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Duplicating Renew in Kalgoorlie

24 May 2016 | Posted in: News

Renew’s General Manager, Christopher Saunders, was invited to speak at the Future’s Forum in Kalgoorlie-Boulder about the potential of duplicating the Renew Newcastle model in their town. Read the article.

Bespoke vintage design now in the Emporium

24 May 2016 | Posted in: News


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 fabrics, with everything from beautiful reproduction vintage prints to the genuine article from her Nan’s stash or rescued from an op-shop and recycled.

Bree-Lacey will share the joy of handmade fashion by running sewing lessons, so you can step out in your own handmade garment.

Visit With Love Bree-Lacey from Wednesdays to Saturdays.

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.


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

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)