What’s On

The Arts Hub remains closed during August and into September. Depending on COVID restrictions, we hope it will be possible to reopen around mid-September with a program of exhibitions and fun workshops to engage your creativity. We’ll have a COVID-19 plan in place to keep everyone safe – and we’ll reschedule again if needed.

Plein Air Watercolour Workshop
27 September, 10am – 2.30pm

Castlemaine artist Mark Dober 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.

We will be painting in the park in front of the Arts Hub. Bring your own foldable chair (and table) if you wish – or use a folding chair from the Hub – otherwise we will work flat, sitting on the ground. Dress for comfort.

Participants will complete a half sheet watercolour (38 x 56 cm). All materials are provided.

The Arts Hub will be open for you to use our kitchen, toilet etc. BYO lunch. Tea, coffee, herbal teas provided. After the workshop, enjoy the exhibition at the Arts Hub.

$95 per participant: includes all materials. Max. 12 participants. Bookings open 1 September.

Freeform Weaving Workshop
Friday 2 October, 10am – 3.30pm

Have you ever tried weaving on a loom?  It is not as hard as you may think and a lot of fun.

Create a scarf or table runner in the session as you freely weave on a floor loom, guided by Cathy Tobin – the Gypsy Weaver. Experiment with colour texture and pattern. 

Our workshop will be based on the philosophy of Saori weaving; originating in Japan, Saori weaving encourages individual creativity unhindered by rules, patterns and perfection.  It is the freedom to create your own style.
Looms will be threaded ready for you to use and you will have choice of a large selection of yarns.

The five hour workshop (with a break for lunch) will be in our dedicated room. BYO lunch. Tea, coffee, herbal teas provided.
$120 per person: includes all materials. 4 places only.
Bookings will open on 1 September
Enjoy some of Cathy’s beautiful weavings on instagram: gypsyweavercathy or her website

Weaving Sticks: Creating a rag rug
Saturday 19 September, 2020: 10am – 2.30pm

Fun and easy way to recycle old clothing into a rag rug, using handheld weaving sticks. Once the warp strings are threaded, the fun begins.

Cathy Tobin – the Gypsy Weaver – will guide us, and the weaving sticks are yours to take home. Bring scissors and material to cut up: pillowslips, sheets, clothing (jeans, tee shirts etc). Cathy will have some fabrics to share but may not be in your colour choice.

$95 per person: Max 6 people. The four hour workshop (with a break for lunch) will be in our dedicated room. BYO lunch. Tea, coffee, herbal teas provided.
Bookings will open on 1 September.  

MARCH Photographers of the Goldfields 2020

Uncovering the tiniest world in a dew drop to expansive Goldfields landscapes.
Bronwyn Silver, Geoff Park, Patrick Kavanagh and Janet Barker see their photography as a way of celebrating and ultimately protecting nature.
Saturday 7 March – Sunday 29 March, 2020
Launch: Sunday 8 March, 11 am. All welcome.

SPECIAL EVENT Inaugural Fundraising Dinner & Art Auction: Sat 15 February

Join us for our Inaugural Fundraising Dinner & Art Auction on the Historic Railway Platform – Saturday 15th February 2020, 6pm onwards.

Preview our Arts Auction here.

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.
Seats at our table are limited. Book through Humanitix

Printing from Nature: 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.

FEBRUARY The Nature of Colour – Opens Sat 8 February

This exhibition explores the diversified colours of nature, through different media, painting, photography and eco printing. Artists: Milton Moss, Craig Gaston, Kate Borradaile, Ange Westcott – for more about each artist, check the exhibition page.

Exhibition dates: 8 February – 1 March 2020, Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-3pm.

Opening/Launch: Saturday 8 February 2pm. Join the artists to celebrate the opening of their exhibition. All welcome. Finger food, light refreshments plus red and white wine will be served, with local entertainment during the launch.

JANUARY: Newstead Live Makers Gallery: 25, 26, 27 January

As part of Newstead Live 2020, 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. Check out the stellar line-up here!

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, 10am – 5pm & Monday 27 January, 10am-12 noon.