Address: The Emporium, Shop 3, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm
Property Donor: GPT/ NSW UrbanGrowth
Launched: 13 July 2015
Closed: 9 November 2015
e: [email protected]
PROJECT UPDATE – November 2015
I have had to step out of my space in the Emporium in order to pursue large scale public sculptures and visual spaces. At this point in time I am awaiting Development Approval for a contemplative garden space on the corner of Parry and Union Street which hopefully I will begin fabricating early in 2016.
Renew Newcastle has been a wonderful experience, I have networked with a great range of people whom I will continue to engage with over time to assist in my larger scale projects. Having the space in the Emporium has allowed me to have a greater presence in the public eye and share my grand ideas with other passionate people who champion the arts and artists like myself. My creative journey continues and I have been in contact with Christopher Saunders in regards to realising some large scale public works around Newcastle.
Who are you?
My name is Gavin Vitullo, trading under the name Vitulloart and previously I have studied Fine Art at Hunter St Tafe and Newcastle University.
My practice is constantly evolving but I am most known for my work in sculpture, recent accolades include the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize winner for the sculpture section in both 2013 and 2014 as well as being the successful applicant of the Lord Mayors public sculpture proposal back in 2013 for my work Undercurrent, this is a fish inspired sculpture which pays homage to the industry upon which our town is founded – port and rail.
What do you do?
In the past 2 years I have exhibited twice with Curve gallery, located in the top end of Newcastle, once in a two man show titled Rhythms & Consequences and most recently in my first official solo exhibition Mastering Mortality, both comprised artworks in the multi disciplines of sculpture, drawing, printmaking and painting.
Over the years I have developed a unique style of jewellery making, firstly in sustainably sourced Australian cedar which is often scarred with pyrographic markings and designs, recent pieces are evolving into far more sculptural, abstract forms. Secondly I have been developing a range of robust and rugged men’s rings which I am sure will morph into a women’s range with the same motif in the near future, with the intent of moving toward artefact-type wedding rings in precious metal for both sexes.
The latest addition to the jewellery collection are ornate hair chopsticks, these too are handcrafted from Australian cedar and have a delicate and rare quality to them, all of which are polished with beeswax to enhance the natural beauty that the timber holds within.
As an artist I take great pride in my work and the fact that I am the sole creator of everything in the Vitulloart space, this allows me to educate and inform the public on a far greater level to what they are looking at or intending to purchase. What is unique about the Renew Newcastle Emporium building is that as a collective of artists we handcraft everything we make. The creative talent in Newcastle is second to none and the fact we have the most artists per capita nationwide here is a tribute to our town, yet the support and funding for a very long time has remained lacklustre. Through Renew Newcastle, we as creative souls, have the means and opportunity to exhibit and showcase work from all walks of life, the diversity is wonderful and it is great to see the public responding to unique local productions.
Tell us about your space
My space in particular will be regularly transformed through varied sculpture and works of art which will occupy the white walls within yet I will also keep the showcase cabinets full of an array of artistic adornments. It is my prerogative to make the most of the space allocated to me by Renew Newcastle and continue to push my practice to the limits to provide a unique local experience for all.
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