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Liz Anelli Illustration


Address: Suite 49, Level 1, 164-170 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: By appointment
Property Donor: Hilton Seskin
Launched: February 2013

Liz Anelli
m: 0499 023 477
e: [email protected]
v:  Liz Anelli by Moz Waters
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Who are you? My name is Liz Anelli and I am an illustrator. My husband Mario, and I left England to come and live in Newcastle in 2012. It’s a pretty cool city for a mid-life adventure.

What do you do? I mostly make illustrations for children’s books – using a mixture of drawing, paint, printmaking, collage and my computer. My Australian picture books titles are ‘Howzat!’, ‘Desert Lake’, ‘One Photo’, ‘Grace and Katie’,’ Ten Pound Pom’ and ‘Maddie’s First Day’. Every now and then I get out of the studio and draw what I see. My first project in Newcastle was a huge illustrated map covering the side of the Maritime Centre on Honeysuckle Wharf that grew from those drawings.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle? I was working in a tiny spare room and going stir crazy. I love the idea of bringing an empty space to life and also of sharing creativity (even if it’s just the occasional stop for a cup of tea) with fellow professionals. It’s great to be part of an organisation that is patiently building an amazing arts network in Newcastle.

What are you doing in your new space? Picture storybooks, some more illustrated maps and creating prints to sell on-line and at Studio Melt on Hunter St Mall. I’m researching another ‘Nature Storybook’ for Walker Books, this time set in Kakadu. The artwork will be exhibited at The Lovett Gallery, Newcastle and tour Australia in 2019.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? I have to admit I don’t know much about our building, except that you get a very clear audience of the banjo playing busker. Some floors I think are not used but there are two other businesses alongside us and we have the Renew Head Office next door to keep us in shape.