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  • The Emporium becomes a significant piece of DJ’s history

    The contribution of The Emporium to Newcastle’s redevelopment has been long and fruitful. It’s time now for it to bow gracefully from its role in the city’s revitalisation to make way for new development. This week Renew Newcastle received notice from the building owners, Iris Capital, to vacate the former David Jones building. As per…

  • The Emporium continues to evolve

    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…

  • Bespoke vintage design now in the Emporium

    You can now find a range of made to order vintage inspired handmade dresses in The Emporium at our new store With Love Bree-Lacey. Perfect for special occasions, evening wear, and even bridesmaid dresses. Bree-Lacey can work with you to make your vintage dream dress come to life with a bespoke design service. Featuring unique…

  • PROJECT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN – SPACES WITHIN 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…

  • Project applications now open – retail space with The Emporium

    Renew Newcastle is calling for proposals to activate a space located within our flagship retail space The Emporium. The Emporium, located on the ground floor of the former David Jones department store, is a fine arcade of boutiques and counter spaces filled with handmade product by local makers. If you are a maker of products related…

  • New Project at The Emporium and a Farewell.

    Renew Newcastle welcomes a new project to The Emporium as one departs. The latest addition to The Emporium is CCY Studio, the leatherwork design and retail space of Chia-Chi Yu. CCY Studio specialises in unique and elegant leather hand bags, home wares and accessories. Chia-Chi works exclusively with genuine Australian leather and high quality metal…

  • 4 New Projects at The Emporium!

    We are thrilled to welcome four new projects to The Emporium – Jodie Louise Millinery, Floral & Spot Designs, The Workroom and The Project Space. Together they join six existing projects ensuring the west end of the Mall is bustling. This is particularly the case every 2nd & 4th Friday night of the month when…

  • The Emporium Set To Re-Open

    Renew Newcastle is excited to announce the The Emporium will reopen in November at the site of the former David Jones in Hunter Street Mall. Old favourites including Invintaged, One Man’s Trash, Olive & Co and The Carved Greenman will be joined by new projects including fashion label Vous and others to be announced shortly….

  • The Emporium Update

    Renew Newcastle’s The Emporium project has temporarily moved out of the former David Jones site to enable the owner to complete some building works on the ground floor. We are looking forward to moving back into the space under a new configuration. We are still drawing up some plans, but we expect that there will…

  • Pixel art video-game at The Emporium

    Strange and beautiful minds from The Roost Creative are at it again – creating unexpected fun in all corners of the city. Launching for Youth Week and the school holidays, Chris Wnuk and Adrian Garner have installed their 8 screen video-game Moon Fun in the front corner of The Emporium for the next two weeks….

  • The Emporium Galleria

    Latest works from Renew Newcastle studio artists Property Donor: The GPT Group & Urban Growth Launched: 22 Nov 2012 Closed: 10 Aug 2013 about The Emporium Galleria UPDATE AUGUST 2013 The Emporium, the site where The Gallery has been located, has temporarily moved out of the former David Jones site to enable the owner to…

  • NBN News Visits The Emporium

  • The Emporium on NBN News

    NBN TV were on location when the doors to The Emporium were unlocked last Thursday. There’s some very encouraging feedback from former DJ shoppers and from project participants Tickle & Hide too. Don’t forget to join us for the official opening celebration of The Emporium this Thursday 29 November 2012, 4.00pm-6.30pm. We’d love to see…

  • The Emporium Opening

    After much planning, construction and painting Renew Newcastle is thrilled to announce that The Emporium will open from 10am Thursday 22 November within the former David Jones building on Hunter Street. We have reconfigured part of the ground floor to present a fine arcade of boutiques and galleries filled with Newcastle creative talent, ensuring one…

  • ABC Radio visits The Emporium

    There are just 4 working days left before we open the doors of the iconic ex-David Jones building with our latest project The Emporium. Doors open at 10am on Thursday 22 November 2012. Tickle & Hide work on their new shop interior. Image by Jodi Godfrey. ABC radio’s David Mark visited earlier in the week…

  • The Emporium

    ARCADE OF BOUTIQUE ARTISANS Address: 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat  10am – 3pm Property Donor: Iris Capital Launched: 22 Nov 2012 Closed:  17 June 2017 Contact: Renew Newcastle e: [email protected] f: facebook.com/the.emporium.newcastle i: instagram.com/theemporiumnewcastle Renew Newcastle  turned the ground floor of the former David Jones…

  • A year of creators, incubators and community

    Twelve months, twenty-four artists, one shed… and growing. That is the impressive equation that has resulted from artist Braddon Snape’s idea this time last year to turn a Hamilton North storage shed into the arts hub that is The Creator Incubator. Braddon is quick to turn the credit away from himself though, for like any…

  • Art in focus

    Award-winning shots and childhood memories are at the root of photographer Peter Masters’ recent choice to move from Sydney to the coast of Newcastle. Having worked over a decade within corporate marketing, Peter chose to turn his lens away from advertising and towards the salty seascapes that he cherished as a child. What he didn’t…

  • Hidden treasures

    Over the past year, treasures have been unearthed within the old City Arcade. Tucked away between Hunter Street and Newcomen Street, the small retail strip – known to have once housed swimming baths below its current façade – is filling with a collection of local artisans. One of these makers is mixed media artist and…

  • A trip not to miss

    A few weeks before the closure of The Emporium was announced mid last year, Bree-Lacey Bickham graduated from her shopfront space into a commercial property two doors down. Although new to the Hunter Street Mall business community, Bree-Lacey’s custom-made womenswear store With Love Bree-Lacey, quickly became a fitting addition to a district known for its…

  • Colouring the levee

    Lorna’s Ballantyne Epps’ vibrant painted resin works will be finding a new home in her newly acquired commercial gallery and workshop space at The Levee in Maitland. Having relocated from her former gallery in Lake Macquarie due to a high demand for both her art and resin-making workshops, Lorna has grand, colour-intense plans for her…

