Tue 17 February 2015

February Events & Workshop


Screen_Shot_2015-02-17_at_10.06.47_pm Newcastle Youth Orchestra’s 2015 Launch' at Inner City Winemakers.
To celebrate the launch of the 2015 Season for Newcastle Youth Orchestra, we invite you to join us for an evening of mystery and surprise. The mystery will start to unfold as soon as you purchase your ticket!
When: 5:30pm – 7pm, Friday 20 February
Where: Inner City Winemakers, 28 Church St, Wickham
Cost: $40. Tickets available via


Screen_Shot_2015-02-17_at_9.42.25_pm DIY Media + The Roost Creative present Hunter Lunch & Learn.
A free monthly series of business development seminars for individuals and entrepreneurs. This month Shauna Stafford of DIY Media presents ‘How to Write a Media Release’. Learn how to structure a media release and follow-up techniques that ensures your news doesn’t get ignored. Sign up to the Hunter Lunch & Learn enewsletter to be notified of upcoming seminars.
When: 12.30pm – 1.30pm, Friday 20 February,
Where: The Roost Creative, Level 1, 152-160 Hunter Street, Newcastle (enter via Market St)
Cost: Free, but registration is essential.

Screen_Shot_2015-02-17_at_10.42.24_pm After School Art Classes with The Art Project by Andrew Dennis.
Give your child the opportunity to learn from an established and practicing artist in a working studio. The classes will focus on the fundamentals of drawing incorporating other elements of the fine arts such as painting, print making, sculpture and collage.
When: 3.30pm – 4.30pm, Tuesdays or Wednesdays
Where: The Art Project, 19 Wolfe St, Newcastle
Cost: $120 for 8 weeks or $20 per class
RSVP: via email

naomi_wilde ‘The Art of Wellbeing’ by Naomi Wild Art Therapy
A women’s group for practising creative mindfulness, meditation and creative expression. A shared time in safe space with like minded people. No art skills required, in fact we focus on mark making rather than art making as a form of soulful expression. Truly a great form of self care for those looking to reconnect with themselves.
When: 5.30pm – 7pm, Friday 21 February
Where: Vitality Junction Natural Health Centre, 179 Union St, The Junction
Cost: $20/25 RSVP: via Facebook

Screen_Shot_2015-02-17_at_10.34.36_pm Make Your Own Picture Storybook with Liz Anellli Illustration.
This workshop is for people who have always thought they’d like to illustrate a children’s book but didn’t know where or how to start.
When: 6pm-9pm, Monday 9 March
Where: Studio Melt, 119 Hunter St, Newcastle
Cost: $99
RSVP: via


Fri 13 February 2015

Studio Bliss Designs Graduates


It’s always wonderful news when a Renew Newcastle project ‘graduates’.

Studio Bliss Designs has signed a lease and has relocated only a few doors away from her Renew space.

As Bliss explains, ‘My sensory wonderland of a shop is still in the Market Square mezzanine, but now moved down the end into the big shop next to Rivers. It means the absolute world to me that I have been able to grow my business in ways I would never have imagined possible without the help and support of Renew Newcastle.’

Congratulations Bliss!


Wed 11 February 2015

Creating Spaces Forum & Workshop - Saturday, 28 February


How does a city deal with vacant building sites and existing public space that is under-utilised? How can such space be used to create activity, a sense of community and attract people and commerce?

Renew Newcastle is pleased to present ‘Creating Spaces’, a forum and workshop featuring Ryan Reynolds, co-founder of Gap Filler, who will present a case for adaptive urbanism and offer his expertise as we tackle practical how-to’s for a variety of activities that could see under-utilised sites in Newcastle’s CBD come alive.

Whether you are an individual or grass-roots group with drive to activate vacant land or a local government employee charged with reinventing redundant spaces, a member of a main street organisation, in property development, a student or practitioner of urban planning or architecture, or another enterprise involved in the activation of under-utilised or empty land, this forum and workshop are for you.

You can attend either the forum or the workshop, or both – just make your selection when registering.


10:30am to 12pm Saturday 28 February 2015 Watt St Arc, 45 Watt St, Newcastle Cost: Free

Ryan Reynolds will present a talk on his experience of adaptive urbanism citing his hometown of Christchurch post-earthquake, offering his observations on the challenges and triumphs of activating vacant land as well as the benefits and lessons he’s learnt along the way.

