29 September – 2 December 2018

Curated by the JamFactory's Senior Curator, Margaret Hancock Davis, this exhibition brings together products, projects and works of art that reflect many of the current preoccupations with steel within contemporary art, design and artchitecture in this country. 'Today steel is one of the most ubiquitous materials in the world,' states Hancock Davis. 'It inhabits the landscape of our bodies, our domestic spaces and our built envitonments. A material that ranges from raw and functional to lustrous and decorative - steel blurs the boundary between utilitarian and precious.'

STEEL: art design architecture is a JamFactory touring exhibition.

Brodie Neil Reverb Wire Chair, 2010, hand formed mirror stainless steel rods, 75 x 83 x 100cm. Photo Marzaretti Ronchettit. Collection of Patrick Brillet of Patrick Brillet Fine Art Ltd.

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29 September – 2 December 2018

In this ongoing series of exhibitions curated from the gallery’s permanent collection, a selection of silver gelatin photographs by Charles Collin offer a wonderful insight into the architectural and industrial landscape that has helped shape the cultural and physical landscape of Newcastle and the broader Hunter region. In 1990, the Newcastle Photographic Society gifted to the gallery a collection of work by Collin, a photographer who produced a rich body of photographs documenting the workers of BHP and the dock life of Newcastle in the period c1940–70.

A gallery project curated by Rob Cleworth

Charles Collin, The Shearsmen (detail) c1944, silver gelatin photograph, 15.5 x 20.6cm, Gift of the Newcastle Photographic Society, 1990, Collection Lake Macquarie City, Art Gallery © the artist’s estate


6 October – 2 December 2018

Following on from popular previous Artist Focus projects, this showcase spotlights the practice of Hunter-based artist Matthew Tome, who maintains an active studio while heading up Newcastle Art School, Hunter TAFE. As an artist whose creative practice is wide ranging in both its intellectual and material scope – his investigations extend into the use of kinetic and time-based media – it is through painting and drawing that the breadth of his thinking is most apparent. Tome has sought to embody the lived experience via the act of making and materiality of the medium –the gestural marks, texture, viscosity, colour (and smell) become more than analogous references to sensations experienced.

A gallery project curated by Rob Cleworth in consultation with the artist

Matthew Tome, Smells Like Green 2017, oil on canvas, 71 x 71cm, courtesy the artist © the artist