  • Space for creative abundance

    “When you give people space to do interesting things, they will” Lindsey Scannapieco, the co-founder of international urban design and space strategy collective Scout Ltd., witnesses this in her line of work everyday. Through practical yet playful place-making, Lindsey and her team reinterpret vacant or under-utilised space that works in engaging and empowering the local…

  • Supporting small acts for big change

    In 2011, Richard Kerr began working for a company based in Newcastle West and witnessed first hand the tremendous work Renew had done in reactivating the Mall. With an engineering background and a bit of a bent for planning and strategy, he was looking to make a contribution to Newcastle and says he is “really…

  • Gift locally, grow globally

    This year, tick off your Christmas shopping list with beautifully bespoke gifts produced here in Newcastle. Stunning photographic prints, fun and detailed cartography, cheeky illustrated mugs and postcards, and a plethora of other unique wares are available in store, at markets and online for you to purchase over the December silly season. Silly may perhaps…

  • Short occupancy for champions of opportunity

    How to build a body of work, a brand or a business in thirty days: an increasing number of Renew tenants are becoming the authors of this experience. With the reality of a thirty-day vacancy notice made transparently known as part of the property license agreement, ambitious artists and entrepreneurs know to enter their space…

  • City Arcade the new location for bespoke wares

    Chia Chi shares her story. With a passion for handcrafted leather goods, I was lucky to have an opportunity to show my skills by opening a shop in The Emporium. This motivated me to professionalise my business and gave me a place to sell my work. Renew has supported me by promoting my business. This…

  • Bound by a bookish idea

      Janita shares her story. In 2015, I was listening to a radio interview on ABC radio with Christopher Saunders about Renew and The Emporium and saw a great opportunity.  I immediately thought of bookbinding.  I hadn’t thought of bookbinding for a long while but suddenly it seemed to be the logical choice. It was…

  • New beauty spot appears in the Junction

      Kylie shares her story. My time with Renew was brief. When I got the news on my opening week that I had only four weeks until the Emporium would close, I initially thought it was a lost opportunity. However, I decided not to think about the end date and just keep going.  During that…

  • A new place to potter

      Potteryali has built a reputation while in The Emporium and is working on a significant residential commission hand making and printing tiles for a kitchen splashback. Reflecting on the last two and half years, Ali Sobel-Read says, “I have grown as an artist and businesswoman as a result of my retail space in The Emporium.”…

  • Where are they now?

    The Emporium tenants are merging into some existing collaborative spaces around Newcastle and new commercial leases. Their time in The Emporium has given them the opportunity to test the market for their business and have the ability to take on commercial leases elsewhere. With Love Bree Lacey – commercial lease at 161 Hunter Street, Newcastle…

  • Support goes on

    The David Jones building has begun a new journey with a DA lodged for redevelopment by Iris Capital. It has been a wonderful opportunity to activate this space while it waited for its future to unfold. Just as our presence in the former David Jones has contributed to the creative culture in Newcastle, our departure…

  • With love, shop 161

    Just a few weeks before the news The Emporium was closing With Love Bree Lacey took the leap to a commercial lease at 161 Hunter Street, two shops up from the Emporium. Her new store still offers made to measure garments and custom designed formal wear with a vintage flair. The new shop also stocks carefully…

  • Final gestures on The Stage

    By Rayanon Innes Fran O’Neill’s huge gestures bring her memories to life on canvas and will be the final exhibition in Renew Newcastle’s gallery space in The Emporium. “I’m always grateful for anyone that would want to show my work. It’s extraordinary that anyone would want to do that.” Fran O’Neill’s words are extremely humble…

  • Getting under the skin of beauty and science

    By Rayanon Innes Kylie Myatt takes the term ‘skin smart’ to alluring new heights. With five years of biochemistry studies and almost her whole working life within the beauty industry, Kylie truly embodies her new skincare business Savant Apothecary in every sense of the name. With appropriate reference to the 14th century definition of a person skilled in the preparing and dispersing of medicines,…

  • Business booming for new Art Factory

    Having led a successful exhibition and a number of highly popular resin and acrylic pouring workshops on The Stage late last year, Lorna Ballantyne-Epps is back and here to stay. Unpacking her inks and resin materials in The Emporium space previously held by Hannah Louise fashion label, Lorna has plans of factory-proportions. In addition to running…

  • Worldly Gestures

      “I’m always grateful for anyone that would want to show my work. It’s extraordinary that anyone would want to do that.” Fran O’Neill’s words are extremely humble for the Wangaratta-born artist whose gestural abstract oil paintings continue to impress the American market. Having recently returned from her ten week trip in the States, Fran…

  • Savant Apothecary

    SKIN CARE CRAFTER Address: Shop 8, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours:Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm Property Donor:  Iris Capital Launched: May 2017 Closed:  17 June 2017 Contact: Kylie Myatt m: 0408 810 398 e:  [email protected] PROJECT UPDATE: Although my time with Renew was brief and when I got…

  • The Art Factory

    ARTIST Address: Shop 1, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Property Donor:  Iris Capital Launched: 28 April 2017 Closed:  17 June 2017 Contact: Lorna Ballantyne-Epps e:  [email protected] w: www.lakehousestudio.com.au Who are you? I am a visual Artist – working with Inks, Acrylics and resin. What do you do? I create “one-off” statement works of art which have…

  • The Pin Up Parlour

    Women’s clothing, jewellery and accessories Address: Shop 5, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours:Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm Property Donor:  Iris Capital Launched: 27 March 2017 Closed:  17 June 2017 Contact: Alice Turnbull m:0425 276 575 e: [email protected] w:  www.bobbytrouble.com f:  bobbytrouble i:  bobby_trouble e :  etsy.com/shop/bobbytrouble PROJECT UPDATE: The…

  • The Stage – Hannah Simonovich

    ARTIST Address:  The Stage at The Emporium, 185 Hunter Street, Newcastle Opening hours:  Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm Property Donor:  Iris Capital Launched:  3rd April 2017 Contact: Hannah Simonovich m:0403 564 230 e:  [email protected] w:  hannahmareesimonovich.com Who are you? I am a contemporary abstract artist who holds a degree in…

  • Influence by design

    Many of our participants are playing a part in growing young minds and collaborating to strengthen the creative community.  Ensuring the arts continue to be part of our society by passing on their knowledge is a regular part of their working week. Carl Morgan from Zookraft and Ben Mitchell from Benny Rizzo have been long…

  • Surplus or opportunity?

