CURVE Gallery on Hunter Street in the East End of Newcastle will re-open this month with a revamped exhibition space below and an art apartment above.
Gallery director Lisa Who said there was a real buzz in the Newcastle art scene and the time was right to launch, what may be the city’s first, accommodation for art lovers and artists.
Newcastle is an emerging cultural destination.
“Newcastle is now definitely on the map,” Ms Who said. “For artists it’s a more manageable city, you are more connected to the community; you are more connected to other artists.”
Artists such as Braddon Snape, Michael Bell, Lottie Consalvo, Nigel Milsom and James Drinkwater had drawn attention to the city.
“And the emerging artists are bringing the energy,” she said. “There are artists coming out of the art school and the university and they are realising it is sustainable to have an art practice in Newcastle.”
The Curve Art Apartment was about “advocating for the culture that is happening in Newcastle”.
It will host artists in residence – artists exhibiting in the gallery – as well as those visiting the city for a cultural experience.
“People don’t just want accommodation,” Ms Who said. “They want to have a cultural experience.”
Guests who stay in the artistically appointed and airy apartment will be invited to exhibition launches and provided with information about cultural things to do and see in the city.
The launch of the apartment coincides with the opening of the first official show of 2019, HUNTER River, Common Ground.
The exhibition in the revamped gallery features the works of UK-based printmakers – Jason Hicklin, Greg Fuller and Tracy Hill – who have responded to the Hunter River and investigated connections to the landscape and the coastal environment through art.
All three will visit Newcastle for the exhibition, while Jason Hicklin will take up residency in the Curve Art Apartment during the show, which opens on February 15.
To find out more visit: curvegallery.com