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The Project Space

A space for short-run creative projects with The Emporium

Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW

Launched: 28 March 2014


uon-condistions-inpost ‘Conditions & Speculations’ at The Project Space
A live design critique and exhibition of proposals for living and working in Carrington, Newcastle, by students of the first year of the Master of Architecture, UON.
When: 10 – 13 June 2015
Opening Event: 5:30pm Fri 13 June
Where: The Project Space at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.

18machine_and_palms_copy_project_slide ‘Newcastle Full Metallic’ at The Project Space
An exhibition by local artist Alex Radojevic of 36 manipulated photographic images of Newcastle landscapes
When: 15 Apr-9 May 2015
Opening Event: 18 April
Where: The Project Space at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.

‘My Life as a Tree’ at The Project Space
An exhibition by local artist Janet Steele of various textile arts portraying the influence of nature upon each stage of life. The images reflect the trees where I have lived in NSW, Tasmania and Scotland.
When: 25 Mar-11 Apr 2015
Opening Event: TBC
Where: The Project Space at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.

‘The Renewal of Mr Jones’ at The Project Space
Artist Rachel Milne began a six-week residency during February and into March at the iconic former David Jones building in Newcastle. Renew Newcastle had organised complete access to all the abandoned floors allowing Milne to build an exhibition of interior oil paintings of every deserted corner of the upper floors as well as the vibrant, busy Emporium.
When: 19-21 Mar 2015
Opening Event: 5-8pm, Thursday 19 March
Where: The Project Space at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.

‘My House Is One of Many’ at The Project Space
An exhibition of recent photographs, paintings and printmaking images that form part of an experiment in online exhibiting by Newcastle artist Kerri Smith.
When: 18 Feb – 07 Mar 2015
Opening Event: 1pm-3pm, Saturday 21 February
Where: The Project Space at The Emporium , 185 Hunter Street
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4.

3-29 December 2014 | ‘Through The Eyes of a Sista’ at The Project Space
A photography exhibition featuring the works of local Newcastle photographer, Melissa Histon, plus other works from members of The Sista Code online community.

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12 Nov – 29 Nov 2014 | ‘Printed Matter’ at The Project Space
An exhibition of various print media works by local artists, supported by the artists working in the space and talking about their work.

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29 Oct – 8 Nov 2014 | ‘2hrsnorth – half’ at The Project Space
An exhibition of prints and books produced by the 2hrsnorth project to create photobooks of all the suburbs of Newcastle. Curated by Dylan Smyth with work by Melissa Wilson (above), Brett McDonald, Claire Leticia Reynolds, Bryce Thomas, Liam Madsen, Mark Wojcik, Edwina Richards, Sam Allibon, Yasmine Nebenfuhr and Dylan Smyth. The exhibition will mark the project’s halfway point at 3 months.


15-25 October 2014 | *‘The Little River Collective – Manifest’ at The Project Space
An exhibition and interactive display from The Little River Collective, a group of regional artists who work in photography, paint, wood, media, pencils and film. Being creative is their way of manifesting the way they like to live. Featuring Matilda Julian, Tim Power, Madeleine Allen, Sarah Bignall, Sam Paine, Briony Williamson and many more.


1-11 October 2014 | ‘Fistography’ at The Project Space
Fistrography featured the entire extended Bloody Fist Records discography displayed in rough chronological order alongside various artwork, flyers, documents, equipment, photos and related ephemera from the period 1993-2004. Bloody Fist Records was an underground independent record label that existed in Newcastle, Australia between the years of 1994-2004. The label had worldwide distribution (pre-internet) and specialised in rough, uncompromising lo-fi electronic records with a DIY punk aesthetic. The label’s roster consisted exclusively of Newcastle-based artists, and has gained a modest worldwide cult following since its closure 10 years ago.


17-27 September 2014 | ‘Line Work’ at The Project Space
This project uses found materials and the creative talents of the artist, Penny Thwaite, and the audience working on site to produce a number of large low relief sculptural installations that use the concept of the line in an experimental way with a performative process.



20-30 August 2014 | ‘Conditions & Speculations: future urban living and density in Newcastle, Australia’ at The Project Space
An exhibition of posters and scale models of recently completed architectural projects by first year Master of Architecture programme students at the University of Newcastle.



6 to 16 August 2014 | ‘Chasing Paper’ at The Project Space
A group show allowing artists to reimagine their favourite book covers. Curated by Sophia Flegg & Jessica Louttit. Chasing Paper exhibits works from local and interstate artists who have re-imagined book covers with illustration, painting, mixed media and photography. The framed works are available for purchase.



23 to 26 July 2014 | ‘The Scribble Project’ at The Project Space

The Scribble Project is a hand-drawn template that Lisa Currie uses to interview her favourite artists. This pop-up exhibition featured a handful of her favourite interviews, and a big happy doodling wall for visitors to get busy on.

Lisa Currie is an artist and author based in Melbourne, visiting Newcastle as part of The Backyard Bus artist residency. Her work is playful, hand-drawn, and often an activity for you to doodle over. She’s author of The Scribble Diary (my brain right now) and ME, YOU, US (a book to fill out together).



18 Jun to 5 Jul 2014 |‘Red Eye’ at The Project Space

Red Eye is a portrayal of how the strength of memory and emotion shapes identity. This new series of works by local artist Sophia Flegg takes a distinctly different direction, harnessing influences of retrospection and mental illness, breaking down topics such as joy, loss and insomnia.

Flegg utilises acrylic, oils and aerosols to create bold colour and distinct line work on a large scale. This emphasises the vivid and somewhat manic nature of the memories depicted in the works. There is a certain simplicity that is depicted in Red Eye that has allowed the works to focus more on the perception of the memories, instead of documenting realism.



28 Mar – 31 May 2014 | ‘Renew Rewind’ at The Project Space

A photographic exhibition five years work activating 59 empty spaces with 138 creative projects by diving into the photographic archives. The contrast between before (2008) and after is eye-opening.