Newstead Arts Hub – Kicking off 2020

Greg Brookwood Cigar Box Guitars

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Kicking off 2020 with music & colour

Such a wonderful response to our invitation for exhibitions, workshops and events for 2020. A year of rich experiences is unfolding, starting with our January-February offerings. In this issue:

  • Makers Gallery: visit the Arts Hub during Newstead Live to see hand-crafted instruments and meet the makers. Local artists on show too.
  • Book now for our inaugural Fundraising Dinner & Art Auction, 15 February on our historic railway platform.
  • Printing from Nature – Sunday 1 March, our first workshop for 2020, with Rhyll Plant. Bookings now open.
  • The Nature of Colour exhibition, with artists Milton Moss, Craig Gaston, Kate Borradaile, Ange Westcott. Opens Sat 8 February.
  • Coming in March: Photographers of the Goldfields, Bronwyn Silver, Geoff Park, Patrick Kavanagh and Janet Barker.
  • Our 2020 program: call-out for exhibitions, workshops, talks and events is still open!
Chough Guitars, Trevor Abraham

Newstead Live Makers Gallery
25-27 January

Come over to the Arts Hub during Newstead Live 2020 to see some of the most skillfully crafted instruments around and talk to the makers about their work and their music. A perfect opportunity to buy a unique and beautiful instrument. Check out the stellar line-up of instrument makers here.

Our gallery walls will feature local artists: Dean McLaren Music Makers from Newstead Live; George DuckettAndante; Chrisanne BlennerhassettForest requiem; and Frances Guerin’s ceramics. 

Free and everyone welcome. Gallery times: Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 January 2020, 10am – 5pm, Monday 27 January 10am-12 noon.

Special Event: Inaugural Fundraising Dinner & Art Auction – Saturday 15 February, 6pm onwards

Join us for our Inaugural Fundraising Dinner & Art Auction on the Historic Railway Platform – Saturday 15th February 2020, 6pm onwards. 

Enjoy a delicious dinner, good company, and our art auction.

$75.00 per person (inc booking fee, gst, credit card fee). Includes delicious local bubbly and canapes on arrival, two-course sit down dinner on a long table along the platform, with art works donated by well-established artists auctioned between courses. Wine and soft drinks included. 

Seats at our table are limited. Book early through Humanitix by Monday 10 Feb at 4pm.

Karen Pierce, Before refurbishment

Printing from Nature: a one day workshop
Sunday 1 March, 10am – 3pm

Nature printing is a way to capture the beauty and detail of natural specimens – feathers, grasses, leaves and more. Join Rhyll Plant – Castlemaine printmaker – for this one-day workshop at the Newstead Arts Hub on Sunday 1 March, 10am to 3pm.

Long before cameras, images from nature were captured by pressing an inked specimen on to paper. You’ll learn a range of techniques at this creative and engaging workshop and go home with your own beautiful nature prints.

Read more and book via Humanitix

Exhibition – The Nature of Colour
Opens Sat 8 February

Explore the diverse colours and forms of nature in this exhibition through different media: painting, photography and eco printing. Read more …

Artists: Milton Moss, Craig Gaston, Kate Borradaile, Ange Westcott.

8 February – 1 March 2020.
Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 3pm.
Opening: Saturday 8 February 2pm. All welcome.

Coming Soon:  Photographers of the Goldfields
7 – 29 March 2020

From the tiniest world contained on a dew drop, to the expansive landscapes of the Plains and Mounts, the beauty of the Goldfields is all around us. However, many treasures remain sight unseen, until revealed by the camera’s lens.  Read more …

Photographers: Bronwyn Silver, Geoff Park, Patrick Kavanagh, Janet Barker

Opening: Sunday 8 March, 11 am. All welcome.
Weekends & Monday 9 March, 11am-4pm 

Our 2020 Program – space for more events!

We’ve had a great response to our call-out for exhibitions, workshops, talks, community activities or events for the Newstead Arts Hub’s 2020 program. It’s great to be kicking off the year with such exciting events.

We have space for several more exhibitions during 2020, and there are plenty of opportunities for weekly classes or weekend workshops.

As a community-run space, we like to be able to respond to new ideas, and embrace the unexpected, so don’t hesitate to help us expand our horizons. The ‘platform dinner’ on 15 February (see above) is a great example!  

So, even if you are at the ‘musing’ stage, try out your ideas with us – we’d love to hear them. Our door is always open. Start with our Expression of Interest form on our Bookings page and outline your ideas – and then let’s talk.

Friends of the Hub: Be part of the Newstead Arts Hub community!

Our Friends and volunteers are a key part of the Hub – we couldn’t do it without you! 

It’s easy to become a Friend – join at any of our events with a donation of $20 or more, or email us at for a form.

Through donations, Hub Friends support the development of the Arts Hub. In return they are invited to a special annual Friends event each year.


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