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.



Rosalie Gascoigne

NAG Collection Artist

Rosalie Gascoigne was an Australian sculptor born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 25 January 1917. Gascoigne grew up in New Zealand, however, in 1943 she moved to Stromlo in Canberra following her marriage to astronomer Ben Gascoigne.

Gascoigne had no formal artistic training, and it was only later in life she discovered her abilities. She experimented with the art of flower arranging in the late 1950s and developed a passion for gardening. Gascoigne then took classes at the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Gascoigne’s work is represented in public collections across Australia including Newcastle Art Gallery. Her work is also represented in public collections in New Zealand and the United States of America. Many of her pieces belong to private collections.

Tegan Kinder's thoughts on Gascoigne's 'Flora' - “This piece has a romance about it that drew me in – it feels like an off-beat love letter to Spring."