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With love, shop 161

17 July 2017 | Posted in: News

Just a few weeks before the news The Emporium was closing With Love Bree Lacey took the leap to a commercial lease at 161 Hunter Street, two shops up from the Emporium.

Her new store still offers made to measure garments and custom designed formal wear with a vintage flair. The new shop also stocks carefully curated accessories that compliment Bree Lacey’s designs for head-to-toe vintage glamour.

“I am so very grateful for the year I spent as part of The Emporium, Bree Lacey says.

“Without the opportunity to test out my business face-to-face with customers I would never have had the courage to take on a commercial lease.”

“Working side by side with the other creative businesses in The Emporium was such an encouraging and inspiring environment to be part of. I learned so much from everyone there and I am so thankful for the advice and support I carry with me into the next step of this business venture.”

“I am proud to be a part of the vibrant small business culture Renew Newcastle is helping grow right throughout Newcastle,” she said.

New studio spaces available

17 July 2017 | Posted in: News

Renew has some studio spaces becoming available in the city. If you have a burning idea or passion that requires a space to realise; if you are committed to participating and contributing to the Renew initiative; now could be the time to apply.

The Emporium becomes a significant piece of DJ’s history

24 May 2017 | Posted in: News

Emporium March 2017

The contribution of The Emporium to Newcastle’s redevelopment has been long and fruitful. It’s time now for it to bow gracefully from its role in the city’s revitalisation to make way for new development.

This week Renew Newcastle received notice from the building owners, Iris Capital, to vacate the former David Jones building. As per the Renew Newcastle Property License Agreement, tenants will vacate the building within 30 days.

General Manager, Christopher Saunders said “Renew’s role in property activation has always been as ‘custodians’ bringing life and activity to otherwise empty spaces, until either party wish to exit the agreement”.

The Emporium has been our flagship retail space since 2012 and its participants have created an iconic tourist destination that has been a major player in the cultural change bringing Newcastle to life.”

“Attracting interest in the city from developers is part of our overall renewal plan. The Emporium is a clear example of how Renew Newcastle’s temporary activation increases the potential of a property,” Saunders said.

The Emporium has enabled 39 creative businesses to blossom, 22 of them progressing into ongoing business ventures. Five have taken on commercial leases in the city. Over 40 exhibitions have been held in the gallery spaces. 1000’s of customers have visited creating an enormous amount of goodwill among the community by keeping this building activated.

Renew participants continue to operate in 27 underutilised office and studio spaces in the city. Renew Newcastle now also has a presence in Hamilton at the Clock Tower Studios a temporary home for seven photographers. The participants in Clock Tower studios are welcoming the public to an exciting event on June 2nd showcasing a range of work and introducing themselves to Beaumont Street businesses and Hamilton residents.

“We are constantly looking for additional property owners who see the benefits of housing temporary businesses. In 2015 the Emporium became the only retail space available to us from among our current property partners”, said Christopher.

The creative businesses from within The Emporium have been encouraged to take the opportunities a simultaneous exit offers. Seeking to take on a commercial lease and create a collaborative maker or retail space in a new location is an option they may explore.

Saunders is unaware of the immediate future plans for the former David Jones building, but considers “Renew’s role in the building’s history to have been very significant”.

“We look forward to continuing with this success in other underutilised spaces,” he said.

Final gestures on The Stage

22 May 2017 | Posted in: News

Fran O'Neill - The Stage-1775

By Rayanon Innes

Fran O’Neill’s huge gestures bring her memories to life on canvas and will be the final exhibition in Renew Newcastle’s gallery space in The Emporium.

“I’m always grateful for anyone that would want to show my work. It’s extraordinary that anyone would want to do that.”

Fran O’Neill’s words are extremely humble for the Wangaratta-born artist whose abstract oil paintings continue to floor the American market.

Having recently returned from her ten week trip in the states, Fran is back inside her Renew studio, oiled-glove to canvas, with little time on the side to reflect on the string of successful solo exhibitions and university workshops she led while overseas.

Fran’s tour of the states saw her exhibit in Brooklyn, Jacksonville and Atlanta and she has now found time and works to display as the final exhibitor on The Stage in The Emporium.

Her work is created using huge gestures, layering on paint and then using her body or other material to remove it again. She manipulates oil paints and water colours to recreate moments in life that have impacted her.

“Fran will be one of 40 artists to have exhibited in Renew Newcastle’s affordable gallery space in the former David Jones building, many of whom would not have been able to do so elsewhere,” said Renew General Manager Christopher Saunders.

As a multipurpose space in the heart of The Emporium it has not only been a place for hung works, but has hosted workshops, live painting, public critiques and assessments, music and sound related performances and activities.

Fran already has a number of nationwide exhibitions in the works with dates soon to be announced, but for now you can see her work on The Stage in The Emporium until 17 June.

Getting under the skin of beauty and science

22 May 2017 | Posted in: News

Savant Apothecary - The Emporium-1430By Rayanon Innes

Kylie Myatt takes the term ‘skin smart’ to alluring new heights. With five years of biochemistry studies and almost her whole working life within the beauty industry, Kylie truly embodies her new skincare business Savant Apothecary in every sense of the name.

With appropriate reference to the 14th century definition of a person skilled in the preparing and dispersing of medicines, Kylie’s abundant knowledge within bio-science married with years of experience running her own beauty therapy spa in Western Australia qualifies her as a true modern-day apothercarist. The ‘savant’ aspect shows in the dedication to running her business despite her lack of free time and space as a mother.

“As it’s growing and getting busier, I really need that separate making space. Where at home, I’m sterilising the kitchen table and the cupboards in between school hours”.

Although it will now only be until 17 June, Kylie’s new shopfront in The Emporium will enable her to produce custom-made organic skincare products on-site and to the individual requirements of her customers. Apothecary Savant differentiates themselves from other skincare brands by understanding the science of skin and offering creams, oils, serums, soaks, and scrubs that haven’t had any shortcuts in their creation.

“You turn a box around and read the ingredients and see there’s forty or fifty ingredients in there but really there’s only four or five that really matter…

…I keep looking for those ingredients and try to find out what is working in skincare and why”.

Get in quick to meet Kylie the apothecarist, view and try her skincare products in now pop-up retail space in The Emporium until 17 June.