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, a series of monthly breakfast lectures at The Lock-Up Cultural Centre presented by people who are making a living from their creativity.
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...
Newcastle Youth Orchestra is an exciting ensemble of young, local musicians, committed to quality orchestral training and concerts. The auditioned members rehearse weekly throughout the school term toward four public concerts and chamber music projects. Newly formed ...
Shauna Stafford is a freelance journalist, media trainer, radio presenter, video producer and writer.
What do you do?
I create and market print and video content for small businesses to use as part of their mainstream and social media outreach as
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.
Horselove is a hand-printed art and apparel label. Designed and made by hitched duo Mitch & Beth, Horselove creates limited supply tees, sweaters, cut and sewn garments, art prints and stationary, often showcasing bold and offbeat prints.
Dylan Smyth is a photographer and illustrator with a history and strong interest in both arts and design/architecture.
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.
sharperstill is a photographic studio by Jon Reid. Jon is a former Sydney Morning Herald photojournalist recently who relocated to Newcastle, currently working on an art project called Apocalypse Now. See examples of his commissioned and personal work here: http://www.sharperstill.com/galleries/
Original women's clothing and accessories handmade in Newcastle by Raylee Allen.
Affordable art objects and rotating exhibitions curated by maggie Hensel-Brown & Nicola Hensel.
Observe the process of making a wearable piece of art as milliner Jodie Thompson creates bespoke headpieces for all occasions.
A studio workspace for sculpture, jewellery and photography by Eleanor Hanlon.
Brett Piva is a graphic and web designer with a passion for a hand made aesthetic. Though he is highly skilled as a Digital Designer, his years of experience in traditional signwriting, illustration, hand drawn letterforms and typography, aids his design skills in becoming more unique and inventive through each individual project.
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.
Studio Bliss Designs specialises in creating multi-sensory environments, sculptures and products with a unique therapeutic edge.
DARCY+ROSE is a collaboration between award winning local photographers Simone Darcy and Hannah Rose. The studio will be a workspace for the two, where they can also hold workshops and the occasional exhibition.
Jo Dyer is a local artist who draws, paints and dabbles in whatever takes her fancy. She occasionally exhibits work or stocks up little shops with her wares and can often be found manning a stall at The Olive Tree Market.
The illustrations by Trevor Dickinson of landmarks and urban landscapes have stolen all of our hearts since he started drawing Newcastle four years ago.
Beep Bicycle Bells offers creative, modern hand-painted and retro coloured quality bicycle bells. We sell our bells to individuals through bricks and mortar retail shops, markets, and online stores.
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.
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...
Sarah Mould is an artist and uses her space as a studio for drawing and painting.
David Hampton is a full time Fine Art honours student, part time hobby shop worker, and full time bore. He is most succinctly described as a collection of obscure pop culture references and bookish affectations held together by a woollen coat. Even on very hot...
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...
What do you do?
I make films and music.
What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
A friend sent me a link about the project, and it sounded great. Trying to edit films and mix music in my bedroom isn’t much fun, so I joined the Facebook group, sent in an ...
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 ...