    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…

  • I & MINE

    FASHION LABEL Address: Shop 2, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Property Donor:  Iris Capital Launched: 30 November 2016 Closed:  17th June 2017 PROJECT UPDATE: I&Mine will continue to offer their beautiful unique pieces via their online store.   Follow the label on social media to keep up to date on all the latest collections and end of season sales!…

  • What’s your Renew story?

    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…

  • Out of the BOX

    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…

  • The Stage – Not my place

    EXHIBITION curated by Clare Weeks Address:  The Emporium, Newcastle Hours: 10-4pm Wednesday and Saturday, 10-5pm Thursday and Friday Property Donor:  GPT/Urban Growth Group Launched: 31st October 2016 Contact: Clare Weeks w:  octapod.org/program/access/opportunities f:  www.facebook.com/events Who are you? ‘Not My Place’ is an exhibition by artists involved in a unique inclusive arts program known as the Artist…

  • Barbara Nanshe

    JEWELLERY DESIGNER Address: Shop 12, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours:  Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm Property Donor:  Iris Capital Launched: 1 November 2016 Closed:  17 June 2017 Contact: Barbara Nanshe m:  0477 505 332 e:  [email protected] i:  instagram.com/nansheandgallery y:  www.youtube.com/watch Who are you? Barbara Nanshe became an accidental…

  • Petra Hilsen Textile Design

    FELT ARTIST Address:  Suite 1, Level 3, 153 Hunter Street,  Newcastle Hours: by appointment Property Donor:  Iris Capital Launched:  28th October 2016 Closed:  31 August 2017 PROJECT UPDATE The studio space and the opportunity to have a retail outlet in the Emporium gave me the chance to test my felt making and showed that people were interested in buying…

  • The Stage – Barbara Nanshe and Tony Langford

    EXHIBITION Address:  The Emporium, Newcastle Hours: 10-4pm Wednesday and Saturday, 10-5pm Thursday and Friday Property Donor:  GPT/Urban Growth Group Launched:  4th October 2016 Contact: Barbara Nanshe m:  +61 477 505 332 w: nanshestudiogalleryshop.com.au w:  www.littlechick.com.au f:  facebook.com/nanshestudiogalleryshop Who are you? Barbara Nanshe is an artist and silversmith who uses sculpture and jewellery design to speak of her interest…

  • The Stage – This is Not Art

    This is Not Art Address:  The Emporium,  185 Hunter Street, Newcastle Hours: 29 September – 2 October 2016 Property Donor:  GPT/Urban Growth Group Launched:  29th September 2016 Contact: Crack Theatre Festival w:  cracktheatrefest.com/events/bad-ass-bike-bling-the-lightning-furies w:  cracktheatrefest.com/events/echo-chamberwitness Who are you? This is Not Art presents The Indirect Object: Beth McMahon, Michael Bevitt, Geoff Adams, Thomas Campbell (Echo Chamber…

  • TiNA time

    Now in its 19th year, the TiNA festival has become an integral part of Newcastle’s arts calendar. From glittery bike tours, to interactive durational dance, to sensory soundscape transporting you halfway across the world, the 2016 TINA festival captures Australian experimental performance at its best. The Stage in The Emporium will host bad ass bike…

  • Window shopping in Perkins Street

    The David Jones windows have always been a feature of the mall. The stores in the Emporium continue to bring beauty to the windows and the mall. The Perkins Street windows have sprung to life again with clothing from Hannah Louise and upcycled furniture creations from Lloyd Kellett. Hannah Louise has opened her new shop…

  • Bold and bright on The Stage

    The works of Lorna Ballantyne-Epps are on The Stage in The Emporium until September 30. Lorna is exhibiting her latest series of abstract works full of vibrant and bold colours in acrylics, inks and resin. Known for her large mixed media statement pieces her latest series of resin art are in high demand due to…

  • Corvus Rising

    FASHION Address: Shop 12, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wed 10-4, Thur 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4 Property Donor: GPT/NSW UrbanGrowth Launched: 25 July 2016 Closed:  18 October 2016 Contact: Semone Maksimovic m: 0413 210 226 e: [email protected]   Who are you and what do you do? My name is Semone and I’m a…

  • The Stage – Fluid

    ARTIST Address:  The Emporium, Newcastle Hours: 10-4pm Wednesday and Saturday, 10-5pm Thursday and Friday Property Donor:  GPT/Urban Growth Group Launched:  6th August 2016 Contact: Lorna Ballantyne-Epps m: 0407 123 200 e: [email protected] f: www.facebook.com/lornaballantyneepps.lakehousestudio.com.au w: www.lakehousestudio.com.au i: lakehousestudio eb:www.eventbrite.com.au v: Lorna Ballantyne-Epps by Moz Waters Who are you? I was born in Dumfries, Scotland, but was…

  • New space and new designs

      Hannah Louise is reopening in the Perkins Street corner of The Emporium this month with her exotic, bohemian inspired garments. Every piece is made using richly ornate fabrics and embellishments sourced from abroad. Hannah will launch the new designs of the winter collection featuring an eclectic collection of heavier fabrics with rich textures sourced…

  • Taking The Stage in July

      Sam Hughes just can’t seem to keep far from his paint palette. A prolific painter and illustrator with a focus on utility areas of streetscapes such as alleyways, car parks, loading docks and back of shop storage areas. A range of his work, some which have not ventured from his studio before, are on…

