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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Thu 30 October 2014

November Events & Workshops


Screen_Shot_2014-10-30_at_10.22.39_pm 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 before their eyes. Featuring Numskull, Deams, Adnate, Georgia Hill, Anthony Lister, Askew, Tyrsa, Tristan Eaton, Lucy Lucy & many more. A Look Hear design festival event.
When: all day, 1-2 November
Where: Newcastle & Mayfield

Screen_Shot_2014-10-30_at_11.46.35_pm Drift Bikes ‘Zombie Ride’ at The Edwards.
Meeting at the Edwards bar – 6pm to roll out for a zombie paced lap of Newcastle, devouring the city before returning to The Edwards for a zombie feast. Fancy Dress: Zombie theme All you need is a bike and an appetite for fun…and brains!! Helmet and lights compulsory. (creative by Blackfish)
When: 6pm, Friday 31 October
Where: The Edwards, 148 Parry St, Newcastle West

Screen_Shot_2014-11-04_at_1.23.46_pm NANA’s 1st Birthday at NANA.
Meeting at the Edwards bar – 6pm to roll out for a zombie paced lap of Newcastle, devouring the city before returning to The Edwards for a zombie feast. Fancy Dress: Zombie theme All you need is a bike and an appetite for fun…and brains!! Helmet and lights compulsory. (creative by Blackfish)
When: 5pm, Thursday 27 November
Where: NANA, at The Emporium, 185 Hunter Street, Newcastle


Screen_Shot_2014-10-30_at_9.57.18_pm Look Hear ‘Typography Workshop with TYRSA’ at The Lock-Up
World-renowned typographer and, illustrator and muralist TYRSA (France) will present and hands-on, non-digital workshop focusing on hand-rendered typography with a illustrative twist. A Look Hear design festival event.
When: 10am-1pm, Saturday 1 November
Where: The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle
Cost: $120 Tickets: via Eventbrite

Screen_Shot_2014-10-30_at_10.04.57_pm Look Hear ‘Portfolio Masterclass’ at The Lock-Up
Designers, illustrators and students roll up your sleeves, bring your portfolio and get advice and feedback from a select group of professional industry creatives. Ask questions about your work and your industry and get the answers from people in the know. With We Buy Your Kids, TYRSA, Shorthand Studio, Hannah Robinson. A Look Hear design festival event.
When: 10am-12pm, Monday 3 November
Where: The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle
Cost: $20 Tickets: via Eventbrite

Screen_Shot_2014-10-30_at_9.52.57_pm ‘Flower Workshop’ at NANA
Come and experience the joy of flower arranging this spring at a workshop with Miss Adams Florist. With 10 years + industry experience Miss Adams Florist will teach you and how to make a bouquet for home, gift or wedding.
When: 2-3pm, Saturday 15 November
Where: NANA, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle
Cost: $85
Reservations: 0478 030 093

Screen_Shot_2014-10-30_at_11.57.20_pm ‘Make Your Own Picturebook Workshop’ with Liz Anelli at Studio Melt
Turn your idea for a children’s book into a reality with this workshop led by award-winning illustrator Liz Anelli. Designed to give people a taste of how picture books for 3-7 year olds are created.
When: 6-9pm, Thursday 27 November
Where: Studio Melt, 119 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle
Cost: $99
Reservations: via



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