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Creating Cities book launch & Bespoke TV series viewing

19 August 2015 | Posted in: News


In 2013 Marcus Westbury secured support via a record-breaking Australian crowd-funding campaign to produce a book about the ideas behind the award-winning, internationally replicated urban regeneration project, Renew Newcastle.

Two years later Creating Cities, a small book about big ideas for local places, has finally been published.

Join Marcus in celebrating this huge achievement with a Q&A, book-signing and a TV show viewing.

From 7pm, Thursday 3 September
Central Bar, 148 King St, Newcastle

Grab a drink and a spot on the balcony at Central Bar

7:30 – 8:30pm
Q&A with Marcus Westbury presented by Newcastle Herald journalist and founding Director of the Newcastle Writers Festival, Rosemarie Milsom.

8:30pm – 9.45pm
Marcus will be available to sign copies of his book (available for sale during the event) and for general high-fives and pats on the back.

Watch the first episode of Marcus’s new TV series, Bespoke as it premieres live on ABC1.

This special Marcus Westbury Launchapalooza is free to attend, but you’ll need to
register your attendance.

Our sincere apologies but there is no disabled access to the balcony area for the Q&A.

If you didn’t secure a copy of Creating Cities via the crowd-funding campaign you can purchase either a paper copy of the book or the e-book version here.

Copies of the book will also be available for sale at the launch event on 3 September.


Winter Wander Walking Tour

12 August 2015 | Posted in: News


Rug up and join Renew Newcastle for Winter Wander, a free, guided walking tour where you can meet the people activating otherwise empty properties with creative endeavours.

We are particularly excited to introduce our newest property, Stationmaster Studios, at 92 Scott St (adjacent to the Convict Lumberyard).

A total of seven projects are now occupying the Newcastle City Council-owned property, including Holly Marlin, Tarese Klemens, Pigtails & Pirates, Bippy Jean, Bencke & Laukku, Emma Soup and Felt.

We are really thrilled to not only have NCC as a financial supporter, but as a property partner too and The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Nuatali Nelmes, will be officially launching Stationmaster Studios as part of the tour.

We will then make our way to The Sanitarium, to visit old favourites ZookraftWill Did and Spores and newer projects Observatorium and Aaron Ford.

Join us straight after work for light refreshments from 5pm and discover more of Newcastle’s creative scene!

What: Winter Wander Tour – a guided walking tour of Renew Newcastle’s latest projects.

Date: Thursday 20 August 2015

Time: 5pm Gather for light refreshments | 5.30pm Tour commences, until 7pm

Location: Tour starts Stationmaster Studios, 92 Scott St, Newcastle (opposite Pacific Park)

Please note that neither studios have disabled or pram access.

Creative Talks with Brett Piva

4 July 2015 | Posted in: News


Renew Newcastle, in association with The Lock-Up, is excited to announce that local creative practitioner Brett Piva will join us for Creative Talks on Friday 7 August 2015.

Brett Piva is the Creative Director of Pocket Design, a studio that is small by design and focussed by nature. Brett specialises in bespoke, hand-crafted lettering, signage and murals – and his skillset means the unique elegance of a handmade aesthetic is woven through all of Pocket’s creations.

A curious mix of ultra-modern and old-school, Brett has studied and worked in the traditional trade of signwriting throughout his career, and is dedicated to the craft of hand lettering and its culture. But he has also designed with agencies in London and Sydney with a portfolio including work for heavy hitters like Coca Cola, Cadbury, Virgin Mobile, Disney, Kodak and Subaru.

Over recent years he has travelled throughout Australia and the world to conduct research and collaborate with everyone from traditional signwriters in little country towns, to world renowned artists, and continues to lead workshops that pass his hard-won skills to new devotees.


Friday 7 August 2015 8.30am breakfast and registration 9.00am talk by Brett Piva

The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle.

$5 per person, includes pastry, fruit and hot drinks and good company.

Head to to secure your 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 a well-regarded creative will be invited to speak for 20 minutes about the lessons they have learned growing their creativity into a commercial success. This is followed by an audience Q&A and the opportunity to mingle with local creatives from a wide range of backgrounds, over a stand-up breakfast.

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 is supported by VMG. Creative Talks is made possible by the generous support of Newcastle City Council.

View past Creative Talks with speakers such as Ghostpatrol, Tess McCabe and Lucas Grogan here.

Newcastle rising – Australian Traveller, July 2015

30 June 2015 | Posted in: Media

150630-aust-traveller-newcastlerising images Elise Hassey

‘…Newcastle’s transformation has been a grassroots movement by locals and/or locals, and unlike most gentrifications, which attract hipsters and poseurs and a sense of disconnection, the changes here are bringing the community even closer together.’

Australian Traveller, July 2015.


Good News, Quick Links (June)

6 June 2015 | Posted in: News

Jane Shadbolt is an award-winning stop motion animator and works on projects in her own Renew Newcastle space in Market Square on Hunter Street. Jane also lectures in animation at The University of Newcastle and asked 49 first-year animation students to produce hand-drawn rotoscoped frames in their own style from Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’. She then pulled together all 2,767 frames to produce a video that many are saying is better than the original and is currently at more than 830,000 hits.


Four Point Gallery will change its focus from solely a gallery space to a creative hub for people to make, create, explore and buy and sell art and handmade goods. To usher in this change, the space at 681b Hunter St (near Bank Corner) will be known as Eden Arts under the stewardship of Kate Wilson. Stay tuned for upcoming events.


Renee Verdon of VOUS at The Emporium has released a new bridal collection, inspired by the mysterious beauty and exotic elegance of the Japanese geisha. Available in-store or online.


Always nice to see Renew Newcastle projects collaborate. In this case, ceramics of Ali Sobel-Read from potteryali and crochet of Maggie Hensel-Brown at The Workroom (both within The Emporium) joining forces to create these beautiful earrings. Maggie has also collaborated with Jodie Louise Millinery to create one-of-a-kind ladies hats.


Another collaboration between Renewer Dylan Smyth and several Newcastle-based photographers has come to an end. 2hrsNorth is a collection of zines that document all the suburbs of Newcastle. You can purchase zines individually for $10 a pop of buy the complete set of 12 photobooks for $100 via the 2hrsNorth Etsy shop.


Liz Anelli Illustration features as a success story on the NSW Small Business Commissioner’s website: “It is so important for small businesses owners to look into what support is available to them in their area,” Liz implored “In Newcastle, I had my Small Biz Connect advisor and also Renew Newcastle.” Read more via this link.


The Clinic at 66 King St had, until April this year, been activated by Renew Newcastle projects since our inception six years ago. As one of the first ever properties to be occupied by projects it has produced an array of projects-to-commercial-lease-graduates, including Conversant MediaNeon ZooTanya Fogerty Design and Tim Neve Design Studio. Other alumni from The Clinic include Made by Heath KillenFrost Roxburgh Studios  Beep Bicycle Bells , McBratTV. Many of the projects most recently located at The Clinic have been relocated to other properties in the Hunter Street Mall area, including Newcastle ProductionsLiz Anelli Illustration and Jo Dyer Artist.


Alumnus Stuart McBratney of McBrat TV featured in The Newcastle Herald speaking on the role of the City of Newcastle, Renew Newcastle, University of Newcastle, Hunter TAFE and Final Post in the development of his second feature film, Pop-Up. The film is almost complete and will have its first screening in mid-August to an audience of Pozible supporters who helped part-finance film production.