Talk is cheap – we’re taking action!

Launching our online Artist Market

Over winter, as COVID-19 restrictions continue and the Arts Hub remains closed, we have created an online Artist Market featuring some fantastic local artists. Each week we’ll add new artists and selected art works to our website, inviting you to look, enjoy and perhaps purchase.

While many artists and craftspeople can work from home during the lockdown, galleries and shops are closed, impacting people’s livelihoods. We are pleased to offer them our support.

Launching on Friday 1 May, enjoy some beautiful ceramics from Sarah Koschak’s studio, unique prints from Richard Sullivan, joyful florals and teacups from Selina Wilson, and recollections from a Quambatook childhood in Libby Noblet’s hand screen prints. Jump over to our Artist Market page and have a look.

In future weeks we’ll feature more artists from our 2019-20 exhibitions, including the cancelled Best of Show from Newstead Open Studios.

Garden springs to life

The long dreamt of garden at the Newstead Arts Hub is taking shape. Based on a design by talented landscape designers Cassia and Anna Read working with the Newstead community, the Arts Hub garden will create spaces for community celebration and quiet reflection. The design and plant selection honour the layers of history and link the garden to the Loddon River and the historic township of Newstead.

The first stage, supported by a grant from Maldon & District Community Bank, Arts Hub fundraising events, and Mount Alexander Shire, was completed at the end of March. Earthworks by local contractors Dredge Earthmoving have created a framework of paths and garden beds, and marked out defined parking areas. Plants are being propagated from cuttings and seeds, hoping for a community planting in spring.

If you’d like to grow plants from our species list, contact Janet Barker: ecologica@bigpond.com. We’d welcome your donations too. You could sponsor one of the five Dwarf Yellow Gums for the entry, help us purchase some plants from Frances Cincotta at Newstead Natives or buy other supplies for the garden. We want to create a dedicated ‘nest egg’ to support the development of the garden. Donations: Newstead Arts Hub (BSB 633 000, Account No. 155603707); use Garden+Your Surname as the reference.

Creation of this stage of the garden has been supported by a grant from Maldon & District Community Bank, by our recent fundraising events, and Mount Alexander Shire. Thanks to the team at Dredge Earthmoving too.

Flowering on YouTube

Classes at the Arts Hub are on hold of course, but you can join Selina Wilson for her new online tutorials in which she explores colour and beauty in acrylic paints, resin and teacups. Its an evolving series so subscribe now: it’s free. Go to YouTube and search for Selina Wilson or use this link.

Support for creatives

And from Mount Alexander Shire is news about the Victorian State Government’s $16.8 million package announced on Sunday to support our Creative State, in particular, through Creative Victoria’s Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative. If you are applying for this grant fund or the Australia Council’s Resilience Fund, please seek advice from MASC’s Vicki Anderson, Cultural Development Officer via v.anderson@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

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