Fri 29 August 2014

Creative Talks with Trevor Dickinson


Photo by Martyn Taylor

Renew Newcastle is pleased to announce that Creative Talks returns in 2014 with the first lecture by local artist, Trevor Dickinson on Friday 5 September.

We are also very proud to announce our continuing partnership with newly re-launched The Lock-Up as well as Enigma and The Newcastle Herald without whom Creative Talks would not be possible.

Originally from England, Trevor Dickinson trained as a printed textile designer in London and has worked with clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Disney and Adidas. He has also written and illustrated three children’s books and painted a number of large murals in his adopted hometown of Newcastle Australia.

Trevor moved to Australia in 2002, and seven years later decided to go out to draw his environment. These drawings formed the basis for his Newcastle Productions project, in which he makes prints, zines, tea towels and cards as a way of spreading his vision of Australia.

Since then, Trevor has added Canberra and Sydney to his body of work and continues to travel around Australia searching for more icons of day to day life.

Friday 5 September 2014
8.30am breakfast and registration
9.00am talk by Trevor Dickinson

The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle.

Creative Talks is FREE to attend but you will need to REGISTER to reserve a 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 for three months (beginning July 2013) a well-regarded creative will be invited to speak for 30 minutes about the lessons they have learned growing their art into a commercial success.

This will be 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 (coffee, tea, pastries and fruit) is provided.

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 and editing is generously sponsored by Enigma.

View our last six Creative Talks on the Renew Newcastle YouTube Channel


Fri 29 August 2014

September Exhibitions & Concert


Screen_Shot_2014-08-29_at_11.35.39_am ‘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: until Saturday 30 August
Where: The Project Space at The Emporium , 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.

Screen_Shot_2014-08-29_at_12.47.07_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: until Saturday 30 August
Where: NANA, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4


Screen_Shot_2014-08-29_at_3.26.31_pm ‘A Night at the Proms’ presented by Newcastle Youth Orchestra
The Newcastle Youth Orchestra presents a program of patriotic works inspired by London’s own Last Night at the Proms. Do not forget your best British attire!
When: Saturday 13 September, 7pm
Where: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Auckland St, Newcastle
Tickets: or 4929 1977


Screen_Shot_2014-08-29_at_12.49.11_pm ‘VividArt – Metallic Trend Series’ at Süko
Viv McCormick is a mixed media artist who hales from Scotland but now resides in Port Stephens. Her artworks are created using several layers of metallic acrylic paint on stretched canvas.
When: 3-27 September
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_2014-08-29_at_1.18.24_pm ‘Of Places’ at Four Point Gallery
A group exhibition including Madalyn Ward, Jennifer Wood, Dylan Smyth and Matthew Chantry.
When: 4-21 September
Opening Event: Saturday 6 September, 5pm-7pm
Where: Four Point Gallery , 681b Hunter St, Newcastle West
Hours: Thu to Sun, 12-4
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Screen_Shot_2014-08-29_at_10.57.32_am ‘The Return of Captain Kitty’s Chicken Boat’ at NANA
Sculptor and installation artist Rosie Deacon engages with the spectacle of obsession and the natural symbioses that exists between humans and animals.
When: 6-27 September
Opening Event: Saturday 6 September, 2pm-4pm
Where: NANA, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4

Screen_Shot_2014-08-29_at_10.56.46_am ‘PODzome’ at The University Gallery
In conjunction with the University of Newcastle, Octapod will launch PODzome in anticipation of the commencement of Newcastle’s 2014 This is Not Art (TiNA) Festival. Featuring Renewer Maggie Hensel-Broen plus a host of other local artists including Jen Denzin, Penny Dunstan and Alison Smith.
When: 10-27 September
Opening Event: Friday 12 September, 6pm
Where: The University Gallery, Callaghan campus (See campus map for directions)
Hours: Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 12-4pm

Screen_Shot_2014-08-29_at_1.40.09_pm ‘Line Work’ at The Project Space
Join in and be part of the art with Penny Thwaite’s performance installation Line Work.
When: 12-27 September
Closing Event: Saturday 27 September, 2pm-4pm
Where: The Project Space at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.

Screen_Shot_2014-08-29_at_2.05.01_pm ‘NOASIS’ at The Endz
Utilising the light and colour that only analogue photography can capture, Brody Bain explores her urban surroundings seeking out naturally occurring hidden oases.
When: 12-27 September
Opening Event: Friday 12 September, 6pm-9pm
Where: The Endz, Shop 2, 451 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Tue to Sat, 10-5


Fri 22 August 2014

Renew Newcastle Farewells General Manager Marni Jackson

Despite a bleak few weeks of dark clouds, biting winds and inevitable downpours in Newcastle, there are certainly green shoots emerging, to signal that Spring is on its way. The brighter months ahead will also bring some fresh changes to the Renew Newcastle organisation and its team.

As of 29 August 2014 General Manager Marni Jackson is departing Newcastle after almost 6 years with the company, to take up an exciting new role as Cultural Projects Manager with City of Sydney.


