Convention vs Invention: Breaking boundaries in contemporary art

2017 Winner Cameron Stead with the work Between you and me 2017
​Saturday 14 October 2017
2 - 3pm
1 hour

Free event.

Hear three diverse perspectives on the intentions, roles and responsibilities of artists, Galleries and audiences when dealing with challenging ideas. Join this conversation-style event exploring breaking conventional practices in contemporary art.

Cameron Stead Artist and Winner Kilgour Prize 2017
Cameron Stead is a Sydney based artist whose work explores the paradoxes, dualisms and ironies played out every day and in the art-making process itself. His work is often introspective in the examination of identity and notions of failure. Working within both traditional modes of practice and the expanded field of painting, Stead’s work also challenges prevailing hierarchies through the use of unexpected and unconventional materials. Stead is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Art at the National Art School and also holds a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Newcastle. He has exhibited in several group exhibitions in Sydney and is the winner of the 2017 Kilgour Prize, which is administered by the Newcastle Art Gallery.

Angela Philp Lecturer, School of Creative Industries, The University of Newcastle
Angela completed her PhD on 'Museums and the Public Sphere in Australia: between rhetoric and practice' at ANU. She has extensive experience in art and social history museums, a strong background in visual arts history and practice, and a long history of involvement in public art events and programs. She has also been involved in editing and indexing academic books and reports, both at AIATSIS and for individuals at ANU. She is also a Commonwealth Approved Art Valuer for Australian art (including Aboriginal art from 1975) and International art.

Jessi England Director, The Lock Up
Jessi England is the Director of The Lock-Up, bringing to the role over 17years experience in arts administration, creative industries production, project and small business management, marketing and philanthropic development. Starting at The Lock-Up in late 2012 she has overseen the relaunch and re-visioning of The Lock-Up as a multi-disciplinary contemporary arts space and creative hub. Jessi guides the vision of The Lock-Up, developing and curating artistic and public programs in line with the vision for the Lock-Up as a space for compelling and thought provoking programming, that promotes current, cross platform, experimental and diverse practice from Hunter based, national and international artists.
2017 Winner Cameron Stead with the work Between you and me 2017


  • This event is FREE


Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Cooks Hill