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 Dr Cathy Smith, a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and course coordinator; part of the fabulous team of staff and design students involved in the First year of the Master of Architecture (MOA) at the University of Newcastle.
What do you do?
We are place makers, our creative drive stems from a passion for technology and the functioning of complex systems within the arts and society.
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.
I love to write about life in general and the common things that bind us as humans such as, parenting, marriage, love and health.
Fashion graduate from the Hunter School of Fashion and Textile Design. I am a designer, patternmaker, textile designer, seamstress/tailor and some days just plain exhausted! Currently working on her 'The House of Evelyn' label.
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.
A collaboration exploring the intersection of theatre, art as animation, soundscapes and storytelling to create lo-fi animations that will be performed, exhibited and viewed online.
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!
Gillian Bencke and Alicia Kropkowski are two artists and designers working in a shared space to produce their own ranges of textiles and accessories.
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...
Who are you?
Trema Entertainment™ Australia is a boutique video, film and photography company based in Newcastle, NSW. Most corporate advertising and media companies all have very similar mission statements and financial goals. We all go to university to be taught...
I am a visual artist working with larger scale paintings, using vivid colour and emotionally charged subject matter.
Meg Dunn is a poet and artist who has been working professionally since 1982 both in theatre and as a spoken word performer.
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.
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.
Original women's clothing and accessories handmade in Newcastle by Raylee Allen.
Observe the process of making a wearable piece of art as milliner Jodie Thompson creates bespoke headpieces for all occasions.
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.
A contemporary fine art gallery with an edge, exhibiting the work of local emerging visual artists.
Marketing studio for Newcastle bike-shop, Drift Bikes. Incorporating digital and social media, promotions, video and community events to develop biking community engagement.
We are architects who have a strong emphasis on responding to ‘people’ and ‘place’. Our aim with each project is to create spaces that focus on the human experience and interactions, through response to the conditions of the site.
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.
Blackfish is a design focussed studio providing a full range of design and branding services, with particular interest working collaboratively with local businesses.
The illustrations by Trevor Dickinson of landmarks and urban landscapes have stolen all of our hearts since he started drawing Newcastle four years ago.
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.
Sarah Mould is an artist and uses her space as a studio for drawing and painting.
Sam Hughes a prolific painter and illustrator studying Fine Arts at TAFE. With a focus on utility areas of streetscapes such as alleyways, car parks, loading docks and back of shop storage areas, Sam is developing a practice of using waste materials from the sign...
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 ...