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.
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 … 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
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
Newstead Railway Arts hub is accepting expressions of interest to exhibit in 2019.
We would be delighted to be contacted by artists who live or work in our local community or from further afield. The exhibition space is suited to solo or group shows.
The conditions of entry can be found on the website here:
Please email us email@example.com by December 20th 2018 to indicate your interest, providing the following information:
- Your name and address
- The preferred dates to exhibit (exhibitions run monthly)
- Two representational images which is indicative of your work/ your groups work
- A short description of the work in three sentences.
A shortlist will be in accordance of the Arts Hubs priority which is:
- Building creative networks in our region
- Supporting arts activities in Newstead
- Working with the Newstead community
After the expressions of interest close the management committee of the Arts Hub will shortlist the applications according to the diversity of artistic ideas, fit the creative rationale with the Arts Hub priorities and the dates proposed.
The Hubs decision will be final but some feedback will be provided if desired.
Diversity is an exhibition of Ellen Hansa, with her siblings, Merete Hansa, Kari Tanberg, and Sean Stanyer, and friend Joan Ledwich.
The Arts Hub Committee (and Garden sub-committee) has been busy meeting and planning stages for the planned landscaping around the Railway Building. The application for Pick and Project was not successful, but we thank the 124 people who did vote for our project. It wasn’t a bad response for a small town. We are still sorting out how to move ahead to create the first part of the plan and have submitted an application to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to assist with implementation.
On the exhibition front things have also been busy and vibrant. We have just farewelled a wonderful exhibition called Menagerie by Tegan Wheeldon & Laura Gibbs. The artists utilized intriguing methods of printmaking and painting to explore their interest in the natural world. Gibbs’ birds were beautifully finely painted in watercolour. Wheeldon utilized techniques of frottage and relief printing to explore a fusion of insect and textile.
The weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October will feature an exhibition inspired by Hansel and Gretel. It is called NIBBLE NIBBLE and will be open from 4pm until 8pm both days. The students from Newstead Primary School will provide a different view of the railway station. Come along and see what they have created. If you miss this visual experience you can see it again on the following Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 27th October from 4pm until 8pm.
Closely following this there will be an exhibition called Diversity. This will feature a well-known local identity, Ellen Hansa, along with Merete Hansa, Kari Tanberg, Joan Ledwich and Sean Stanya. The opening will be at 2pm on November 3rd. Everyone is welcome to come along.