Wed 14 May 2014

Applications open for The Project Space

Applications are now open for a new space specially built for short-run creative projects. Deadline for proposals is Monday 30 June, for projects taking place August – December 2014.

Until now, Renew Newcastle has concentrated on supporting projects which are planning to operate on an ongoing basis (until we receive 30 days notice to vacate). Now we are encouraging applications for creative projects to take place for a short-run, fixed period in The Project Space.


“Renew: Rewind' exhibition opening in The Project Room. Photo Edwina Richards 2014

The Project Space is suitable for short run projects; works in development; installations; collaborative, experimental or interactive projects; showrooms; one-off exhibitions; or short programs of activity.

It is best suited for projects designed with an audience in mind – shop or gallery style activity rather than pure studio or office work. But we aren’t looking for straight up retail enterprise projects – this is a space for all the odd socks, those great ideas which haven’t quite fit into the Renew Newcastle parameters before.

It will be a great testing ground, good for trial projects, or for developing ideas ahead of getting a standalone Renew Newcastle space. Or a little window into those wild ideas which might not be quite right for an ongoing stint in the heart of the retail precinct, but would give us a glimpse of something special in Newcastle’s creative scenes. We are looking for interesting and unique projects which will add to the flavour of the Newcastle inner-city.

Pre-application Information Session: If you would like to ask questions about The Project Space, come to an Information Session held in the space at 12-1pm on Wednesday 21 May and Wednesday 11 June. There will be an opportunity for short one-on-one conversations to see if your Project Proposal is a good fit for The Project Space. Please register for the Information Session here.

NB. This is not a regular RN application round. It is not for office or studio proposals, and is not for straight up shop proposals. Please see General Application Information

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Tue 6 May 2014

Two New Projects (with another 8 on the way)

Renew Newcastle would like to welcome two new projects, the details of which are below.

We are also very excited to announce that we have access to a new property on Hunter Street Mall in which 8 new studio-based projects will reside. They are currently moving in and we will keep you posted about their identities once they are settled.

Peacock_Feet Sian Edwards is a jewellery and object designer originally from Sydney who specialises in intricate one-off pieces. Sian will be using her studio to focus on the production of works for two upcoming exhibitions, one in Sydney, another in Adelaide later this year. Sian’s studio is located within a suite of office space in Market Square on Hunter Street, also occupied by fellow Renewers Eleanor Hanlon, Paper Kitschen, de Bruyn Sustainability, anthrosite archictects and Drift Bikes Media.

SN_Siobhan_pic_4 Snake Nation is a studio and exhibition space located in the Civic precinct, curated by Anna Jaaniste for the development and presentation of experimental contemporary art practices. Snake Nation will be a space for non-traditional art practices including performance art, sculpture/installation, film, sound art and ephemeral works. Check out the May Exhibitions post for details of openings.


Tue 6 May 2014

Renewers in the Spotlight

The last month has seen quite a number of Renew Newcastle project and participants in the spotlight.


Jon Reid, Dune, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Jon Reid and Simone Darcy of Darcy + Rose were finalists in the 24th Muswellbrook Photographic Awards. Jon’s entry (above), Dune was taken at Jimmy’s Beach, Hawke’s Nest. Simone’s entry was a portrait of Newcastle-based artist Mazie Turner, titled Mazie’s View.


The kids' zone featuring Bliss Cavanagh’s installation at Newcastle Writers Festival, 2014

Bliss Cavanagh of Studio Bliss Designs has been especially busy over the last couple of months with installation commissions of her amazing sensory sculptures. The first as part of the children’s program for Newcastle Writers Festival in April and another for Australian Rail Track Corporation’s Annual Charity Ball in March.

Bliss has also been invited to present on her personal perspective of Tourette Syndrome at the Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia’s annual conference on 10 May. Bliss will be be setting up one of her mini sensory-art installations and sharing her personal experience of living with Tourette syndrome and the powerful connection it has with her art practice.


Lara Schubert & Carl Morgan of graphic design and illustration outfit Zookraft have updated their website with examples of their recent works. You may recognise some projects they have completed with Renew Newcastle including Renew Rewind exhibition and Spring City Walk. Amazing stuff!


One of the newest additions to The Emporium, womenswear store Floral & Spot received a warm review of their offering by The Newcastle Herald, ‘[Raylee Allen] aims to create a store environment that is ‘‘like a treasure hunt’’, with her bright window displays luring a customer to come in and see something unique at every turn.’ Read the whole article.

Staying with The Emporium, several retail-based projects were visited by stylist Lara Lupish last month. The result was Jodie Louise Millinery and Vintage Last Tuesday both having their products featured in an editorial fashion shoot , titled ‘Lady Luxe’, for Hunter Lifestyle magazine. You can see the shoot in action with JLM’s hand-crafted hat featured from the 1:15 mark. Check out a copy of the magazine for the final layout.


Tue 6 May 2014

Exhibition Opportunities

Are you an artist looking for an exhibition opportunity? Two Renew Newcastle gallery projects are accepting expressions of interest for July through to December.

IMG_1542 Süko invites proposals from artists interested in exhibiting in our beautiful space. After all of our hard work renovating, Sara Spence from Dubbleyou and I, look forward to hosting artists in our new space. All artists interested in hosting an exhibition please email

A2-140321-HunterSt185-NANA-pcSiobhaCurran NANA has several exhibition opportunities including store windows, main gallery and cabinet gallery. For more information download the ‘Application Process’ PDF from the NANA blog



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