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22 September 2015 | Posted in: News


Join Renew Newcastle for Spring City Walk, a free guided walking tour where you can meet the people activating otherwise empty properties with creative endeavours.

We’ll rendezvous at The Emporium where you can visit newest additions 33 Degrees South Soap Factory and Vitullo Art, check out PotteryAli‘s new space and catch-up with favourites Lloyd Kellett, VOUS, The Workroom, Jodie Louise Millinery, Fancy That, The Carved Greenman and CCY Studios.

Next we’ll make our way to Wolfe Street to visit events & marketing agency De La Force Creative – Renew Newcastle’s 200th project.

From there we’ll split into two groups to visit another 6 projects in 3 buildings, including illustration collective, Octopus Ink, and library of things, Newy Share Shop.

Join us straight after work for light refreshments from 5pm and discover more of Newcastle’s creative scene!

Spring City Walk – a guided walking tour of Renew Newcastle’s latest projects.

Date: Thursday 1 October 2015

Time: 5pm Gather for light refreshments, 5.30pm tour commences, until 7pm

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

Please note that neither studios have disabled or pram access.

Creative Talks with Simon Hipgrave

22 September 2015 | Posted in: News


Renew Newcastle, in association with The Lock-Up, is excited to announce that Simon Hipgrave will join us for Creative Talks on Friday 02 October 2015.


Simon Hipgrave founded The Hungry Workshop, a combined design and letterpress studio in Melbourne. Their offering of design and letterpress means they’re communicators that understand production, and printmakers that understand communication. Both areas positively impact and influence each other, bringing a deeper understanding of their clients’ objectives to whichever task we apply our skills to.

The Hungry Workshop’s focus on the craft of design and their creative approach to letterpress printing gives their work a unique aesthetic. All of which is underpinned by unwavering attention to detail, combined with strategic thinking.


Friday 02 October, 2015.
8.30am breakfast and registration
9.00am talk by Simon Hipgrave

The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle.

$5 per person, includes pastry, fruit and hot drinks and good company.

Head to to secure your 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 a well-regarded creative will be invited to speak for 20 minutes about the lessons they have learned growing their creativity into a commercial success. This is followed by an audience Q&A and the opportunity to mingle with local creatives from a wide range of backgrounds, over a stand-up breakfast.

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 is supported by VMG.

Creative Talks is made possible by the generous support of Newcastle City Council.

View past Creative Talks with speakers such as Ghostpatrol, Tess McCabe and Lucas Grogan here.

200+ Projects & 5,000+ Likes

11 September 2015 | Posted in: News


Renew Newcastle has now supported more than 200 creative projects to activate over 74 properties in Newcastle’s CBD, bringing life back to otherwise vacant spaces.

On the evening of Friday 11 October Renew Newcastle General Manager Christopher Saunders joined friends and colleagues of Nick de la Force and Amy Black to celebrate the opening of our 200th project, De La Force Creative, at 23 Wolfe Street.

In February 2013 Renew celebrated 100 projects in just over four years. A mere 18 months later we’ve doubled the number of projects we’ve helped to access empty spaces and added two new property partners, Newcastle City Council and Hunter Water, in the process.

The general public will be able to visit De La Force Creative and 17 other projects as part of our next guided walking tour, Spring City Walk, from 5pm on Thursday 1 October, starting at The Emporium (185 Hunter St Mall).

Renew also achieved a big milestone this month, reaching more than 5,000 likes on our Facebook page, due in part to the successful launch of Marcus Westbury’s book Creating Cities and Bespoke TV show.

Bespoke TV series

11 September 2015 | Posted in: News

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Marcus Westbury’s new television series, Bespoke, is all about the return and rise of makers, the handmade, the small scale and artisanal.

The first episode featured Newcastle and many Renew Newcastle projects including those based in The Emporium, such as CCY Studio, VOUS, The Workroom, Jodie Louise Millinery, The Carved Greenman and Lloyd Kellett and graduate Pocket Design. The second episode included Beep Bicycle Bells who sell their hand-painted bells all over the world.

Catch up on iView if you missed them – episode one or episode two. The third episode airs on Thursday 17 September at 10pm on ABC1.


Creating Cities the book

4 September 2015 | Posted in: News


In 2008, Marcus Westbury returned to his hometown of Newcastle, Australia and found more than 150 empty buildings lining its two main streets. Three years later the world’s largest travel publisher, Lonely Planet, named it one of the Top Ten cities to visit in the world.

Creating Cities is about the unlikely events in between. How a failed idea to start a bar morphed into a scheme that has helped transform Newcastle, launched more than two hundred creative and community projects across Australia and is fast becoming a model for cities and towns around the world.

In an engaging, thoughtful and observational style, Marcus Westbury argues that most towns and cities are wasting their most obvious opportunities: the talent, imagination, and passion of the people that live there. In a globalised age, local creativity has access to new possibilities that most places have barely begun to grasp.

Westbury weaves a local story of how identifying and fixing small scale failures in Newcastle into a larger set of ideas and “why-to” strategy with potential applications in cities and towns around the world.

Creating Cities is an inspiring must read for creative people, civic and business leaders, town planners, citizens and anyone who cares about the communities that they live in.

Read a sample chapter here.

For details on where to buy a copy head to or download to your Amazon Kindle via this link.