Back on Track

Slowly, slowly we can move along the track to a new normal. It is wonderful to see the gentle opening up of Newstead and regional Victoria. The Hub is now holding workshops, and in December we will open with a very special exhibition.

In this Enews:

  • Discover the mysteries of weaving sticks: workshop Sat 17 October
  • Welcoming our new Coordinator
  • Four looms creating beauty
  • Painting the landscape: Mark Dober workshop, Sat 21 November
  • Looking forward to our December exhibition: John S Turner … the botanist and artist
  • Share your craziest creative idea … and maybe we can make it happen!
  • Our garden is born.

Welcome Andrea Distefano

We are so excited that Andrea Distefano is now Arts Hub Coordinator: she’ll be coordinating exhibitions, workshops and events, promoting the Hub, collaborating and communicating to help us develop and extend what we offer you – our community. Andrea is a talented filmmaker and arts programmer. She’s lived in Central Victoria for six years and brings to the Newstead arts scene her diverse experience in several creative industries.

Andrea, with Hollie Fifer (best known for the controversial Papua New Guinea documentary The Opposition) were one of eight teams that created Voxdocs, a series of five-minute films about artists in COVID-19. Their film – Unbalanced – was created with performance artists The Huxleys, capturing their experience of lockdown in Fitzroy as they created artworks with amazing costumes, masks and shoes that represent both their feelings of the chaos of COVID and how they created a way out.

Read more about the project and watch all eight Voxdocs here

Four looms

Four looms, four weavers, beautiful yarns – and the result – four stunning textiles.

‘Cathy showed us how the things we call mistakes in our weaving are often creative innovations. And after a few skills shared and a few hours work we each created a unique piece of woven cloth’ said Saide Grey, one of the four weavers.

Each weaver’s textile was distinctly different, combining colours and textures in surprising and beautiful ways.

Painting the landscape

Then in November, head out in the landscape – near the Hub – to enjoy a plein air watercolour workshop guided by Castlemaine artist Mark Dober. During the workshop Mark will demonstrate the steps in building your composition, how to see and mix colour and tone, and how to apply a variety of mark making and wash techniques to make for a vivid and expressive result. Book now for Mark’s workshop on Saturday 21 November 10am – 2.30pm by emailing newsteadartshub@gmail.com

Dianne Longley: Embossing with plants: Full day workshop

Dianne Longley, renown printmaker from Trentham (Agave Print Studio), is offering a workshop on printing using plants to create stunning embossed cards – something to send to a special person or to frame. She will show you how to use small plants, weeds and leaves from your garden or the bush to create photopolymer plates for printing. Saturday 28 November 10am-4pm. Only 6 spots for this workshop: book now by emailing newsteadartshub@gmail.com.

John S Turner Retrospective: opening 5 December

Opening on 5 December – John S Turner … the botanist and artist – is a retrospective exhibition showing the scraperboards, watercolours, lithographs and photographs created by John S Turner, botanist, educator and artist (1908-1991). John Turner was the Professor of Botany at Melbourne University from 1938 to the early 1970s. He was a passionate conservationist and a remarkable artist.

On retiring from Melbourne University, John moved to Castlemaine, continuing with scraperboard – his long-practised art – and became involved with Buda Historic Home and Garden, and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum, among other things. His scraperboard landscapes have illustrated a range of publications. On show only for the second time. The exhibition opens on Saturday 5 December, closing on December 27.

Ford on the Loddon River near Eddington (Scraperboard, John S Turner)

What’s your craziest creative idea … for 2021

Got a great idea for an exhibition, workshop or event? Or maybe you’d like to share a skill or a passion, in person or online? Let us know what you’d like to showcase, learn, or teach.

What about a fashion parade of wearable art created from what we throw away? Or a season of summer films on the platform? Or a circle dancing in the park?

Or quick sessions to learn something useful: how to make string? Crochet 101? Mindful doodling? Ukulele strumming? Videos on your smart phone?

We’re just guessing! Let us know your great idea that maybe the Arts Hub can deliver – online or in person. Complete our online Expression of Interest form for 2021 events, exhibitions and workshops on our Bookings page of our website, or drop us a line at newsteadartshub@gmail.com

Giving birth to a garden!