  • The Stage

    Address:  The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle NSW 2300 Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thur & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 3pm Property Donor: Iris Capital Launched: June 2016 Closed:  17 June 2017 Contact: Edwina e: [email protected] What is The Stage? The Stage is a multipurpose space in the heart of The Emporium…

  • Ritual Object

    VISUAL ARTIST Address: Shop 7, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wed 10-4, Thur 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10am-3pm Property Donor: Iris Capital Launched: 9 May 2016 Closed:  17 June 2017 Contact: Tom Kearney m: 0418 484 855 e: [email protected] i: ritual.object v:  Ritual Object by Moz Waters Who are you? My name is…

  • With Love Bree-Lacey

    DESIGNER AND MAKER OF LADIES FASHION  Address:  Shop 10, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm Property Donor: Iris Capital Launched: 2 May 2016 Closed:  May 2017 Contact: Bree-Lacey Bickham m: 0435 133 080 e: [email protected] f: www.facebook.com.au/WithLoveBreeLacey i: instagram.com/withlovebreelacey p: pinterest.com/lovebreelacey b: withlovebree-lacey.tumblr.com e:…

  • Red Block

    INDUSTRIAL DESIGNERS Address: Shop 4, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Property Donor:  Iris Capital Launched: 2 May 2016 Closed:  17 June 2017 Contact: Martin or Priscilla m: 0474 763 777 e: [email protected] w: www.redblock.com.au f:  www.facebook.com/redblock i: instagram.com/redblockdesign PROJECT UPDATE: Red Block is taking a break from retail space as we have shifted our focus to custom…

  • Ye Be Invited to the Treasure Hunt Tour

    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…

  • Exhibitions, Workshops (Mar/Apr)

    WORKSHOPS 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…

  • Festive Follies Maker Market

    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…

  • .HANNAH LOUISE.

    FASHION LABEL  Address:  Shop 1, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm Property Donor:  Iris Capital Launched: 4 November 2015 Closed:  18th April 2017 Contact: Hannah L. Moriarty m: 0432 416 350 e: [email protected] w: www.hannahlouiseofficial.com f: www.facebook.com/hannahlouiseofficial i: instagram.com/hannahlouiseofficial v: Hannah Louise by Moz Waters…

  • Exhibitions, Workshops & Call-Outs (November)

    WORKSHOPS Make Your Own Teapot Cosy Bring your much loved tea or coffee pot and make a unique felted cover to keep your delicious beverages warm. The workshop is run by with Petra Hilsen of Felt and is open to all who have a desire to play with colour and design using wool. No prior felting…

  • stannard-inc

    JEWELLERY AND OBJECT DESIGN Address:  Shop 13, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 3pm Property Donor:  Iris Capital Launched: 29 October 2015 Closed:  17 June 2017 Contact: Claire m: 0414 184 152 e: [email protected].com w: www.stannard-inc.com f: facebook.com/stannardinc i: instagram.com/stannardinc Who are you? My…

  • BIII – Bookbinding Bar

    BOOKBINDING BAR  Address:  Shop 14, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wednesday to Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm Property Donor:  Iris Capital Launched: 28 October 2015 Closed:  17 June 2017 PROJECT UPDATE:   B3 Bookbinding and CCY Studio are loving their new shop in The City Arcade but are missing all the wonderful…

  • Erlithe Perfume

    PERFUMERY  Address:  Shop 12, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wednesday to Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm Property Donor:  GPT/Urban Growth Group Launched: 28 September 2015 Closed: 20 April 2016 Contact: Kerry Fleming m: 0423 973 181 e: [email protected] w: www.erlithe.com f: www.facebook.com/erlithe-Natural-Perfume t: twitter.com/erlitheperfume i: instagram.com/erlithe b: erlithe.wordpress.com Who are you? I…

  • SPRING CITY WALK

    Join Renew Newcastle for Spring City Walk, a free guided walking tour where you can meet the people activating otherwise empty properties with creative endeavours. We’ll rendezvous at The Emporium where you can visit newest additions 33 Degrees South Soap Factory and Vitullo Art, check out PotteryAli‘s new space and catch-up with favourites Lloyd Kellett,…

  • 200+ Projects & 5,000+ Likes

    Renew Newcastle has now supported more than 200 creative projects to activate over 74 properties in Newcastle’s CBD, bringing life back to otherwise vacant spaces. On the evening of Friday 11 October Renew Newcastle General Manager Christopher Saunders joined friends and colleagues of Nick de la Force and Amy Black to celebrate the opening of our 200th…

  • Bespoke TV series

    Marcus Westbury’s new television series, Bespoke, is all about the return and rise of makers, the handmade, the small scale and artisanal. The first episode featured Newcastle and many Renew Newcastle projects including those based in The Emporium, such as CCY Studio, VOUS, The Workroom, Jodie Louise Millinery, The Carved Greenman and Lloyd Kellett and graduate Pocket…

  • September Events, Exhibitions, Workshops

    WORKSHOPS DIY Media + The Roost Creative presents Hunter Lunch & Learn. A free monthly series of business development seminars for individuals and entrepreneurs. This month, the three Facebook features most business owners ignore completely and how they can help you sell without trying, hosted by Caylie Price and Marissa Roberts. When: 12.30 – 1.30pm,…

  • Vitullo Art

    VISUAL ARTIST  Address: The Emporium, Shop 3, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm Property Donor: GPT/ NSW UrbanGrowth Launched: 13 July 2015 Closed:   9 November 2015 Contact: Gavin Vitullo e: [email protected] PROJECT UPDATE – November 2015 I have had to step out of my space…

  • People

    CHRISTOPHER SAUNDERS General Manager Christopher has worked as a Creative Producer for 20 years with national arts and social change organisation, Big hART. This work has involved diverse communities and individuals around Australia in participatory arts practice. His most publicised work is with the Northcott Public Housing community in Sydney. Here he produced the site-specific performance event StickybrickS and…

