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A Guide to Newcastle Art Galleries

A Guide to Newcastle Art Galleries

The art culture in Newcastle is thriving, with a pool of talented local artists, and a range of art galleries in the area showcasing National and International talent. We’ve compiled a list of the most talked about galleries in Newcastle for you to visit (maybe even all in one day if you’re feeling overly energetic). As these galleries are indoors, it’s a great way to spend a rainy day. Most of the galleries are free to visit, or have a donation box, so you won’t break the bank.

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The University Gallery

The University Gallery presents curated exhibitions and touring shows that enable an awareness of contemporary art, artists, communities and disciplines. The gallery also supports and promotes local and emerging artists through exhibition programs. Parking inside the University of Newcastle is $4.50 for the day. Public transport services are also available.

Opening Hours:

Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 12pm – 4pm

Address: GS Building, University of Newcastle, University Dr, Callaghan

Find out more about current exhibitions on their website.

Cstudios Art Gallery

Featuring exhibitions of contemporary and fine art. They hold art classes and workshops and can offer gallery tours for school and community groups.  See what’s on at Cstudios Art Gallery by heading to their website for more information.

Opening Hours:

Wednesday 11am – 4pm
Thursday 11am – 4pm
Friday 11am – 4pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm

Address: 738 Hunter Street, Newcastle

Newcastle Art Gallery

The Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG) was founded in 1945 with an art collection donated by Roland Pope. His collection was held in storage for 12 years awaiting the Gallery’s opening, which came in 1957. Nationally recognized as one of the finest public collections in Australia, NAG holds over 6,200 works of art and is an important cultural element for the city. It’s something you all visitors to Newcastle should see. There are various programs and tours that the community can engage with. Head to their website for information on tours, workshops and current exhibitions.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm

Address: 1 Laman Street, Cooks Hill

Watt Space Gallery

Watt Space is the University of Newcastle’s student art gallery. Members of the public are welcomed and encouraged to visit the exhibitions and support the emerging artists showcasing their works. Visit their website for up to date information on exhibitions.

Opening Hours:

Wednesday 11am – 5pm
Thursday 11am – 5pm
Friday 11am – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 5pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Address: 20 Auckland Street, Newcastle

Free Spirit Aboriginal Art

Free Spirit Aboriginal Art Gallery represents more than 70 local indigenous artists and craftspeople.
The gallery was established in 2012 by Aboriginal artist Elsie Randall, a Bundjalung Yaegl woman from the far north coast of NSW, after dreaming to create a space where local artists could be featured and develop their profile.

Visitors to the gallery can purchase small gifts, large art works, commission an individual work or corporate mural, arrange a colour consultation for their home or book into an art or craft classes. Keep updated through their Facebook page.

Opening Hours:

Wednesday 10:30am – 4pm
Thursday 10:30am – 4pm
Friday 10:30am – 4pm
Saturday 10:30am – 4pm

Address: 1/390 Maitland Road, Mayfield

Curve Gallery

The gallery features a diverse range of solo and group exhibitions.  Curating exhibitions that enhance the audience gallery experience, Curve Gallery showcase work that is contemporary and challenging. For more information, head to their Facebook page.

Opening Hours:

Wednesday 1pm – 7pm
Thursday 1pm – 7pm
Friday 1pm – 7pm
Saturday 11 – 3pm

Address: 61 Hunter Street, Newcastle

Shannon Hartigan Images

Shannon Hartigan is an international award winning professional landscape photographer who is completely self-taught.  In 2009, Shannon quit his job to focus on photography full time and a few months later opened his first Gallery in Newcastle. Three years later the business outgrew the space and he opened his current Gallery at 91 Hunter Street. It’s filled with beautiful images in a range of sizes and is definitely worth visiting. You can view his work here.

Opening Hours:

Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Thursday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 2pm
Sunday 9am – 2pm

Address: 91 Hunter Street, Newcastle

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Cooks Hill Galleries

Established in 1975 Cooks Hill Galleries is one of Australia’s leading commercial art galleries. The Gallery presents regular exhibitions and features art within four rooms, with art including abstract, modern, impressionism, surrealism and traditional. Easy to access with on street parking available. The owners are great to talk to and will happily answer any questions you may have. For more information, head to their website.

Opening Hours:

Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 11am – 6pm
Sunday 2pm – 6pm
Monday 11am – 6pm

Address: 67 Bull Street, Cooks Hill

Gallery 139

Gallery 139 is a contemporary Art Gallery specialising in emerging and established Newcastle Artists. There’s lots of information on their website about past, current and upcoming galleries.

Opening Hours:

Thursday 11am – 4pm
Friday 11am – 4pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm

Address: 139A Beaumont Street, Hamilton

The Lock-Up

Listed in the NSW Heritage Register, The Lock-Up was the Newcastle Police Station and lock up from 1861 until its closure in 1982. Since The Lock-Up opened in 2007 as a cultural centre, they have welcomed over 50,000 visitors.

The program includes contemporary art exhibitions, events, site-specific installation and performances, residencies, creative talks, workshops and a variety of activities designed to engage the arts community and the public and to encourage the sharing of ideas and creative vision.

To see what’s on at The Lock-Up, head to their website.

Opening Hours:

Wednesday 10am – 4pm
Thursday 10am – 4pm
Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 11am – 3pm

Address: 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle

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Acrux Gallery

Acrux Gallery opened its doors in 2016 and now features art exhibitions and artisan made crafts. Find out about upcoming exhibitions through their Facebook page.

Opening Hours:

Thursday 11am – 4pm
Friday 11am – 4pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm
Sunday 11am – 2pm

Address: 123 Tudor Street, Hamilton

ARTSYSTEMS Wickham

ASW is a contemporary art space aiming to promote contemporary art of diverse forms by leading artists. Head to their website for more information.

Opening Hours:

Friday 11am – 4pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm

Address: 40 Annie Street, Wickham

John Earle Studio Gallery

John Earle is one of Australia’s most renowned landscape artists. He was born in Newcastle in 1955, grew up and was educated here. In 1994 John established his studio/gallery as a place where you’re welcome to call in to see a changing display of his paintings. Find more information on his website.

Opening Hours:

Thursday 12pm – 5pm
Friday 12pm – 5pm
Saturday 12pm – 5pm

Address: 126 Glebe Road, Merewether

Back to Back Galleries

Located in Cooks Hill, Back to Back Galleries is an artist-run gallery connected to Newcastle Studio Potters Inc. run by a committee of volunteer artists and students with a ceramic focus. For more information, visit their website.

Opening Hours:

Friday 11am – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 5pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Address: 57 Bull Street, Cooks Hill

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

The Hunter’s only waterfront gallery. Explore Lake Macquarie and visit the gallery located in Booragul. Contemporary visual arts, craft and design practice is the main focus of the exhibitions, and respectful Aboriginal projects are a strong component of the program. Find out more from their website.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday 10am – 4:30pm
Wednesday 10am – 4:30pm
Thursday 10am – 4:30pm
Friday 10am – 4:30pm
Saturday 10am – 4:30pm
Sunday 10am – 4:30pm

Address: 1A First Street, Booragul

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