Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Exciting New Window Installation At NANA !

New Work @ NANA - Justin Cooper + Connie Anthes in collaboration

In late 2013, Sydney-based artists Justin Cooper and Connie Anthes undertook a collaborative residency with the Ceramics department of Gymea TAFE. The residency period was used to address the possibility of combining traditional ceramic methods with non-traditional process-based practice. Both artists have independent but connected practices, with Cooper having a strong background in experimental ceramics and Anthes interested in challenging the expectations of particular mediums.

Raw materials have been scavenged from mountainsides, building sites and recycle bins and then combined using Cooper’s knowledge of ceramic chemistry to create “melt experiments”. The resulting vortexes of colour and low relief texture were then photographed at close range and digitally collaged to produce the final ‘ceramic works’, which take the form of large format digital prints that fill the windows of the old David Jones building in Newcastle, now part of NANA, the city's newest ARI.

The works will be on display from 26 January - 22nd February, and can be seen all hours.

Opening drinks:
February 8, 2014 from 1-4pm
NANA Contemporary Art Space
185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle

Friday, 17 January 2014


Get your brushes and pens ready because NANA is offering school holiday workshops.

Primary school children are invited to come join two practising artists and a writer in the NANA gallery this Summer for some creative fun.

January 23 and 24 
9am - 12noon or 2pm - 5pm

$65 includes a small group story writing workshop, art tutorial and materials.
For more information or to register your interest please contact nanacontemporaryart@gmail.com or phone 0407212027

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Works on Paper (Plates) Exhibition Fundraiser!

Works on Paper (Plates)

We are having a fundraiser exhibition. whether you are a professional artist, creative individual, supporter of the arts or an art and fun loving kid, we would love you to enter this exhibition. Using a standard paper plate as your blank canvas let's see what creative gems you come up with. 

Come into NANA  and pick up your paper plate
We currently have a craft station for you to work on your creation right here in the gallery. We are also encouraging people to BYO craft supplies as they are limited, or feel free to take your plate home with you and mull over your creative ideas in safety there. 

If you do not live in the Newcastle area please post your finished paper plate masterpiece  including the $5 entry fee and basic details, name and email address to 27 Norfolk Ave Islington NSW 2296

Entries Close February 26


Plates will be sold for $5 with all proceeds going to help out NANA- your local artist run space.

Opening March 1st 12pm-2pm 
Drinks and DJ provided
Bring a plate of food 

Wednesday, 8 January 2014


NANA is excited to present her latest show SMOKE STEEL SALT by local artist Madeleine Cruise.

In a collection of collages and paintings Madeleine reflects on the working industrial harbour of Newcastle. The compositions are loosely based on the landscape with figure ground relationships between stormy skies and turbulent ocean, fishing trawlers, smoke stacks and freight ships. Through a process of cutting and pasting collage material and building layered brush strokes Madeleine’s practice becomes part of the working city of Newcastle.

Exhibition continues till the Ist of February so Pop into NANA today and view the complete collection
We are open...
Wed 10 - 4
Thur 10 - 6
Fri    10- 5
Sat   10 - 4

For further information about Madeleine Cruise and her work please visit http://madeleinecruise.blogspot.com.au