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Ye Be Invited to the Treasure Hunt Tour

22 March 2016 | Posted in: News


Arrrr me hearties! Join the Renew crew for the Treasure Hunt walking tour where ye be discoverin’ the creative treasures of Newcastle. Come aboard the good ship Emporium before we give our sea legs a go to Wolfe Studios. It be a grand adventure not for the lily-livered. Yo-ho-ho!

Ye be enjoyin’ the sweet trade of 27 Renew sprogs and salty dogs:

Lloyd Kellett, VOUS, PotteryaliThe Workroom, Jodie Louise Millinery, Fancy That, The Carved Greenman,  CCY Studios, Hannah Louise, Erlithe Perfume, Stannard Inc. B3 Bookbindery, 33 Degrees South Soap, The Follower Newspaper, Dylan Smyth, Sophia Flegg, Naomi Wild Art Therapist, Stepping Stone Studios, Lu Quade, Newcastle Productions, Liz Anelli Illustrator, Lisa Who Studio, Earthly Ink, Lodestar, Dale Collier and Disruptive Drawings.

Treasure Hunt – a guided walking tour of Renew Newcastle projects

Date: Thursday 31 March 2016

Time: 5pm Gather for light refreshments, 6pm tour commences, until 7pm

Location: Tour starts The Emporium (former David Jones), 185 Hunter St, Newcastle.

Apologies but Wolfe Studios does not have disabled or pram access.

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22 March 2016 | Posted in: News

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Janita Ayton of B3 Bookbindery works from an open counter space in The Emporium.

Renew Newcastle is calling for proposals to activate spaces within our flagship retail space The Emporium.

The Emporium, located on the ground floor of the former David Jones department store on the corner of Hunter & Perkins Streets, is a fine arcade of boutiques and counter spaces filled with handmade product by local makers.

If you are have aspirations to operate a gallery space, or are a maker of products related to clothing, bags, shoes, accessories, lingerie, jewellery, beauty, homewares and stationery this is a great opportunity for you to test your merchandise in a retail environment.

You must be in a position to operate your space:
Wednesdays, 10am – 4pm
Thursdays, 10am – 5pm
Fridays, 10am – 5pm
Saturdays, 10am – 4pm
Sundays, in December 10am – 2pm.

There is the opportunity for you to work on your product within your space, however this does depend on the individual requirements of your making process.

Consider teaming up with a friend whose product compliments yours to share responsibilities associated with operating a shop.

Deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 11 April 2016.

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

The gallery space within The Emporium, formerly run by NANA and The Workroom

The gallery space within The Emporium, formerly run by NANA and The Workroom

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Exhibitions, Workshops (Mar/Apr)

20 March 2016 | Posted in: News


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Create the Desert

Schools groups are invited to workshops as part of the kids program of the Newcastle Writers Festival. Illustrator Liz Anelli will explore a range of mark-making techniques, using layers of paint and paper scraps to generate interesting textures and patterns to create a desert creature to add to the exhibition mural. These workshops coincide with the launch of Desert Lake, a book by Pamela Freeman which Liz illustrated.

When: Thu 29 Mar (10-11:30am and 12:30 – 2pm)
Where: Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library (Laman St)
Cost: $15 per student
Book: via Newcastle Writers Festival program

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Make Your Notebook and Box Workshop

Janita Ayton of B3 will be conducting two workshops at The Emporium. The first taking will take you through the process of making your own A4 document flip-top box. The second workshop will show you how to make your own cloth-covered A4 notebook. Cost includes material and no prior book-binding experience is required.

When: 1-3pm, Thu 7 April (box-making) or 12-3:30pm, Sat 9 April (A4 notebook)
Where: The Emporium, 185 Hunter St
Cost: $100 (box-making) $150 (notebook)
Book: Janita Ayton 0403 667 295

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MENTOR with The Carved Greenman

Graham Wilson of The Carved Greenman has launched a new initiative within his space at The EmporiumMENTOR, a place where you can go to for one to one training in art and digital design including Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, or Trimble SketchUp 3D CAD drawing.


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‘The Future of Regional Australia’ and ‘What is the Value of Culture to Newcastle?’

As part of the Newcastle Writers Festival, Marcus Westbury features at two sessions: ‘The Future of Regional Australia’ explores the key issues affecting our regional areas and asks whether governments need to sit up and take more notice of what is happening in regional areas of Australia. Also featuring Tony Windsor and Caroline McMillen. At Idea Bombing Newcastle, which engages community and fosters creative ideas as well as ways to make them a reality, the question ‘What is the value of culture to Newcastle and how can the city boost its cultural identity?’ is explored alongside Liz Burcham and Brigette Uren.
Regional Australia: 1:30-2:30pm, Sun 3 April at Civic Theatre
Idea Bombing: 3-4:30pm, Sun 3 April at Watt Space Gallery, Auckland St
Cost: free
Book: not required


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As part of the Newcastle Writers Festival, Sproutlings, a book of small stories about myths and tales, will launch as a free event. Renewer Talulah Cunningham of Octopus Ink Illustration Collaborative had a hand in illustrating the cover and will be at the launch to talk about her Natural History Illustration and paper cutting experience.

