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HOMEWARD BOUND: the art and life of Tom Gleghorn | 9 May - 19 July

Have you been missing your visits to Newcastle Art Gallery and Newcastle Museum?  Whilst many of City of Newcastle’s cultural facilities are closed to public access, they’ve opened up the virtual doors to bring a range of experiences right into your home via the new What’s On(line) calendar. From science fun with Museum Express @ Home, to Library live-streams and webinars for both young and old, the What's On(line) Calendar provides plenty of ideas to entertain you at home. Need inspiration for where to start? Why not take a virtual tour of the Art Gallery’s newest exhibition, HOMEWARD BOUND: the art and life of Tom Gleghorn.  

In 1959, Tom Gleghorn held his inaugural solo exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery; sixty-one years later, he is homeward bound.

The gallery will stage the first major survey of work by Tom Gleghorn, regarded as one of Australia’s finest and influential abstract expressionists. The exhibition will feature paintings and drawings from Newcastle’s collection, including the new major acquisition, Landscape Alter – MacDonnell Ranges 1986, as well as works of art on loan from private and public collections.

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Landscape Altar - MacDonnell Ranges
oil on canvas.  242.0 x 196.0 cm
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Sandra Dell Andersen 2018
Newcastle Art Gallery collection

Tom Gleghorn’s ability to evoke a strong sense of immersion within his compositions, his connection to the Australian landscape, as well as his mastery of colour and form, is strongly represented within this exhibition,” Newcastle Art Gallery Director Lauretta Morton said.

“As a highly respected senior artist, Gleghorn has influenced the Australian artistic community through not only his own practice, but his commitment to education.”

“Despite the difficult circumstances, the Gallery team has worked hard to continue to stage the exhibition. We’ve developed several exciting ways in which our audience will be able to engage with the exhibition while our doors are temporarily closed," Morton said.

With works drawn from across the artist’s extraordinary career of over 70 years, the exhibition will also feature a new documentary created by journalist and author Scott Bevan, who worked with the Gallery on the exhibition."

Why not spend some of your time in isolation bringing one of Australia’s most influential artists and his works into your own home, or experience one of the many other virtual tours or experiences on offer at

Newcastle Art Gallery

1 Laman Street, Cooks Hill, NSW, 2300

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