Sun 16 March 2014

March Exhibitions & Workshops

exb-fpg-jamesmurphy ‘After The Fire’ at Four Point Gallery
Photographer James Murphy presents a selection of landscape images that are eerie reminders of death and regeneration.
When: 19 March – 2 April
Opening Event: Sat 22 March, 2-4pm
Where: Four Point Gallery, 681 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed to Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 2pm

exb-sss ‘Newcastle and Halifax: comparing Australian and Canadian landscapes’ at Stepping Stone Studios
Newcastle and Halifax: comparing Australian and Canadian landscapes by Amy Hamilton and Aislin Mac Donald
When: 26 March – 20 April Opening Event: 29 March, 1-4pm Where: Shop 7a & 7b, Ground Level, Market Square, 119 Hunter St Newcastle Hours: We to Fr 10-4, Sat to Sun 10-2

Screen_Shot_2014-03-16_at_5.17.23_pm ‘Out of the Wood Work’ at NANA
An exhibition of past and present Renew Newcastle studio-based artists coincides with Renew’s 5th anniversary exhibition at The Emporium. ‘Out of the Wood Work’ celebrates the significant cultural contribution that artists, designers, collectives and galleries have made to Newcastle.
When: 27 March – 12 April Opening Event: 28 March, 6-9pm Where: Shop 6 & 7, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4 (till 8pm on 2nd & 4th Fri of the month) Screen_Shot_2014-03-16_at_6.00.46_pm ‘4WALLS: for the love of our city’ at Pocket Design
An exceptional group of local creatives have been asked to represent a house in a Newcastle suburb of their choice using their chosen medium. Two days only.
When: 28-29 March
Opening Event: Fri 28 March, 6-8pm
Where: Pocket Design, Shop 20, Market Square, 113-127 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle
Hours: Fri & Sat 10am – 4pm.

class-curve-lifedraawing Life Drawing Class at Curve Gallery
Curve Gallery continues to host life drawing classes on the first Sunday of each month. Receive instruction from a trained, practicing artist whilst a professional life model acts as your muse. Learn new skills and meet new people in an inspiring gallery environment
When: 6 April, 1-5pm Cost: $40 Where: Curve Gallery, 37 Watt St, Newcastle (cnr King St)


Sun 16 March 2014

4 New Projects at The Emporium!

We are thrilled to welcome four new projects to The EmporiumJodie Louise Millinery, Floral & Spot Designs, The Workroom and The Project Space. Together they join six existing projects ensuring the west end of the Mall is bustling. This is particularly the case every 2nd & 4th Friday night of the month when The Emporium trades until 8pm to coincide with Newcastle City Night Markets.

140226-Jodie-Louise-Millinary-pcMelissaWilson-2 JODIE LOUISE MILLINERY
Returning retail elegance to the glass counters at the former David Jones site is Jodie Thompson who designs original headwear pieces under the label Jodie Louise Millinery. Stop by the counter at the main entrance to see Jodie work on new commissions and admire her gorgeous creations on display.

floral_and_spot_facebook FLORAL & SPOT DESIGNS
Floral & Spot Designs is a handmade women’s clothing store, with funky accessories to match. Raylee Allen designs and sews a range of unique and practical clothing for women and will also be joined in-store by Goat Lady Soaps (hand made goat milk soaps and products).

A2-140115-Emporium-MadeleineKelman6-pcSiobhanCurran THE WORKROOM
After the success of the Madeleine Kelman 11 Salon 2014 exhibition over summer, some of the featured artists will deliver a changing series of exhibitions and artist projects, curated and managed by Maggie Hensel-Brown and Nicola Hensel under the name The Workroom. The shop will feature affordable and practical artist-made objects.

rr-instagram1 THE PROJECT SPACE
The Renew Newcastle team have been busy constructing a brand new space within The Emporium. The Project Space will host a rotating calendar of short-run creative projects and will launch on 28 March as a venue for the Renew Rewind exhibition. We’ll keep you up to date on activities that occur in this space via the website and enewsletter.

