Newstead Arts Hub – October Update


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How lovely to be enjoying Spring weather! We invite you to come along and enjoy our current and upcoming shows at the Newstead Arts Hub. See below for more on Selina Wilson’s exhibition Endless BeauTEA (hurry last days!) and our upcoming group show Platform 4.

We are also welcoming Expressions of Interest from artists and community members who would like to be part of our 2020 program. Do you have an event or exhibition you would like to run at the Hub? Then we would love to hear from you! See below for more info.

And perhaps you’d like to join as a Friend of the Hub. Our Friends are at the heart of our community and are great supporters of all the creative things that happen at the Hub. Look below for more info on how to join us.

Above: Newstead Arts Hub has a range of welcoming, light-filled spaces and is much loved by the Newstead and district creative community. 


The Newstead Arts Hub is inviting Expressions of Interest from artists and community members who would like to be part of our 2020 program.

2020 will see an expansion of our current exhibition program to include a wider range of activities and groups using the space. So we warmly welcome proposals for exhibitions, performances, talks, workshops, events, and other activities from the arts and broader community.

The Newstead Arts Hub has multiple light-filled exhibition spaces suitable for solo and group shows, and “the platform” is a great outdoor space for projections, performances and dinners.

Our workshop space can accommodate half, full and multiple day workshops. The Hub has a well-equipped kitchen, wifi, tables and chairs on hand, and is wheelchair accessible.

We encourage proposals that will:

  • Build and strengthen creative networks in our region
  • Support arts activities in Newstead
  • Connect with Newstead community and Newstead and district events.

For more information and to submit your Expression of Interest via our online form visit the Bookings page of our website.

Proposals are due by Sunday 10 November 2019.

Above: Selina Wilson, Endless BeauTEA, works from the Teacup Series

Selina Wilson: Endless BeauTEA

Until Sunday 29 September

The series of works in Selina Wilson‘s exhibition Endless BeauTEA came to her in a dream.

Upon awakening she followed her intuition and came upon her first antique tea cup at a local op shop, and so the series of mixed media artworks began.

Reminiscent of tea at Nana’s, and evoking the other worldliness of Alice in Wonderland, the works enchant and soothe. If there’s a message, says Selina, it’s “laugh, live for now and drink in the joy.”

The teacup works are accompanied by additional works on canvas and board, as well as the charming Petri Dish Series, of small alcohol ink and resin works. Created using silicone moulds, the resin repels and resists the ink, with the piece only revealed to the artist once it’s cured and turned out. A process Selina describes as a “practice in faith.”

Come see the show on its final weekend:
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September, 10am – 4pm
or by appointment.

COMING SOON: Platform 4

Diane Thompson, Jodie Curtis, Marcela Olea, Libby Noblet
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 October
Opening Saturday 5 October 2-4pm

Artists Diane Thompson, Jodie Curtis, Marcela Olea and Libby Noblet came up with the name Platform 4 in reference to the Newstead Arts Hub’s past life, and recognition of the platform a collective show would offer their group.

This exhibition will feature a rich array of sculptural works by Diane and Marcela using such media as feathers, textiles, resin and clay, as well original etchings, collagraphs and silk screens on paper and fabric by accomplished printmakers Jodie and Libby.

Throughout October the artists will also present artist talks and demonstrations and a free pop-in & print studio where members of the public can try their hand at silkscreen printing.

Open 10am – 4pm on:

Saturday 5 – Monday 7 October
Friday 11- Monday 14 October
Friday 18 – Monday 21 October
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 October

or by appointment.

Above: Works by Selina Wilson, (L to R from top) Diane Thompson, Big Mouth Strikes Again 2019, resin and mixed media; Jodie Curtis, from the Circles series 2019, multiplate collagraph; Libby Noblet, Rose and Dahlia Show 2019, silkscreen on cotton; Marcela Olea, Holding Balance Together 2019, resin.

Friends of the Hub

Become an integral part of the Newstead Arts Hub Community!

We are always ready to welcome more Friends of the Hub!

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

You can become a Friend of the Hub with a donation of $20 or more. For more information or to make your donation email us at

And a big thank you to all our current Hub Friends. Your valuable support goes a long way!


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Endless BeauTEA

Enjoy the colour and beauty of Selina Wilson’s exhibition – Endless BeauTEA at the Newstead Arts Hub this weekend, open Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Selina’s art is both vibrant and subtle, and definitely whimsical.

Open each weekend until Sunday 29 September.

Newstead Arts Hub – What’s on in September

The Arts Hub is blooming: it might almost be spring.

