallery. 
  • Between+dream+and+earth+celebrates+the+life+and+art+of+Mazie+Karen+Turner
    31 Aug 2017

    Between dream and earth celebrates the life and art of Mazie Karen Turner

    MAZIE KAREN TURNER: Between dream and earth celebrates the life and art practice of Newcastle artist Mazie Karen Turner (1954-2014) opening at Newcastle Art Gallery on Saturday 2 September.
  • MONTAGES%3a+The+Full+Cut%2c+1999+%e2%80%93+2015+at+Newcastle+Art+Gallery
    31 Aug 2017

    MONTAGES: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 at Newcastle Art Gallery

    MONTAGES: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 features the full suite of eight montage films by internationally recognised filmmaker Tracey Moffatt and her long time collaborator Gary Hillberg.
  • Artist+Cameron+Stead+wins+Newcastle+Art+Gallery%27s+%2450%2c000+Kilgour+Prize+2017
    04 Aug 2017

    Artist Cameron Stead wins Newcastle Art Gallery's $50,000 Kilgour Prize 2017

    Sydney-based artist Cameron Stead is the recipient of the KILGOUR PRIZE 2017, Newcastle Art Gallery’s prestigious annual award for figurative and portrait painting. 
  • Olsen+gifts+five+new+drawings+and+a+sculpture+to+Newcastle+Art+Gallery
    20 Jul 2017

    Olsen gifts five new drawings and a sculpture to Newcastle Art Gallery

    There is no doubt that Newcastle and the Hunter region are near and dear to the heart of Australian master painter John Olsen OBE, AO.
  • Finalists+announced+for+Newcastle+Art+Gallery%27s+KILGOUR+PRIZE+2017
    30 Jun 2017

    Finalists announced for Newcastle Art Gallery's KILGOUR PRIZE 2017

    Newcastle Art Gallery has announced the finalists for the KILGOUR PRIZE 2017, the Gallery's prestigious annual award for figurative and portrait painting. 
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