  • 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…

  • June Events, Exhibitions, Workshops & Call-Outs

    EVENT ‘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…

  • Out of Towner – Broadsheet Sydney

    Broadsheet Sydney visited Newcastle and they like what they saw. Their ‘Out of Town from Sydney’ guide identified projects within The Emporium as a must-see, along with RN ‘graduate’ Curve Gallery. Read the whole article here

  • Fancy That

    AN ARTIST/CRAFTER’S COLLECTIVE  Address:  The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle NSW 2300 Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 3pm Property Donor: Iris Capital Launched: April 2015 Contact: Petra e:  [email protected] f: www.facebook.com/fancythatartistcollective PROJECT UPDATE: Our collective of artists that formed Fancy That have taken many directions since…

  • The Project Space – My House is One of Many

    Artist Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group Launched: 21st February 2015 about The Project Space – My House is One of Many Who are you? I am an artist in the Newcastle area using various techniques. Presently I have been using photography to find the essence of a place or community. The social landscape holds my…

  • The Project Space – My Life as a Tree

    The five seasons of a woman’s life Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group Launched: Thursday 26th March 2015 about The Project Space – My Life as a Tree Who are you? My name is Janet Steele and I am a fibre artist. I am returning to the Emporium where I previously managed “Cashmere and Silk”. What…

  • ‘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…

  • March Exhibitions

    ‘Tears of the Moon’ at NANA A solo exhibition of handpainted silks, works on canvas and handmade paper bowls by Barbara Byng, reflecting a deep connection to personal and collective myth, ritual and story. When: 4-21 March Opening Event: Saturday, 7 March, 2pm-4pm Where: NANA at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street Hours: Wed 10-4,…

  • February Exhibitions

    NEW EXHIBITIONS ‘MAPPING the Geologic’ at Curve Gallery MAPPING the Geologic, an exhibition by Penny Dunstan examining the legacy of land rehabilitation after open cut coal mining in the upper Hunter Valley. This monumental work marks a turning point for Penny’s PhD research into open cut mine sites. When: 7-21 February Where: Curve Gallery, 61…

  • Opportunities to be involved in Renew Newcastle projects

    WRITERS WANTED Are you a writer looking for a quiet place to pen your work? The Writers’ Den, Renew’s collective of writers, authors and poets located in a private office spaces on the second floor of a Hunter St Mall building, has space for new members. Expressions of interest as requested via email [email protected] SMALL…

  • November Events & Workshops

    EVENTS Look Hear ‘Hit The Bricks’ at Newcastle & Mayfield. Hit The Bricks sees some of the world’s finest street artists let loose on a stack of walls with a whole lot of paint, resulting in an amazing collection of large scale artworks throughout the city. Visitors are encouraged to spectate as artworks are created…

  • November Concerts & Exhibitions

    CONCERTS ‘Chamberlink’ at Newcastle Museum Join Newcastle Youth Orchestra for their final Chamberlink concert of the year on Sunday 9th November at 1pm in the Link Gallery of Newcastle Museum. The free concert will feature both wind and brass chamber works from students of Newcastle Youth Orchestra. When: 1pm, Sunday 9 November Where: Link Gallery,…

  • 33 Degrees South Soap

    SOAP MAKERS Address:  The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle NSW 2300 Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group Launched: October 2014 Closed: 21 April 2016 Contact: Juanita and Carl e: [email protected] f: www.facebook.com/Thirty-Three-Degrees-South-Soap-Factory Who are you? We are Juanita and Carl. Former school…

  • Good News, Quick Links (September)

    Furry Delights are a night light, touch light, sensory delight – adhesive back to stick anywhere you like! 50 cents from each Furry Delights sale is donated to the Tourette Syndrome of Australia. This handmade product has been created by artist & designer Bliss Cavanagh of Studio Bliss Designs and available to order at www.studiobliss.com….

  • October Exhibitions & Performance

    READINGS, PERFORMANCES ‘Burial’ at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Author Courtney Collins will be reading from her book The Burial in a special collaboration between musician Jude Emmett and artist Biddy Maroney. Q&A and book signing after the performance. High Tea included. $25 non-members $20 members. When: 2pm, Sunday 5 October Where: Lake Macquarie City…

  • potteryali

    CONTEMPORARY CERAMIC JEWELLERY, WALL ART AND HOMEWARES Address:  Clocktower Studios, 111 Beaumont Street, Hamilton Hours: by appointment Property Donor: Newcastle City Council Launched: 8 August 2014 PROJECT UPDATE:   For the last two and a half years I have grown as an artist and businesswoman as a result of my retail space in The Emporium. In addition to…

  • September Exhibitions & Concert

    LAST DAYS… ‘Conditions & Speculations: future urban living and density in Newcastle, Australia’ at The Project Space An exhibition of posters and scale models of recently completed architectural projects by first year Master of Architecture programme students at the University of Newcastle. When: until Saturday 30 August Where: The Project Space at The Emporium ,…

  • Two New Rounds of Project Applications Open Until 22 August

    Renew Newcastle is once again calling for proposals. Applications are now open for projects to take place in otherwise empty spaces in the Newcastle CBD. There is also a new round of applications for the Renew Newcastle programmed gallery Project Space. Horselove – Wolfe St Studios photo Melissa Wilson We have a variety of diverse…

  • August Exhibitions

    EXHIBITIONS ‘Converse’ at NANA A group show exhibiting local and international emerging artists exploring conversation barriers and blunders and ways to communicate in a hyper-connected world. When: until 9 August Where: NANA, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4 ‘Water Women Seeds’ at Four Point Gallery A…

  • Sophia Flegg

    Artist Studio Address:  Suite 1, Level 2 153 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: By appointment Property Donor: Iris Capital Launched: 8 Jul 2014 Closed:  17 October 2017 Contact: Sophia Flegg e: [email protected] m: 0499 776 969 Who are you? I am Sophia Flegg- visual artist and designer and boss man for King Cobra, a unisex clothing label. What do…

  • Rug Up For Renew’s Next Walking Tour

    Are you ready for a nighttime adventure? Join Renew Newcastle for our next guided walking tour of the newest creative projects in Newcastle. During our Winter Wander we’ll wind through back alleys and ascend secret staircases to uncover the secrets of creative spaces. Starting at homewares and art store Dubbleyou + Suko we will head…

