Sat 9 August 2014

Two New Rounds of Project Applications Open Until 22 August

Renew Newcastle is once again calling for proposals. Applications are now open for projects to take place in otherwise empty spaces in the Newcastle CBD. There is also a new round of applications for the Renew Newcastle programmed gallery Project Space.


Horselove – Wolfe St Studios photo Melissa Wilson

We have a variety of diverse spaces, some large, some small and some just right, that are currently available to be matched with an appropriate creative project.

We have studio space available in the Wolfe St Studios building.

There are stand alone office spaces and office space within existing Renew properties.

We also have a number of retail outlets including at the Emporium and in the Hunter St Mall.

There are also a couple of unusually large but inviting spaces – one with high exposure.

So if you are a creative industries professional who has out grown your home office – if you have an idea for a gallery – or perhaps you are making something that you think you can sell – now might be the time to consider applying to get involved with Renew Newcastle. No project is too big or too small for this round of applications.

The Project Space, a space for short-run creative projects in the Emporium is also currently accepting applications. Project Space is a programmed gallery and installation space that is suitable for a variety of events and activities that usually run for 2-3 weeks.

Go to Project Applications for all the details on how to apply.



Fri 8 August 2014

August Workshops


Screen_Shot_2014-08-04_at_6.39.55_pm ‘Beginners Sign Painting Workshop – Newcastle’ at Pocket Design
Local sign painting maestro Brett Piva takes beginners through hand rendered techniques of the old craft of sign making.
When: 9am-5:30pm, Sunday 17 August
Where: Pocket Design, Shop 20, Market Square, 113-143 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle
Cost $165
RSVP: via

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_8.48.21_pm NANA ‘DIY Art Fair’ at University of Newcastle
In association with University of Newcastle’s Create 2308 festival, NANA will be hosting an extreme drawing workshop.
When: 20-21 August
Where: Bar on the Hill, University of Newcastle, Ring Road, Callaghan
Hours: 12pm – 5pm

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_11.57.24_pm ‘Make Your Own Picture Book’ with Liz Anelli 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, Wednesday 27 August
Where: Studio Melt, 119 Hunter St, Newcastle
Cost $99
RSVP: via

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_11.53.45_pm ‘Beginners Sign Painting Workshop in Melbourne with Pocket Design’ at The Hungry Workshop
Sign painting maestro Brett Piva is in Melbourne for a whistle-stop tour of his beginners sign painting workshop.
When: 9am-5:30pm, Saturday 20 or Sunday 21 September
Where: The Hungry Workshop, 461 High St, Northcote VIC
Cost $265
RSVP: via


Thu 7 August 2014

Good News, Quick Links

Screen_Shot_2014-08-07_at_11.57.50_pm New Arts Publication Launches
The Follower is Newcastle’s newest monthly go-to for all things arts in Newcastle. Distributed in outer-suburban newspaper The Leader and via local retail outlets in the inner-city, The Follower’s is the culmination of the hard work of Zackari Watt, Marigold Pazar and Zana Kobayashi of Grasshopper Productions. Missed the first issue? Catch up here.

Screen_Shot_2014-08-08_at_12.04.41_am 2hrsNorth Project Fully Funded
Fellow Wolfe Street Studios based project, Dylan Smyth has conducted a successful Pozible campaign to launch a series of zines featuring photographic essays of Newcastle suburbs called 2hrsnorth. It’s not too secure copies of these limited edition photo-books or be a contributing photographer yourself. An exhibition celebrating the first half of the project will take place in The Project Space in Oct/Nov.

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_11.57.24_pm Liz Anelli’s New Book
Celebrations for the release of ‘Howzat!’ a children’s book illustrated by Liz Anelli coincide with National Book Day on Saturday 9 August. Liz will be conducting a drawing workshop at Maclean’s Booksellers on Beaumont Street at 10am with special a special preview of the book in anticipation of its wide release in September.

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_10.46.56_am LOOK SEE 2014 Submissions
Zookraft’s Carl Morgan and Lara Schubert are busy prepping for the 2014 Look See exhibition. Submissions are now open for music inspired artworks to be exhibited in October at the soon-to-be-reopened Lock-Up art space. Guidelines and more info [PDF]

Screen_Shot_2014-08-07_at_11.37.05_pm Hit The Bricks is Back
Not one to rest, Carl from Zookraft, along with local artists Sally Bourke and Michael Langenegger, have announced that Hit The Bricks street art festival is back in 2014. Building on the success of the inaugural event last year, Hit The Bricks will spread its wings to include locations in Mayfield as well as the CBD and West End between 1-2 November.

Screen_Shot_2014-08-07_at_10.38.32_pm Merewether Aquarium Opening Soon
Speaking of street art, Trevor Dickinson of Newcastle Productions has been flat out for the last 49 days sprucing up the Merewether Beach pedestrian tunnel, which will forever more be known as Merewether Aquarium. Keep up to date on the progress via the Newcastle Productions FB Page

Screen_Shot_2014-08-08_at_12.10.27_am Little New Map
Sara Spence from Dubbleyou Design has produced a nifty wallet-sized map, Little New, that includes locations of places to eat, shop and see in the CBD. Found at CBD retailers. Learn more about Sara and her design practice via this interview on the Finders Keepers blog.

Pop Up Filming Nears Completion
Stuart McBratney of McBrat TV whose successful crowd-funding campaign secured finance to shoot a feature length film, Pop Up, has celebrated completion of filming in Australian by releasing a teaser. Shooting of final scenes in Romania is just around the corner.

POP-UP TRAILER - June 2014 from Stuart McBratney on Vimeo.


Thu 7 August 2014

Three Projects Graduate to Become Commercial Tenants


Rollingball’s office in Newcastle West


The vinyl collection at Odditorium

Renew Newcastle is pleased to announce that three projects have taken on commercial leases in the CBD.

Rollingball Productions and Odditorium Vintage have signed leases within the spaces they have activated as Renew Newcastle participants ensuring their product offering, video production and vintage collectables & vinyl respectively, remains open for trade.

Meanwhile Curve Gallery will relocate from the space at 37 Watt Street they activated as Renew Newcastle participants to a new location on Hunter Street in the East End. We’ll post details of the opening event on Friday 5 September when they are confirmed.

Renew Newcastle is very proud to have supported independent, creative projects that have not only brought life to once-empty spaces in Newcastle’s CBD but have also gone on to flourish into self-sustaining business. Congratulations to April and Paul at Rollingball, Naomi at Odditorium and Lisa & Wayne at Curve.


Curve Gallery’s opening night in April 2012



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