Abstract no. 10

Ralph Balson Abstract no. 10 (1956) 85.1 x 109.2 oil on cardboard mounted on hardboard
reproduced courtesy of the artist's estate

Poets Paint Words II

16 May - 5 July 2009

Australia's most celebrated poets have been commissioned to write a poem inspired by a painting in the Newcastle Region Art Gallery collection. This year's line up of poets includes Judith Bishop, Michael Brennan, Michael Farrell, Jane Gibian, Robert Gray, Ivy Ireland, Anthony Lawrence, Kate Lilley and Mark Tredinnick. Poets Paint Words II is curated by Peter Minter and Lisa Slade, in conjunction with the Sydney Writer's Festival. 

On May 22-23, a number of the poets featured in the 2009 Poets Paint Words exhibition will read their poems in the Gallery. For details, and a full program of events that the Gallery is running in conjunction with the Sydney Writer's Festival, visit the SWF homepage.

To see all the artworks online, and read the poems, you can do so on our 2009 Poets Paint Words page. You can also visit the 2007 Poets Paint Words page. 


Release your inner poet.

We had 170 entries into our Release your inner poet poetry competition, each of which responded to the below work of art by Tim Storrier. Poet and University of Newcastle academic Maria Freij judged the competition and selected 11 great poets to receive book prizes courtesy of the Sydney Writer's Festival.

The winners are: David Swain, Amelia Filmer-Sankey, Jan Dean, Po Yu (Eric) Wang, Anne B Udy, F Lucero, Gail Hennessy, Caitlin De Pater, Claire Williams, Jake, and Robert Henderson.

Competition winners can collect their prize from the Gallery.


Tim Storrier, Smoke haze over Capricorn 2008, acrylic on canvas

gift of the artist through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2009 (pending)

Newcastle Region Art Gallery would like to thank The Lock Up for providing poet Mark Tredinnick with a residency for this exhibition.



Education Kit: Poets Paint Words II (594.8 KB pdf)