When: Sat 2 April 4-5:30pm
Where: Cummings Room, Newcastle City Hall
Cost: free
Book: not required


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Desert Lake: The Story of Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre

In 2015 illustrator Liz Anelli received an Australian Society of Authors Picture Book Illustrator’s Initiative Award to travel to Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. Her research provided a vital reference for the design, colour palette and creation of a new picture book Desert Lake by Pamela Freeman. An exhibition exploring this unique Australian environment will open as part of the Newcastle Writers Festival Kids Program.In addition to framed paintings, prints and working drawings, the exhibition includes a wall-mounted diorama of a magnified section of dried lake floor.

When: 29 Mar – 14 May
Where: Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library (Laman St)

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Festive Follies Maker Market

30 November 2015 | Posted in: News


Studio-based Renew Newcastle makers are combining forces with The Emporium boutique traders to showcase their wares under one roof for Festive Follies maker market on Thursday 10 December.

This is a great opportunity to fill Christmas stockings with unique gifts that have been made right here in Newcastle.

Every Emporium project has special offers available only on opening night, Thursday 10 December, including free gift wrapping, gift with purchase, discounts or a glass of sparkling wine.

Plus, there will be live music and the opportunity for free festive photos on the Christmas chair.

Make a list, check it twice, and start crossing off your Christmas gift list!

What: Festive Follies maker market

When: 5-9pm Thursday 10 December (then We-Su ’til Christmas Day)

Where: The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall Newcastle


Studio-based makers include:

Spores – jewellery & objects by Carley Brett & Chrissy Cope

Tiny Boat Productions – kids books, zines, stickers and prints by Luke Wade

Liz Anelli – children’s books and prints

Octopus Ink – original illustration and prints by UON alumniartists’s collective

Dylan Smyth – 2hrs North photobooks

Benny Rizzo – risograph comic books by Ben Mitchell

Bencke & Laukku – satchels and tote bags by Gillian Bencke & Alicia Kropkowski

Vitullo Art – jewllery for men and women by Gavi Vitullo

Observatorium – natural history illustration prints by Christine Rockley

Joining Emporium boutique traders:

Lloyd Kellett, sculpture and custom furniture by Lloyd Kellett

VOUS, modern womenswear by Renee Verdon

potteryali, ceramic jewellery, wall art and homewares by Alison Sobel-Read

The Workroom, artist-made objects curated by Maggie Hensel-Brown

Jodie Louise Millinery, bespoke millinery by Jodie Thompson

Fancy That! an art and craft collective comprising Colleen Madsen, Carole Mashall, Kerri Smith & Phoebe Aletras

NANA, contemporary art window installations curated by Madeleine Cruise

Hannah Louise, bohemian inspired fashion by Hannah Moriarty

Erlithe, botanical perfumes by Kerry Fleming

The Carved Greenman, product design by artist & world-champion stone-carver Graham Wilson

stannard-inc, jewellery & wall decorations using leather, brass and crystals by Clare Stannard

B3, hand-bound books and commissions by Janita Ayton

CCY Studio, hand-crafted leather goods by Chia-Chi Yu

33 Degrees South Soap, hand-crafted, cold-pressed soap by Jaunita Low

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Creative Talks with Peter Lewis

29 November 2015 | Posted in: News


Renew Newcastle, in association with The Lock-Up, is excited to announce that Peter Lewis will join us for Creative Talks on Friday 4 December 2015.


Peter Lewis was born in Mungindi, Queensland in 1953 and has been a resident of Newcastle since 1956, so he almost qualifies as a local.

After graduating with a Diploma in Fine Arts in 1976 Peter tried his hand at a variety of jobs including pizza cook, labourer, taxi driver, commercial artist, stage designer, artist model, illustrator, web designer, landscape artist and part-time ballet dancer.

In 1986 Peter became the Newcastle Herald’s editorial cartoonist and will equal Les Lumsden’s 30 year record on Valentine’s Day, 2016. Peter’s talent at tapping into the social fabric of the Hunter via cartoon illustration has been acknowledged through various awards including First Prize in the Australian Rotary Cartoon Awards in 1994 and 2002.

Married to Julie Lewis, Peter is a father/stepfather to 6 daughters. Future plans include live portrait/caricature work and building a large mechanical fish tank.


Friday 4 December, 2015.
8.30am breakfast and registration
9.00am talk by Peter Lewis

The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle.

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

Head to to secure your seat.


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 creativity into a commercial success. This is 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.

Breakfast is generously sponsored by The Newcastle Herald.

Filming is supported by VMG.

Creative Talks is made possible by the generous support of Newcastle City Council.

View past Creative Talks with speakers such as Ghostpatrol, Harvest Textiles and Lucas Grogan here.

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