Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Ink Dust & Offerings : Kate Zeritis

Ink, dust, clay, paper, water. 
The objects in Ink Dust & Offerings are exactly that, offerings. Made from the simplest things, these works document the searching interactions between individual and medium and then offer them to others to continue that interaction.

The ceramics and ink work record a thoughtful and playful sense of touch and sight, illuminate flexibilities, mistakes, forgiveness, give and take. What can the medium and individual offer each other? Who brings what to the table and how can the innate qualities of both parties be appreciated?

The collection of domestic wares are recognisably functional and yet all one of a kind. They encourage mindfulness during our daily habits of eating and sharing. What is awkward at first touch becomes familiar over time. They have taken on a life of their own and will continue to find new relationships with new owners.
Kate Zeritis initially trained in Printmaking at the National Art School. However, she found herself happier with clay and sumi ink. The relationships between her Greek family heritage and love of Australia’s landscape, flora and fauna is a continuous inspiration for her work.

Ink Dust & Offerings 
December 20 2015 - January 20 2017
On exhibition 24/7 in NANA'S gallery windows

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Monday, 28 September 2015

NANA and This Is Not Art 2015 present:


A real-time, community-based satirical art protest movement!

in May 2015, the government announced in the Federal Budget that $105 million reduction in funding from the Australia Arts Council. In response to this, hundreds of Australian artists have created works that subject and subvert the image of Arts Minister George Brandis within the visual timeline art history.

The George Brandis Live Art Experience consists of over 1700 pieces of work and within its totality represents a unique single collaborative artwork.

A selection of works will be proudly presented in the NANA contemporary art space windows during this years TINA festival. Oct 1 - 5 2015.

Check out the Facebook /Twitter page (where The Experience unfolds in real time): https://www.facebook.com/TheGeorgeBrandisLiveArtExperience

Twitter feed: @ArtOfBrandis

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Spring Exhibition

This October NANA and The Workroom gallery have teamed up to curate a group exhibition inspired by Spring. Taking place in the new and improved gallery space of The Emporium in Newcastle, the exhibition promises to be big, bright and textural. A special addition to the show is Miss Adam's Florist, who will be designing some custom fresh blooms for the exhibition which will bring fragrance as well as colour into the space.

Join us for the opening event:
The Emporium - 185 Hunter St Mall Newcastle
October 30th 4 - 5.30pm

Monday, 21 September 2015

Feral by Night

NANA'S current exhibition: Feral State Of Mind by Parris Dewhurst looks best by nightfall when the reflections of the sun cease and the interior gallery lights cast shadows over her skeletons and sculptures. Radiating with mystery, Dewhurst's works pull the gaze of the passer by into the den of the gallery space. Throughout three windows Feral State Of Mind depicts soft sculpture amidst an installation of nature: Trees, branches, skeletons and more. The carefully articulated sculptures maintain a reverence for the passing of life in the rawness of natural materials and relics of skeletons, paired with minimal stitching, cushions of fabric and props of wood. We witness an interference between man and nature that is charming, alluring, pretty even, but with a sinter undertone. The signs and symbols in this installation unite as a system of warning, there is a suggestion to prepare and take care for the future. It serves as a reminder that not all appearances run deep and that in nature actions create consequences.
- Madeleine Cruise

Feral State Of Mind closes on the 26th of September 2015

Perkins St -  Newcastle

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Love Your Limitations 8 -29 August Eleanor Hanlon


Monday, 17 August 2015


This August, in NANA'S gallery window space,  Eleanor Hanlon presents a series of time based Kinetic sculptures. This new series of works are are set to 'perform' tasks often associated for motivation and achievement. Inflating and deflating, night and day, they continuously attempt to fulfil their potential and carry out their instructions.

Eleanor Hanlon is a Newcastle based artist with an interest in performance and sculpture. This is her first solo exhibition with NANA.

Love Your Limitations is on exhibition 24 hours / 7 days a week in NANA'S Perkins Street Window space.

Stay tuned for the announcement of a closing event celebration for Love Your Limitations !

