21 October – 3 December 2017

This exhibition has evolved through a collaborative partnership project between Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Arts in Recovery, and Newcastle Community Arts Centre. Throughout workshop sessions, the partners have been committed to consulting with, supporting and mentoring a group of mental health service users through the process of skill development needed to develop art practice outside institutional avenues. Established artists and museum/gallery workers have participated in a formally designed program of workshops to mentor the participants. For this group of emerging artists, wellbeing and a sense of self lies partly in being able to develop their skill and confidently identify as artists in a 'future full of art'.

A partnership project with Arts in Recovery and Newcastle Community Arts Centre coordinated by Jo O'Toole and John Cliff and supported by Create NSW through the Regional Partnerships Program.

One of the emerging artists developing his practice during the Art(ful) Futures workshops.

artful futures participant


21 October – 3 December 2017

David Fairbairn is well known for his large mixed-media drawings. Although this part of his practice continues, in recent years he has worked almost exclusively on large-scale etchings. ‘With these new prints,’ he explains, ‘drawing directly from the sitter onto the copper etching plate is an important aspect of my process.’ The different characteristics of line between the prints and drawings are particular qualities that engage the artist; the corrosive mark in the etchings made as a result of the printmaking process or the drawn line on paper using charcoal or pastel. Now working mainly in monochrome, the artist is able to reinforce the underlying formal and abstract structures in the depiction of the sitter, while still emphasising the emotional and psychological content of the work. This touring showcase comprises drawings produced from 2010–2016, and etchings of the same sitters created during the period 2015–2017.

The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, the Orange Regional Gallery and the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery are supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

David Fairbairn Auto Portrait no 19 2012 intaglio etching on paper, 33.4 x 25.7cm. Purchased 2012, Collection Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, courtesy the artist.

artwork David Fairbairn

CLICK: Schools in Focus

21 October – 3 December 2017

CLICK is a gallery initiative launched to showcase and celebrate secondary school photographic projects from across the Hunter and Central Coast region. Each year, two exhibitions of work are selected and proudly displayed in the education room. This is the seventh exhibition in the series.

A gallery project coordinated by Anna Scobie

CLICK installation (detail) of work by Belmont High School students at the gallery in May this year.

artwork installation of work detail