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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.


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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Tue 10 March 2015

‘The Renewal of Mr Jones’ exhibition to launch at former David Jones

Rachel Milne View of the Cathedral, 2015, oil on board.

Rachel Milne has undertaken a six-week artist residency within the former Scott’s and, later, David Jones department store, which will culminate in a short-run exhibition in the same building in March.

Renew Newcastle worked with building’s property owners, GPT Group and UrbanGrowth NSW, to allow Milne complete access to all floors of the historic building to develop a collection of oil paintings that depict almost every corner of the once thriving department store.

Milne explains the intrigue of the building, ‘185 Hunter Street seems to mean so much to many Novocastrians. People have told me about their first date in the restaurant, having their hair cut as a child in the salon. To be able to go back in to what was such a bustling space and record what’s left has been a really amazing experience.’

‘The huge floors are beautiful in their own way now they are empty, the ceilings are a tangle of pipes and lights and the pillars throw shadows onto the carpets and walkways. It’s definitely a calm rather than creepy atmosphere and I feel very lucky to be able to record the building as it is now and I hope I can communicate some of the feel of the space through the final exhibition of work.’

Rachel Milne was born in England and moved to Newcastle in 2013. Previously Rachel has worked as a set painter to support her artistic practice. In 2013 Rachel was the winner of the Singleton Portrait Prize and in 2014 was selected as a finalist for Newcastle Art Gallery’s annual Kilgour Prize. Rachel’s works in oil on board, from life, concentrating on interiors and portraiture, with a focus on capturing light. Rachel presented at Renew Newcastle’s Creative Talks in 2014.

The Renewal of Mr Jones The Project Space at The Emporium 185 Hunter Street, Newcastle Wed 18 March – Sat 21 March, 10am to 5pm Opening Event: 6pm, Wed 18 March

A short film by VFA


Tue 10 March 2015

Good News, Quick Links (March)

photo Beep Bicycle Bells has been catapulted into the retail sphere with their recent attendance at boutique retail trade show Life InStyle in February. As Renewer Jana Lindstrom of Beep explains, ‘Our product has now been picked up by many design driven companies with similar brand values as Beep! It was an amazing experience and will be participating in Life Instyle Melbourne in August 2015.

Screen_Shot_2015-03-10_at_10.57.10_pm The Roost Creative has recently featured in The Newcastle Herald as the oldest of three creative hubs for freelancers, artist and entrepreneurs in Newcastle’s CBD. Pic by Dean Osland.

Screen_Shot_2015-03-10_at_11.02.16_pm Newcastle Now is proudly launching the East End on Foot 1st Edition Walking Tour Map by current Renewer Liz Anelli, RN graduate Pocket Design, Kent Woodcock, Kimberly O’Sullivan and the people of Newcastle East. Follow the history, arts and architecture trails around our fine city for a few hours’ healthy exercise. Liz’s artwork for the map is also available to view on the new Council Tourism interactive website

Screen_Shot_2015-03-10_at_11.13.29_pm Dylan Smyth and his team of local photographers have passed the halfway part of the 2hrsnorth project, documenting all the suburbs of Newcastle in zine format. As Dylan explains, ‘So far we have printed and distributed 8 different books. We have a further 4 remaining before the project wraps up in April.’


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