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The Black Chandelier

Diverse Australian Art

Property Donor: Freihaut & Pit Pty Ltd

about The Black Chandelier

The Black Chandelier is a Gallery/Showcase of diverse Australian Art curated and managed by local artist Limerick Kaye.

The gallery features work by artists in a range of media – woodwork, blacksmithing, leather, weaving, felt, sculptures, ceramics, jewelery and painting. 90% of the artists are local to Newcastle, but are at all stages of the ‘Emergence’… from those new to Art to the more experienced artist.

The Black Chandelier will be home to 16 permanent artists and each fortnight one of these artists will be featured, with a reception where their work will be introduced to the community.

A gallery by day, Limerick is also planning a series of performance and music presentations, masterclasses and discussions to complement the creative showcase.

We asked Limerick what inspired her to get involved in Renew Newcastle:

I was initially inspired to participate in Renew Newcastle because I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to create employment for myself and to be part of what I considered to be a SUPER ‘movement’ happening in Newcastle. When I saw the space we were being offered… I thought we could offer Newcastle something more than a boutique gallery. It’s made me think bigger… and aim higher.

Tell us about the space:

The Black Chandelier is located in one of the new buildings in the current Newcastle Harbour development, Honeysuckle. It’s located between the Crown Plaza, the new Museum site and the popular antique shopping strip – and is a mere minute from the Harbour. The shop front is brand new and has not been used for any other purpose. The space is fantastic. Open and airy with good natural light.

Because it was new… it really was a raw canvas. We could have done any number of things with the space. We eventually settled on a gallery design which would immediately impact on visitors with the focus on fun, warmth and whimsy. By building a miniature plinth city, a peek-a-boo cube wall and by painting the floor a gloss Mars red, I feel we have achieved that. 🙂 It’s pretty fun. We get a good sunset.

The room that is becoming The Black Chandelier is an artwork in itself. With thanks to Renew Newcastle, I have the opportunity to bring to life a design dream as well as an art gallery. We have designed a concertina wall (which folds into many shapes), a wall of cubes which can be stacked & dismantled and a generous forest of plinths which can be used to display work or ‘built & stacked’ to become an artwork in it’s own right. All of these will be white on a gloss red floor. We are aiming for a warm, entertaining experience for visitors where the simple act of walking around is fun, family-friendly & exhibits an artistic way of life.

About the Artist: Limerick Kaye has been making art for the past 21 years, and has settled in Newcastle after much wandering.

She has artworks in collections both here and internationally. She is a photographer, sculpture, writer, musician, performer, painter & now, gallery manager. She is also the mother to two fabulous children.

Address: Shop 8, cnr Centenary Rd & Merewether St Newcastle.

Location: On the Harbour side of the Railway line at Civic Station. Diagonally opposite the Crown Plaza Hotel, and opposite the Sawtooth Railway Sheds (the new Museum site).

Opening Hours: Mon 10.00 – 2.30

Tues 10.00 – 2.30


Thurs 10.00 – 2.30 AND 6.00 – 9.00

Fri 10.00 – 2.30

Sat 10.00 – 4.00

Sun 10.00 – 4.00

Open also by appointment

Website You can follow the progress of The Black Chandelier in pictures and words at

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email: [email protected]

phone: 0402 762 066

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