Mon 9 February 2015

2015 Funding Update


L-R: Michael Cassel (UrbanGrowth NSW), Scot MacDonald MLC, Christopher Saunders (Renew Newcastle), Pru Goward (NSW Minister for Planning), Karen Howard (Liberal Candidate for Newcastle), Eric Johnson (UrbanGrowthNSW) at Studio Melt.

Renew Newcastle is pleased to welcome UrbanGrowth NSW, Newcastle City Council and Newcastle Now as funding partners for 2015. This additional support brings Renew Newcastle steps closer to ensuring we can continue our work for another year, revitalising the city’s CBD through creative use of empty space.

UrbanGrowth NSW has come on board as a new partner with a commitment of $50,000 for 2015. Minister for Planning Pru Goward and UrbanGrowthNSW Director Michael Cassel presented a cheque to Renew Newcastle General Manager Christopher Saunders on Friday 6 February at former Renew Newcastle project Studio Melt, who ‘graduated’ to a full commercial lease in 2012.

We are also very pleased to welcome back two previous supporters, Newcastle City Council and business advocacy group Newcastle Now.

Newcastle City Council have confirmed they will support Renew Newcastle with $30,000 a year for three years from council’s Hunter Street Revitalisation Masterplan which will contribute to Renew’s operational costs.

Newcastle Now have committed $40,000 to Renew Newcastle for 2015. This is made up of a $20,000 towards operational expenditure and $20,000 earmarked for ‘green space’ activation, allowing Renew Newcastle to expand its revitalisation efforts to include public spaces.

These funding commitments come off the back of an announcement made in October 2014 from long-time supporters Hunter Development Corporation (HDC) who confirmed their ongoing support by pledging $30,000 a year for three years.

Additionally, Renew Newcastle has been successful in an application for Newcastle City Council’s Economic Development Sponsorship Program. A total of $17,000 will allow Renew Newcastle to develop a mentoring and training program, turning fledgling business ideas into sustainable, creative business enterprises and contributing to Newcastle’s economic and cultural growth.

Combined these partnerships bring us so much closer to our funding goal for 2015. We still need $70,000 to match 2014 funding that will provide staffing and resources to support existing projects (58 in 28 spaces) and take on future opportunities.

We are currently working with the NSW Government to resolve the shortfall and are hopeful, given our track record of low cost / high return on investment urban revitalisation and small business incubation, that we will have even more positive news on our funding situation in coming weeks.

Thank you to all our wonderful supporters who have sent letters and emails to government representatives and offered your advice and services. Your effort is helping Renew Newcastle inch closer towards our funding goal and we are so very grateful.

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Mon 9 February 2015

Opportunities to be involved in Renew Newcastle projects

Are you a writer looking for a quiet place to pen your work? The Writers' Den, Renew’s collective of writers, authors and poets located in a private office spaces on the second floor of a Hunter St Mall building, has space for new members. Expressions of interest as requested via email

Are you looking for an outlet for your creativity? Well this might be just what you’ve been looking for! Due to changes taking place at The Emporium, we are looking for up to three crafters/artisans/artists producing small to medium size works who would like to join an existing team co-op occupying one of two main entrance counters. This is a joint venture with all members contributing to small rental & running costs and cover at least one three-hour sales shift every week. If this sounds like a venture you might be interested in please forward expressions of interest with a short decription of who you are and what you produce with accompanying images / links to

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Sat 7 February 2015

Creative Talks with Rachel Milne Video

Our speaker at Creative Talks November 2014 was local artist Rachel Milne and video of the talk is now available to view online:

Rachel Milne, recently arrived from England and settled in Newcastle, is a full-time studio-based painter taking inspiration from every day life. ‘I fly in the face of the instant image by creating snapshots of my world, my bed, filthy kitchen and behind my shed, like a terribly slow Instagram account using oil paint and light.‘ Milne’s creative work pulls the beauty out of the ordinary and celebrate what we have, not what we aspire to have. ‘I aim to paint how a musician plays -to have the technical ability to inject emotion and humanity into the work.

Renew Newcastle (, in association with The Lock-Up, presents Creative Talks, a series of breakfast lectures by people who have made a living from their creativity. Taking place on the first Friday morning of the month for three months each year, a well-regarded creative will be invited to speak for 20 minutes about the lessons they have learnt growing their art 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. Attendance is free and breakfast is provided.

Meet, greet and eat at Creative Talks.

Many thanks to The Lock-Up for hosting Creative Talks. Thank you to Enigma for filming & editing each talk and The Newcastle Herald for providing a delicious breakfast.

Click here to view previous Creative Talks.


Fri 12 December 2014

The Fact & Figures (So Far)


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