Renew Newcastle has turned the ground floor of the former David Jones building - the city's most iconic retail location - into a fine arcade of boutiques and galleries filled with Newcastle creative talent, just waiting to be explored.
Renew Newcastle presents Creative Talks at The Lock-Up, a series of monthly breakfast lectures presented by people who are making a living from their creativity.
Who are you?
I am the owner of a Newcastle based fashion label called Pigtails & Pirates
What do you do?
I design and make ladies 1950’s inspired clothing. I love clothing of that era with its feminine silhouettes – but also because clothing was well made and valued...
I make men's shirts. I search and buy only good quality, natural and ethical materials such as linen or organic cotton and then I turn them into a unique and funky style shirts!
We are a collective of local artist and crafters making and selling our wonderful creations at our store in The Emporium.
Disruptive Drawings is concerned with the use of drawing as a means of visual communication, problem solving, visualisation and as a way of thinking about, and experiencing the world.
A natural history illustrator and designer using observation equipment like microscopes and video and teaching specialised drawing techniques
Curve GALLERY has supported over 50 artists since opening in Newcastle and is a cultural contact zone that includes a commercial gallery, retail shop and venue space for artists and audience.
I make works that explore archetypes, symbology and existential meaning in various mediums. At this time I am exploring hand ground ochres, eco dyes and fibre art.
I work with an embracing approach towards new media, live art, and community-cultural development in an attempt to activate spaces for social change. My work draws inspiration from the collective experiences buried deep within the sprawl of regional, rural & remote communities located within Australia.
We are Juanita and Carl. Former school teacher and youth worker who are now very content to be suddings Newcastle with our lovingly hand crafted natural cold processed soap.
Who are you?
My name is Lachlan Conn. I grew up in Geelong and before moving up here I lived in Hobart and Melbourne. I’ve worked as a web and print designer in the past and run a couple of art spaces and played in bands but right now I’m usually drawing pictures.
DIY Media focuses on enabling individuals, micro and small business to become smart at communicating across a wide variety of channels and media and to do so in a manageable amount of time per day. We believe you should make the media work for you not the other way round!
The space will be used as our art studio, where we will also hold art exhibitions, creative workshops and a mini shop selling all our handmade goodies.
Marketing studio for Newcastle bike-shop, Drift Bikes. Incorporating digital and social media, promotions, video and community events to develop biking community engagement.
Observe the process of making a wearable piece of art as milliner Jodie Thompson creates bespoke headpieces for all occasions.
CCY Studio is the name of Chia-Chi Yu's creative leather works/design studio that offers a unique range of hand crafted leather products.
Who are you?
I am Alison Sobel-Read, a ceramicist, a handbuilder, and work with clay slabs. My husband recently accepted a position teaching Law at the University of Newcastle and so less than three months ago, my family and I permanently relocated here from North...
Under the name Paper Kitschen, Sarah Louisa Dunn creates paper-cut illustrations, collage, paper sculpture, larger scale installations, and the occasional fashion accessory or jewellery piece from all sorts of found objects.
January 2015: Listen to NYO talk about their experience as a Renew Newcastle project with Nick Gerber from 1233 ABC Newcastle
Newcastle Youth Orchestra is an exciting ensemble of young, local musicians, committed to quality orchestral training and concerts. The...
Who are you?
Vontaine Australia is a Boutique Video, Film and Photography company based in Newcastle, NSW. Formerly Trema Entertainment Australia, the company after 15 years have been rebranded Vontaine Australia to make it easier to narrow the brand awareness.
Write For Impact is an online, step-by-step learning program you work through at your own pace. Greg and Lyndall Crowther acts as mentors to encourage their clients to gain essential knowledge of business writing and grammar.
Meg Dunn is a poet and artist who has been working professionally since 1982 both in theatre and as a spoken word performer.
Affordable art objects and rotating exhibitions curated by maggie Hensel-Brown & Nicola Hensel.
A new HQ for the former Morrow Park Arts Hub team offering a multi-arts resource for a large, evolving, local, project-driven arts collective.
NANA is a contemporary art space in Newcastle operated by artists for artists. It aims to promote the practices of local artists and facilitate creative exchange across Australia.
Blackfish is a design focussed studio providing a full range of design and branding services, with particular interest working collaboratively with local businesses.
Jane Shadbolt is an animator, filmmaker and designer. She makes stopmotion puppet animations and is currently in post-production for the 9 minute epic The Cartographer — a stopmotion and digital short about a sailor adrift in a lost world. She’s also gearing up for ...
The illustrations by Trevor Dickinson of landmarks and urban landscapes have stolen all of our hearts since he started drawing Newcastle four years ago.
The Carved Green Man is a working studio and gallery for artist Graham Wilson. The gallery shop will sell a mix of items: zines, prints, t-shirts, postcards, hand-carved sculpture, posters, paintings and woodblocks. Through the windows people will also be able to watch the artist at work handcarving - beautiful ancient craft.
One Man's Trash is handcrafted upcycled vintage industrial style furniture with a true design aesthetic. Lloyd Kellett is a gyprocker and bricklayer by trade, but makes and sells industrial style furniture, lighting and homewares out of otherwise discarded materials - scrap metal, timber, car parts, other furniture.
The Roost is a platform for creative people who want to share space, ideas and equipment. We offer a ‘clean space’ for members: an open studio suitable for graphic designers, illustrators, photographers and others working in digital media to use as a base for...
A contemporary fine art gallery with an edge, exhibiting the work of local emerging visual artists.
Renew Newcastle operates out of a light and airy, red-carpeted office space overlooking the Hunter St Mall. ReNew HQ, as it is known, has desk space for our staff and volunteers; storage for the collection of tools, cleaning gear, hardware and array of "useful things" to help us get in and out of properties; as well as a small meeting space. The office also displays General Manager Marni Jackson's colourful collection of tapestries and 70's landscape prints.
Stu McDonald and Blair Howard are graphic designers and illustrators primarily, with a portfolio that includes branding, event invitations, posters and other print-based mediums.
Zookraft are image-makers and creative collaborators. Never ones to shy away from an artistic endeavour, ZK are guilty of designing everything from posters and t-shirt graphics through to wall art and layout design with a whole lot of illustration in between.