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The Carved Greenman


Address:  Shop 8, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm
Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group
Launched: 10 May 2013
Closed:  20 December 2016

Graham Wilson
m: 0466 543 199
e: [email protected]
v: Graham Wilson by Moz Waters


I have moved from the space into a shared workshop/studio space called ‘The Creator Incubator‘. A space designed to be used as an artist’s studio, a place for mentoring and workshops in Art and Design. I am currently sharing the space with four other artists – and we have space for more! One of the artists is Dale Collier, another Renew Graduate.
My experience with Renew Newcastle has been nothing but positive. I had gone from being hidden away  – working in a room under my house –  to a main street retail shop. The benefits to myself and my career have been immense and are still unfolding before me. My little shop has led to many commissions, exhibitions, and workshop invitations. I have been able to build on my reputation and refine and adapt my skills to the retail environment.   The success of the shop has now put me in a position where I am able to expand my Art and Design work. I am sad to say goodbye to my shop and all the friends I have made, but I have no regrets for my time spent there.  I am grateful to Renew and all the people that have made the experience possible.

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Who are you? My name is Graham Wilson. I am a Newcastle Artist, Designer, and stonecarver.

What do you do? I like to paint, draw, sculpt, design, and teach. In my “spare time” I design theatre sets and act.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle? I had always admired the Renew program and I had long wished for a more public space to display and produce my work. I have worked from home for many years and now I feel as if it is time to come out of the shadows and show the good burgers of Newcastle what I like to do.

What are you doing in your new space? My space displays a range of work that I have produced as an artist and as a regular stall holder at Newcastle Art Bazaar.   I am a trained stone mason and I like the general public to see more of the traditional methods I use to produce hand carved pieces.  I also use the space as a place where I can carve small scale stone pieces.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? My shop is be a part of the Emporium. The Emporium is a collection of Renew shops using the ground floor window displays of the former David Jones Department Store in Newcastle Mall. It is a privilege to have such a prominent shop front display.