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Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection presents a comprehensive overview of Australian art from colonial times to the present day. Accentuated by several key pieces of historical importance, a diverse range of Indigenous bark paintings and the nation’s finest collections of twentieth-century Japanese ceramics and Australian ceramics, Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection is of national significance.

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There are over 6,500 works of art currently in the Gallery’s collection, celebrating a wide variety of styles and mediums. Within our main collecting areas of Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Prints & Drawings, Sculpture, and Video & New Media both colonial and contemporary works are represented, celebrating Novocastrian, Australian (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) and at times international artists. Key artists include Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, Rupert Bunny, Judy Cassab, Grace Cossington Smith, John Coburn, William Dobell, Donald Friend, Bill Henson, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Margaret Olley, John Olsen, Patricia Piccinini, Margaret Preston, Lloyd Rees, Alex Seton, Brett Whiteley, Michael Zavros as well as an extensive Australian and Japanese ceramics collection including the prestigious Sodeisha collection. The collection is conserved, maintained, and developed by the Gallery’s Curatorial team.

1 Laman Street Newcastle
Across from Civic Park and adjacent to Newcastle Region Library, the Art Gallery is situated on the corner of Laman and Darby Streets.
Ph 02 4974 5100

For more information go to the gallery website or phone 02 4974 5100.
We were impressed with the very helpful and friendly people at the gallery.
We recommend subscribing to their email newsletter “enews” it’s a great way to stay informed.

Photo © Newcastle Art Gallery

Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm and every day during the school holidays.
Extended hours: Open until 8pm on the last Friday of the month (except December), open every public holiday except Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open 1-5pm on Anzac Day

Entry Fee
General admission is free. Some special exhibitions and events may incur a charge.

How to contact the gallery
General information Ph 02 4974 5100
Gallery events and bookings Ph 02 4974 5100
Tours & education Ph 02 4974 5112
Newcastle Art Gallery Society Ph 02 4974 5123

Photo © Newcastle Art Gallery

Public transport to the Gallery
By Bus
Stops for various routes operate on Hunter Street, King Street, and Darby Street.
By Train
Hamilton Station is the closest station to Newcastle Art Gallery. Bus routes to the Gallery are available from Hamilton Station. Click here to visit the NSW Transport information website, or call 131 500.

Free 1 and 2-hour parking is available in and around Darby Street, and free 30-minute parking is available on Laman Street. Paid all-day parking available at the rear car park in Queen Street.
Time limits, paid ticketing systems and Compliance Officers operate in the Civic Park and Cooks Hill area, please check the street signs when you visit.

Photo © Newcastle Art Gallery

Groups and Tours
Large groups are encouraged to call and inform us of their visit. Newcastle Art Gallery Guides provide free tours to interested groups booking at least a week in advance. For more information, call the Audience Programs Officer on 4974 5112 or email

Cloakroom services
The helpful gallery staff will store personal and bulky items as a courtesy while you are at the Gallery. Please be aware it is a requirement of the Gallery to leave any bags or items exceeding A3 in size at our front counter, particularly backpacks as they can be a risk to works of art on display. It is at the Gallery’s discretion to request a bag or item be stored during your visit.

Access information
Newcastle Art Gallery is completely wheelchair accessible and has a courtesy wheelchair available on request.

Thank you Newcastle City Council
The Newcastle Art gallery owned and operated by Newcastle City Council and they must be congratulated on providing such a wonderful establishment.

Photo © Newcastle Art Gallery


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