about The Emporium
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.
Renamed The Emporium, this treasure trove of locally made art, fashion, furniture & design opened in November 2012 (with a short closure between August and October 2013). Local makers include:
One Man's Trash, industrial style furniture, homewares and art by Lloyd Kellett.
VOUS, modern womenswear by Renee Verdon.
Floral & Spot, handmade women’s clothing by Raylee Allen.
The Workroom, affordable art and practical artist-made objects curated by Maggie Hensel-Brown and Nicola Hensel.
Jodie Louise Millinery, bespoke millinery by Jodie Thompson.
NANA, a contemporary art space curated by Madeleine Cruise & Jacqueline Larcombe.
potteryali, ceramic jewellery, wall art and homewares by Alison Sobel-Read.
The Carved Greenman, product design by artist and world-champion stone-carver Graham Wilson.
CCY Studio, hand-crafted leather goods studio by Chia-Chi Yu.
The Project Space, a space dedicated to short-run creative projects.
This project would not have been possible without the financial support of our Partners:
Department of Trade & Investment through their Enterprising Regions Program and Arts NSW; Hunter Development Corporation; Newcastle City Council; Newcastle Now; The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW.
With special thanks to these local businesses for their support and advice:
APP Group, Newcert, Saddingtons Building Supplies, MCL Locksmiths, Zookraft, Sign-a-rama, Hunter Design School
The Emporium has previously featured these local projects:
InVintaged, A couture boutique for women’s fashion of the 1920’s to 1960’s by Wendy Ratcliffe.
Vintage Last Tuesday, leather bags and accessories studio of Sophie Smyth.
Madeleine Kelman 11, pop-up exhibition of contemporary art curated by Madeleine Kelman.
Look Hear Shop, a pop-up shop selling limited edition prints, tees and artworks by artists involved in both the LOOK SEE exhibition and Hit The Bricks.
Annaharta Design, multi-purpose textile accessories by Tracey Felton.
Annabell Stone, beautiful slate homewares by Anna Yeates.
Cabinet of Curiosities, installations by Renew Newcastle boutiques Make Space, Strip of a Lifetime and Odditorium.
Cashmere & Silk, lingerie and sleepwear designed and handcrafted by Janet Steele.
dniique, refound, repurposed, reloved furniture, homewares & objet d'art by Dannii Roper & Monique Shrume.
The Galleria, revolving exhibitions by Renew Newcastle studio artists.
Jzhonnie Bechet, glam-eco-art-fashion by Jzhonnie Holloway
It’s About Time, otherworldly clock sculptures by Karl Claydon.
Miss Lulu, 1950’s inspired fashion for modern day pin-ups by Brianna Brent.
Olive & Co, artists, designers & makers handpicked from the Olive Tree Markets, presented in a gallery setting by Justine Gaudry.
Smack Bang, pop paintings & paraphenalia by Sophia Flegg.
The Business Who’s Who of Australia, drawings by Susan Te Kahurangi King.
Tickle & Hide, tutti-frutti reversible children’s clothing by Jodi Godfrey.