This will be followed by a 45-minute panel discussion facilitated by Carol Duncan, with representatives of Newcastle property, planning, business and community organisations. Audience participation will be encouraged to unpack the opportunities for public space activation that are present in Newcastle’s CBD.

1pm to 4pm Saturday 28 February 2015 Tantrum Youth Arts, 48 Watt St, Newcastle Cost: $15 per person

A practical skills-sharing workshop guided by Ryan Reynolds (Gap Filler) and Marcus Westbury (Renew Australia), we will work on the process of bringing to life vacant or under-utilised parcels of land, uncovering and making the most of their potential as well as identifying any pitfalls and their solutions. Registration cost covers afternoon tea.

About Ryan Reynolds Ryan Reynolds is Co-founder and Chair of Gap Filler, an organisation born from Christchurch’s devastating earthquake in 2010. He is also Strategic Advisor to organisation Life in Vacant Spaces and Intermedial Designer & Performer at Free Theatre Christchurch. Previously having studied electrical engineering, Reynolds turned to performance studies which sparked the development of a radical body of work that incorporates political theatre and action and design. His work with Gap Filler has incorporated his varied talents of performance studies, urban design and architecture.

About Gap Filler Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative that temporarily activates vacant sites within Christchurch with cool and creative projects, to make for a more interesting and vibrant city.

Working with local community groups, artists, architects, landowners, librarians, designers, students, engineers, dancers – anyone with an idea and initiative – vacant sites and spaces are utilised for temporary, creative, people-centred purposes.

Gap Filler utilises recycled materials, volunteer power and creativity to prove the regeneration of a city does not only rely on large-scale development by the private or public sectors. Great things can be achieved with community power and resourcefulness.

Gap Filler has given Christchurch people an opportunity to contribute to their city’s regeneration. Site-specific projects can help celebrate, mourn and criticise all that we’ve lost; can help us play, experiment and toy with ideas for the future; can make otherwise empty areas active; and can ultimately pave the way in the revitalisation of the city.


Tue 10 February 2015

February Exhibitions


PennyDunstan001 ‘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 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed to Fri 1-7, Sat 11-3.

square_183_x_183_sml ‘Small Medium Large’ at Four Point Gallery
A first for Newcastle – Valentine’s Day ‘art lovers’ gallery crawl taking in 1 exhibition over 4 galleries showcasing 12 artists.
When: Saturday 14 February
Start: 2pm-3pm, Nanshe Gallery, 148b Beaumont St, Hamilton
Then: 3.30pm-4.40pm, Newcastle Art Space, 246 Parry St, Hamilton East Then: 5pm to 6pm, Four Point Gallery, 681b Hunter St, Newcastle West Then: 6.30pm-7.30pm, cstudios art gallery, 738 Hunter St, Newcastle West

Screen_Shot_2015-02-10_at_9.49.57_pm ‘CANDY’ at NANA
An solo exhibition by Madeleine Cruise. Evocative of real and imagined landscapes ‘CANDY’ brings to life a luminous dream like state where the subconscious roams free.
When: 11-28 February
Opening Event: Saturday, 14 February, 1pm-4pm Where: NANA at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.

Screen_Shot_2015-02-17_at_10.29.22_pm ‘You Me Us: a united world after Paris’ at NANA
A gallery window installation by Ro Murray. Using chalk pens Murray spells a message of unity in the language of the maritime signal flags in the NANA gallery Perkins St windows.
When: 11-28 February
Where: NANA at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street
Hours: 24 hours

House1 My House is One of Many’ at The Project Space
An exhibition of recent photographs, paintings and printmaking images that form part of an experiment in online exhibiting by Newcastle artist Kerri Smith.
When: 18 February – 17 March
Opening Event: 1pm-3pm, Saturday 21 February
Where: The Project Space at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.

Screen_Shot_2015-02-10_at_9.51.18_pm ‘New Home: with the oldest story’ at Wakarla Studio + Ann Snell Gallery
Representing internationally recognised Indigenous artists and emerging Indigenous artists, Ann Snell and Jason Couthard of Wakarla Studio are proud to present fine art from the oldest continuing culture in world.
Opening Event: 5pm – 7pm, Saturday 21 February
Where: Wakarla Studio + Ann Snell Gallery, 451 Hunter St Newcastle (btw Auckland & Union Sts)
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-4pm



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