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Creative Talks with Angela Hailey and Suzy Manning

30 October 2015 | Posted in: News


Renew Newcastle, in association with The Lock-Up, is excited to announce that Angela Hailey and Suzy Manning will join us for Creative Talks on Friday 06 November 2015.


Suzy Manning and Angela Hailey are both jewellers with a visual arts background. They met when they both moved their families from Sydney to Newcastle and their children started primary school together. Shortly afterwards Renew Newcastle kickstarted their adventure, Studio Melt, in Hunter St Mall, graduating to a commercial lease within 6 months. 

Three years later their business has expanded beyond their own jewellery making. With a Dip Ed under her belt Suzy runs workshops teaching adults and children to make jewellery. Angela has grown the retail side of the business to represent the work over 100 artists, selling their jewellery, ceramics and art.


Friday 06 November, 2015.
8.30am breakfast and registration
9.00am talk by Angela Hailey & Suzy Manning
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, Harvest Textiles and Lucas Grogan here.

Good News, Quick Links (November)

30 October 2015 | Posted in: News


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Fashion designer Tarese Klemens whose project is located within Stationmaster Studios on Scott Street is the 2015 recipient of the Ross Weymouth Memorial Encouragement Award in the New & Emerging Designer section at Fashion Awards Australia. Congratulations Tarese!



Follow us today @renewnewcastle

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Simon Hipgrave from Melbourne-based letterpress studio Hungry Workshop visited Newcastle for our October Creative Talks at The Lock-Up. He shares his hot tips for creative business success including MVP, joining in, systems and getting good advice. Many thanks to Newcastle City Council for their ongoing support of Creative Talks.




Renew has been able to fund a number of training and development activities for it’s participants thanks to the successful bid for a economic development grant from Newcastle City Council. 

These activities have ranged from nuts-and-bolts business training in book-keeping and accounting software, to social media and marketing training. Renewers have attended industry specific workshops and art fairs where their work has been able to reach a wider audience, and where they have met with invaluable contacts. 

In a few instances, this bespoke business training model has led to the acquisition of unique skills. Accomplished crocheter Maggie Hensel-Brown from The Workroom attended the Australian Lace Guild’s Annual Conference in Melbourne in September.

Says Maggie, ‘I learnt an entirely new process to make a 15th century Italian lace called reticella that I am planning to use for my new summer fashion line. It’s so important to learn from the Guild now as everyone is very conscious that these specialised lace-making skills will die out without transfer of knowledge. I’ll be joining the Guild to maintain my new relationships.’



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Did you miss Marcus Westbury’s three-part ABC TV series Bespoke? Never fear, you can secure your own digital copy over at iTunes.

Exhibitions, Workshops & Call-Outs (November)

29 October 2015 | Posted in: News


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Make Your Own Teapot Cosy
Bring your much loved tea or coffee pot and make a unique felted cover to keep your delicious beverages warm. The workshop is run by with Petra Hilsen of Felt and is open to all who have a desire to play with colour and design using wool. No prior felting experience required.
When: Sunday 8 November
Where: Timeless Textiles, 90 Hunter St

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MENTOR with The Carved Greenman

Graham Wilson of The Carved Greenman has launched a new initiative within his space at The EmporiumMENTOR, a place where you can go to for one to one training in art and digital design including Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, or Trimble SketchUp 3D CAD drawing.



Look Hear is back for its seventh year and present an exciting range of events for everybody. Beginning on Friday, 11 December, Mixt Bizness Creative Conference will feature a renowned group of creative professionals giving presentations on how to up your game creatively and professionally. Workshops will also be taking place on Saturday 12th of December – digital illustration, hand-rendered typography and traditional illustration are all on offer from the heavyweights of their field. There’s also a Portfolio Masterclass for creative folk wanting to get advice and feedback about your work. Limited tickets available for all events – email to reserve.
When: Fri 11, Sat 12,  Sun 13 December
Where: The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle
More info:


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‘We’re Art Thou!’ at Suspension 

Come along to this big little old exhibition opening! Illustrations from the imaginations of five guys: bold marks and fine lines, beautiful technique and charming naivety. There will be all the arts and musics and drinks you can eat! Featuring work by Skubz Mope, Jęrrÿ Råy, Quinn Squires, Tom Henderson, Lu Quade (Tiny Boat Productions)
When: until 30 November
Opening night: 6:30pm, Fri 6 November
Where: Suspension, 3 Beaumont St, Islington

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‘Women of Heritage’ at The Workroom

A visual narrative of cultural identity and heritage from the perspective of 22 women, developed by Madalyn Ward of EarthlyInk. This is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary event including musical performance by Newcastle culturally diverse A capella group ‘Tamarillo’, a poetry reading by Janette Hoppe of Paptuanuku Press and an array of cultural canapes.

When: 7-21 November
Where: The Workroom at The Emporium, 180 Hunter St
Hours: Wed 10am-4pm, Thu & Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pmOpening Event: 3-5pm, Saturday 7 November

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‘The Hunter Rubaiyat’ at Raymond Terrace Library

See Japanese style hand scrolls that illustrate and illuminate FitzGerald’s famous poem The Rubai’iyat of Omar Khayyam using the landscapes and environmental content of the modern day Hunter Valley. The scrolls are cumulation of Tallulah Cunninghan’s (of Octopus Illustration Collective) Natural History Illustration PhD at the University of Newcastle.
until 30 November
Where: Raymond Terrace Library, 18 Sturgeon St, Raymond Terrace
Hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Fri, until 8pm Thu, 9am-12am Sat.

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 10.25.51 pm‘Digital Civics’ at 3 Newcastle CBD locations

Artist collective HoboTechno are celebrating experimental & digital arts by producing a public art event ‘Digital Civics’. An installation of new media performance, sound and interactivity taking temporary residence in various under-utilised locations across Newcastle CBD. Supported by Newcastle City Council’s Make Your Place community grant program and NewcastleNOW.
When/Where: Brown Street, 26 Nov 7pm / Wolfe Street 27 Nov 7pm / Scott Street 28 Nov 7pm
More info:




The Look See Exhibition showcases local and national creative talent in Newcastle’s largest art and design exhibition. Featuring work from emerging and established illustrators, artists and designers, the exhibition offers an experience outside your average exhibition. This year, the exhibition is themed Good & Evil and we’re on the lookout for submissions from you! Check out the website for submission guidelines.
Submissions Close: Sunday November 15th
When: Opening night, Friday December 11
Where: The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle



NANA contemporary art space is now accepting proposals from artists for exhibitions in their window gallery from November 2015 – April 2016. NANA is an artist-run initiative located in The Emporium of Hunter St Mall. The space features 3 former shop windows that are visible to the public 24/7 offering fantastic exposure and unique exhibition possibilities. Visit and click ‘APPLY’ for more information.


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Former member of  Renew Newcastle project Make Space, Jackie Smallcombe, is seeking Expressions Of Interest from people looking to lease  a workshop space with the option of a communal gallery/shop.

The warehouse is located in Wickham (behind Dark Horse Espresso), an area now buzzing with new apartments, coffee shops and other small businesses.  This space would be suitable but not limited to people in the fields of textiles, illustration, painting, design, other arts & crafts.  Your work needs to be a relatively “clean” type of work, as other peoples areas need to be looked after / considered. 

If you’re interested in joining with other creative types in leasing a work area you can produce and / or sell from please email your expression of interest to Jackie at:

1.5m x 3.0m work space ~ $66 per week
3.0m x 3.0m work space ~ $99 per week

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

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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.


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Vitullo Art located within The Emporium