The garden is born. Between the growers, the diggers, the planters, the fencers – we now have a baby garden. Thanks to everyone who has helped.

It will need loving care over summer, and a carers roster is being planned. Email Prue if you can help.

Thanks to our growing list of garden sponsors: we really value your time, energy, creativity.

To those who nurtured plants and then came to help plant: Lyn Grocke, Janet Barker, Frances Cincotta, Pam Connell, Julia Robinson, Beth Higgins, Suzie Smith, Prue McAdam, Dawn Hartney, Deb Butler, Liz Sardone.

To the others who dug, planted and fenced: Alex Whitlock, Bronwen Algate, Bronwyn Silver, Chris Johnston, Chrisanne Blennerhasset, Damien Kingsbury, Dean Smith, Deb Wardle, Geoff Park, Gillian Frances, Gordon Dowell, Grace McCaughey, Ken Collins, Lee Shelden, Liz Butler, Megan Ballinger, Melinda Smith, Milton Moss, Patrick Kavanagh, Saide Grey, Sally Roadknight, Shana Rowe.

And those who sponsored the semi-mature trees: Genevieve Barlow, Geoff and Mary Park, Julie Patey, and the Enviroshop (Frank Forster)

Our Supporters

Our Arts Hub Friends and  volunteers are at the heart of the Hub. We are grateful for their energy, ideas and action. 

Copyright © NEWSTEAD ARTS HUB, All rights reserved.

Our address is:
8A Tivey Street NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462

Our opening hours:  Exhibitions currently CLOSED  to the public as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Workshops open to pre-booked participants only.

Check What’s On via our website.

Our mailing address is:
PO BOX 123, NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462

A long and winding road

What a roller-coaster year! Doors closed, doors nearly open, doors closed. Phew! Easy to forget the great things we all enjoyed BC – before Covid-19. But its still a long and winding road before we can open our exhibition spaces, so our October and November exhibitions have been rescheduled to 2021.

During October, our dedicated workshop space will open for two weaving workshops with Cathy Tobin, followed by Mark Dober’s plein air watercolour workshop in November – and more to come!

We’ll have a COVID-19 plan in place to keep everyone safe – and we’ll reschedule again if needed.

In this eNews:

  • Reflecting on 2020
  • Get your gloves on for our Plantathon – 26 & 27 September
  • Weave your way into Spring
  • Plein air painting
  • Sharing creativity: express your interest.

Reflecting on 2020

Before COVID, we filled the Arts Hub with music, colour, arts and food. The Instrument Makers Gallery in January as part of Newstead Live saw the Hub alive with music; our inaugural art auction and fund raising dinner in February, where we raised over $6500; two great exhibitions – the Nature of Colour followed by the Photographers of the Goldfields and the Printing from nature workshop.

And even through the bleakness of winter and Covid-19 restrictions, we’ve been creating a garden, with help from a $2000 grant from the Maldon & and District Community Bank plus Arts Hub funds of $4400.

Our inaugural online Artist Market – open from May to the end of August – gave 22 local artists a chance to show off their talents and sell their work through our website. Creativity abounds in our community.

Get your gloves on

Garden beds will be ready – now for the plants!

Roll up your sleeves and put on your gardening gloves. Come along to our Plantathon on Sat & Sun 26 & 27 September between 10.30am-3.30pm. Volunteer for an hour – or more – by registering with Janet Barker by email on ecologica@bigpond.com

Planters will work in pairs – socially distanced of course – guided by Janet Barker and Cassia Read. There will be COVID safe arrangements in place including a sign-in form. Tea and coffee and toilet facilities will be available at the Arts Hub all day.

BYO mask, gloves and hand trowel (and watering can if you have one) plus drinking water and anything else you might need for your stint.

Weave your way into Spring

Colour and up-cycling will be at the heart of two October workshops by gypsy weaver Cathy Tobin: freeform loom weaving on Friday 2 October (4 places), and weaving sticks to recycle old clothing into rag rugs (6 places) on Saturday 17 October. Head to the What’s On page of our website for more information and bookings.

Freeform loom weaving is based on the philosophy of Saori weaving. Originating in Japan, Saori weaving encourages individual creativity unhindered by rules, patterns and perfection. In this workshop you will create a scarf or table runner as you freely weave on a floor loom.

