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02 October 20

CITY OF NEWCASTLE INSTITUTIONS

City of Newcastle’s flagship cultural institutions are set to host a dizzying array of arts and culture. From the majestic Civic Theatre to the action-packed Newcastle Museum, inspiring Newcastle Art Gallery and engaging Libraries, our city’s institutions are bringing their A-game to New Annual.

NEWCASTLE ART GALLERY PRESENTS: WE CAN BE HEROES: a backstage pass

Over the Summer of 2020 Newcastle Art Gallery presents a behind the scenes tour seen through the lens of artists capturing intimate moments of Australian and international musicians. The exhibition puts the spotlight on individual stories that highlight similarities between international superstars and those seeking to achieve their dream of becoming heroes.

WE CAN BE HEROES: a backstage pass celebrates the connection and relationship between the photographer and their subject, in this case the musician, through rarely seen touring images, backstage portraits before musicians perform and views from the stage over the audience that very few of us get to experience.

14 November 2020 – 14 February 2021

NEWCASTLE ART GALLERY PRESENTS: VOID

The void is a multifaceted concept, not simply of presence and absence, but a place that exists between distinct worldviews, is occupied by meaning and is imbued with personal, historical and ancestral significance. The artists presented in this exhibition do not simply define the void as denoting a lack, but rather they utilise form to represent the formless.
Void brings together contemporary Aboriginal artistic practice from across the country. Curated by Emily McDaniel, the exhibition features existing works across the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, video and photography by artists including Pepai Jangala Carroll, Jonathan Jones, Mabel Juli, John Mawurndjul AM, Hayley Millar-Baker, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Rusty Peters, Doreen Reid Nakamarra, Andy Snelgar, Dr. Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO, Freddie Timms, James Tylor, Jennifer Wurrkidj, and Josephine Wurrkidj.

13 February – 18 April 2021

NEWCASTLE MUSEUM PRESENTS: 1x4

1X4 is a collection-rich, social history exhibition exploring the multiplicity of narratives each object can tell. It will challenge visitors to see through different perspectives. The exhibition highlights the role of curators and historians in shaping how we perceive significance and that each person’s view of an object or event is different. Each object chosen for this exhibition tells four distinct stories. You can listen to or read each of the four stories … or some, delve deeper to discover more or just enjoy the beauty of the objects. Every story is the truth, but they are all different.

CIVIC THEATRE PRESENTS: DO YOUR PARENTS KNOW YOU’RE STRAIGHT?

Bearfoot Theatre is a queer identifying, youth managed NFP theatre association based in Newcastle with an objective to produce solely original works of theatre, which convey important, relevant social messages and give a voice to young artists.
In many ways, Casey Miller is a regular teenager with a passion for writing stories. But Casey has a secret... he's straight. Feeling isolated, the aspiring author creates a friend- Riley, a lesbian girl who lives in an opposite world (not unlike our own) where heterosexuality is normality. Riley operates as a reflection of Casey as he documents twisted versions of his reality through her eyes. But Riley can't always be happy- not when Casey's not... Because that's not fair.

CIVIC THEATRE PRESENTS: CIVIC BAR

The Civic Theatre will come alive throughout the festival, with Civic Bar becoming a hub of nightly programming, including the return of crowd favourite Civic Bar Beats. Stay tuned for more announcements when Civic launches their 2021 season next month!

NEWCASTLE LIBRARIES & NEWCASTLE PODCAST STATION PRESENT: NEWCASTLE PODCAST FESTIVAL

Podcasts enrich people’s lives, educate and entertain them as well as inspire them to be the best versions of themselves daily and tell important stories that add to the rich tapestry of Australian culture. They also encourage people to take leaps of faith, chase their dreams and take practical steps towards the life they want. Presented by Newcastle Podcast Station and City of Newcastle Libraries, Newcastle Podcast Festival aims to educate and entertain podcasters from all walks of life and be a celebration of the communicative art form itself.