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Watt Space Celebrates 25 Years of Student Art

The University of Newcastle Students’ Art Gallery, Watt Space, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in September, making it the longest-running student art gallery in Australia.

Over the past 25 years, Watt Space has hosted close to 30,000 student artists, who’ve taken advantage of the professional experience that exhibiting in such a space that Watt Space provides.

To mark this event, Watt Space is hosting 25 Watt: Exhibition and Catalogue, curated and edited by Penny Finnigan.

25 Watt will showcase a curated exhibit of works from former students who now have a national and international reputation, including Lucas Grogan, Alexia Sinclair, Chris Langlois, Peter Speight, Jennifer and Catherine Strutt, Ahn Wells and Dr Ashley Whamond.

Also featured in 25 Watt will be profiles of art administrators and essays by directors and ex-committee members.

In the lead up to the exhibition, Watt Space is hosting a residency for New York based installation artist Ian Burns, who is constructing his work for 25 Watt in the gallery. Originally studying his undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle, Burns travelled to New York on exchange, while in the third year of his degree. He completed a Master of Fine Art at Hunter College of CUNY, and has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally.

25 Watt

11 – 28 September, 2014
(Opening night 11 September, from 6.30pm)

Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Entry is free, all are welcome.

University House
Cnr King and Auckland Streets, Newcastle

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