What goes on behind the scenes of a major art installation? Eight Fine Art students from the University of Newcastle spent time working with an acclaimed Australian artist to find out.

Internationally-renowned Melbourne-based artist Hannah Bertram is exhibiting at Newcastle Art Gallery as part of Just Draw: an exhibition featuring nine experimental artists operating in the field of drawing.

The students worked as the artist’s assistants from January 26: gathering dust, documentation, stencil cutting and testing designs. They spent a week collecting and categorising dust, identifying a large coal content, unique to Newcastle.

Hannah worked to transform the dust into a major installation that opened Saturday February 6 at the Newcastle Art Gallery.

The artist and the students from the School of Creative Arts working on the project were based in the new artist’s residence studio attached to the refurbished Watt Space Gallery in Auckland Street Newcastle.

The co-curators of Just Draw’, Todd Fuller and Lisa Woolfe, approached the School of Creative Arts for their support in recommending students to participate in the project.

Dr Miranda Lawry, Senior Lecturer at the School of Creative Arts (Fine Arts) immediately recognised the bespoke opportunity for our students to work with an internationally renowned artist within the context of a major regional art gallery.

“The project perfectly aligns with UON’s Work Integrated Learning to provide students with industry experience to ensure the next generation of practitioners have acquired skills and experience in creative innovation and entrepreneurship” Dr Lawry said.

The exhibition at the Newcastle Art Gallery is an integral component of Hannah’s ‘Global Dust Project’ with each installation that Hannah creates reflecting on the history and issues of the particular city she is working in such as her recent installation in Paris.  http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/en/exhibition/interventions-building/hannah-bertram

The exhibition’s official opening is Friday 19 February, 2016 from 7pm.

‘Just Draw’ Exhibition

WHEN: Saturday 6 February to 1 May 2016

WHERE: Newcastle Art Gallery, Laman Street, Newcastle
WEB: http://www.nag.org.au/exhibitions/future/artist/just_draw