Wed 25 June 2014

Spare coin? Donate now!


Making a tax deductible donation to Renew Newcastle will make its way back to the city you love, ten-fold. For every dollar invested in the RN program, we return more than TEN TIMES that value back to the artists and the regeneration of the city.

Please consider a donation to our Public Fund and contribute to the Newcastle you want to see – one thriving with arts, culture and creative enterprise.

with thanks from Marcus, Marni and all here at Renew.



Work by Coco Meacham for the ‘Four Walls’ exhibition at Pocket Design. Photo: Edwina Richards


Thu 5 June 2014

Project News


At the beginning of 2014 Ben Mitchell from The Roost Creative launched his first comic book, Storm Clouds. It was a big success, and this caught the attention of the This Is Not Art festival. TINA are running a program whereby artists crowd-fund a project with TINA will match the funds raised.

The sequel is Don’t Panic and continues the Storm Clouds story of protaganist Jared Paige. The comic will be a 40-page, 2-colour risograph print accompanied by a tape of original songs written and recorded as played by the main character’s band in the comic.

If you are interested in supporting Ben’s project and the opportunity to score some great rewards head to his Pozible page:


2hrsNorth is a project documenting all the suburbs of Newcastle through the eyes of our local photographers and is curated by Renewer Dylan Smyth.

As Dylan explains, ‘ this is a project has loads of potential to document a great city in a way that will showcase the cities diversity as well as some of its great creative talent. The idea is to produce 12-16 zines, releasing 2 zines each month for 6 or so months, with each zine split in two, so one side will be an artist showing one suburb and the other another artist showing a different suburb.

Dylan is seeking interest from local photographers who may want to take part in the project. Simply email examples of your work to

You can keep up to date with the project via the Facebook Image by Brett McDonald.


Newcastle illustrators represent! Congratulations to Renewer and illustrator Liz Anelli who has secured an Emerging Illustrator’s grant of $10,000 as part of The Australian Society of Author’s Children’s Picture Book Illustrators’ Initiative. Liz will travel to Lake Eyre to document work for an upcoming children’s book.

Congratulations also to local illustrator Leila Rudge for also securing a grant.


Wed 4 June 2014

June Exhibitions & Workshops


Screen_Shot_2014-06-04_at_11.52.07_pm ‘In The Shade’ at Four Point Gallery
A group exhibition including Kim Julian, Christine Bushell, Jacquie MaCoy & Janet Haigh.
When: 22 May – 8 June
Where: Four Point Gallery , 681b Hunter St, Newcastle West
Hours: Thu to Sun, 12-4
More info:

Screen_Shot_2014-06-04_at_11.50.01_pm ‘FLAGS and TROPHIES’ at The Workroom
Including works by Sarah Stein, Jesse Neale, Ben Toupein, John Turier, and Maggie Hensel-Brown.
When: 28 May – 21 June
Where: The Workroom, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4

Screen_Shot_2014-06-05_at_12.11.41_am ‘Choo Choo Woof Woof’ at NANA
Artists Ro Murray and Susie Williams respond to working city Newcastle with a site specific installation.
When: 7 June – 26 June
Opening Night: 2-4pm, Fri 7 June Where: NANA, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4

Screen_Shot_2014-06-05_at_12.01.52_am ‘Red Eye by Sophia Flegg’ at The Project Space
This new series of works by Sophia Flegg takes a distinctly different direction, harnessing influences of retrospection and mental illness, breaking down topics such as joy, loss and insomnia.
When: 18 June – 15 Jul
Opening Night: Sat 14 Jun, 6.30pm at special location 231 Hunter St.
Where: The Project Space, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.


Screen_Shot_2014-06-05_at_12.58.48_am ‘Decorative Sign Painting and Lettering’ at Pocket Design
Local typography guru Wayne Thompson and our own sign painting maestro Brett Piva take you through more hand rendered techniques of the old crafts.
When: 9-5:30, Sat 7 June
Where: Pocket Design, Shop 20, Market Square, 113-143 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle
Cost $198
RSVP: via

Screen_Shot_2014-06-05_at_12.53.56_am ‘BRAND – Create Your Business Identity’ at Dubbleyou Design
In this 2 hour workshop Sara Spence from Dubbleyou Design will help you to create and define your brand identity and show you clever, relevant and affordable ways to bring it to life.
When: 5:30-7, Thu 12 June
Where: Dubbleyou, Shop 18/19, Market Square, 113-143 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle
Cost $20 including gift bag and treats


Wed 4 June 2014

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 over to a new writers’ collective space before making our way to a brand new property on Hunter St Mall containing 7 studio-based projects including Dylan Smyth, Grasshopper Productions, Assembly and Horselove Clothing.

From there we will head around the corner to the studio of graphic designers Made by Ronnoco and photographer Sharper Still.

Our final destination is The Emporium where we welcome shop newcomers Floral & Spot, The Workroom and CCY Studio.

Date: Friday 13 June
Time: Drinks from 5pm, Tour 5:30 – 6:30pm
Where: Dubbleyou + Suko, Hunter St Mall, Market Square, Food Court Level (up escalators, opposite Rivers).

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