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.
potteryali, ceramic jewellery, wall art and homewares by Alison Sobel-Read.
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.
Vitulloart, contemporary timber and metal jewellery, sculpture, drawings and prints by Gavin Vitullo.
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.
Thirty Three Degree Soap Factory, handmade natural cold processed soap made by Juanita Low and Carl Taylor.
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:
Floral and Spot, women’s fashion by Raylee Allen.
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.