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Region’s art and culture commitment expanded

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Two high-profile Newcastle organisations are working together to expand the region’s art capabilities.

City of Newcastle (CN) and the University of Newcastle (UoN) have entered a four-year partnership to not only support arts and culture throughout the Hunter but provide students with valuable educational experience.

It’s a significant milestone for both institutions.

A First Nations cadetship has also been established to offer career-ready opportunities in Cultural Stewardship in the arts. 

As work on the expansion of the Newcastle Art Gallery continues, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said it was the perfect time to formalise the relationship between the parties for the benefit of the local community, visitors and a new generation of pupils.

“Students across various disciplines, including architecture, visual communication, business and tourism courses, now have the opportunity to undertake career-ready placements,” she explained.

“They’ll also have the chance to learn while shadowing staff through all aspects of gallery operations, from overseeing exhibitions to retail and commercial activities.

“To counter that, the gallery can take advantage of the university’s academic expertise and resources, while building relations with pupils who bring fresh ideas and perspectives to foster growth with new audiences.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky AO welcomed the alliance with Newcastle Art Gallery.

“We share a common commitment to cultivating creativity and innovation in the region,” he said.

“This special, collaborative partnership will allow us to deliver real-world, professional experience to equip our students with career-ready skills, which we believe is key to their future success. 

“They’ll have the opportunity to build connections with the knowledgeable team, which will help them find a career they love in the future. 

“We are proud to be one of the first institutions in Australia to embed this type of career-ready placements within all undergraduate degree programs.

“And, we’re fortunate to have a network of supportive organisations and businesses like Newcastle Art Gallery that are equally passionate.”

Newcastle Art Gallery director Lauretta Morton OAM agreed.

“We look forward to the educational and creative opportunities that this partnership will bring,” she said.

“We envision future collaborations across complementary exhibits, research and parallel programming, as well as the chance to learn from each other.”

UoN’s university galleries art curator Gillean Shaw echoed Ms Morton’s sentiment. 

“Our art galleries are renowned for contemporary exhibitions and our Watt Space city gallery is the longest-running student gallery in Australia,” she said.

“This partnership will allow us to work together to create more opportunities for our students.”

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