Address: Clocktower Studios, 111 Beaumont st, Hamilton NSW 2303
Hours: by appointment
Property Donor: Newcastle City Council
Launched: 2o March 2018
Who are you?
Hi, I’m Peter. I have recently moved back to Newcastle to pursue my career as an artist. I have lived in Sydney working as a Marketing Director in the corporate world for the past 25 years but I grew up in Newcastle and it’s great to be home.
Studio Qube is the working name of my business involving art photography. The name originated from my Sydney studio located in the Qube building in Ultimo, Sydney. Masters Photography is a trading name that I also use, mainly for facilitating the sales process via my website.
What do you do?
I am an art photographer primarily working in the field of conceptual art, portraiture and seascapes. I mostly exhibit and sell my work in galleries but I also do CD covers and commissioned portraits.
What inspired you to get involved with Renew Newcastle?
To take the next step in my career I really need to collaborate with other creative people. To be in a place that is dedicated to art and immerse myself in the creative energy that exists in the spaces that Renew Newcastle have been able to provide to emerging talent.
What will you be doing in your new space?
The Clock tower has a large natural light studio that is shared among several photographers. I will be making great use of that space to create more of the conceptual portraiture that I love. I start my conceptual work with a studio portrait that may contain some props then build a work of the imagination by combining multiple layers of photographs to create imaginary worlds.
I am also lucky enough to have some office space there where I can get myself organised, develop my marketing and generally handle the business side of what I do. I will be using part of the space as a place for me to hold classes where I will be teaching art photography. My classes involve beginning students learning how to create art photography ready for framing, they are all about the difference between making an image and creating an image.
Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Is there anything unique about it?
The Clock Tower is a fairly well known and easily recognisable space in the centre of Beaumont St Hamilton. Before its present incarnation is was a suite of offices utilised by a company in the finance sector. The outstanding feature is the large natural light area used as a studio and teaching space. It is large enough for 3 studios. When I first saw it I was just amazed and excited about the possibilities of it. It really has presence and atmosphere. It feels like a place where creativity happens.
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