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The Emporium


Address: 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat  10am – 3pm
Property Donor: Iris Capital
Launched: 22 Nov 2012
Closed:  17 June 2017

Renew Newcastle
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Renew Newcastle  turned the ground floor of the former David Jones building – the city’s most iconic retail location – into a fine arcade of boutiques filled with Newcastle creative talent!  The Emporium was a treasure trove of locally made art, fashion, furniture & design opened in November 2012 (with a short closure between August and October 2013).  The Emporium also hosted The Stage which was a multi purpose space for short-run creative endeavours.

Local makers included

Lloyd Kellett, sculpture and custom furniture by Lloyd Kellett

VOUS, modern womenswear by Renee Verdon

potteryali, ceramic jewellery, wall art and homewares by Alison Sobel-Read

Fancy That! an art and craft collective comprising Colleen Madsen, Carole Mashall, Kerri Smith & Phoebe Aletras and Petra Hilsen.

stannard-inc, jewellery & wall decorations using leather, brass and crystals by Clare Stannard

B3, hand-bound books and commissions by Janita Ayton

CCY Studio, hand-crafted leather goods by Chia-Chi Yu

With Love Bree-Lacey, a shop selling vintage inspired clothing alongside a small scale sewing and design school

Ritual Object, a store selling handmade, one-off, resin homewares and objects.

Red Block,  a studio/showroom of bespoke furniture and home-wares

I&MINE, modern fashion label

Barbara Nanshe, jewellery designer

Cashmere & Silk, lingerie and sleepwear designed and handcrafted by Janet Steele

It’s About Time, otherworldly clock sculptures by Karl Claydon

Jzhonnie Bechet, glam-eco-art-fashion by Jzhonnie Holloway

Miss Lulu, 1950’s inspired fashion for modern day pin-ups by Brianna Brent

Smack Bang, pop paintings & paraphenalia by Sophia Flegg

Tickle & Hide, tutti-frutti reversible children’s clothing by Jodi Godfrey.

The Business Who’s Who of Australia, drawings by Susan Te Kahurangi King

dniique, refound, repurposed, reloved homewares by Dannii Roper & Monique Shrume

InVintaged, A couture boutique for women’s fashion of the 1920’s to 1960’s by Wendy Ratcliffe

Olive & Co, artists, designers & makers of the Olive Tree Markets handpicked by Justine Gaudry

Annabell Stone, beautiful slate homewares by Anna Yeates

Vintage Last Tuesday, leather bags and accessories studio of Sophie Smyth.

Look Hear Shop, a pop-up shop with product by artists involved Look Hear and Hit The Bricks

Annaharta Design, multi-purpose textile accessories by Tracey Felton

Madeleine Kelman 11, pop-up exhibition of contemporary art curated by Madeleine Kelman

Floral & Spot, handmade women’s clothing by Raylee Allen

The Project Space, a space for short-run creative projects

Cabinet of Curiosities, installations by RN projects Make Space, Strip of a Lifetime & Odditorium

The Emporium Galleria, revolving exhibitions by Renew Newcastle studio artists

The Workroom, artist-made objects curated by Maggie Hensel-Brown

33 Degrees South Soap, hand-crafted, cold-pressed soap by Jaunita Low

NANA, contemporary art window installations curated by Madeleine Cruise

Erlithe, botanical perfumes by Kerry Fleming

Corvus Rising, wearable leather pieces by Semone Maksimovic

Hannah Louise, bohemian inspired fashion by Hannah Moriarty

Jodie Louise Millinery, bespoke millinery by Jodie Thompson

The Emporium also includes site design features such as hand-rendered interactive murals thanks to Pocket Design

Our Thanks

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 & UrbanGrowth NSW.

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