0 to 100: The Projects of Renew Newcastle

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Published:  March 5, 2013
Heath Killen
0 to 100: The Projects of Renew Newcastle

Since Renew Newcastle officially launched in October 2008, over 100 projects (106 to be exact!) have had the opportunity to test their creative ideas using properties in Newcastle’s CBD that would have otherwise remained vacant. In doing so new arts projects, local businesses and community activities are seeded while also maintaining, improving and bringing life back to vacant or disused shop and office spaces and properties awaiting redevelopment.

In the same way that many of these creative enterprises might not have had the opportunity to exist without Renew Newcastle, Renew Newcastle would not exist were it not for the creative capital of each individual behind every one of these projects. The new exhibition 0 to 100: The Projects of Renew Newcastle is a tribute to each spark of creative ingenuity that has helped brighten Newcastle’s CBD.

Dniique is a treasure trove of reclaimed, reloved and repurposed furniture, objects and homewares. Designers Dannii Roper and Monique Shrume find aged, second-hand and vintage furtniture and objects and rework them into new creations, using other vintage materials (fabric, wallpaper etc), with a twist. It’s a cross between sculpture and collage, but using furniture and household items.

Zookraft is comprised of Carl Morgan and Lara Schubert - image-makers and creative collaborators. Never ones to shy away from an artistic endeavour, ZK are guilty of designing everything from posters and t-shirt graphics through to wall art and layout design with a whole lot of illustration in between. Carl also spends some of his time outside of the ZK studio teaching some of Newcastle’s up and coming design talent at the UoN.

Specially Trained Monkeys is the studio of Jane Shadbolt - an animator, filmmaker and designer. She makes stopmotion puppet animations and is currently in post-production for the 9 minute epic The Cartographer — a stopmotion and digital short about a sailor adrift in a lost world. She’s also gearing up for some short experimental pieces while recovering from spending 3 years making one short narrative film.

All are welcome to join current and former project participants, supporters, volunteers, board members and staff for a veritable trip down memory lane to see the range of creative projects which have sprung up under the Renew Newcastle banner.

The exhibition opening takes place at 6pm Thursday, 14 March at The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle (former David Jones building).

 

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