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Two days of events Friday 14th, Saturday 15th August

10 August 2009 | Posted in: News

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This weekend Renew Newcastle will launch another series of art and creative projects which have opened in the CBD this month. A collection of events over two days will celebrate the talent and hard work of the artists involved in cleaning up vacant shops to use for a range of creative projects.

The events, all held in the Newcastle CBD, include art exhibition openings, shop opening parties, a walking tour of the new projects, and a rare open studio show by visual artists, all designed to show-off the diversity of Newcastle’s creative talent.

The guided tour of the new projects on Saturday 15 August introduces 15 new projects in 12 new properties in the Hunter St Mall area and will begin at 3pm at the Biami Mara Indigenous Art Gallery, Shop 3, 200 Hunter St Mall.

The group of new creative projects which you can visit on the day includes: an indigenous art gallery; a landscape photography gallery; a zine shop; the headquarters and display space for Newcastle Fashion Week; a tea house art gallery; a dance costuming workshop; a retail gallery selling locally made, hand made art, clothing, jewellery and household objects; the newly reinvented gallery space of the ARThive collective; and the individual working studios of 7 visual artists.

The walking tour has become a “don’t miss” event, with large numbers of local visitors joining in on the guided tour of new and existing sites around the Hunter St Mall area. The tour is presented by Renew Newcastle founder, some time ABC TV presenter, and This Is Not Art festival founder Marcus Westbury.

Two additional new projects located outside of the Hunter St Mall are an office and workspace for an interior designer (by appointment!) and a retail record store and gallery space located at 515 Hunter St. The record store will host its own special launch on Friday 14 August.

These new enterprises bring the total number of projects that Renew Newcastle has placed to 36, cleaning up and occupying 24 empty shops and offices to date across the CBD. Renew Newcastle is currently seeking additional properties to add to the initiative.

Renew Newcastle will also present a new map of the spaces, which you will find in each of the shopfront windows, and is downloadable from the website so that you can complete your own personal walking tour of the sites.

Full list of Events this weekend:

Friday 14 August

Time: 6.30pm

Project: Gallery Raw, House of Photography

Location: 147 Hunter St Mall Newcastle

Event: Exhibition Opening – ARTOGRAPHY: a series of work through the eye of a fish Description: A photography exhibition shot with a Lomo Fisheye. By Amy Scruton.

Exhibition period: 01 – 31 August 2009

About: Gallery Raw, Newcastle House of Photography – an art photography gallery. Gallery Opening Hours: Thurs – Sat 10am – 4pm or by appointment 0413 348 528. Contact Gallery Raw by email [email protected]


Time: 7.00 – 9.00pm

Project: Vox Cyclops

Location: 515 Hunter St (near Union St, next to the Rock Shop)

Event: Shop opening

Description: Launch of the Vox Cyclops Record Store (join them after 9pm at the Croatian Club Albert St Wickham for ALPS of NEW SOUTH WALES album launch)

About: Vox Cyclops is an independent record store and gallery specializing in underground music and emerging and experiemental art.


Saturday 15 August

Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Project: Renew Newcastle Tour

Location: Biami Mara, Shop 3, 200 Hunter St Mall

Event: Start Here: Renew Newcastle Projects Launch Walking Tour

Description: A guided tour of new creative projects located in the Hunter St Mall area, led by Marcus Westbury. No need to book – meet us out the front!


Time: 5.30pm

Project: Ciao Meow Gallery

Location: Shop 2, 111 Hunter St

Event: Shop opening party

Description: Celebrate the opening of the Ciao Meow retail shop, with your opportunity to meet the artists and designers who have made the objects for sale.

About: Ciao Meow has collected all her favourite local artists and makers of clothing, jewellery and household objects.


Time: 5.30pm – 9.00pm

Project: ARThive & The Hive Studios

Location: Upstairs, 111 Hunter St (entry off Morgan St)

Event: Exhibition opening – THRIVE, curated by Anthony Ferris

Description: This is the official opening of the ARThive gallery space and Hive studio complex – a night jam packed with music, art auction, and studio tours. THRIVE is an exhibition of new works from the diverse range of artists operating within the ARThive collective, featuring work by: Anthony Ferris, Jake Penn-Cullen, Nicole Chaffey, Sam Hughes, Simone Sheridan, Angus Crowley, Grant Hunter and many more…

About: ARThive – a gallery and studio complex maintained by a zany collective of Newcastle Artists.

Gallery Opening Hours: Weds – Sat 12pm – 5pm. Contact ARThive on Facebook or 0410 115 736


Time: 5.30pm – 10.00pm

Project: Totoro’s Tea House

Location: Shop 1, 111 Hunter St (Cnr Morgan St)

Event: Pre-opening party

Description: With cupcakes and cups of tea by donation, this is a pre-opening party held in the space that will soon cocoon and grow into a colourful creature. Live acoustic set by Maddy Phelan and some totes hot tracks by special guest DJ Craig Schuftan (Triple J).

About: Totoro’s is a Tea House Gallery soon to be stocked with sumptuous sweets and fresh-brewed teas. We will be working hard during the month of August to fancy the place up, but we’d like to say hello to Newcastle and make some Renew friends. Please come for a cup of tea or to shake your booty.