Welcome Friends

Welcome to all our new Friends who signed up at our morning tea on Sunday June 23. If you are not a Friend yet, please become an active supporter of the Arts Hub. In exchange we’ll run a Friends event each year and you’ll be invited to other special happenings. To join as a Friend, download the form, make a donation, and send or drop it in to the Arts Hub.

Building Stronger Connections project

We were delighted to receive funding under the Mount Alexander Community Grants Program for Building Stronger Connections a project designed to expand the range of activities at the Arts Hub, streamline our communications, and get to know more about what our communities want from their Arts Hub. Creating our Friends group is one of our first steps. The project runs until the end of 2019.

To support the Building Stronger Connections project, we are pleased to announce that Melissa Proposch and Kir Larwill from Artpuff will be working with us, bringing fresh eyes, great connections and a wealth of experience. We were very fortunate to have had many talented people apply for the role, and we look forward to them getting involved in other ways.

Selina Wilson’s stunning colours – Endless BeauTEA

Our next exhibition is by Newstead local Selina Wilson: 31 August – 29 September, weekends, 10am-4pm. Opens 2pm, 31 August.

Selina’s recent works, created over the last 18 months, speak to her love of colour and play. Not one to take herself too seriously, her paintings aim to offer a smile and some joy. Colour, beauty and fun remain her primary sources of inspiration.  Selina explores these themes across a broad range of media including synthetic polymer (acrylic) paint, resin, inks, porcelain, cloth and paper. Selina is a regular contributor in Arts Open, Newstead Open Studio Arts Trail and the Castlemaine State Festival.

Looking to 2020

Watch out for our call for Expressions of Interest for exhibitions, workshops, talks or other activities in October. Or if there is a workshop you’d love to go to, let us know too! The Arts Hub is open to all kinds of creativity.


Earth and Stone exhibition – Open Sat-Sun, 10am to 4pm to 26 August

Welcoming people to the opening of Earth and Stone, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by John A. Smith and David Waters, local printmaker Diana Orinda Burns drew attention to the strong sense of place evoked in the exhibition. She pointed out how the exhibition conveyed the sensations of being in the landscape, not only seeing, feeling, but how hearing and imagination help channel a new understanding of place.

Both artists use earth and stone in their works, John in his ground gravel and earth pigments, David with his volcanic basalt sculptures and pigment paint. Both engage the viewer in ceremony and ritual, whether it be a mark in the landscape or a pattern on a rock, reminding us of the fragility of the earth we stand on, and the importance of creativity to bridge time and cultures.

Referring to John’s paintings, Diana said: “We are not outsiders, we are one with country, this is not a landscape but an actual place of being, it has no artifice or pretence, the paint surface rises up to meet us, inviting us to just be. We travel through exterior spaces to the interior space of place where imagination meets the mysteries of history and what has happened before.”

The Celtic weaving patterns on some of David’s sculptures and paintings, also drew her attention. Diana noted that the method is simple, with a simple figure-of-eight or infinity sign creating a pattern that is said to bring harmony, balance, unity, and rhythm. The clay-rendered weft pattern in his paintings are subtle and considered, conveying a sense of connectedness and belonging. In Diana’s eyes, harmony with oneself, others and the environment are at the heart of David’s work.

David’s pigments are not permanent; he causes no harm to the environment nor to each rock’s natural form and surface. In time, his drawings on the volcanic basalt collected from his home in Redesdale will wash away, but the invisible networks that express his intention will remain. Rock paintings and the rituals associated with them take us back to the beginnings of art history as we know it.

John Smith, Diana Orinda Burns, David Waters

Diana concluded that, for her, the exhibition is refined in its material content but very raw in the questions it provokes. It offers a humility where reverence prevails.

Open each weekend until 26 August. Don’t miss it!

Love communicating and communications?

Newstead Arts Hub is looking for someone with a passion for community and the arts, and great communications skills, to work with us on our 5 month Building Strong Connections project.

What is this project about?

The Building Strong Connections project aims to build the capacity of the Arts Hub to engage effectively with its stakeholders and users for the benefit of the local community and those who visit. We think that engagement opportunities can be further realised by expanding our networks and relationships, developing quality engagement/communication tools, stronger promotion of the Arts Hub’s arts and other activities, and maximising use of all the spaces at the Arts Hub.

Are you the perfect person for this role? 

We’d love to find someone with a great mix of these skills for the one day a week contract role:

  • website design, function, content creation and promotion
  • social media platforms and how they can be used effectively
  • knowledge of the local and regional arts sectors
  • communication skills and experience
  • administrative, research and reporting skills

As well, we need someone who loves completing projects and delivering outcomes, and combines the ability to work independently and with our volunteer Arts Hub committee. 

