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See the World in a New Light at Newcastle Museum


School trips to Canberra may have been cancelled due to COVID-19, but you can still get a taste of one of the capital’s most popular experiences with Questacon’s Colour Exhibition at Newcastle Museum. This special touring exhibition developed by Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre – explores the science of colour and perception through more than 20 different interactive experiences.

Set up in a COVID Safe space in the Supernova Gallery, Colour allows visitors to discover how light influences colour and why we all see colour differently, using everything from coloured bubbles and iridescent insects to spectacular fluorescent rocks and colour illusions.

Questacon partnered with the Australian National Insect Collection and Geoscience Australia for this exhibition, which runs until 31 January 2021.

Newcastle Museum has also launched a second new exhibition showcasing the work of Newcastle photographer Luke Kellett. isolation: Portraits of Newcastle during COVID-19 (pictured above) includes around 25 large-format photographs taken in the wake of the first COVID-19 Public Health Order closures announced in March 2020.

Newcastle Museum Director Julie Baird said as part of isolation: Portraits of Newcastle during COVID-19, Luke wanted to document how the city felt and looked without the usual crowds and to explore togetherness during isolation. Luke photographed different types of households in isolation and recorded his subject’s thoughts, fears and hopes for the future via written responses to questions.

Tickets for Colour can be purchased through the Newcastle Museum’s website and cost $10 for adult, $5 for children aged three and over and $7 for concession card holders, while a family pass (two adults and two children) is $25. Entry into isolation: Portraits of Newcastle during COVID-19 is free.

Visitors should bring a mobile phone to enter the museum using a QR code and interact with both exhibitions. www.newcastlemuseum.com.au

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