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

Wishing you a safe, fun season and a happy new year!

We would like to thank everyone who has had a part in making 2019 a great year at the Hub – our exhibiting artists, our volunteers, our visitors, friends and far-flung supporters.

It has been a year of warm and wonderful conversations and of diverse and inspiring art!

We have heard from community members and creative groups about their impressions and hopes for the Hub and for working together, people generous with both time and ideas. We are keen to pick up those conversations once the holiday season is over, and talk more about bringing some of those ideas to life.

We look forward to working with our community in the year to come.

All the very best for the Season, and see you in 2020.

Shift

Last day: Sunday 22 December 11am-4pm

Julie Patey, Chrisanne Blennerhassett and Tony Day

SHIFT: noun.  A slight change in position or direction.

The work of these three central Victorian artists, installed throughout the Hub space, provides lyrical and humorous insights into our changing environment, and the fluctuation of the lives we live.

On Saturday 7 December art-lovers and artists gathered at the Hub to celebrate the work, and talk about the ideas and the approaches to making that bought the show into being.

Congratulations to the exhibiting artists!

Newstead Live Makers Gallery

As part of Newstead Live, the Arts Hub will host a gallery of hand-made instruments and their makers.

A chance to see and hear some of the most skilfully crafted instruments around, and to talk to the makers about their work and their music. A perfect opportunity to buy a unique and beautiful instrument.

Our gallery walls will feature local artists: Dean McLaren – Music makers from Newstead Live; George Duckett – Piano works; Chrisanne Blennerhassett – Forest requiem; Frances Guerin – ceramics.

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

A full list of instrument makers will be on the Newstead Arts Hub website in early 2020.

Find out more about Newstead Live, view the full program and buy tickets here.

Hub Volunteers

Volunteers are the foundation of our lovely Hub!

If you are interested to contribute, in a role of your making, please get in touch. There may well be something you can do, and are willing to offer voluntarily, that we don’t yet realise we need!

Email us at newsteadartshub@gmail.com, or phone Julie Patey on 0408 528 536.

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 newsteadartshub@gmail.com

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

Our Supporters

Copyright © NEWSTEAD ARTS HUB, All rights reserved.

Our street address is:
8A TIVEY STREET, NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462
Our mailing address is:
c/o PO Box 123, Newstead, Vic 3462
Our email:
newsteadartshub@gmail.com
Committee contact: Julie Patey 0408 528 536

Rolling into summer at the Arts Hub

Shift

Come celebrate Newstead Arts Hub’s last show for the year – Saturday 7 December 4-6pm with artists Julie Patey, Chrisanne Blennerhassett and Tony Day.

Above: Work by Chrisanne Blennerhassett.

Flowing on beautifully from the previous exhibition at the Hub, this upcoming group show draws inspiration both from our changing environment, and the fluctuation of the lives we live.

The exhibition brings together the work of three central Victorian artists who met through their art practice and connected over their shared exploration of their immediate environments and experiences. All three artists love observing, reflecting, and giving visual form to their impressions, as well as the ongoing exploration of working across media and arts disciplines.

We look forward to celebrating the results of their work, and to being amongst a loving crowd at the ‘meet the artists’ gathering, Saturday 7 December from 4 to 6 pm.

Shift opening hours are Saturday 7 – Sunday 22 December, 11am-4pm (weekends only).

Above: Works by Julie Patey (at top) and Tony Day (detail, at bottom), part of Shift, opening Saturday December 7, and running until Sunday 22 December.

Celebrating Crosscurrents

Lovers of art and artists filled the rooms of the Hub for the opening of Crosscurrents – an exhibition of works by Cherryl Fyffe, Barbara Semler, Anne Tyndall, Judith Warnest, Joan Halpin and Liz Carkeek.

The ties that connect these six artists was evident in their opening words, and could be felt in the harmonious flow of the show from one gallery to the next. Prints, ceramics, drawings, collages and textiles communicated a deep empathy with the environment and an abiding love of materials, marks and textures.

Judith Warnest also ran a Visual Thinking Workshop in the Hub, where participants played with words, materials and ideas, getting hands-on amongst the works on exhibition. 
“The group looked at images and social media that is ‘fed’ to us constantly, then reworked some of our thoughts through clay into tangible objects” (Judith Warnest).

