1 SEPT - 23 SEP 2018

A multi-sensorial experience, comprising of hand-crafted architectural forms and interiors, sensory evocations, performances, sound works and participatory projects.




Presented by Hunter-based artists Penny Thwaite and Matthew Tome, BEHAVE is a multi-sensorial experience, comprising of hand-crafted architectural forms and interiors, sensory evocations, performances, sound works and participatory projects. 

A key work in BEHAVE is a performative installation in The Yard, where a handmade structure developed from a crop of materials farmed specifically for the work will be built in view of the audience. This ephemeral structure is linked strongly to innate human behaviours and to natural forms and materials, in direct contrast to the colonial architecture of The Lock-Up. 

Both Thwaite and Tome engage with laws and cultural norms. Through their art practice, they both question the rules that determine what materials we can build with what, specific animals we can kill, plants to grow and harvest and how we can use materials that we find on the ground. 

BEHAVE brings to the viewer into a participation that is beyond mere viewing by engaging smell, touch, sound and other physical interactions, including a live vocal performance and the use of digital and electronic technologies. 


Thwaite's formal art studies were at East Sydney Tech and Sydney College of the Arts in the late 80s and early 90s. Since then, she has continued a studio and exhibition practice, participated in an artist exchange program in Canada, worked in arts administration and curating, including at First Draft and The Performance Space in Sydney, and spent 7 years as an artist in the Youth Arts Program at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Her work is based in performance, sculpture and installation with her most recent exhibitions  being at the Newcastle Community Art Space, SilkHouse and The Emporium in Hunter Street Mall and Eden Art, a Renew Newcastle gallery. Her interests range from taxidermy to performance art. She earns money as a nurse, and is currently learning to spin and to play the violin.  


Tome is a painter, drawer, printmaker and installation artist. He has studied at Meadowbank College of TAFE (Art Cert, 1984), City Art Institute SCAE (BA,1987), College of Fine Arts, UNSW (Grad DIp,1990), UTS Sydney (Grad Dip) & Macquarie University (MA,2001). Matthew is currently Head Teacher, Fine Arts at Newcastle Art School, Hunter St TAFE. His practice is multidisciplined, centred on drawing but using many forms, methods and scales. He has a deep interest in history and science and has an MA in Ancient History.  His work however, deals with a wide range of subjects and cultural references. 

Tome has exhibited extensively since 1986 in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has worked on a number of collaborative projects. His installation works include Rebuilding (First Draft, Sydney 1989) Under the House (with Tess Horwitz, Artspace, Sydney 1990), The Wrong Side of the World (SilkHouseArtProjects, Newcastle 2009), each involving significant construction, sculptural and architectural elements. Painting, printmaking and drawing exhibitions include Oppenheimer’s Chair and Gyprock Cave (Art Systems Wickham, Newcastle, 2016,2014) and has been a finalist in the Jacaranda Drawing Prize (1998,2006,2010,2014). A Little Respect, a print collaboration with Michael Kempson, toured regional art galleries throughout 1999-2001.