  • Renewers in the Spotlight

    The last month has seen quite a number of Renew Newcastle project and participants in the spotlight. Jon Reid, Dune, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. Jon Reid and Simone Darcy of Darcy + Rose were finalists in the 24th Muswellbrook Photographic Awards. Jon’s entry (above), Dune was taken at Jimmy’s Beach, Hawke’s Nest. Simone’s entry…

  • May Exhibitions

    ‘SPACE (the final frontier)’ at The Workroom An out of this world exhbition including artists Oliver Harlan, Maggie Hensel-Brown, Gavin Hurley and Deb Mansfield. When: 30 April – 24 May Opening Night: Fri 9 May, 5:30-8:30 Where: The Workroom, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5 ‘We Are The…

  • CCY Studio

    HAND-CRAFTED LEATHER GOODS STUDIO  Address:  Shop 9, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300 Property Donor: Iris Capital Launched: 14 April 2014 Closed:  17 June 2017 Contact: Chia-Chi Yu m: 0431 733 400 e: [email protected] f: www.facebook.com/CCYStudio v:  Chia-Chi by Moz Waters PROJECT UPDATE With a passion for handcrafted leather goods, CCY Studio feels herself lucky…

  • Open Day Itinerary: Book your Free Guided Tour

    Open Day is your chance to get up close and personal, exploring artists studios and creative offices. Small group guided tours will visit a selection of Renew Newcastle creative projects on Saturday 29 March 2014, 1-4pm. Book your Free Guided Tour here Itinerary Each tour will be slightly different – try your luck! Or book…

  • The Project Space

    A space for short-run creative projects with The Emporium Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW Launched: 28 March 2014 PAST EXHIBITION ‘Conditions & Speculations’ at The Project Space A live design critique and exhibition of proposals for living and working in Carrington, Newcastle, by students of the first year of the Master of…

  • Open Day – Book in for a Mixed Bag Guided Tour Now!

    As part of our 5th Anniversary celebrations all Renew Newcastle projects are opening their doors to you! Open Day runs from 1-4pm on Saturday 29 March 2014. Open Day is your chance to meet all the clever, creative people busy activating otherwise empty spaces from the West End to Watt St. Watch a champion stone…

  • Celebrating Five Years Work Bringing Spaces To Life

    Did you know that Renew Newcastle has just completed its 5th year of empty space activation in Newcastle? We have brought life to 59 otherwise empty properties by supporting 138 arts, creative and community projects – and counting! We are celebrating the achievement of our 5th anniversary with Renew Rewind, a photographic exhibition celebrating 5…

  • March Exhibitions & Workshops

    ‘After The Fire’ at Four Point Gallery Photographer James Murphy presents a selection of landscape images that are eerie reminders of death and regeneration. When: 19 March – 2 April Opening Event: Sat 22 March, 2-4pm Where: Four Point Gallery, 681 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wed to Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 2pm…

  • The Workroom

    AFFORDABLE ART AND ARTIST-MADE OBJECTS Address:  Shop 4, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group Launched: 12 March 2014 Closed:  2 April 2016 Contact: Maggie Hensel-Brown e: [email protected] w: www.maggiehensel-brown.squarespace.com PROJECT UPDATE from Maggie: “I’ve decided to…

  • Jodie Louise Millinery

    BESPOKE MillILNERY BY JODIE THOMPSON Address:  Shop 5, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle NSW 2300 Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 3pm Property Donor: Iris Capital Launched: 7 February 2014 Closed:  March 2017 Contact: Jodie Thompson m: 0401 964 749 e: [email protected] w: www.jodielouisemillinery.com.au i: instagram.com/jodielouisemillinery PROJECT…

  • Need shop space for your creations? Applications now open!

    Renew Newcastle has just opened a round of applications for arts projects, community activity and creative enterprise to take place in otherwise empty shop and office space in the Newcastle CBD. The Emporium Shop 1 – Do you want to trade alongside One Man’s Trash? Renew Newcastle artists, creative professionals and craftspeople currently occupy 21…

  • January Workshops & Exhibitions

    WORKSHOPS ‘MINI NANA’ School Holiday Workshops at NANA Come and join two practising artists and a writer in The Emporium this summer for some fun, creative holiday workshops! $65 includes small group story-writing, art tutorials and materials. When: 16 & 17 or 23 & 24 Jan. Where: Shop 6 & 7, The Emporium (former David…

  • December / January Exhibitions, Events & Workshops

    Freaky Friday at The Emporium 185 Hunter St, Newcastle (former David Jones). Share in some ghoulish surprises with The Emporium as we celebrate Friday the 13th. Shops stay open past twilight hours; NANA officially open the Paint Bomb exhibition whilst One Man’s Trash, Vintage Last Tuesday, The Carved Greenman, InVintaged, VOUS and new project Annaharta…

  • Annaharta Design

    Handmade scarves by Tracey Felton Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW Launched: 2 Dec 2013 Closed: 7 Jan 2014 about Annaharta Design UPDATE JANUARY 2014: Annaharta Design’s short-stay at The Emporium has come to an end, but you will be able to keep up to date with Tracey’s ever-evolving product range via the…

  • Renew Newcastle Celebrates the Festive Season

    ‘Tis the season to meet your local makers, explore creative spaces and see change in the CBD. Renew Newcastle kicks of festive season celebrations with the grand re-opening of The Emporium! this Friday 29 November from 5-8pm. Check out the latest crop of creative talent including Vintage Last Tuesday, VOUS & NANA who join old…

  • Vintage Last Tuesday

    Leather bags & accessories and lighting & furniture pieces Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW Launched: 11 November 2013 Closed: 12 April 2014 about Vintage Last Tuesday Who are you? Last Tuesday is me, Sophie Smyth. I’m a product designer and maker. I am an industrial designer and artist and received my Bachelor…

  • NANA

    CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE Address:  The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle Hours: By appointment Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group Launched: 14 November 2013 Closed : 26 February 2016 Contact: Madeleine Cruise and Jacqueline Larcombe e: [email protected] w: nanacontemporaryart.blogspot.com.au f: www.facebook.com/NANAcontemporaryart Who are you? Madeleine Cruise and Jacqueline Larcombe are both local emerging artists and together have founded NANA, a contemporary…

  • Vous

    WOMEN’S FASHION LABEL BY RENEE VERDON  Address:  Shop 2, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 3pm Property Donor: Iris Capital Launched: 14 November 2013 Closed:  17 June 2017 PROJECT UPDATE:  VOUS is now being stocked at Edde Islington, Maitland Road Islington, Hanging Rock,…

  • Need shop space for your creations? Applications now open!

