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.



Otagaki Rengetsu

NAG Collection Artist

Rengetsu’s works have circulated widely and been exhibited through the years. Stories of her swirl through the oral tradition of Kyoto and legend has it that at one time every family in Kyoto had a piece of her artwork.

Modern masters and practitioners of tea ceremony continue to use her utensils and scrolls. And recently, her poetry and artwork have reached the international stage. Museums in Australia and the United States have hosted exhibitions of her work and more are planned in Europe, Latin America and Africa.