Here is more about the Project and the Position Description.

How to apply

Expressions of interest to or by post to PO Box 123, Newstead 3462 by Sunday 14 July 2019.

Any questions? Geoff Park on 0418 138 632 or Julie Patey on 0408 528 536.

And please pass this on to friends and colleagues who might be interested.

This Sunday! Join us for morning tea

Don’t be shy – come and mingle over morning tea with your community – locals and artists.

This Sunday is your last chance to see David Oldfield’s magic – flowers seen under UV – so why not come for cake and scones as well.

Morning tea is at 11am this Sunday 23rd June.

You can hear about what’s happening at the Arts Hub and become a new Friend – and each year we’ll run a special Friends event every year and you’ll be invited.

Or if you can’t make it and want to be a Friend, please send us an email with your name, email, address and phone number, and send a donation of $20 or more to our Arts Hub account. Or print the invitation & Friend’s form here.

BSB: 633000
Account No. 155603707
Account Name: Arts Hub.

Don’t forget to include your “Name + Friend” as the reference.

Join us for a special morning tea

We would love you to join us at the Newstead Arts Hub for a morning tea on Sunday 23rd June at 11am.

We are re-launching our Friends of the Arts Hub.

We would love you to become a Friend again for 2019-20 and help support the development of the Arts Hub. In return we’ll run a special Friends event every year and you’ll be invited.

Come along and become part of our Friends. Or see one of our committee members on the desk on the day.

Or if you can’t make it and want to be a Friend, please send us an email with your name, email, address and phone number, and send a donation of $20 or more to our Arts Hub account. Or print the invitation & Friend’s form here.

BSB: 633000
Account No. 155603707
Account Name: Arts Hub.

Don’t forget to include your “Name + Friend” as the reference.

In a Different Light – Australian Native Flower Photographs in Ultraviolet Light

In a Different Light – Australian Native Flower Photographs in Ultraviolet Light … an exhibition by David Oldfield

Why would you want to take such photos in the first place? This sounds like the question “Why would you want to climb Mount Everest?” The answer is not the one given by British mountaineer George Mallory – “Because it’s there” but probably more “Because nobody else is doing that for Australian flowers”.

David Oldfield was bitten by the photo bug while at school in England long before digital cameras were available and learnt all about the wonders of darkroom work. These days you can get digital cameras modified by specialist companies so that you can take photos invisible to human eyes. There is a small band of photographers around the world who enjoy seeing what happens when you use cameras far beyond what they were designed to do.

Many flowers have dark patterns on their petals which are visible under Ultraviolet (UV) light but invisible to the naked human eye. Scientific studies of honeybee vision have shown that their eyes are sensitive to UV, blue and green light. It appears that the dark patterns visible in UV may assist pollinating insects, such as honeybees, to find the nectar or pollen on the flowers. Overseas UV photographers have reported the existence of dark “bulls-eye” patterns on yellow petals in their images.

David has found that Australian flowers show similar patterns, as you will see if you visit his exhibition at the Newstead Arts Hub between 1st and 23rd June, open every Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. It will also be open on Queens Birthday Monday 11th June.

The official opening will be Saturday 1st of June at 2pm.

Nature Photography on the Goldfields

Nature Photography on the Goldfields

The expression “taking photographs” is a curious and revealing usage. In English, we don’t “make” photographs, we “take” them. When photographing nature – wildlife, plants, landscapes – it can seem that the photographer “captures” a beauty already there, taking something that belongs to the subject, but without diminishing the subject.

Bronwyn Silver, Geoff Park and Patrick Kavanagh roam the goldfields of Central Victoria, stealing images of the beauty they find. Birds, mammals, plants, insects. Not even mosses and lichens are safe from their pilfering ways!

While the targets of their larceny are unaffected by the process, these thieves have been profoundly altered by the images they’ve stolen from the wild, seeing more deeply into the wonders of the natural environment. They are happy to share their bounty at Newstead Arts Hub this December.

Opening Hours 10 am – 4 pm

  • Sat 1/12 & Sun 2/12
  • Sat 8/12 & Sun 9/12
  • Sat 15/12 & Sun 16/12
  • Sat 22/12 & Sun 23/12

Exhibition launch Sunday 2/12 11 am

Praying Mantis by Patrick Kavanagh

Lichenscape by Bronwyn Silver

Eastern Yellow Robin by Geoff Park