The Emporium is open Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. (open 10-8 on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month to coincide with Newcastle City Night Markets).


Tue 4 March 2014

Renew Volunteer Opportunities

Did you know we’ve just completed our 5th year of empty space activation in Newcastle? We have activated 59 otherwise empty properties by supporting 138 arts, creative and community projects, and counting. Phew!

We are celebrating the achievement of our 5th anniversary with a photographic exhibition (launching Friday 28th March – save the date, and stay tuned for your invitation!)

Renew relies on the involvement of volunteers in the community, and we need your help to make the celebration happen!


Legend volunteer & now RN Board Member Edwina Richards helping out at the opening of the 0-100 Exhibition in 2013. Photo by Boony Loahajaroenyot

We are seeking volunteers for:

– gallery working bee – we have a brand new space for the show, we need to paint walls, clean & vaccuum. No experience, just enthusiasm and a paint shirt required! (About 5 hours .)

– exhibition installation – seeking someone with a good eye and experienced with hanging an exhibition to work with our designers to get the show looking great. (We expect install will be across a few days, but we would love your help as much or as little as you can)

– event hospitality – exhibition opening night is always fun, but we need help setting up drinks tables, serving, cleaning up and packing down. Experience and RSA preferable but not essential. Or, if you are looking for hospitality work experience, this could be the opportunity to get a reference too. (Event is 3 hours, we would need you 5hours)

– event co-ordinator – we are also keen to hear from someone who might take on more of a leadership role in those events, who can organise things prior to the event, manage other volunteers and keep the night running smooth. ideal if you would like to contribute your experience in a more substantial way (approx 5hours in lead up, 6hours on the night)

Register Here for these Roles

If you are up for any of these roles, please register here using this quick form – you can select dates etc And then we will be in touch to confirm dates or talk more.

Register as a Renew Volunteer

If you would like to hear about other opportunities to volunteer in the future you can Get Involved via our Volunteers Expression of Interest Register


Wed 19 February 2014

Props and pretty paper: got any you can give us?

Without big budgets, DIY is our default action, and we rely on the resourcefulness of the Newcastle community to help us turn free and cheap into lovely and fun.

While Renew Newcastle is backed financially through grants and sponsorships from local and state government sources – have a look here to rain praise for our Partners – most of the flourishes, the little things that help bring the colour back to the city, are pulled together on a shoestring. And just couldn’t (and shouldn’t) be paid for through those grants.


Festive Follies 2013 window display – check Zookraft’s wool geo installation, and our fabric wrapped Christmas gifts!

At the moment, we need your help! We are making a props donations register, so that we have great useful resources to hand when we need to install new exhibitions, window displays or to run special events.

Props for window displays and storefronts, think:

  • mannequins

  • wooden boxes or trunks

  • hat boxes

  • cute wooden chairs

  • bench seats

  • plinths

  • flower pots – especially large ones

  • picture frames

  • vintage or antique – instruments, bicycle, toys, furniture, sports equipment, kitchen items

  • paper decorations – parasols, lanterns, pom-poms

  • some other weird/beautiful thing?

Raw materials, think:

  • paint – any colours, but especially white

  • coloured wrapping papers

  • ribbons, wool, string

  • large lengths of fabric or curtains – in bright or pastel colours

  • balloons (not inflated yet :)

How to register your donation

Of course we can’t take everyone’s bits of stuff, and we don’t want to double up – we just don’t have the room to store it and we’ve got to be light on our feet! But some select items might really help us out!

(Please don’t be upset if we can’t take you up on your offer right away, or if its not a match for what we are after. You might find another good home for it down the track!)

So please list your donation in the props register using this online form and we will get in touch if we can take you up on your offer. Start your Spring cleaning now!

Many thanks in advance!


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