Newtown ArtSeat

About Newtown ArtSeat

Newtown ArtSeat offers a space where experimental and non-commercial art can be showcased.

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

The ArtSeat has become a landmark in Newtown. 

What's on at the ArtSeat 

Mu by Lawrence Liang + Christian Tilia

Artist: Lawrence Liang + Christian Tilia

This work will be on display from 5 May to 3 August 2022

Lawrence Liang Mu 1200 x 628 

Artist Statement 

Empathy is the cornerstone of human interaction, out of all the regions of the face, the eyes and the muscles around the eyes are the most effective at communicating our emotions. Each of the 12 photographs in ‘Mu’ were taken after we approached strangers in Newtown and gave descriptive briefs to elicit specific emotions. Emotions of contempt, fear and disgust. The eyes of ‘Mu’ watch pedestrians as they walk past the Artseat recreating the same experience of walking past conceited and judgement filled eyes down the street. A baseless racism that confuses nationality and nationalism, experienced by Asian Australians during the Pandemic.





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Page last updated: 03 Jun 2022