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A home to Roost

17 July 2017 | Posted in: News

The Roost are behind an 8ft high mural that they say depicts the face behind the urban renewal of inner city Newcastle. It was unveiled on Market Square, in the heart of Hunter Street Mall recently.

Manager of The Roost, Bec Dujin, said “the project was a powerful and permanent message that spoke volumes about the importance of culture and creativity in shaping communities”.


A new place to potter

17 July 2017 | Posted in: News


Potteryali has built a reputation while in The Emporium and is working on a significant residential commission hand making and printing tiles for a kitchen splashback.

Reflecting on the last two and half years, Ali Sobel-Read says, “I have grown as an artist and businesswoman as a result of my retail space in The Emporium.”

“Renew has also supported me through a series of grants and workshops that have refined my skill sets and helped to promote my business.”

Ali’s business will change from a retail focus but continue creating ceramic work from the Clocktower Studio in Hamilton. She is welcoming both residential and corporate commissions from those who see beauty in Newcastle’s industrial architecture.

The new space will allow Ali to return to her roots as an educator to conduct ceramic workshops and tutorials for students of all ages.

For those of you seeking to purchase her work, she is investigating additional retail outlets around Newcastle to stock homewares and her other jewellery ranges. Stay tuned to her Facebook and Instagram pages as these locations unfold!

Where are they now?

17 July 2017 | Posted in: News

The Emporium tenants are merging into some existing collaborative spaces around Newcastle and new commercial leases. Their time in The Emporium has given them the opportunity to test the market for their business and have the ability to take on commercial leases elsewhere.

With Love Bree Lacey – commercial lease at 161 Hunter Street, Newcastle

PotteryaliClocktower Studio, 111 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

CCY Studio – City Arcade – (Coming soon)

Barbara Nanshe – City Arcade – (September)

BIIICreator Incubator and City Arcade (mid July)

Carved Green ManCreator Incubator

Stannard Inc –  watch this space

Red Block – online at

I & Mine – online at

VOUS – Edde in Islington and online at

Ritual Object – home studio

Fancy That collective – individual businesses

Lorna Ballantine Epps – watch this space

Savant Apothecary – The Junction Shopping Centre

Bobby Trouble – online at

Seamless achievement for couture dressmaker

17 July 2017 | Posted in: News

By Rayanon Innes

Throughout her brief four-year career as a couture fashion designer, Tarese Klemens has quite literally sewn the seeds of a rewarding future for both herself and other young women across Australia. Having personally experienced a history of hardship in her youth, Tarese dedicates her craft to producing custom-made pieces that embrace the inner beauty and value of the wearer. Through spreading a message of hope to other young women, Tarese’s inherent talent for textile based design has enabled her to conceive wearable works of art that reflect the unique characteristics of the individual wearer.

Through publicly sharing her story and business ambitions, Tarese was awarded with the Layne Beachly Aim For The Stars Scholarship late last year. This award not only enabled her to obtain an industrial sewing machine in order to keep up with the growing demand in her business, it also offered her the opportunity to connect with other young women involved within the youth support sector.

One of these women was fellow Aim For The Stars Scholarship recipient Melanie Thomas, who bonded with Tarese over their shared concern for the welfare of Australia’s youth of which Melanie founded her youth self-defence and safety awareness initiative The KYUP! Project. Through their growing friendship and in homage of her inspiring work within the community, Tarese designed the red-carpet dress that Melanie wore for her Audi Women of Style Awards nomination earlier this year.

Talking at this year’s Aim For The Stars Director’s Institute Women’s Leadership Forum, Tarese also caught the attention of an audience member who recommended she approach Lenovo who were on the search for a fashion designer for their new campaign. In a few short weeks Tarese had her head firmly down, hand sewing up to 8000 individual crystals, pearls and lace for the starring couture piece featured in the campaign video promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. The dress that would require nine months of intricate hand-sewing and embellishment work was an ode to her journey as a young woman with an unrivalled passion and creative talent.

With continually growing recognition for both her roles within bespoke couture design and youth welfare awareness, Tarese has now decided to sew, stitch, and thread a new life in central Sydney. Having to now bid farewell to her Hunter street studio space of two years, Tarese is profoundly humbled by the opportunities she’s had thus far, fuelling the anticipation for what her future might hold both personally and professionally.

“I’m looking forward to the new opportunities that come up –  the ones I don’t even know about yet…

…I couldn’t imagine where it has taken me thus far but I’m really grateful and I’m excited to see where it takes me in the future”.

Now working part-time at Sant Elia Couture Bridal Designs, Tarese intends to continue producing her enchanting custom pieces in her spare time as well as developing a body of work through new ready-to-wear evening wear lines from her home studio.

Support goes on

17 July 2017 | Posted in: News

The David Jones building has begun a new journey with a DA lodged for redevelopment by Iris Capital. It has been a wonderful opportunity to activate this space while it waited for its future to unfold.

Just as our presence in the former David Jones has contributed to the creative culture in Newcastle, our departure has supported local business with partitions, flooring and shopfittings being used by the Soap Factory, Creator Incubator and Newcastle Grammar School rather than going to landfill.

Click here to see our final farewell to The Emporium project.