    Renew Newcastle has one space available as part of The Emporium, which is located in the Ground Floor of the former David Jones department store – an iconic retail hub transformed into an arcade of boutiques and galleries run by Newcastle makers. Previously home to Annabell Stone slate homewares by Anna Yeates. You will join…

  • Six New Projects (And One Move)

    Our most recent call for proposals lured 36 applications that included young architects needing shared office space to collaborate, a poet-playwriter looking for a quiet nook to finish writing a book and visual artists looking set up an open studio & gallery for sculpture. Whilst we continue to find appropriate spaces for as many project…

  • August Exhibitions, Call-Outs & Workshops

    EXHIBITION: WINGED THINGS AT THE GALLERIA Last chance to see Winged Things exhibition at the Emporium Galleria: owls, birds, beauty queens and killer bees. A group show with new works by Sarah Louisa, Lu Quade and Jo Dyer. Where: The Galleria in the foyer of The Emporium, 185 Hunter Street, Newcastle (former David Jones) When:…

  • July Exhibitions

    Exhibiting 4-27 July 2013: Ghosts by Kate Parker Opening Night: Thursday 4 July, from 5pm. At The Emporium Galleria, 185 Hunter St. Visit Thu 10-6, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. Facebook Event. Exhibition flyer by Kate Parker Through a combination of photography, illustration, abstraction and meditative drawing Ghosts explores memory and place. Artist Statement: “The exhibition…

  • Join us for the Winter Wander Tour

    Join Renew Newcastle for Winter Wander, a free, guided walking tour of the newest activated spaces in Newcastle’s CBD. You’ll discover handcrafted upcycled vintage industrial style furniture; a world-champion stone-carver’s studio and shop; dedicated shopfront for Newcastle’s Olive Tree Market; handcrafted slate homewares; a therapeutic, multi-sensory sculpture studio and the opening of a new exhibition…

  • June Exhibitions

    SUPER! at Curve Gallery. Holy Art Show Batman! Curve Gallery & The Roost Creative are bringing some BIFF, BAM and POW to City Evolutions opening night with an exhibition that pays homage to super heroes, featuring interactive games and animation. Where: Curve Gallery, 37 Watt Street, Newcastle When: one-night only! Friday 21 June, 2013, 6pm…

  • 0 to 100 Exhibition Video

    The clever peeps at Headjam have produced a little video showing Belinda Howden’s laser-level install and the opening of retrospective exhibition, 0 to 100: The Projects of Renew Newcastle. The exhibition is open to view at The Emporium, 185 Hunter Street, Newcastle (former David Jones) on Thursdays 10am-6pm, Fridays 10am-5pm & Saturdays 10am-4pm. Renew Newcastle…

  • The Carved Greenman

    STONE CARVING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN  Address:  Shop 8, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group Launched: 10 May 2013 Closed:  20 December 2016 Contact: Graham Wilson m: 0466 543 199 e: [email protected] w: www.carvedgreenman.com f:  www.facebook.com/TheCarvedGreenman v:…

  • Annabell Stone

    Handcrafted Slate Homewares Property Donor: The GPT Group & Urban Growth Launched: 6 May 2013 Closed: 12 August 2013 about Annabell Stone UPDATE NOVEMBER 2013 Annabell has taken up the opportunity to return to her previous place of employment, a stone merchant, that will now also stock Annabell Stone products in their showroom! UPDATE AUGUST…

  • Lloyd Kellett

    SCULPTURE AND CUSTOM FURNITURE Address: The Emporium, 185 Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle – Perkins Street windows Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 3pm Property Donor: Iris Capital Launched: 6 May 2013 Closed:  17 June 2017 Contact: Lloyd Kellett m: 0450 028 855 e: [email protected] w: lloydkellett.com f: facebook.com/lloydkellet i: instagram.com/lloydkellett t: twitter.com/lloydkellett y: youtube.com One…

  • Olive & Co

    Artists Designers Makers Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW Launched: 1 May 2013 Closed: 12 Aug 2013 about Olive & Co UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2013 Olive & Co will continue to maintain their focus with the The Olive Tree Market at The Junction Public School on the first Saturday of every month. For market…

  • Nine New Projects launched!

    After our most recent call for proposals in January, we’ve been flat chat in Februrary giving the keys to nine new creative projects taking place in four different properties in the Newcastle city centre. What a delight to keep being introduced to more local creative ingenuity and talent! Find out more about each project through…

  • 0 to 100: The Projects of Renew Newcastle

    Since Renew Newcastle officially launched in October 2008 over 100 projects (106 to be exact!) have had the opportunity to test their creative ideas using properties in Newcastle’s CBD that would have otherwise remained vacant. In doing so new arts projects, local businesses and community activities are seeded while also maintaining, improving and bringing life…

  • Come Along for the New Adventures Tour

    Join Renew Newcastle for New Adventures, a free, guided walking tour of the newest activated spaces in Newcastle’s CBD. You’ll discover independent local fashion designers; artist designed & hand painted bicycle bells; refound, repurposed and reloved furniture and objects; roller derby sticker design; delicate paper-cut illustration and a studio of illustrators. Join us straight after…

  • InVintaged

    Women’s vintage couture Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW Launched: 13 Feb 2013 Closed: 18 Aug 2014 about InVintaged A couture boutique for women’s fashion of the 1920’s to 1960’s. Designer and seamstress Wendy Ratcliffe reconfigures vintage styles for modern women, using exquisite fabrics. Ready to wear and custom made evening and daywear….