Cathy’s second workshop uses weaving sticks to recycle old clothing into a rag rug, using handheld weaving sticks. The weaving sticks are yours to take home to continue creating.

Plein air painting

Out in the landscape – near the Hub – enjoy a plein air watercolour workshop guided by Castlemaine artist Mark Dober. During the workshop Mark will demonstrate steps to build your composition, how to see and mix colour and tone, and how to apply a variety of mark making and wash techniques to make for a vivid and expressive result.

Saturday 21 November: 10am – 2.30pm. More information and how to book, go to the What’ On page of our website. Bookings now open.

Share your creativity

Creativity comes in so many shapes and sizes – from gardening to sculpture, knitting to painting, printmaking, ceramics and much more.

Got a great idea for an exhibition, workshop or event? Or maybe you’d like to share a skill or a passion, in person or online? Let us know what you’d like to showcase, learn, or teach.

Complete our online Expression of Interest form for 2021 events, exhibitions and workshops on our Bookings page.

Be our Friend

We all need friends and we need you! 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 with a donation of $20 or more, download and return the Friends form to us at newsteadartshub@gmail.com or to PO Box 123, Newstead 3462.

Or keen to volunteer? We’d love to have your skills and energy at the Hub: drop us a line at newsteadartshub@gmail.com and let’s talk.

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

Thanks to our supporters

Copyright © NEWSTEAD ARTS HUB, All rights reserved.

Our address is:
8A Tivey Street NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462

Our opening hours:  Our exhibitions are currently CLOSED as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Workshops are pre-booked only.

The Arts Hub is open for exhibitions, events, workshops, meetings and classes only.  Check What’s On via our website or give us a call to check opening dates and hours.
Our mailing address is:
PO BOX 123, NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462

Newstead Arts Hub – Holding our breath

New Victorian COVID-19 restrictions mean that our doors need to stay closed for now. Like everyone, we will be sticking close to home.

(image: platform entry pre-renovations)

Fingers crossed … for our reopening sometime around mid-late September. We are really looking forward to welcoming you back to the Arts Hub with a wonderful program of exhibitions and workshops.

And despite lockdown, we are still here virtually:

  • Our online Artists Market continues, with beautiful art to buy and share
  • Our eNews and posts on Facebook and Instagram will continue – so share your events and images with us
  • Our What’s On page will show our exhibitions and workshops as we lock in dates: October dates have been confirmed for Gypsy Weaver Cathy Tobin’s weaving workshops and plein air watercolour with Mark Dober on 27 September.

When we reopen, we’ll have a COVID-19 plan in place to keep everyone safe – and we’ll reschedule everything again if needed.

Are you our future Coordinator?

We are on the hunt for a coordinator. Might that be you?

Are you well organised, good at coordinating events and activities, and love communicating on social media updating websites and managing mailing lists?

And could you help us expand our reach by identifying development and funding opportunities, and helping build new program elements?

You need to be an independent contractor to apply. That means you are freelancing / running your own business and able to take on the Newstead Arts Hub within your portfolio at around 15 hours a month?

And you need to love working collaboratively with volunteers, organising and coordinating a variety of activities.

If you are good at most or all of these things, we would love to hear from you.

Please read the full description of the role and send us your Expression of Interest on or before Wednesday 26 August to newsteadartshub@gmail.com. Or to have a chat about the role,please contact NAH Committee members Chris Johnston (0418 512 471) or Geoff Park (0418 138 632) or email us with any questions to newsteadartshub@gmail.com.

Engaging your creativity

Join with Castlemaine artist Mark Dober and share his passion for plein air painting at a watercolour workshop within the Hub precinct on Sunday 27 September (12 places).

Gypsy weaver Cathy Tobin will be running two workshops: freeform loom weaving on Friday 2 October (4 places) and using weaving sticks to recycle old clothing into a rag rug on Saturday 17 October (6 places). Up-cycling at its most colourful!

Bookings will open on 1 September via the Newstead Arts Hub What’s On page.

Artist Market

Our online Artist Market continues throughout August, keeping you connected with some of our favourite local artists. There are many beautiful things available directly from the 22 exhibiting artists: all the art on offer and artists contact details are on our website.

