Newtown Art Seat

About Newtown ArtSeat

Established in 2011 with support from Arts NSW and the City of Sydney, Council's award-winning Newtown ArtSeat offers a space where experimental and non-commercial art can be showcased.

The Newtown ArtSeat is a permanent structure located in Newtown Square that combines public seating, artwork display and lighting. The site is highly visible and exposes any artwork that is displayed in the structure to thousands of passers-by each day. 

The ArtSeat has become a landmark in Newtown.


What's on at the ArtSeat  

'All The Things we Never Talked About'

Artist:  Ian Thomas

6 February to 3 April 2019

Photography John McRae 

Image:  Artist Ian Thomas - Photography and digital manipulation by John McRae -@citronal

Timed to coincide with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Thomas's work is a composite of nearly 400 individual works on postcard sized boards.

"With this work, I've tried to reconnect with my sixteen year old psyche", explains Thomas.  "It's a reimagining of the gay adolescence I never had, being a closeted teenager who came out late in life.  It's given me a safe space to finally acknowledge all my teenage crushes, my hopes and dreams and my innermost thoughts - the kind of things I might have stuck on my bedroom wall, if I wasn't desperately trying to hide the fact that I was a queer kid."

Viewers who take time to stop and look will find a combination of collage, found images and paintings that act as a personal celebration of the spirit, colour and joy of the gay community.

"What I didn't know way back then is that life is a good time when you come out and celebrate who you really are", comments Thomas "and this work is my opportunity to shout that from the street."


installed Ian Thomas work

Web links

Instagram: @ianthomasart



For further information about Newtown ArtSeat, please contact Anthia Hart on 9392 5866 or email

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Page last updated: 26 Mar 2019