Last Fridays

Last Friday of every month (except December)
9 days from now
Extended open hours until 8pm

Admission is free. Some special exhibitions and events may incur a charge.

The last Friday of every month, Newcastle Art Gallery extends its opening hours until 8pm. Bring your friends, explore current exhibitions, browse the Gallery Shop and from 5pm enjoy a drink at our pop-up bar.

This month

Friday 26 January: Come for the art, stay for the live music. Kick off your Australia Day afternoon with a summer party set by DJ Tikabox from 5pm in the Gallery's sculpture garden. Unwind with a drink at our pop-up bar or join in our still life drawing activities inspired by the beauty of Australian native flora, and current exhibitions PAINTING MEMORY: From the collection and EVERYTHING CHANGES: Tim Maguire 2002 - 2017.

Next Month

Friday 23 February: More information coming soon...

Future Dates

Friday 30 March
Friday 27 April
Friday 25 May
Friday 29 June
Friday 27 July
Friday 31 August
Friday 28 September
Friday 26 October
Friday 30 November

Last Fridays does not occur in December. Stay posted for information on 2018 programming. Join up to enews to get monthly updates on our programs and events.

Previously in 2017

Friday 24 November: Enjoy after-hours access to the exhibitions and a drink at our pop up bar. This month, enjoy live music by local musician James Bennett in the exhibition EVERYTHING CHANGES: Tim Maguire 2002 - 2017, and step back into your childhood for a night of giant over-sized memory games in the exhibition PAINTING MEMORY: From the collection. Test your own memory, or challenge a friend! 

Friday 27 October: This month, celebrate the opening of the new exhibition PAINTING MEMORY: from the collection and the 60th Anniversary of the Newcastle Region Library. Engage with art making activities and view large projections in the activated spaces on Laman street during the celebratory street party.  Plus, join us for micro-talks exploring the stories and memories of our iconic works of art, held throughout the evening.

Friday 29 September: Enjoy a night of immersive art and performance by two diverse artists while you roam current exhibitions and grab a drink from the pop-up bar. Last Fridays will host guest artist Kevina-Jo Smith’s interactive installation #Protestbooth presented by Critical Animals during This Is Not Art.
Short performances of the dark comedic drama Pope Head: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon performed by Gary Roost will also occur at intervals throughout the evening. These teaser performances are just a taste of what will be on show at the Creator Incubator the following night, for the full performance!

Friday 25 August:  This month, join KILGOUR PRIZE 2017 finalist and local artist Lucas Grogan in a drop-in style collaborative art project responding to the idea of ‘the self’ through text or imagery. While you’re here, vote for your favourite painting in the KILGOUR PRIZE 2017 People’s Choice.

Friday 28 July: This month, THE PHANTOM SHOW has inspired a convergence of African dance and food - enjoy a performance by Earthen Rhythms African Drum & Dance and receive a free tasting plate hand-selected from the menu at Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant.

Friday 30 June: In celebration of the Abstraction exhibition and as a nod to young female artists -  we host large scale projections of artist’s work coming out of the community program This is Me. Facilitated by Simone Darcy, Lindy Gemmell and Connectability - young teen girls living in Newcastle use photography as a vehicle to build awareness and resilience around self-esteem, positive body image and self-identity. This month's line-up will also feature live music by local band Rattle Bone.

Friday 26 May: Bring your friends from 5pm and enjoy music in the Gallery space, a beer from our pop-up bar and be lead on a journey through fragrance at our perfume bar, presented by Jocelyn from Cult of Scent. Jocelyn will have a range of smells on hand - see if you can pick them!

Friday 28 April: Join us from 5pm and have a go at life drawing (working from a clothed male model), enjoy tunes provided by DJ Tikabox, and check out the gymnasium installation performers in the exhibition MAGIC MIKE.

Friday 31 March: Starting from 5pm, enjoy complimentary health shakes and bliss balls, or if you prefer there is always the standard fare for sale at our pop-up bar. Then at around 6pm - work up a sweat with free entry to 1980s style aerobic workouts presented by Fondalicious! (Don’t just look good, look Jane Fonda good!) PLUS - witness choreographed weightlifting performances taking place within MAGIC MIKE and create an #unselfie infront of a life-size magazine cover in Smart Space - OR- you could join in on a Bike Tour and exhibition crawl starting at the Lock Up.

Friday 24 February: From 5pm, explore the exhibition ALEX SETON: THE ISLAND; as well as temporary sound and light installations by Newcastle artists positioned in and around the Gallery. Check out artists Dale Collier, @da1eco11ier Huw Jones @foxcontrolmusic and Zackari Watt @zackariw on their instagram pages.

Friday 27 January: Drop-in from 5pm and enjoy impromptu contemporary dance performances 'All over the Shop' by Catapult Dance and free live music by Indie/Pop central coast-based band: The Little Quirks.


  • Gallery entry FREE



Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Cooks Hill