This new creation by Diane Thompson celebrates Parzival a knight in the time of King Arthur. His journeys pursued the Holy Grail, searching for spiritual meaning in a world of matter. His quest can be translated into a contemporary story of spiritual discovery.

Growing green

We are hoping to start planting in the garden on Saturday 12 September, but it will depend on COVID restrictions. Pencil it into your diary, let us know you are interested by dropping Janet a note at ecologica@bigpond.com and we’ll be in touch to confirm or reschedule a few days beforehand.

If you are able, we’d welcome a donation to help develop the garden: Newstead Arts Hub, BSB 633 000, Account No. 155603707, and put Garden + Your Surname as the reference.

Taking care

It’s a tough time right now: venues, galleries and shops are closed, kids are being home-schooled, and probably we’re all a bit anxious. We hope all of our readers stay safe and well.

When we reopen, we’ll be implementing COVID-safe arrangements: more on these closer to our reopening time.

Friends of the HubBe part of our 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 newsteadartshub@gmail.com 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.

OUR SUPPORTERS

Copyright © NEWSTEAD ARTS HUB, All rights reserved.

Our address is:
8A Tivey Street NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462

Our opening hours:  Currently CLOSED as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Arts Hub is open for exhibitions, events, workshops, meetings and classes only.  Check What’s On via our website or give us a call to check opening dates and hours.
Our mailing address is:
PO BOX 123, NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462

Newstead Arts Hub – Opening our Doors

Throwing our doors open

In August we’ll be opening our doors with a stunning Lee Sheldon retrospective, featuring her beautiful, framed drawings. An absolute treat, Lee’s exhibition will open on Saturday 1 August. And of course, we will have a COVID-safe plan in place to look after all our visitors.

Until then, enjoy our amazing Artist Market, an online initiative to support artists during COVID 19 lockdown. Eighteen local artists (and more to come) are now showing photographs, prints, paintings, jewellery, ceramics, sculptures and drawings. Have a scroll through the Artist Market page on our website.

In this issue:
– more glorious works now up on our Artist Market
– music-making at the Hub 
– garden needs donations.

More artists on the online Artist Market

Since our last eNews, lots more local artists have joined our online Artist Market. All previously exhibited at the Hub in 2019-2020, including the cancelled Best of Show from Newstead Open Studios. Even as shops and galleries start to reopen, money is tight for many of our local creatives.

This week we have added Geoff Park’s brilliant bird photographs and Milton Moss’s paintings of evocative landscapes and  traditional dress. 

Other artists currently showing on our Artist Market: Chrisanne Blennerhassett, Kate Borradaile, Tony Day, Cherryl Fyffe, Craig Gaston, Carol de Graauw, Angie Izard, Sarah Koschak, Prue McAdam, Libby Noblet, Marcela Olea, Julie Patey, Rhyll Plant, Belinda Prest, John Smith, Richard Sullivan, Diane Thompson, Selina Wilson. Check out our Artist Market at https://newsteadartshub.org/welcome-to-our-artist-market/

Growing our garden

Our newly planted trees are thriving, starting to frame the garden. Local gardeners are busy growing nearly 500 plants, and we have ordered more plants from Newstead Natives and other nurseries looking towards a spring planting. We really need to raise money for these plants, and we’d love it if you could donate to help us meet the expected $750 bill.

All donations – big and small – would be really welcome: Newstead Arts Hub (BSB 633 000, Account No. 155603707) – please put Garden+Your Surname as the reference.

Big thanks to those who have sponsored the trees and already donated to the garden: your donations will go into much needed soil, compost and mulch. 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.

Behind closed doors

Going ‘virtual’ at the Arts Hub, Ruby Shirres recorded one of a series of free music concerts and Chris Johnston chaired a five-day online Summit with experts and local government working together to explore a potential bid for World Heritage Listing for the Central Victorian Goldfields.

Ruby explained that Bach x Bratsche is a series of three virtual concerts celebrating Bach and Bratsche, interspersed with musical reflections by Jared Yapp. Presented by Australian National Academy of Music violas, the aim is to connect musicians and lovers of music from all walks of life and reinvigorate the classical music scene, returning to the timeless work of Bach to offer respite from the worries of the current climate. In turn, these concerts provide motivation to continue playing and creating, even if our work cannot be shared in person.

