Thu 7 August 2014

Three Projects Graduate to Become Commercial Tenants


Rollingball’s office in Newcastle West


The vinyl collection at Odditorium

Renew Newcastle is pleased to announce that three projects have taken on commercial leases in the CBD.

Rollingball Productions and Odditorium Vintage have signed leases within the spaces they have activated as Renew Newcastle participants ensuring their product offering, video production and vintage collectables & vinyl respectively, remains open for trade.

Meanwhile Curve Gallery will relocate from the space at 37 Watt Street they activated as Renew Newcastle participants to a new location on Hunter Street in the East End. We’ll post details of the opening event on Friday 5 September when they are confirmed.

Renew Newcastle is very proud to have supported independent, creative projects that have not only brought life to once-empty spaces in Newcastle’s CBD but have also gone on to flourish into self-sustaining business. Congratulations to April and Paul at Rollingball, Naomi at Odditorium and Lisa & Wayne at Curve.


Curve Gallery’s opening night in April 2012


Wed 6 August 2014

August Exhibitions


Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_8.57.29_pm ‘Converse’ at NANA
A group show exhibiting local and international emerging artists exploring conversation barriers and blunders and ways to communicate in a hyper-connected world.
When: until 9 August
Where: NANA, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_11.09.12_pm ‘Water Women Seeds’ at Four Point Gallery
A solo show by Fern York with a selection of paintings created during artist residency with the Kathmandu Contemporary Art Centre at the Patan Museum in Nepal
When: until 10 August
Where: Four Point Gallery , 681b Hunter St, Newcastle West
Hours: Thu to Sun, 12-4
More info:

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_11.28.33_pm ‘(all the world’s a) STAGE’ at The Workroom
Including works by Ellie Hannon, Kaitlyn O'leary, Madeleine Cruise, Betty Musgrove and Maggie Hensel-Brown.
When: until 30 August
Where: The Workroom, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_11.36.38_pm ‘Chasing Paper’ at The Project Space
A group show of reimagined book covers, curated by Sophia Flegg & Jessica Louttit.
When: 6 to 16 August
Opening Event: Sat 9 Aug, 12pm to 4pm
Where: The Project Space at The Emporium , 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.
More info: Facebook event page.

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_9.05.54_pm ‘The Promised Land’ at Süko
A finalist in the 2013 Newcastle Emerging Artists Prize, Shelagh Lummis presents a new body of colourful, abstract landscape paintings in this solo exhibition.
When: 7 to 30 August
Opening Event: 5-7pm, Thurday 7 August
Where: Süko, Market Square, Mezzanine Level, 119 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle (btw Morgan & Thorn Sts)
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_9.03.12_pm ‘Seamless Gestures’ at NANA
Haunted by the mysterious figures of strangers parading up and down the streets of Berlin, Skye Jacobson continues her exploration here in Newcastle recalling and depicting people and faces from memory.
When: 14 August to 1 September
Opening Event: 2-4pm, Sat 16 August
Where: NANA, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_11.17.51_pm ‘Rainbow Light’ at The Endz
A solo show by local illustrator and designer, Mitch Chadban.
When: 15 to 31 August
Opening Event: 6-9pm, Fri 15 August
Where: The Endz, Shop 2, 451 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed to Sun, 10-5

Screen_Shot_2014-08-06_at_12.02.46_pm ‘Conditions & Speculations: future urban living and density in Newcastle, Australia’ at The Project Space
An exhibition of posters and scale models of recently completed architectural projects by first year Master of Architecture programme students at the University of Newcastle.
When: 20 to 30 August
Opening Event: Friday 22 Aug, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: The Project Space at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.


Wed 25 June 2014

Spare coin? Donate now!


Making a tax deductible donation to Renew Newcastle will make its way back to the city you love, ten-fold. For every dollar invested in the RN program, we return more than TEN TIMES that value back to the artists and the regeneration of the city.

Please consider a donation to our Public Fund and contribute to the Newcastle you want to see – one thriving with arts, culture and creative enterprise.

with thanks from Marcus, Marni and all here at Renew.



Work by Coco Meacham for the ‘Four Walls’ exhibition at Pocket Design. Photo: Edwina Richards


Thu 5 June 2014

Project News


At the beginning of 2014 Ben Mitchell from The Roost Creative launched his first comic book, Storm Clouds. It was a big success, and this caught the attention of the This Is Not Art festival. TINA are running a program whereby artists crowd-fund a project with TINA will match the funds raised.

The sequel is Don’t Panic and continues the Storm Clouds story of protaganist Jared Paige. The comic will be a 40-page, 2-colour risograph print accompanied by a tape of original songs written and recorded as played by the main character’s band in the comic.

If you are interested in supporting Ben’s project and the opportunity to score some great rewards head to his Pozible page:


2hrsNorth is a project documenting all the suburbs of Newcastle through the eyes of our local photographers and is curated by Renewer Dylan Smyth.

As Dylan explains, ‘ this is a project has loads of potential to document a great city in a way that will showcase the cities diversity as well as some of its great creative talent. The idea is to produce 12-16 zines, releasing 2 zines each month for 6 or so months, with each zine split in two, so one side will be an artist showing one suburb and the other another artist showing a different suburb.

Dylan is seeking interest from local photographers who may want to take part in the project. Simply email examples of your work to

You can keep up to date with the project via the Facebook Image by Brett McDonald.


Newcastle illustrators represent! Congratulations to Renewer and illustrator Liz Anelli who has secured an Emerging Illustrator’s grant of $10,000 as part of The Australian Society of Author’s Children’s Picture Book Illustrators’ Initiative. Liz will travel to Lake Eyre to document work for an upcoming children’s book.

Congratulations also to local illustrator Leila Rudge for also securing a grant.



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