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Now Showing
Peter Morgan
June 4-28
A photographic exhibition of challenging and arresting images from Israel,Palestine, Lebanon and beyond.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Friday, 20 February 2015

Ro Murray presents a window installation in the NANA gallery windows


In December 2011, while staying on board a friend’s yacht, Sydney based artist Ro Murray recorded the international maritime signal flags on the cockpit wheel house, with the iDraw app on her phone. Consisting of 26 flags, this international system can be understood in 19 languages. Ro has adopted this code into her art practice so as to send her own message of: 

“You Me Us” 

(or in the phonetic alphabet): 

“Yankee Oscar Uniform Mike Echo Uniform Sierra”

You Me Us is a phrase coined by Ro which reflects on the recent terror events in Paris, and calls for a United World to stand together. 
Using chalk pens Ro has spelled / drawn this message in the language of the maritime signal flags on the NANA gallery windows, located on Perkins Street. The Flags stretch a 9 metre distance along the pedestrian sidewalk and reflect the industry  of Newcastle as a working port city with an active sailing culture in the cities busy waterway. 

Ro Murray is a visual artist with a sculpture and installation based practice that draws on her background in architecture. Her work responds to current stories in the media both environmental and social. This is her second show at NANA.


Thursday, 19 February 2015

What is CANDY ? An introduction by Ineke Dane

Squirm & Thrive 2015Acrylic on canvas 90x110cm

11 - 28 February 2015
NANA contemporary art space Newcastle

When I walked into Madeleine’s Islington studio, at the back of her house looking over a garden (giant jacaranda tree with chooks beyond), Candy reminded me of a saying: first there was the word, and the word was replaced by flesh, and it never healed. With flesh, without word, the world becomes infinite, un-bound by parameters of language.

Madeleine’s fleshy landscapes are just that, open wounds, no beginning, no ending, rather suggestions of infinite manifestations, a never ending morphing of worlds. Internal organs become the landscape, become external, as intestines become mountains as fertility eggs become reservoirs. Colour is indiscriminate, purple jacaranda by pastel pink by brown by indigo. At times awkward, calmer as eyes adjust, what begins as unnatural steers now to a norm and a world where branches can be yolk.

And what of the things that live in these landscapes? They oscillate between craving the artificial and being umbilical-bound to the natural, a mental tug of war to find place and peace in a world of manufactured candy-like temptations. These temptations border beauty but before long fall to the realm of the grotesque; an overindulgence that ends in decay, a melting return to an amoebic state.

With Madeleine’s Candy we see a peeling back and reduction to the point where reality and what once was meet: is the world today, was it the Archean.

Ineke Dane

Wednesday, 11 February 2015


NANA contemporary art space warmly invites you and your friends
to the exhibition and opening event of CANDY
a solo exhibition of paintings by



Evocative of real and imagined landscapes CANDY brings to life a luminous dream like state where the subconscious roams free. In a world of manufactured temptations beauty borders the grotesque and becomes an over indulgence ending in decay. 

11 - 28 FEBRUARY 2015


Candy 2014 Acrylic on canvas 120x110cm $750

To find out more about the artist visit: madeleinecruise.blogspot.com.au

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Anastassia Balachova - Still Life Works

Gumboots 2012 acrylic on canvas 70x50cm $280
Suitcase 2012 90x60cm oil on canvas $500
 Papaya 2015 Acrylic on canvas 60x60cm $500

Purple gloves 2013 60x40cm Acrylic on canvas $400
Yellow Flowers 2013 60x45cm Acrylic on canvas $400
Pomegranate 2012 40x50cm $400

White Flowers in vase SOLD
Fruits in blue bowl 2013 30x30cm Acrylic on canvas $200

Still Life black and beige 2013  30x30cm Acrylic on canvas $200
Bread green apples 2013 30x30cm Acrylic on canvas $200

Oranges on a chair SOLD

Beige White Purple 2014 45x45cm Acrylic on canvas $500

Anastassia Balachova catalogue $20

Strawberries 2015 60x40cm Acrylic on canvas $700

Purple Flowers 2015 70x100cm Acrylic on canvas $900
Yellow Flowers
Summer Time 2015 65x80cm Acrylic on canvas $700
Breakfast 2014 60x85cm Acrylic on canvas NFS

For further images, information and sales advice about any of the works please contact nanacontemporaryart@gmail.com

Still Life continues until the 7TH February 2015
Opening Hours: Wed - Sat 10am - 4pm

Sunday, 11 January 2015


JAN 21- FEB 9

In this exhibition Balachova explores an interest in still life painting developed during her time spent at  art school in Russia.The artist draws on real life and her own imagination depicting a vibrant narrative of objects as they develop. 

Originally from Russia and based in Sydney this will be Balachova's first solo exhibition since graduating from the National Art School. 

Please join us for opening drinks Saturday 24th, January from 2-4pm.