The online concerts with be available for free and available via ANAM’s webpage: https://anam.com.au/bach-x-bratsche. Ruby’s Arts Hub recording will be in the second concert to air, available from July 3rd to 9th. 

Instrumentalists across the three concerts: Ruby Shirres (VIC), Cora Fabbri (NSW), Jared Yapp (WA), Henry Justo (QLD), Dasha Auer (VIC), Molly Collier O’Boyle (QLD), Kate Worley (SA) and Caroline Henbest (ANAM faculty). 

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 newsteadartshub@gmail.com 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.

OUR SUPPORTERS

Copyright © NEWSTEAD ARTS HUB, All rights reserved.

Our address is:
8A Tivey Street NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462

Our opening hours:  Currently CLOSED as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. 

The Arts Hub is open for exhibitions, events, workshops, meetings and classes only.  Check What’s On via our website or give us a call to check opening dates and hours.
Our mailing address is:
PO BOX 123, NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462

Welcome to Winter

Newstead Arts Hub eNews June (2020)

Frosts creep across the landscape creating blue sky days and welcome rain softens the soil. While you stay  safe and warm, feast your eyes on the beautiful works being shared by local artists as part of our inaugural online Artist Market. 

In this issue:

  • updates on our Artist Market featuring 12 local artists and more to come!
  • trees go into our garden 
  • support for creative industry workers.

Enjoy our online Artist Market

Now showing on our Artist Market are beautiful ecoprints, funky jewellery and sculptures, practical and stunning ceramics, and distinctive prints and paintings, all for sale directly from the artists.

Each week, we are adding different artists and styles, selecting two or more of the artists who exhibited at the Hub in 2019-2020, including the cancelled Best of Show from Newstead Open Studios. With most galleries and shops still closed, we are pleased to keep offering our support to local artists and craftspeople.

Currently showing on our Artist Market: Kate Borradaile, Carol de Graauw, Cherryl Fyffe, Angie Izard, Prue McAdam, Marcela Olea, Julie Patey, and Diane Thompson. They join the first four artists featured on our Artist Market: Sarah Koschak, Libby Noblet, Richard Sullivan and Selina Wilson.

Check out our Artist Market at https://newsteadartshub.org/welcome-to-our-artist-market/

In our new garden

Before the cold descended, our garden-growers group did some serious planting at the Arts Hub. Five advanced Dwarf Yellow Gums were planted, with suitable social distancing. Many thanks to the tree sponsors: Genevieve Barlow, Geoff and Mary Park, Julie Patey, and the Enviroshop (Frank Forster). The trees look fantastic – the garden is starting to take shape!

Come spring we hope to have many more plants ready to go into the new garden beds. Email Janet Barker (ecologica@bigpond.com) if you would like to help grow plants or work on the Arts Hub garden. Or make a donation to support the garden: Newstead Arts Hub (BSB 633 000, Account No. 155603707) – please put 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.

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.

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 newsteadartshub@gmail.com 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.

Thanks to all our Supporters

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.

Thanks to you – our Supporters!

Arts Hub closed

Photographers of the Goldfields show has closed early

Due to the Coronavirus the Photographers of the Goldfields 2020 exhibition at the Newstead Arts Hub show will not be open for the final weekend in March. Thanks to everyone who supported this fabulous exhibition over the last 3 weekends.

You can pick up your purchases from the Arts Hub foyer on Sunday March 29 from 1-4 pm. Or if you prefer, you can contact the particular photographer to make alternative arrangements: Bronwyn Silver 044 875 1111, Patrick Kavanagh 043 766 3345, Frances Cincotta 049 110 8756, Geoff Park 041 813 8632 and Janet Barker 043 900 3469.

Arts Hub closed for April and May

We have decided to close the Arts Hub for April and May as part of our response to the Covid-19 virus and the guidance about public gatherings and venues. It was a hard decision as we had two interesting exhibitions and a workshop being planned for April and May, but looking after our community’s health was the most important consideration.

Watch our garden grow

Over the next few weeks the front of the Arts Hub building will start to be transformed. Thanks to a grant from the Maldon & District Community Bank combined with our recent fundraising dinner and art auction, we have been able to kick off development of Stage 1 of the front garden and to formalize the car parking areas. Mount Alexander Shire are contributing by upgrading the external toilet and paying for some of the pathways.

