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Address:  Suite 3, 111 Hunter Street, NewcastleNSW 2300
Hours: By appointment
Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group
Launched: 10 October 2014
Closed: 26 May 2016

Carly Brett
m: 0432 069 907
e: [email protected]

I have decided to scale back and concentrate on painting and making work under my own name. I have a couple of solo shows planned and also collaborations with other painters, and have a studio space at home now.

My experience as a RN project has been incredibly positive, forming friendships and collaborations with other Renew creatives and also having the opportunity to expand my horizons from having a shop front to a private studio.

Who are you?
‘Spores’ is the creative studio of professional artists and best buds Carly Brett and Chrissy Cope. Way back in the year 2004 after we both finished our Bachelor Fine Arts degree’s, along with a handful of our good friends, we became directors of one of the first artists-run initiatives in Newcastle called Field Contemporary Art Space. The space was an art gallery and also art studio for the directors, but when the space closed after almost a decade of successful shows we always reminisced and talked about doing something like that again. Now we are in our 30’s, married and more wise and cynical, with half of Spores now raising her own mini spore and working like plebs to support our art careers. So after applying through Renew this year and being accepted all we had to do was pull together our years of talking and scribbling notes and ‘Spores’ was born.

What do you do?
Carly Brett is a professional painter and jewellery designer. Chrissy Cope is professional painter and the girl everyone wants to talk to at Eckersleys Art shop We are both obsessively creative, DIY babes and have been hard-core scribblers and colour-inners since we were toddlers.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
After seeing many of our friends run successful Renew projects we knew we wanted to be a part of it, the only problem was one half of ‘spores’ lived in Melbourne so upon her return to Newcastle we didn’t waste any time applying for a space.

What are you doing in your new space?
The space will be used as our art studio.