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Thu 4 June 2015

June Events, Exhibitions, Workshops & Call-Outs


Screen_Shot_2015-06-04_at_1.10.43_am ‘The Mezzanine Opening Night’ at Spores
See what the Market Square Mezzanine has to offer! Celebrate the graduation of two Renew Newcastle projects, Studio Bliss Designs and The Art Project, and explore their brand new spaces. Check out Spores and see their new exhibition and evolving space.
When: Thu 18 June, 5-7pm
Where: The Market Square Mezzanine, Hunter St Mall (up the escalators, next to Rivers)
RSVP: via


Screen_Shot_2015-06-04_at_12.48.53_am ‘Mastering Mortality’ at Curve Gallery
‘Mastering Mortality’ is Gavin Vitullo’s first solo exhibition and is an insightful look into the mind of an artist who questions one’s place within the environment through a multi-disciplinary practice that includes printmaking, sculpture and drawing.
When: until 6 June
Where: Curve Gallery, 61 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed to Fri 1-7, Sat 11-3.

Screen_Shot_2015-06-04_at_12.50.37_am ‘Conditions and Speculations’ at The Project Space
A live design critique and exhibition of proposals for living and working in Carrington by students of the first year Master of Architecture program at University of Newcastle.
When: 10-13 June
Opening Event: 5:30-7:30pm, Friday 12 June
Where: The Project Space at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.

Screen_Shot_2015-06-04_at_1.07.48_am ‘A Farewell to Arms’ at Curve Gallery
The first solo exhibition in Newcastle by Newcastle Emerging Art Prize Winner (Painting, 2014) John Moroney. Revealing universal truths with evocative painting & sculpture that analyse & de-construct familial relationships, describing themes of love, fertility, death and rebirth.
When: 13 June – 14 July
Opening Event: Friday, 12 June, 6pm-8pm
Where: Curve Gallery, 61 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed to Fri 1-7, Sat 11-3.

Screen_Shot_2015-06-04_at_1.25.05_am ‘Under The Dreaming’ at Nanshe Gallery
‘Under The Dreaming’ is a body of work by Naomi Wild that explores aspects of the artists psyche, archetypes and animal totems in an Australian context. A combination of plant-dyed natural fibres, handmade paints from local ochres and coal, free machining and linocut print work.
When: 24 June – 18 July
Opening Event: Saturday, 27 June, 12:30pm Where: Nanshe Gallery, 148b Beaumont Street, Hamilton
Hours: Wed to Fri 9-5, Sat 9-3.


Screen_Shot_2015-06-04_at_12.47.50_am DIY Media + The Roost Creative presents Hunter Lunch & Learn.
A free monthly series of business development seminars for individuals and entrepreneurs. This month Gillean Maxlow presents ‘Creating shareable content for your website and social media’.
When: 12.30 – 1.30pm, Friday 5 June
Where: The Roost Creative, Level 1, 152-160 Hunter Street, Newcastle (enter via Market St)
Cost: Free, but registration is essential.

Screen_Shot_2015-06-04_at_1.24.06_am Naomi Wild Studio presents The Art of Wellbeing.
Naomi Wild, artist and transpersonal art therapist, provides workshop participants the chance to conduct creative practises that focus on enhancing wellbeing and self care. Exploring a range of symbology, archetypes, dreamwork, visualisation and meditative practices, empowerment and stress management.
When: Tuesdays, 11am – 12:30pm (during school term)
Where: Wolfe Street Studios, 153 Hunter Street, Newcastle (enter via Wolfe St)
Cost: $20/$18
Bookings: Naomi Wild, 0424 265 922.

Screen_Shot_2015-06-04_at_1.05.58_am Natural History Drawing with Observatorium Studio
Join Chris Rockley and ecologist Lauren Vanderwyk for a day of hands on discovery and unveiling all the workings that underpin great wildlife drawings. You will be given an opportunity to handle, sketch from and gather enough reference images or footage to inspire years of future artwork.
When: 1-day workshops -3 July, 7 August, 4 September, 6 November
Where: Australian Reptile Park, Pacific Hwy, Somersby
Cost: Adult $118, Pensioner / FT Student $105, inc day-pass to Park


Screen_Shot_2015-06-04_at_1.31.41_am ‘Women of Heritage’ by EarthlyInk
‘Women of Heritage’ is an art project that focuses on the feminine context within and beyond family structure, explored with culturally diverse women residing in the Newcastle/Hunter region. Currently the project has engaged with 20 women who have each participated in a plaster face mould workshop, resulting in the masks being decorated, representative of their cultural stories and identities and later utilised in an installation. More women are sought to have face masks created.
When: Monday through Wednesday or Saturdays, by appointment
Where: Wolfe Street Studios, 153 Hunter Street, Newcastle (enter via Wolfe St)
Expressions of Interest: by Saturday 11 July 2015
Contact: or More info: or


Thu 4 June 2015

Good News, Quick Links (June)

Jane Shadbolt is an award-winning stop motion animator and works on projects in her own Renew Newcastle space in Market Square on Hunter Street. Jane also lectures in animation at The University of Newcastle and asked 49 first-year animation students to produce hand-drawn rotoscoped frames in their own style from Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’. She then pulled together all 2,767 frames to produce a video that many are saying is better than the original and is currently at more than 830,000 hits.

edenart Four Point Gallery will change its focus from solely a gallery space to a creative hub for people to make, create, explore and buy and sell art and handmade goods. To usher in this change, the space at 681b Hunter St (near Bank Corner) will be known as Eden Arts under the stewardship of Kate Wilson. Stay tuned for upcoming events.

vous Renee Verdon of VOUS at The Emporium has released a new bridal collection, inspired by the mysterious beauty and exotic elegance of the Japanese geisha. Available in-store or online.

potterali-x-theworkroom Always nice to see Renew Newcastle projects collaborate. In this case, ceramics of Ali Sobel-Read from potteryali and crochet of Maggie Hensel-Brown at The Workroom (both within The Emporium) joining forces to create these beautiful earrings. Maggie has also collaborated with Jodie Louise Millinery to create one-of-a-kind ladies hats.