If you are interested in contributing to the work of our garden group – growing plants for example or helping with plantings – please drop us email to newsteadartshub@gmail.com.

Crossing our fingers!

We hope to reopen mid-year – perhaps June, July or August with a great program of exhibitions and workshops – fingers crossed!

See our website newsteadartshub.org for further information and updates, or to subscribe to our monthly eNews.

Our best wishes go to all of our wonderful Arts Hub Friends and visitors. Don’t forget us – we’ll be back!

Abundance

Summer at the Arts Hub has been filled with a rich abundance of music, colour and nature. As we head into autumn, there is plenty to look forward to. 

In this issue

  • Photographers of the Goldfields 2020: filling the Arts Hub with colour and nature throughout March. Opens Sunday 8 March at 11am.
  • Farewell to The Nature of Colour
  • Newstead Open Studios art trail: a chance to visit local artists in their studios on 7,8, 9 and 14,15 March
  • On the Platform: what a night we had together at our first platform dinner and art auction
  • Making music: our inaugural Makers Gallery was a feast for the eyes and ears
  • Shaping up for 2020 – what would you like to learn or teach?
Image: Bronwyn Silver

Photographers of the Goldfields 2020

Celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition – Sunday 8 March 11am onwards

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

From the tiniest world contained on a dew drop, to the expansive landscapes of the plains and mountains, the beauty of the Goldfields is all around us.

But many treasures remain sight unseen, until revealed by the camera’s lens.

Photography allows us to appreciate, understand and learn more about our local environs. Seen in its best light and in the moment, a photograph reveals that millisecond in time, for all time. It’s a powerful way to celebrate and ultimately protect nature.

Photographers of the Goldfields 2020 will feature some of their favourite gems, worth taking a longer look at.Gallery times: Saturday 7 March – Sunday 29 March, 2020, open 10am to 4pm. Weekends only.
Also open on Monday 9 March, 10am-4pm (Labour Day weekend)

Part of Newstead Open Studios art trail.

Farewell to the Nature of Colour
The Nature of Colour combined the talents of Milton Moss, Craig Gaston, Ange Westcott and Kate Borradaile, washing the gallery in the beautiful colours of nature through different media: painting, photography and eco printing.

If you missed it, here are a few images to inspire you to follow these artists.

The Nature of Colour opened with a fun launch on the platform, with music and foraged food prepared by Ingrid Button, Free Food Foragers. It was a beautiful day, taking great advantage of our platform.

Newstead Open Studios art trail 

7,8 & 9 March and 14-15 March, 10am-5pm

Newstead Open Studios art trail is a locally-inspired and crafted event, held annually since 2015 and based in and around Newstead, in the heart of Victoria’s goldfields region. 

Explore Newstead and surrounds by following our art trail. See the work of printmakers, illustrators, painters, photographers, jewellers, glass artists, sculptors and potters. 

Visiting a studio is special: come inside, look around, and ask questions, and we’ll happily share a story or two about what we make and why. It’s a feast for the senses. There will be plenty of beautiful and diverse art for sale at each studio, you might even make a purchase or two. This year Newstead Arts Hub is on the trail with the Photographers of the Goldfields 2020 on show there.

Pick up the guide and map in Newstead, or download from the website. Look for the big signs and red flags around Newstead to guide you to each studio.

On the Platform – A celebration of community!

It was a beautiful evening, warmed by friendship and laughter, with a splendid dinner and art auction on the historic Newstead railway station platform.

Spirited bidding at art auction raised over $4000, with many of the artworks achieving over their reserve price. We are very grateful to the artists for their donation of such fine works. And the auction team – Julian Cairns, Genevieve Barlow and Lucy Mora – made it easy and fun.

Julie Patey produced an extraordinary sit-down dinner: the menu featured stuffed mushrooms; roasted chicken with preserved lemon; feta, egg and pea pies; a salad of lentils, beetroot, herbs; almond and chocolate cake. Julie was ably assisted by her team of volunteers: Prue MacAdam, Sally Roadknight, Sue Pollard, Julie Butler, Saide Gray, Mary Park and Andrew Shirres.

