The Emporium

Boutiques & Galleries

Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW

Launched: 22 Nov 2012


185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle NSW 2300

We 10-4, Th 10-5, Fr 10-5, Sa 10-4

Contact: e: hello@renewnewcastle.org


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.

NANA, a contemporary art space curated by Madeleine Cruise & Jacqueline Larcombe.

InVintaged, A couture boutique for women’s fashion of the 1920’s to 1960’s by Wendy Ratcliffe.

Jodie Louise Millinery, bespoke millinery by Jodie Thompson.

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. The retrospective photographic exhibition *Renew Rewind: celebrating five years work bringing spaces to life* is on display until 31 May 2014

Plus The Emporium also includes site design features such as hand-rendered interactive murals thanks to our friends at Zookraft and Pocket Design

Our Thanks

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:

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.



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