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Stand up for the arts on the National Day of Action – June 17

16 June 2016 | Posted in: Media, News

Artistic culture is being recognised by government as a leading player in the revitalisation of Newcastle’s city centre. Government funding is vital to our continued activity in Newcastle and the involvement of the arts in our communities.

We have seen art change lives among our Renew participants and in the people they work with. We  encourage you to support continued funding for culture and the arts.

Here’s how you can support the arts on the National Day of Action on June 17, 2016.

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What’s on the horizon for Renew?

2 June 2016 | Posted in: News

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In the first half of 2016 we have been focusing some strategic thinking around what’s next for Renew. With over 90% of shopfronts in the mall now commercially leased we are keen to continue to activate under-utilised property further down Hunter Street and in the West End. As new A-grade office space is being built and leased, B-grade office space is becoming vacant. Activating these lesser grade spaces is what we are good at and we are looking forward to playing an important role in this as well as working with property owners to attract commercial tenants to new retail spaces being built.

We have ideas for activity in the new rail crossings and have discussed interactive public art installations and one off events with our funding partners and Transport NSW for these areas. Transport NSW has also asked us to consider ways of lessening the impact of light rail construction for local businesses.

We are excited that our work is being recognised by government as adding value to the city and that artistic culture is acknowledged as a leading player in the city’s rejuvenation to a point where we are being sought out for solutions.

Exciting times are ahead of us.

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The Emporium continues to evolve

2 June 2016 | Posted in: News

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It’s always exciting to see our projects progress into taking commercial leases or embarking on new journeys. 33 Degrees South Soap Factory has recently left their space in the Emporium to concentrate on making soap to fill increased orders. They are now manufacturing in a space in Carrington. Maggie Hensell-Brown from The Workroom has travelled to Europe to study traditional lacemaking and further develop this interest. We’re so proud that Juanita and Maggie took their first steps with Renew.

We have three new businesses moving into The Emporium. With Love Bree-Lacey, Frontier Scout and Red Block have all opened for trade bringing exciting new products to The Emporium range. We have also opened a multipurpose gallery space called The Stage in the heart of The Emporium available for short-run creative projects. The next exhibition is by design students from the University of Newcastle.

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Creatives Abroad

2 June 2016 | Posted in: News

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Naomi Wild’s Renew studio has allowed her to create a body of work to show in London and Berlin in collaboration with the Nanshe Gallery. She makes works that explore archetypes, symbology and existential meaning in various mediums. Her current work explores hand ground ochres, eco dyes and fibre art.

Both artists have involvement in the rebuilding and enriching of their local community through art practise. Barbara Nanshe has founded an art space in Hamilton for local emerging and established artists to exhibit their work. Naomi’s workshops focus on creative wellbeing and art therapy with individuals and with local organisations such as schools, Lifeline and Uniting Care.

The artists have built a crowd funding campaign through the Australian Cultural Fund that is running until June 17. The campaign is active to raise money for the transportation of the artists and their work abroad. They are hoping to raise $8,000 and form a community interested in their journey and connections abroad. Visit Creatives Abroad for more info.

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Past Renewer in the heart of Hollywood

2 June 2016 | Posted in: News


A film by former Renewer McBrat TV has been selected to screen at iconic LA based film festival Dances with Films. The film Pop-Up was shot on location in Newcastle and Transylvania, Romania by Stuart McBrat while in his Renew studio from 2009 – 2015. To have its world premiere at the famous Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is accolade to celebrate.

The Dances with Films festival is one of the highest attended film fests in Southern California with more than 12,000 attendees each year. Additionally the festival is regularly tracked by industry in Los Angeles with deals made each year.

Stuart continues to produce for film and television operating at Newcastle University.

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