PODspace is an exhibition and education program managed on a voluntary basis by a group of emerging curators and artists.

PODspace stopped operating as a traditional gallery at the end of 2012, before experimenting with pop up exhibitions in 2013. During 2014 PODspace will again retain the pop up exhibition format, working with partners to activate spaces around Newcastle.

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March 29, 2011

Return to Super Death Canyon: Payback Time

Daniel Smith and Albatross Wirehead

Wednesday 30 March - Saturday 16 April 2011

Opening night: Thursday 31 March, 6-8pm

Artist talks: Saturday, 9 April, 4pm

Free and all welcome



PODspace will play host to digital artist and self proclaimed gaming fanatic Albatross Wirehead, and Sydney artist Daniel Smith, with an exhibition of the comical and absurd. Return to Super Death Canyon: Payback Time is a collection of video game levels based on an original game concept.

Blood sucking alien bats, sea monsters, grotesque mutated forms and tentacled end-bosses are just some of the fiends that our hero Carlos must battle in this epic revenge platformer.

The works are presented in the pixelated style of 1980’s 8-bit games, printed in large format and spanning the gallery walls. There is a large chunk of video game kitsch thrown in for good measure. The drawing is currently being converted into a working platform game, by Wirehead, with a demo being available to play on opening night.

March 7, 2011

The Drawing Room: Violent Grass

Una Rey

Wednesday 9 March - Saturday 26 March 2011

Opening night: Thursday 10 March, 6-8pm

Free and all welcome



“The Drawing Room: Violent grass paintings were made following a family
holiday to the UK in 2010. Witnessing centuries of the figure painted on
that verdant grassy island, sitting in private drawing rooms and hearing
family stories all informed the violent grass imagery. A boy is punished
for touching wet paint; a baby is placed out of hearing range to cry alone.

“My imagination roamed on the reaches of Empire based on a careful
'disregard' for children and what part this might have played in the
violence implicit in Colonialism. This is a just one simple glance at
the complex history linking the lush-green and the grey-green islands. We
all have ancestral collages in our heads. Sometimes we’re compelled to get
them out and put them down.”

- Una Rey, March 2011