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Local collaboration on stage at Civic Playhouse

2 June 2016 | Posted in: News

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NSW Premier Award-Winning playwright and former Renewer , Vanessa Bates’ play Trailer is on stage at the Civic Playhouse in June. Locally commissioned and presented by Tantrum Youth Arts, Trailer, is a darkly comic drama, set along the train tracks between Newcastle and Sydney. It’s about love, family and clocking on at the dream factory.

This commission is a fabulous example of local collaboration, but Vanessa’s repertoire plays Australia wide on stage and television. During her time with Renew she wrote Light Begins to Fade for the Ensemble Theatre in North Sydney, her play, The Magic Hour toured Australia and Every Second premiered at Darlinghurst’s Eternity Theatre. She is a regular writer for ABC’s Playschool.

Vanessa was part of the Writers Studio upstairs at 152-160 Hunter Street. She continues to write for TV, film and radio in her home studio, but credits Renew with the opportunity to work with other writers in a shared space.

The cast of Trailer includes Renew Newcastle General Manager Christopher Saunders. With a career spanning over 30 years in theatre and TV, Christopher makes a welcome return to the stage after a 12-year absence.

Trailer plays at the Civic Playhouse from June 8-11.

New face at Renew HQ

2 June 2016 | Posted in: News


Our PR and Marketing Coordinator Siobhan Curran has moved on to a full time role at the University of Newcastle after being with Renew for four years. Siobhan has played a vital role within the organisation and has been a pleasure to work with. We welcome Neroli Foster to fill her shoes. Neroli is a strong believer in the power of community. Creating opportunities for people to connect with each other has been a focus of her own creative business. She also brings over 20 years experience in Marketing and PR for government and not for profits. It’s exciting to have her on board.

Duplicating Renew in Kalgoorlie

24 May 2016 | Posted in: News

Renew’s General Manager, Christopher Saunders, was invited to speak at the Future’s Forum in Kalgoorlie-Boulder about the potential of duplicating the Renew Newcastle model in their town. Read the article.

Bespoke vintage design now in the Emporium

24 May 2016 | Posted in: News


You can now find a range of made to order vintage inspired handmade dresses in The Emporium at our new store With Love Bree-Lacey.

Perfect for special occasions, evening wear, and even bridesmaid dresses. Bree-Lacey can work with you to make your vintage dream dress come to life with a bespoke design service.

Featuring unique fabrics, with everything from beautiful reproduction vintage prints to the genuine article from her Nan’s stash or rescued from an op-shop and recycled.

Bree-Lacey will share the joy of handmade fashion by running sewing lessons, so you can step out in your own handmade garment.

Visit With Love Bree-Lacey from Wednesdays to Saturdays.

Ye Be Invited to the Treasure Hunt Tour

22 March 2016 | Posted in: News


Arrrr me hearties! Join the Renew crew for the Treasure Hunt walking tour where ye be discoverin’ the creative treasures of Newcastle. Come aboard the good ship Emporium before we give our sea legs a go to Wolfe Studios. It be a grand adventure not for the lily-livered. Yo-ho-ho!

Ye be enjoyin’ the sweet trade of 27 Renew sprogs and salty dogs:

Lloyd Kellett, VOUS, PotteryaliThe Workroom, Jodie Louise Millinery, Fancy That, The Carved Greenman,  CCY Studios, Hannah Louise, Erlithe Perfume, Stannard Inc. B3 Bookbindery, 33 Degrees South Soap, The Follower Newspaper, Dylan Smyth, Sophia Flegg, Naomi Wild Art Therapist, Stepping Stone Studios, Lu Quade, Newcastle Productions, Liz Anelli Illustrator, Lisa Who Studio, Earthly Ink, Lodestar, Dale Collier and Disruptive Drawings.

Treasure Hunt – a guided walking tour of Renew Newcastle projects

Date: Thursday 31 March 2016

Time: 5pm Gather for light refreshments, 6pm tour commences, until 7pm

Location: Tour starts The Emporium (former David Jones), 185 Hunter St, Newcastle.

Apologies but Wolfe Studios does not have disabled or pram access.