Fri 12 December 2014

The Fact & Figures (So Far)


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Fri 21 November 2014

Festive Follies Walking Tour, Thursday 27 November 2014


Let’s mark the start of the festive season! Come for a walk through Hunter Street Mall and see for yourself the fledgling enterprises that are rejuvenating the city in creative ways. Cross gifts off your Christmas list, enjoy some tasty treats and experience a slice of our town’s creative scene.

This is your invitation to walk the city streets together: hear about the latest Renew Newcastle projects, and discover a little more about the creative culture which is enlivening the city. It’s free, everyone’s invited and tasty festive treats are on offer along the way!

The tour includes:

Agora Project Space, studio and gallery space supporting emerging creatives

Spores, painters studio of Carly Brett & Chrissy Hope

Thirty Three Degree South Soaps, handmade natural cold-pressed soap store

House of Evelyn, fashion design studio of Samantha South

Bencke Laukku, design studio of Gillina Bencke & Alicia Kropkowski

DIY Media, small business media training by Shauna Stafford & Tim Strube.

Specially Trained Monkeys, stop-motion animation studio of Jane Shadbolt.

The Art Project, working studio and exhibition space of Andrew Dennis

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

The Project Space, featuring an exhibition by Newcastle Printmakers

The Carved Greenman, stone carving & graphic design by Graham Wilson

Potteryali, ceramic jewellery, wall art & homewares by Alison Sobel-Read

NANA, contemporary art gallery curated by Madeleine Cruise & Jacquie Larcombe

Jodie Louise Millinery, bespoke millinery by Jodie Thompson

The Workroom, affordable art and object curated by Maggie Hensel-Brown

Floral & Spot, cheerful handmade women’s clothing by Raylee Allen

VOUS, contemporary women’s fashion by Renee Verdon

One Man’s Trash, handmade ,up-cycled industrial style furniture

Festive Follies, a guided tour of Renew Newcastle shops, studios & galleries

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Drinks from 5pm, Tour 5:30 – 7:30pm

Agora Project Space, Hunter St Mall, Market Square, Food Court Level (up escalators, opposite Rivers)


Fri 31 October 2014

Renew Newcastle Needs Your Help


Former David Jones in 2012, left, and in 2013, right, after reactivation by Renew Newcastle

You may have read a recent article in the Newcastle Herald highlighting the fact that Renew Newcastle has no substantive funding from early 2015.

If you believe Renew Newcastle is a worthwhile program with real value for the community then we ask you to show your support by contacting the NSW Premier, Mike Baird and Newcastle City Councillors to politely voice your concerns about the possibility that Renew Newcastle may no longer be able to operate from 2015.

Contact NSW Premier Mr Mike Baird:

Contact Newcastle City Councillors:

Right now there are 60 Renew Newcastle projects activating 28 otherwise empty properties with creative enterprise. Renew Newcastle operates with a staff of less than 2 full-time people to administer licences between projects and property owners and make sure we comply with insurance and OHS obligations, fix up spaces and support projects to assist them to realise their full potential.

The bulk of Renew Newcastle’s running costs over the last three years has been covered by funding from NSW State Government, but this will soon come to an end and there is no confirmation as yet that it will be fully renewed.

Long-time supporters Hunter Development Corporation have confirmed their ongoing support in the last week pledging $30,000 a year for three years and Renew Newcastle is very grateful for their continued support.

As Renew Newcastle operates on a budget of around $200,000 per year we are still a long way off ensuring the organisation can continue to operate to a point in time where there are no empty spaces left to fill in Newcastle’s CBD.

Throughout 2014 Renew Newcastle and its Board has continued to pursue funding from a variety of sources, including previous supporters Newcastle City Council and Newcastle Now as well as the NSW State Government.

Being without State Government representation in recent months has left us without a direct line of communication to the NSW Premier to champion Renew’s community-led initiative in urban renewal and campaign for its continuing support.

Voicing your concern individually is where our wonderful supporters can help.

There is no doubt that Renew Newcastle is a very cost-effective program for urban renewal. To quote from the above-mentioned Herald article:

‘Since its inception, Renew Newcastle has undertaken 169 projects and filled 70 vacant premises. It has steered a drop in city vacancy rates of up to 80 per cent, reduced vandalism, activated tired and worn-out corners of the city, increased tourism and created jobs… with recent financial assessments showing that for every dollar invested in the program, it is returned eleven-fold in economic activity.

Many of the businesses launched under the project now occupy full commercial leases in the city. Two businesses…. had actually purchased buildings and now employ nine people each.‘

For more details about the economic benefits of Renew, see this report [PDF].

Contact NSW Premier Mr Mike Baird:

Contact Newcastle City Councillors:

Your support for Renew Newcastle and the people involved in the creative projects who work so hard to activate empty spaces is so appreciated. A big Newcastle thumbs-up to those of you who have already made your support known.

As those familiar with the outcomes of Renew Newcastle, every little bit makes a big difference.

Thank you.

From Marcus and the Renew team.


Fri 31 October 2014

Creative Talk with Rachel Milne


Renew Newcastle is happy to announce that artist Rachel Milne will join us for Creative Talks on Friday 7 November 2014.


Rachel Milne, recently arrived from England and settled in Newcastle, is a full-time studio-based painter taking inspiration from every day life. ‘I fly in the face of the instant image by creating snapshots of my world, my bed, filthy kitchen and behind my shed, like a terribly slow Instagram account using oil paint and light.'

Milne’s creative work pulls the beauty out of the ordinary and celebrate what we have, not what we aspire to have. ‘I aim to paint how a musician plays -to have the technical ability to inject emotion and humanity into the work.’

Friday 7 November 2014
8.30am breakfast and registration
9.00am talk by Rachel Milne

The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle.

Creative Talks is FREE to attend but you will need to REGISTER to reserve a 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 for three months (beginning July 2013) a well-regarded creative will be invited to speak for 30 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. Attendance is free and breakfast (coffee, tea, pastries and fruit) is provided.

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 and editing is generously sponsored by Enigma.

View our last eight Creative Talks on the Renew Newcastle YouTube Channel

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