Two days of events Friday 14th, Saturday 15th August
10 August 2009 | Posted in: News
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
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] www.galleryraw.com
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!
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. ciaomeow.etsy.com
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.
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