Our internship program ensures young artists and arts’ administrators have valuable work experience as they prepare for their future careers in the world of art. The internships cover the following areas: gallery skills, including hanging works and curation; arts administration, arts marketing and event management.
Our Interns are being trained to be innovative, trouble-shooters with the capacity to think outside of the square, solve problems and get things done. They work one day a week at Newcastle Art Space for a 12 month period. They contribute, learn, and make connections with artists, other arts workers and institutions. These interns will graduate with the skills, self-confidence and be workplace wise and ready.
2019 / 2020 INTERNS
Jamie Bastoli is an emerging multidisciplinary artist whose practice aims to unnerve the subconscious and speculate on the presented reality. She completed a (BFA) Honours at the National Art School in 2015 and (BIA) Interior Architecture at UNSW in 2012.
When I first arrived in Newcastle, Newcastle ArtSpace was an open and welcoming door into the local artist community, and so became a kind of refuge to me. Throughout the internship I've been taught new skills in a fun way and put them into play through shows and events.
There has also been countless opportunities to further my own career as an artist through the many prizes, workshops and exhibitions, but what has been the most rewarding to me is to get to know the unique individuals who work so hard for all of us to be a part of an organisation that supports the Arts in Australia.
After completing her Bachelors degree in Fine Art and spending two years focusing on developing her skills in museum direction, Ashleigh has utilised her skills in the administration, direction, management and basic curation of Newcastle ArtSpace’s gallery and studio artists.
“I am interested in the business of being an art professional and ArtSpace gives me the chance to learn the dealings of an art organisation first hand. I am also a self-funded independent artist so I have a fresh perspective when delivering work covering curatorial, gallery management, exhibitions and social media. As well as learning extensive gallery and studio business skills, being a part of NAS also provides me with an opportunity to network various art events and see the various paths being part of this industry can take me.”
Alessia Sakoff is an environmental artist based in Newcastle, Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Newcastle, she is now represented by Flinders Street Gallery in Sydney. Primarily focusing on works on paper, her recent work has drawn from experiences in both local and international natural environments.
Tensions between representation and abstraction, order and chaos are at play in her landscapes as she highlights the strength and beauty of nature and its relationship with humanity. Working outside of the studio space, ideas of the sublime are a constant theme across her paintings as a celebration of the unpredictable and uncontrollable forces of nature.
Featuring in many art prize exhibitions across her career, her recent achievements include winner of the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize 2018 for the Works on Paper Prize and twice winner of the People’s Choice Award, as well as runner up for the Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarship Prize for Young Achievers in Visual Arts.