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Spring City Walk Time Lapse

4 October 2015 | Posted in: News

Thanks to Nathan O’Hehir of Pumphouse Productions, whose project is located within the Hunter Studios building (152-160 Hunter St), for producing this neat time-lapse video of the Spring City Walk tour groups visiting their studio space on Thursday 1 October. Keep your eyes peeled for the creepy clown!

Project applications now open – retail space with The Emporium

27 September 2015 | Posted in: News

33 degrees south, The Emporium, Edwina Richards Photography-2176

33 Degrees South Soap Factory located within The Emporium

Renew Newcastle is calling for proposals to activate a space located within our flagship retail space The Emporium.

The Emporium, located on the ground floor of the former David Jones department store, is a fine arcade of boutiques and counter spaces filled with handmade product by local makers.

If you are a maker of products related to clothing, bags, shoes, accessories, lingerie, jewellery, beauty, homewares and stationery this is a great opportunity for you test your merchandise in a retail environment.

You must be in a position to operate your space Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu 10am – 5pm, Fri 10am – 5pm Sat 10am – 4pm and Sundays in December 10am – 2pm.

There is often the opportunity for you to work on your product within your space, however this does depend on the individual requirements of your making process.

Consider teaming up with a friend whose product compliments yours to share responsibilities associated with operating a shop.

Deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 19 26 October 2015.

For all the information you need on how to apply, go to Project Applications.


Vitullo Art, The Emporium, Edwina Richards Photography-2153

Vitullo Art located within The Emporium


22 September 2015 | Posted in: News


Join Renew Newcastle for Spring City Walk, a free guided walking tour where you can meet the people activating otherwise empty properties with creative endeavours.

We’ll rendezvous at The Emporium where you can visit newest additions 33 Degrees South Soap Factory and Vitullo Art, check out PotteryAli‘s new space and catch-up with favourites Lloyd Kellett, VOUS, The Workroom, Jodie Louise Millinery, Fancy That, The Carved Greenman and CCY Studios.

Next we’ll make our way to Wolfe Street to visit events & marketing agency De La Force Creative – Renew Newcastle’s 200th project.

From there we’ll split into two groups to visit another 6 projects in 3 buildings, including illustration collective, Octopus Ink, and library of things, Newy Share Shop.

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

Spring City Walk – a guided walking tour of Renew Newcastle’s latest projects.

Date: Thursday 1 October 2015

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

Location: Tour starts The Emporium (former David Jones), 185 Hunter St, Newcastle.

Please note that neither studios have disabled or pram access.

Creative Talks with Simon Hipgrave

22 September 2015 | Posted in: News


Renew Newcastle, in association with The Lock-Up, is excited to announce that Simon Hipgrave will join us for Creative Talks on Friday 02 October 2015.


Simon Hipgrave founded The Hungry Workshop, a combined design and letterpress studio in Melbourne. Their offering of design and letterpress means they’re communicators that understand production, and printmakers that understand communication. Both areas positively impact and influence each other, bringing a deeper understanding of their clients’ objectives to whichever task we apply our skills to.

The Hungry Workshop’s focus on the craft of design and their creative approach to letterpress printing gives their work a unique aesthetic. All of which is underpinned by unwavering attention to detail, combined with strategic thinking.


Friday 02 October, 2015.
8.30am breakfast and registration
9.00am talk by Simon Hipgrave

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.

200+ Projects & 5,000+ Likes

11 September 2015 | Posted in: News


Renew Newcastle has now supported more than 200 creative projects to activate over 74 properties in Newcastle’s CBD, bringing life back to otherwise vacant spaces.

On the evening of Friday 11 October Renew Newcastle General Manager Christopher Saunders joined friends and colleagues of Nick de la Force and Amy Black to celebrate the opening of our 200th project, De La Force Creative, at 23 Wolfe Street.

In February 2013 Renew celebrated 100 projects in just over four years. A mere 18 months later we’ve doubled the number of projects we’ve helped to access empty spaces and added two new property partners, Newcastle City Council and Hunter Water, in the process.

The general public will be able to visit De La Force Creative and 17 other projects as part of our next guided walking tour, Spring City Walk, from 5pm on Thursday 1 October, starting at The Emporium (185 Hunter St Mall).

Renew also achieved a big milestone this month, reaching more than 5,000 likes on our Facebook page, due in part to the successful launch of Marcus Westbury’s book Creating Cities and Bespoke TV show.