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Black & White Restive at Newcastle Art Gallery


Join the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Nuatali Nelmes 
with guest speaker Trevor Jamieson, acclaimed Australian actor,
to celebrate the opening of BLACK WHITE & RESTIVE 

Friday 27 May 2016 | 5.30pm
 Newcastle Art Gallery

Admission: Complimentary for Gallery Foundation and Society members 
$10 non-members. Drinks and light refreshments available

RSVP ESSENTIAL: 4974 5122 or email by Wednesday 25 May 2016, 5:00pm.




Cross-cultural initiatives in Australian contemporary art

28th May - 7th August 2016

Black White & Restive highlights diverse approaches to cross-cultural practice. The survey begins with the creative exchange between Albert Namatjira and Rex Battarbee, the artist who introduced Namatjira to watercolour painting in the 1930s. Further examples of contemporary cross-cultural relationships are explored throughout, with five large-scale collaborations giving the exhibition striking visual impact.

Exhibition highlights include the immersive Always Walking Country 2013 by Lynette Wallworth, Martumili artists from Western Australia and New York based singer Antony (aka Anohni), as well as Gordon Bennett’s The Nine Ricochets (Fall Down Black Fella, Jump Up White Fella) 1990 and Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers’ Fatherland 2008.

Black White & Restive pushes the limits of scale with monumental collaborative paintings and immersive film, accented by intimate works on paper and delicate drawings. The exhibition is realised as three visually distinct conversations united by its cross-cultural theme.

This project is supported by Arts NSW’s Curatorial Support Initiative grant, a devolved funding program administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This project is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.



Saturday 28 May, 2016
9.30am to 10.00am Registration
10.00am - 4.30pm Symposium sessions
5.00pm - 6.30pm Drinks and private viewing of the exhibition
McIntyre Theatrette, Newcastle Museum, 6 Workshop Way  
Newcastle NSW 2300
$110 incl. GST, Student concession $70 incl. GST  
(includes morning tea, lunch and drinks)

A day-long symposium in which leading academics, curators and artists discuss cross-cultural engagements in contemporary art. Speakers include Trevor JamiesonKim MahoodIan McLeanDjon MundineMargo Neale and Una Rey (see website for a full list of speakers). The panel discussion will explore curatorial visions, the history of cross-cultural exhibitions, the ethics and politics of collaboration, creative expression, cultural authority and persistent taboos as well as imagining cross-cultural futures in the arts.