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Surplus or opportunity?

21 December 2016 | Posted in: News


A surplus room doesn’t have to be a waste of space. In late 2012, Rachel King and Jamie Oorschot were given the opportunity to take up a shop space in The Emporium called The Business Who’s Who of Australia. They have now given someone else the same opportunity offering Renew a surplus room in their own commercial space.

Jamie and Rachel are developing their premises, Softys on Maitland Road in Islington, into a cafe/micro brewery/artspace and have a space left over for a Renew project to call home. Lu Quade has taken the space and is working with a group to set up a zine lab and library called Tiny Boat @ Softys.
Tiny Boat will be officially opening in Feb of next year, stocking work from local creatives in the form of zines, VHS-zines, illustrations PLUS an artist workspace for zine makers and DIY publications into Softys.

Rachel recalls meeting Lu at their Renew space in The Emporium and now, four years later, he will be moving his Renew space into their building!

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Creative journeys

4 November 2016 | Posted in: News

Running a creative business is not an easy road, but the hard work, and determination is rewarded with the joy of creativity and expression. A Renew space gives people an environment where they can incubate a new idea with less of a risk. It gives them permission to fail, which often is also the springboard to success. We have been capturing these journeys as mini docs

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What’s your Renew story?

4 November 2016 | Posted in: News


On 8 December, during Partnership Week, we will begin to build a transportable exhibition of the Renew Newcastle story. We want our partners and our local community to be part of the exhibition and invite you all to contribute your own Renew story on the night with fun interactive activities and vox pops.

The Foundation of Regional and Rural Renewal has awarded us a grant to create this immersive installation to spark the interest and imaginations of community, future partners and leaders alike. Utilising the modern museum exhibition skills of Everett Creative, the installation will be a simple, interactive and engaging version of our story.

Initially housed in our flagship retail building, The Emporium, work on the installation will begin later this year and should be completed within six months. Its transportable components will enable it to be hosted in other locations in the future.

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The value of vacant property

4 November 2016 | Posted in: News


One of our early Renewers, Conversant Media, has recently sold their business for over $11m and is proof of the need for creative industries in Australia. We love to see our participants graduate and we continue to work with our partners to provide spaces for more projects to do the same.

In Jan 2009, Zac Zavos moved Conversant Media from his sunroom to an office space with Renew. He graduated to a commercial lease three and a half years later. Zac’s vision, drive and creative innovation have built a fast growing digital media company with a high profile portfolio. Pursuing a niche of sport, culture and lifestyle technology and employing a team of business savvy writers, videographers and tech heads they have pushed the boundaries to suit their own passions and been successful.

We are honoured to be part of his story and thank our partners GPT, Urban Growth, Newcastle Now BIA, Hunter Development Corporation, Newcastle City Council and NSW Government for their ongoing support.

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Out of the BOX

3 November 2016 | Posted in: News


Lorna Ballantyne Epps has just completed a two month residency on The Stage in the Emporium. She has not only created, displayed and workshopped her beautiful resin artworks, but has developed connections with the full time residents of The Emporium along the way.

In a collaboration with Janita Ayton from BIII book binding they have combined their skills to create handmade boxes crafted by Janita and featuring Lorna’s original resin artwork on the lid.

Each box is unique and comes with a choice of leather or cloth binding. Coming with a certificate of authenticity as a signed and numbered piece they are beautiful as well as useful and a perfect example of the benefits of collaboration.

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