Wines donated by Welshmans Reef Vineyard and Goughs Range Olives. Food donated by: Harvest Fruit and Veg; Newstead Community Garden; Newstead Butcher; Newstead Supermarket. Publicity and practicalities: Chris Johnston, Milton Moss, Richard Stewart, Geoff Park.

Making music at the Hub

Instrument makers’ art on show
Our inaugural instrument Makers Gallery was a feast for the eyes and ears. The hand-crafted instruments on display were works of art in themselves.

Throughout the three days of the January long-weekend, music filled the Arts Hub as makers and musicians struck up a tune or two. There was even dancing and a few jam sessions.

Jules Vines – presenter of Classically Saturday on 3MDR FM 97.1 – interviewed all our instrument makers. And our walls were dressed by artists Dean McLaren, Chrisanne Blennerhassett, George Duckett and Frances Guerin.

The instrument makers voted the event a success, with just over 300 people visiting. If you loved an instrument you saw there and want to contact the maker, all their details are on our Makers Gallery webpage.

Looking forward to doing it all again next year!

Shaping up for 2020

Building connections with you – our Friends, other arts and community organisations and our local Newstead and surrounding communities – is a priority for the Arts Hub. We want to be your Arts Hub!

Over the last few months Melissa Proposch and Kir Larwill – outstanding local artists and mentors – have been helping shape up our skills and capacities. We hope that you have noticed a difference.

2020 has kicked off strongly with the Makers Gallery and The Nature of Colour exhibition, along with the outstanding success of our Platform dinner and art auction. And our first workshop – Rhyll Plant’s Printing from Nature – was fully booked.

Over the next month, we hope to finalise a program of workshops and classes: what would you like to learn or to teach? Drop us a quick email with your ideas – newsteadartshub@gmail.com.

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 newsteadartshub@gmail.com 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.

Our Supporters

Copyright © NEWSTEAD ARTS HUB, All rights reserved.

Our address is:
8A Tivey Street NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462

Our opening hours: The Arts Hub is open for exhibitions, events, workshops, meetings and classes only.  Check What’s On via our website or give us a call to check opening dates and hours.

Our mailing address is:
PO BOX 123, NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462


Your special invitation

Be part of our Inaugural Fundraising Dinner & Art Auction at Newstead’s historic railway station – now the Newstead Arts Hub – Saturday 15th February 2020, 6pm onwards. 

It will be a memorable evening, commencing at 6pm with excellent local bubbly and canapes followed by a delicious two-course sit-down dinner.

Between courses, we’ll be inviting you to bid for art works donated by well-established artists: we are delighted to have received eight works from artists including David Bromley, David Frazer, Rhyll Plant, Kim Barter, Darron Davies, Diana Orinda Burns, David Golightly, Bob Clutterbuck, See Arts Auction preview here

$75.00 per person (inc booking fee, gst, credit card fee). Wine and soft drinks included. 

Why are we fund-raising? It’s simple really: the Arts Hub doesn’t get any ongoing external funding. We run this amazing venue with volunteers, donations, venue hire fees and hard-won grants. And we are ambitious: we have a beautiful garden design ready and waiting to be implemented, but lack of funds is holding us back.

Seats are limited. Please book your seat through Humanitix right now! Or if the link doesn’t work – use this one https://events.humanitix.com.au/inaugural-fundraising-dinner-and-art-auction. Bookings will close on Wednesday 12 February at 4pm.

It’s easy to book via Humanitix. They are a registered charity and a ‘not for profit’ booking company that donates all of the booking fee to support inclusive, equitable and quality education.

When you book, you’ll be asked for any food intolerances at the end of the booking process, after you have paid for your tickets.

If online is just too hard, you can do a direct deposit into our Arts Hub back account (see below). Include your surname + DINNER as the reference (e.g. SmithDINNER) and drop us an email with your name, number of tickets booked, phone number and any food intolerances to newsteadartshub@gmail.com

Newstead Arts Hub
BSB 633 000
Account No. 155 603 707

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 newsteadartshub@gmail.com 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.

OUR SUPPORTERS

Copyright © NEWSTEAD ARTS HUB, All rights reserved.

Our address is: 8A Tivey Street NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462

Our mailing address is: PO BOX 123, NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462