So lovely to have art-making and art-showing in the one space!

Above: Opening speeches and keen observers at Crosscurrents, November 2019.
Above: Crosscurrents Visual Thinking workshop in progress.

Instrument Makers’ Gallery

Newstead Live at the Hub 25-26 January 2020

As part of Newstead Live, the Arts Hub will host a gallery of hand-made instruments and their makers.

A chance to see and hear some of the most skillfully crafted instruments around, and to talk to the makers about their work and their music. A perfect opportunity to buy a unique and beautiful instrument.

Gallery times: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January 2020, 10am – 5pm.

Find out more about Newstead Live, view the full program and buy tickets here.

Welcoming artists to the Hub in 2020

“With a number of rooms, you can have an individual artist in each, and focus on the output of that one artist” (Hub exhibition visitor).

“I love the space, the light is lovely, and there’s a view out every window!” (Artist).

We are excited by the responses we have received after our call-out to artists to propose exhibitions, workshops, talks, community activities or events for the Newstead Arts Hub’s 2020 program. Thank you!

The Hub committee is looking forward to reviewing them and talking with the artists involved over the coming weeks.

As a community-run space, we like to be able to respond to new ideas, and embrace the unexpected, so we plan to leave a few windows open in our 2020 programming for just that!

So, if you are just at the ‘musing’ stage of your workshop, event or exhibition idea, or know of artists or arts organisers ‘in the wings’ who may be more spontaneous in their making and exhibiting, please encourage them to think of Newstead Arts Hub and get in touch.Our door is always open.

Hub volunteers

Volunteers are the foundation of our lovely Hub! Once again we are struck by the generosity and willingness of our local community. Interested locals have answered our call for a photographer and a handy-person, and we are in conversation with them at present. Wonderful!If you are interested to contribute as well, in either of these roles or another of your making, please get in touch. There may well be something you can do, and are willing to offer voluntarily, that we don’t yet realise we need!Email us at newsteadartshub@gmail.com, or phone Julie Patey on 0408 528 536.

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 newsteadartshub@gmail.comAnd a big thank you to all our current Hub Friends. Your valuable support goes a long way!

Our supporters

Newstead Arts Hub – in full Spring Swing!

Apologies for cross-postings while we convert our eNews to a new system.

Crosscurrents – Open each weekend during November

Artists – Cherryl Fyffe, Barbara Semler, Anne Tyndall, Judith Warnest, Joan Halpin and Liz Carkeek

This exhibition draws on creative ties that bind with works by a group of women who have maintained a deep shared interest and connection with mark making and creative practice since working together through Visual Arts studies at Bendigo TAFE.

All six artists have an affinity and connection to their surrounds, a potent source of inspiration. The work on show includes printmaking, drawing, watercolour, collage and textiles, ceramics and contemporary image making processes.

And for those who want to get all hands-on, come join the Crosscurrents artists for a:

Visual Thinking Workshop
A hands-on exploration of thought, word and material
Saturday 16 November, 1-3pm
Free event, all welcome!

Crosscurrents will be on show 3 – 24 November, 11am-4pm on weekends.

Arts and Community Events wanted!

Expressions of Interest are sought from artists and community members who would like to be part of Newstead Arts Hub’s 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.

Hub Volunteers

Now recruiting!

Volunteers are the foundation of our lovely Hub! We would be delighted to hear from you if you are interested in either (or both!) of these opportunities – roles you can definitely put your own stamp on:

photographer

Seeking someone (or someones!) who could provide photographic documentation of our events, shows, gatherings, community moments …. be part of telling the Hub’s story as it continues to unfold.

handyperson

Seeking a go-to person for the little maintenance tasks that crop up now and then in a community facility like the Hub … help us keep this lovely space ‘on the rails’.

If you would like to know more, or make an offer related to either of these positions, we very much welcome you to get in touch.

You can email us at newsteadartshub@gmail.com, or phone Julie Patey on 0408 528 536.

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 newsteadartshub@gmail.com

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

Supporters

 

 

 

Maldon & District Community Bank

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.