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Influence by design

1 April 2017 | Posted in: News

The Stage - Architecture show - Emporium - Edwina Richards Photography

Many of our participants are playing a part in growing young minds and collaborating to strengthen the creative community.  Ensuring the arts continue to be part of our society by passing on their knowledge is a regular part of their working week.

Carl Morgan from Zookraft and Ben Mitchell from Benny Rizzo have been long standing participants with Renew and teach in the Faculty of Education and Arts. Carl also recognizes the need to expose local designers to the changing front of current practice by bringing national and international experts to speak at a local annual festival called Look Hear.

Professor Mario Minichiello is Head of the discipline of Design at the University of Newcastle, but has also, until very recently, held a Renew space as a designer and artist. Mario is interested in being a part of the continuous building and refining of the creative Industries in Newcastle. His involvement with Renew and his academic role are avenues for him to share his passion.

Links with the School of Architecture go both ways. Mark Spence’s business, Anthrosite, was a long term Renew project that moved to a commercial lease last year. Mark has been teaching 4th and 5th year Architecture students for six years and influenced many promising graduates to begin their own business in Newcastle rather than seek opportunities in the capital cities. Working in parallel with Anthrosite, Mark can offer them a co-working space, mentoring and tap them into local networks. Many of these graduates now also teach into the Architecture program.

Our gallery space in The Emporium hosts an annual exhibition of design projects (posters, models, digital projections) produced by first year architecture students enrolled in the Master of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. The space becomes a stage for live critics and assessments of the assignment work.

The Renew HQ team took on Rayannon Innes for an intern placement as part of her Communications degree. Rayannon continued in a volunteer capacity and has showed such talent, professionalism and enthusiasm for the Renew cause that we have officially welcomed her to the team with a paid contract to do small projects.

A pioneering spirit and vision for growing the broader community are values Renew seeks in a participant. Linking with university activity enriches the realm of possibilities of the creative network and inspires young minds to see the arts as a viable possibility for their future.

Creators as Incubators

1 April 2017 | Posted in: News

graham at incubator

We are very excited that the success of Dale Collier and Graham Wilson’s businesses have put them in a position to take a commercial lease on a property in Clyde Street, Georgetown.

Bringing together a creative community of artists, designers, makers, thinkers, The Creator Incubator was born. It’s a creative space for working, but also to run workshops, host exhibitions and offer short-term workshop rental. Keep your eye out for exciting things happening there.

Beauty in the eye of the beholder

1 April 2017 | Posted in: News

Lucinda with swollen eyelid. Septmeber 2016

Lucinda with swollen eyelid. Septmeber 2016

Photographer Jon Reid was shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 National photographic portrait prize. A commercial, portrait and architectural photographer by day, this type of work is part of his personal documentary projects.

The photo, a simple image of his daughter, serves as a good reminder that even blemishes can be perfect. Jon is one of seven photographers working together in our Clock Tower Studios in Hamilton.

Hat’s off to new location

1 April 2017 | Posted in: News

Jodie Louise Millinery has been returning some of the old world elegance and glamour of the makeup and perfume department in the David Jones building.  After three years, her handcrafted millinery business has grown to enable her to move to 374 King Street and become our 37th graduate to take a commercial lease.

Millinery is an historic craft from a time when hats were an every-day accessory. Originally from Melbourne, Jodie saw a niche in the market and began to apply her design skills to hat making. Her move to Newcastle and a space with Renew saw her client base blossom with customers seeking unique headwear for race carnivals, weddings and every-day wear.

Jodie says, her time with Renew was “the best three years, I learnt so much, met and collaborated with many amazing people and will be forever grateful!”

Jodie’s new shop will continue to be a retail store and workshop where each piece is made to order; designed, dyed, blocked, sewn and created with love and attention to detail in-store so visitors are able to observe the process of making a wearable piece of art. Now open seven days from 11-4pm or by appointment.

The act of collaborative expression

1 April 2017 | Posted in: News

Eryn Leggart

Eryn Leggatt’s involvement with Steel City Collective helped define her thinking around how teaching is more about working together and learning from each other.

Eryn describes “Newcastle as a nursery for artists” but when everyone has more than one place in the nursery then it becomes a rewarding experience for everyone. It’s the line of thinking that it’s never too late to learn new things and you never know who you are going to learn it from”.

Eryn and a group of like-minded artists, performers and graphic designers began Steel City Collective after they had been working together in Sydney providing live art and performance for the Jurassic Lounge.The opportunity to do this in a Renew space gave them the freedom to experiment, to learn and grow. They discovered it also gave them legitimacy to attract paid commissions and contracts. Eryn managed the administration side of the business and ran craft and art based workshops and her desire for working with a range of people in a way that benefits everyone became a passion.

Fast Forward to now and Eryn is working with Tantrum Theatre which she describes is ‘in line with everything I believe in’.

“Tantrum’s Trajectory Program is Newcastle in a nutshell”, she said. “The program works with young people, emerging artists and professionals in a way that moves everyone up.”

It is a collaborative effort where everyone contributes to the process. Tantrum is the only Newcastle based theatre company creating new work with funding from Arts NSW. It recognises all levels of ability have something to offer and something to learn.

Eryn is also writing and illustrating a children’s book called Monsters and Noodles. It’s a lyrical story with a subtle message of harmony and diversity sold through Tiny Boat at Softys located in our newest property in Newcastle West.