On Stillness

online exhibition in collaboration with Newcastle Art Gallery

On Stillness is an evolving online exhibition presented across the social media accounts of public art galleries. It highlights artwork from the collections of each institution that embody the idea of stillness. Initiated by the National Art School and Newcastle Art Gallery, the exhibition draws focus to the collective experience of stillness imposed by the COVID-19 lockdown.

For many people, the pandemic has brought on a period of rare quiet. A dramatic narrowing of our social and working lives has redirected our attention towards modest stimulations: the warmth of the sun or the sound of a treasured voice. As the pace of regular life tentatively resumes, art can remind us to slow down and remain observant. Drawing on a range of genres and mediums, On Stillness celebrates the potential of art to pause time and illuminate the passing moment.

In keeping with its theme, On Stillness will unfold slowly, with one work posted to Instagram and Facebook weekly from participating galleries. Simply follow the hashtag #onstillnessexhibition to see the growing number of works and gallery collaborators.


Image: Sarah Goffman, White Series, 2009–13, acrylic and enamel on PET, 34 pieces, various sizes, National Art School Collection, gift of Sarah Goffman, 2018 © the artist

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