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Colouring on a grand scale

15 September 2016 | Posted in: News


Public colouring on a giant scale will feature at this Saturdays Hunt and Gather markets in the Renew corner. Tallulah Cunningham has drawn a fabulous above and below the water line scene of Newcastle and printed it on a grand scale to allow market goers to gather and colour to their hearts content. The group colouring concept is an awesome idea for a personalised drawing to be coloured by guests at a wedding or birthday.

TiNA time

15 September 2016 | Posted in: News


Now in its 19th year, the TiNA festival has become an integral part of Newcastle’s arts calendar. From glittery bike tours, to interactive durational dance, to sensory soundscape transporting you halfway across the world, the 2016 TINA festival captures Australian experimental performance at its best. The Stage in The Emporium will host bad ass bike bling making with The Lightning Furies and the Echo Chamber during the festival. These are just two of the incredible range of events activating multiple venues across the CBD and blurring the boundaries between writing, performance, visual arts and critical thinking among its audiences.

Window shopping in Perkins Street

8 August 2016 | Posted in: News

1608 Hannah Louise Window - The Emporium - Edwina Richards Photography-

1608LLoyd Kellett Window - The Emporium - Edwina Richards Photography-

1608 Hannah Louise Window - The Emporium - Edwina Richards Photography--2

The David Jones windows have always been a feature of the mall. The stores in the Emporium continue to bring beauty to the windows and the mall. The Perkins Street windows have sprung to life again with clothing from Hannah Louise and upcycled furniture creations from Lloyd Kellett.

Hannah Louise has opened her new shop having relocated from a smaller space in The Emporium. This showroom space and window gives Hannah’s opulent works the exposure they deserve.

Lloyd Kellett, who previously occupied Hannah’s space, has created a stunning showcase for his extraordinary up cycled vintage industrial style furniture creations in the three adjoining windows.

When creative minds combine

5 August 2016 | Posted in: News

Ben Rizzo

Each month at the Hunt & Gather markets Renew projects will be making an appearance on the ‘green’ in a way that will engage and entertain market goers. A keen group of illustrators has brainstormed some awesome ideas that involve audience participation and show just how far a creative idea can stretch.

On August 20, Ben Mitchell will welcome strangers to take a comfy seat while he makes a quick sketch of them over a conversation. After packing up his paper and pencils from the market, his drawings will emerge as an illustrated graphic novella printed risograph style in his studio featuring the people and the stories from the market. You’ll want a copy, particularly if you’re in it. They will be available for purchase at subsequent markets and through Ben’s business, Benny Rizzo.

Each market will bring a new idea to the green and generate some great conversations about the creative talents of the Renew network and potentially some new business opportunities for our participants.

Illustrators drawn to west end Hub

5 August 2016 | Posted in: News


We now have three projects based at 451 Hunter Street in Newcastle West. Many Newcastle residents know the building for its late night hamburger shop, Hamburger Haven. At Renew, we like to think of it as our new Illustrators Hub.

Our space upstairs in the building, houses Benny Rizzo, Lachlan Conn and Octopus Ink producing commercial illustration, risograph printing, dimensional sculptures, digital pamphlet and poster design, children’s book and botanical illustrations.

If you need to employ or commission an illustrator, these guys, or one of our many other talented Illustrators, should be your first call.