The Newcastle Art Gallery Youth Advisory Group acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and pay our deepest respects to Elders past, present and future. The Youth Advisory Group is dedicated to honouring the culture and traditions of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the visual arts.



Mikayla Nangle

Mikayla Nangle is an emerging dancer, choreographer, and experimental artist. Working with Newcastle’s very own Catapult Dance, Nangle has engaged with national and international choreographers (Rachael Erdos, The Loneliness Project; Israel Aloni, In Your Face), performed in touring shows (Catapult Company’s Awkward) and site specific exhibits (Catapult, Acquist).

Through her ventures into self-choreography Nangle has collaborated with musicians and visual artists, often working through the body to explore philosophical and sociological notions and commentaries. Most recently, Nangle has been developing Re/Collect, a collaboration with Alexandra Ford and composer Julian Boggs to be performed as part of a Catapult and Critical Path choreographic exchange.

In addition to these primarily choreographic works, Nangle has recently begun to explore the realm of digitally informed practice. Commissioned for This is Not Art (TiNA) in October 2021, Nangle's work In the Absence, a choice is a choose your own dance adventure comprised of 18 individual videos displayed and navigated online. As a first foray into the digital realm, Nangle’s work displays the expansive potential of video and new media when coupled with existing practices.