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!

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

Newstead Arts Hub – October Update

A SPRING WELCOME!

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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. 

CALL FOR ARTISTS & EVENTS

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 newsteadartshub@gmail.com

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

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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.

 

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 newsteadartshub@gmail.com 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.

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

Expression of interest to exhibit – 2019

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 newsteadartshub@gmail.com  by December 20th 2018 to indicate your interest, providing the following information:

  1. Your name and address
  2. The preferred dates to exhibit (exhibitions run monthly)
  3. Two representational images which is indicative of your work/ your groups work
  4. 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.