2hrsnorth Another collaboration between Renewer Dylan Smyth and several Newcastle-based photographers has come to an end. 2hrsNorth is a collection of zines that document all the suburbs of Newcastle. You can purchase zines individually for $10 a pop of buy the complete set of 12 photobooks for $100 via the 2hrsNorth Etsy shop.

lizanelli Liz Anelli Illustration features as a success story on the NSW Small Business Commissioner’s website: “It is so important for small businesses owners to look into what support is available to them in their area,” Liz implored “In Newcastle, I had my Small Biz Connect advisor and also Renew Newcastle.” Read more via this link.

140618-rn-66kingst-pcMelissaWilson-33 The Clinic at 66 King St had, until April this year, been activated by Renew Newcastle projects since our inception six years ago. As one of the first ever properties to be occupied by projects it has produced an array of projects-to-commercial-lease-graduates, including Conversant Media, Neon Zoo, Tanya Fogerty Design and Tim Neve Design Studio. Other alumni from The Clinic include Made by Heath Killen, Frost Roxburgh Studios Beep Bicycle Bells , McBratTV. Many of the projects most recently located at The Clinic have been relocated to other properties in the Hunter Street Mall area, including Newcastle Productions, Liz Anelli Illustration and Jo Dyer Artist.

popupmovie Alumnus Stuart McBratney of McBrat TV featured in The Newcastle Herald speaking on the role of the City of Newcastle, Renew Newcastle, University of Newcastle, Hunter TAFE and Final Post in the development of his second feature film, Pop-Up. The film is almost complete and will have its first screening in mid-August to an audience of Pozible supporters who helped part-finance film production.


Thu 21 May 2015

Creative Talks with Jono Everett & Sophia Emmett


Renew Newcastle, in association with The Lock-Up, is excited to announce that local creative practitioners Jonathan (Jono) Everett and Sophia Emmett will join us for Creative Talks on Friday 5 June 2015.

Friday 5 June 2015
8.30am breakfast and registration
9.00am talk by Jono & Sophia

The Lock-Up Art Space, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle.

$5 per person, includes pastry, fruit and hot drinks.

Head to to secure your ticket.

A fine craftsman, furniture maker, artist and designer, Jono has had a rickety journey from Asia to Europe and back again, through the highs and lows of the design world in search of the ‘ethos’ of good design and ethical product fabrication.

Jono has produced work as varied as designing and crafting furniture for Cabinet Ministers at Parliament House through to developing the Supernova Science Centre for the Newcastle Museum. He has exhibited one off pieces nationally and internationally.

Currently co-managing the Soap Factory, Newcastle’s newest maker’s enterprise Jono is also a full-time creative consultant to Museums and Galleries NSW.

Jono Everett’s story defines how all good design, no matter what medium, stems from the same set of rules and, if realised and practiced, can liberate the designer into a world of opportunities, projects and creative collaborations.

Sophia Emmett completed a traineeship at the Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide and studied Visual Arts at Monash University, majoring in hot glass. Sophia has travelled extensively in Australia and the USA, pursuing her career in design.

She has worked with a number of master glass blowers and has undertaken several artist-in-residency programs, including the [Canberra School of Art] ( and a fellowship at the Creative Glass Centre of America.

In recent years Sophia has become interested in making jewellery, creating each piece as a small sculptural form. Sophia enjoys the challenge of designing and making pieces that are intimate, wearable constructions. These works have evolved from her innovative approach to materials, combined with a fascination of the relationship between texture and form.

Renew Newcastle presents Creative Talks, a series of breakfast lectures by people who are making a living from their creativity. Taking place on a Friday morning each month a well-regarded creative will be invited to speak for 20 minutes about the lessons they have learned growing their art into a commercial success.

This will be followed by an audience Q&A and the opportunity to mingle with local creatives from a wide range of backgrounds, over a stand-up breakfast.

Meet, greet and eat at Creative Talks.

Creative Talks is kindly hosted by The Lock-Up Art Space.

Breakfast is generously sponsored by The Newcastle Herald.

Creative Talks is made possible with generous support from Newcastle City Council.


View past Creative Talks with speakers such as Ghostpatrol, Tess McCabe and Lucas Grogan here.

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Tue 12 May 2015

Project Applications Now Open

It’s on again! Renew Newcastle is calling for proposals for projects to take place in otherwise empty spaces in Newcastle CBD.

Renew Newcastle has opportunities specifically for:
// Retail spaces for people who sell things they make
// Closed studio spaces for clean, dry, quiet fine arts and digital arts practice
// Office spaces for desk-based creatives, particularly writers, but also architects, graphic designers, photographers and IT developers

Deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 1 June 2015.

For all the information you need on how to apply, go to Project Applications.


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