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.


Intersections (2024)

Artist: Ashfield Public School students with Artist in Residence Karen Manning

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This work will be on display from 29 May 2024 to 4 September 2024

Artist statement

Ashfield Public School students with Artist in Residence Karen Manning Intersections showcases the collective contributions of every student from Kindergarten to Year 6 at Ashfield Public School to acknowledge Refugee Week and the importance of "' compassion, empathy and human connection. This oversized patchwork quilt is inspired by the beloved children's book 'My Two Blankets' by Irena Kobold and Freya Blackwood and is composed of 504 unique fabric tiles, incorporating applique, embroidery, and beading techniques. The work celebrates unity, diversity and community with this fusion of woven imagery and text honouring the experiences of migrants and displaced people, highlighting their journeys and resilience where a visual intersection of memories, culture and stories come together.

With thanks to:
Author and Illustrator - Irena Kobold and Freya Blackwood
Photographer - Doug Austin
Students - Emilia; Gean; Greta; Nehir; Riyo; Serena
Handwriting - Elliot; Florence; Matilda; Rose


 Intersections Ashfield Primary School 540 px

Previous exhibits


Our next annual call out will be held in 2024 for exhibitions in 2025. It will be listed on the artist opportunities page.

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Page last updated: 05 Jun 2024