Marcus Westbury & Marni Jackson at the ‘0 – 100 Projects’ Exhibition Launch. Pic by Boony Loahajaroenyot, 2014

Marni has been involved with the organisation from its inception, signing the company application papers at the invitation of Renew Newcastle Founder and Creative Director Marcus Westbury, along with former Director Craig Allchin, in October 2008.

Since the first Renew Newcastle projects were given keys in January 2009, the organisation has supported 155 arts, creative and community projects to take place, brokering access to 67 otherwise empty properties in the Newcastle city centre. Ms Jackson has built the program from the point when it was just an idea to an initiative that as of today runs 54 projects in 25 properties – a bigger program than at any time in its history.

Marcus Westbury said today: “Marni is one of the most outstanding people I’ve ever met and worked with. Her dedication, patience, vigilance, and persistence has been instrumental to the success for Renew Newcastle from the very beginning.”

In a farewell statement, Ms Jackson said: “I feel very privileged to have been able to do this work. Growing the organisation to its position today and seeing the palpable difference this program has made to the culture and life of the city are my proudest achievements. Renew Newcastle has been a breakthrough and inspirational program. It continues to be deeply relevant to the growth of the city, and I look forward to seeing what a new team can introduce into the landscape.”

Marni will be replaced in the role by Christopher Saunders, who has more than 2 years experience with the organisation in the role of Property Manager and delivering Project Support Services.

Christopher brings with him more than 20 years experience of working in community arts projects, most recently as Creative Producer with arts and social change organisation Big hArt. Christopher also project managed the rebuild and restoration of The Regal Cinema at Birmingham Gardens.

Mr Saunders was promoted to the role due to his thorough understanding of Renew Newcastle operations, existing community relationships, and his passion for the organisation and its role in Newcastle’s revitalisation.

On the appointment of Christopher Saunders, Marcus Westbury said “Renew Newcastle – and Newcastle itself – is going through a period of change and transition at the moment. Given the way he has grown into his existing roles within Renew Newcastle, Christopher is the best possible person to take on the challenges and opportunities of this exciting new era.”

Chairperson, Roderick Smith states, “It’s been a wonderful experience working with Marni from the very beginning of this initiative. Her passion for the creative community, commitment to the organisation and approach to what is a very demanding role is deeply appreciated. We wish her well in her new role and will miss her very much. We also happily welcome Chris and I look forward to continuing our work with him in providing a vital service to the city centre during its transitional stages.”

Media Enquiries: Siobhan Curran

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Goodbye Message from Marni Jackson

“It’s incredible to think back to the early days of the organisation – we had quite modest goals, were so pleased to be able to make even a handful of fun projects happen in these spaces. After all, something was better than the nothing that was blowing through the Mall, right?

After a couple of years of facilitating those projects – still learning how to juggle the sometimes competing interests of our stakeholders, getting into new territories right alongside those artists and creative who were developing their practice and ideas and enterprise – I realised we weren’t just bringing some colour back into town, we were supporting local people to make their dreams happen. And changing the face of the city in the process. I feel very privileged to have been able to do this work.

Working with the artists, my team, and Board members past and present has been thoroughly rewarding. In particular, I give extra special thanks to Marcus Westbury who had a brilliant idea, and honoured me by inviting me in to help bring it to fruition and make it shine. We developed a great partnership – driven by equal parts of vision, strategy, systems and sensitivity – but his confidence in my work and capacity has been everything.

Growing the organisation to its position today and seeing the palpable difference this program has made to the culture and life of the city are my proudest achievements. It’s a rare opportunity to be part of a genuinely game-changing project.

Aside from my preferred colour palettes and fashion frills, I’m generally reserved. But I’ve no hesitation in claiming the significance of the program to Newcastle’s revitalisation: Renew Newcastle has been, and is, a breakthrough and inspirational program. It continues to be deeply relevant to the growth of the city, and I look forward to seeing what a new team can introduce into the landscape.

All the best, Newcastle!

Marni xx


Marni Jackson leading the “New Adventures” Walking Tour, from the former Renew HQ in Morgan St. Pic by Simone Sheridan, 2012


Sat 9 August 2014

Two New Rounds of Project Applications Open Until 22 August

Renew Newcastle is once again calling for proposals. Applications are now open for projects to take place in otherwise empty spaces in the Newcastle CBD. There is also a new round of applications for the Renew Newcastle programmed gallery Project Space.


Horselove – Wolfe St Studios photo Melissa Wilson

We have a variety of diverse spaces, some large, some small and some just right, that are currently available to be matched with an appropriate creative project.

We have studio space available in the Wolfe St Studios building.

There are stand alone office spaces and office space within existing Renew properties.

We also have a number of retail outlets including at the Emporium and in the Hunter St Mall.

There are also a couple of unusually large but inviting spaces – one with high exposure.

So if you are a creative industries professional who has out grown your home office – if you have an idea for a gallery – or perhaps you are making something that you think you can sell – now might be the time to consider applying to get involved with Renew Newcastle. No project is too big or too small for this round of applications.

The Project Space, a space for short-run creative projects in the Emporium is also currently accepting applications. Project Space is a programmed gallery and installation space that is suitable for a variety of events and activities that usually run for 2-3 weeks.

Go to Project Applications for all the details on how to apply.




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