  • dniique

    Refound – repurposed – reloved Property Donor: The GPT Group & Urban Growth Launched: 6 February 2013 Closed: 12 August 2013 about dniique UPDATE AUGUST 2013 The Emporium, the site where Dniique has been located, was temporarily moved out of the former David Jones site to enable the owner to complete some building works on…

  • January Workshops & Exhibitions

    Susan Te Kahurangi King from New Zealand whose work is currently on display at The Emporium project, The Business Who’s Who of Australia, will be in Newcastle 11-27 January taking part in a series of workshops, Shut Up And Draw. The workshops are about drawing from your imagination, using Susan’s drawings and other interesting sparks…

  • Things To Do In Summer In Newcastle

    It’s well and truly Summer in Newcastle and if you’ve visited The Emporium you would have seen the hand-painted, unique-to-Newcastle activities to do while the weather is sunny. Visitors and locals alike can be inspired to discover (or rediscover) unique Newcastle experiences via the original designs created Renewer Carl Morgan of Zookraft and former Renewer…

  • December Exhibitions

    Curve Gallery are hosting a collaborative exhibition and comic book launch based loosely on the history sugar entitled, A Cautionary Tale. Australian artist-political commentator Geraldine Searles has taken Swiss artist Marlies Pekarek’s 3-D sugar sculpture Sugar Queen, scanned it into a digital file, then created a fantastic story and surrounding scenery to give the Sugar…

  • Festive Follies Walking Tour – Thursday 13 December

    On Thursday 13 December, Renew Newcastle shops and galleries around the Mall stay open until 6.30pm to launch their latest exhibitions and showcase new wares – just in time for Christmas! It’s your chance to connect up with local creatives and bring your spark into the city at night. Fill Christmas stockings with unique gifts…

  • Renew Newcastle on SBS World News Australia

    SBS World News recently featured Studio Melt, Make Space and Jzhonnie Bechet at The Emporium in a story about how the Renew Newcastle model is being adopted in Australia with the likes of Pop-Up Parramatta and also overseas. ‘Four years ago, boarded up shops and empty streets marked the centre of Newcastle in NSW. But…

  • The Business Who’s Who of Australia

    Drawings by Susan Te Kahurangi King Property Donor: The GPT Group & Urban Growth Launched: 12 November 2012 Closed: 26 January 2013 about The Business Who’s Who of Australia Small Mining Town presents The Business Who’s Who of Australia, an art exhibition featuring the drawings of Susan Te Kahurangi King. These colourful and accessible works…

  • Tickle & Hide

    Clothing with alter ego Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW Launched: 22 November 2012 Closed: 10 April 2013 about Tickle & Hide UPDATE APRIL 2013: Tickle & Hide boutique has closed but Jodi is still making beautiful children’s clothes. Keep in touch via the blog or facebook. Tickle & Hide offers an explosion…

  • Smack Bang

    Art, fashion, jewellery and homewares by Sophia Flegg Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW Launched: 9 November 2012 Closed: 10 May 2013 about Smack Bang UPDATE MAY 2013 Smack Bang has closed, but Sophia Flegg is of course still painting. Keep in touch via Facebook. Smack Bang is the second signature store for…

  • It’s About Time

    Sculpture & Assemblage Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW Launched: 9 November 2012 Closed: 1 January 2013 about It’s About Time Update May 2013: After two incarnations in the Renew Newcastle scheme – a workshop and gallery on the Mall, and an installation space as part of The Emporium – Karl has closed…

  • Honest eye for beauty

    For photographer Edwina Richards, it’s Lynch over likes. While so many of us spend time considering what next to include in our digital Instagram galleries, Edwina is considering her shots, right down to the tiniest shadow. It’s this unmatched eye for photographic detail that Edwina has developed over the 18-month period she’s occupied the Clocktower…

  • A new platform for people, education, events and hospitality at Newcastle Station

    The opportunity to be the temporary hosts of the Newcastle Station is a fantastic new horizon for us to continue to bring life to empty spaces in the CBD.  We are brimming with ideas to bring community focused activity to this space. It won’t be a recreation of the David Jones “Emporium” space, but there…

  • In the spotlight

    Red Block designs have been attracting attention from the Australia design industry of late. After being listed as a finalist in the 2016 IDEA Awards Martin and Priscilla were featured on the Australian Design Review website discussing what work is on the horizon and how Australians should be trend setters, not just consumers. Last week…

  • Steel City Collective

    Creative Event Management Property Donor: Invictus Pty Ltd Launched: 28 Jul 2013 Closed: 31 Jan 2014 about Steel City Collective Who are you? My name is Eryn With a Why and for the past 8 months I have been running Steel City Collective – a collaborative group of artists and musicians taking on various creative…

  • Project Applications now open! Deadline 4 April 2013

    It’s on again! Renew Newcastle is again calling for proposals for projects to take place in otherwise empty spaces in Newcastle CBD. Deadline for applications is Thursday 4 April 2013 Renew Newcastle aims to bring activity to the city’s otherwise empty properties – we broker temporary access to these spaces to allow arts projects, creative…

  • Applications open for short term spaces in the old DJ’s

    Christmas truly has come early this year – Renew Newcastle is thrilled to announce a tremendous opportunity for quality unique art, craft & design projects to take place in Newcastle’s most iconic retail location. Renew Newcastle is now calling for proposals for short-term retail or gallery projects by artists and creatives to take place in…

  • New projects launch: Bird House and The Woods

    Renew Newcastle continues to work with property owners GPT to ensure that the Hunter St Mall area stays a vibrant place, and offers great opportunities for local artists wanting to develop their creative enterprises. Two new projects will begin operations this month, and you are invited to discover what is new. Bird House is a…