about The Emporium
UPDATE 29 OCTOBER 2013 Renew Newcastle is excited to announce the re-opening of The Emporium at the site of the former David Jones in Hunter Street Mall. Old favourites including Invintaged, One Man’s Trash and The Carved Green Man will be joined by new projects including fashion label Vous, contemporary art space NANA, handcrafted leather and homewares from Vintage Last Tuesday, plus two more soon to be announced.
Trading has begun and we will be celebrating the re-opening of The Emporium with Festive Follies to co-incide with Christmas in the City celebrations on Friday 29 November from 5-8pm. Sign up for our e-newsletter on the home page to be kept up to date.
UPDATE 11 AUGUST 2013 Renew Newcastle’s The Emporium project has temporarily moved out of the former David Jones site to enable the owner to complete some building works on the ground floor.
We are looking forward to moving back into the space under a new configuration. We are still drawing up some plans, but we expect that there will be a similar number of boutique RN shops and galleries, and we expect to re-open again in a couple of months. You can sign up to the RN e-news (top right of home page) to find out when the new space will re-open.
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.
Opened in November 2012, The Emporium features a treasure trove of art, fashion, furniture & design by local makers:
Annabell Stone, beautiful slate homewares by Anna Yeates.
One Man's Trash, vintage industrial style furniture & homewares. Handmade & upcycled by Lloyd Kellett.
The Carved Greenman, stone and wood carving demonstrations by Graham Wilson. Illustration & Graphic design prints on t-shirts, cards and zines.
Olive & Co, artists, designers & makers handpicked from the Olive Tree Markets, presented in a gallery setting by Justine Gaudry.
dniique, refound, repurposed, reloved furniture, homewares & objet d'art by Dannii Roper & Monique Shrume.
InVintaged, 1920's to 1960's vintage style women's couture by Wendy Ratcliffe.
Cabinet of Curiosities, installations by Renew Newcastle boutiques Make Space, Strip of a Lifetime and Odditorium.
The Galleria, revolving exhibitions by Renew Newcastle studio artists.
Plus our site design features hand rendered interactive mural works thanks to our friends Zookraft and Pocket Design. And visual displays from Hunter Design School.
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 & Landcom.
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:
Cashmere & Silk, lingerie and sleepwear designed and handcrafted by Janet Steele.
Miss Lulu, 1950’s inspired fashion for modern day pin-ups by Brianna Brent.
The Business Who’s Who of Australia, drawings by Susan Te Kahurangi King.
Tickle & Hide, tutti-frutti reversible children’s clothing by Jodi Godfrey.
Jzhonnie Bechet, glam-eco-art-fashion by Jzhonnie Holloway
It’s About Time, otherworldly clock sculptures by Karl Claydon.
Smack Bang, pop paintings & paraphenalia by Sophia Flegg.