This week in Newcastle = awesome

Newcastle’s Ruth Hodge gives you the heads-up on some excellent things to see and do in Newcastle (the Australian one, not the British one) this week:

Newcastle has had a wave of reclamation as of late, and the tides keep rolling in new things to do and places to see this summer. Both new spaces and new times of day are seeing events and exhibitions cropping up all over the city, and this week is flooding with things to (potentially) tickle your fancy.

The University of Newcastle and TAFE students are putting on exhibitions around the city of Industrial Design and Architecture this week, with Design at The Edwards starting tonight, the 25th (at The Edwards at the West End of Parry Street, just in case you missed that one) and ending the 27th. [UN] MADE, an exhibit of the works of students from the University of Newcastle’s Master of Architecture, will be beginning with an Opening Party at 6pm this Friday (28th – poster at the bottom of this article) on the Rooftop of 92 King Street and concluding at 3pm the next day. These events are utilising space that last year would not have even been thought of.

Recontextualisation of spaces such as bars and hotels is becoming popular in Newcastle, with the RAW Exhibition of plenty of features artists and creatives showcasing the work that they’ve become known for through the Novocastrian community at The Great Northern (Corner of Scott and Watt Streets) this Thursday evening at 7:30pm (27th).


And, one more plug for you all to be shocked and terrified by this time – that boob whale you’re all having nightmares about is making its way downtown, walking fast to Civic Park in front of Newcastle’s Art Gallery along Laman Street for the launch of Patricia Picininni’s “Like Us” exhibition on Friday from 5:30pm. Many may remember Picininni’s prior works from studying Visual Arts in high school – her to scale life-like models of people and creatures in different sizes (such as the one at the top of the page), commenting on the fragility of individuals in their purest forms and moments. The event will have food stalls from Olive Tree Market’s repertoire and rock on till after dark.

So who said Newcastle has nothing to do? This week is full of creative night time adventure that we’re all craving especially in the summer when you are carried along by warm breezes and balmy nights. Check some of it out and support the local community, it will be rewarding.



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Words by Ruth Hodge.