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Have a whale of a time at Lighthouse Arts


Karen Crofts says male whales do most of their cavorting during the month of August, which is why she says it’s the perfect time to host an exhibition showcasing the majestic creatures.  

She is, however, not a whale expert but an arts director.

And, while she admits her knowledge of the of the giant mammal may be limited, her respect for its beauty is not.

Which is why she has arranged for Lighthouse Arts Newcastle to host Whale Tales – an exhibition celebrating the migration of whales.

Photography, paintings, sculpture and poetry will all be used to honour the creatures of the deep in the city’s most unique coastal exhibition space.

Located at Nobbys – Whibayganba, the venue offers not only a creative interpretation of whales, but also the promise of a glimpse of them in the wild as they travel along the coastline outside its doors.

“Whale Tales are the stories of migration told through various art forms,” Crofts says.

“Art is used to tell stories, and this is a collection of stories about a creature well admired in these parts.”

For exhibitions coordinator Gina McDonald, Whale Tales offers a chance to get up close and personal to a creature that eluded her for years.

“I didn’t see my first whale until I was 40,” says the 60-year-old.

“They were almost all gone years ago, they certainly didn’t come close to shore like they do now. We’re very lucky to see them again.”

Born out of an arts and culture COVID-recovery initiative, Lighthouse Arts Newcastle offers a space for Hunter creatives to showcase their emerging and established talents.

It will be home to Whale Tales until September 18, open weekends from 10am to 4pm.

Peter Simmons. Photo: Peter Stoop

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