What’s On

We’re on track to reopening. Book in for a workshop, and plan to visit during our December exhibition. We have a COVID-19 plan in place to keep everyone safe – and we’ll reschedule again if needed.

Plein Air Watercolour Workshop
Saturday 21 November, 10am – 2.30pm (NEW Date)

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. (If its rainy, we will work under cover on the station platform).

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 (inc gst) per participant: includes all materials. Max. 10 participants (Covid based). Bookings now open: email the workshop name, your name, address, email, and contact phone to newsteadartshub@gmail.com. Payment to Newstead Arts Hub [BSB 633-000 Acc. No. 155 603 707 + workshop/your name – e.g. Dober + Smith]. Full refund if COVID restrictions result in cancellation of the workshop. Once payment received, we will acknowledge with full details.

Dianne Longley: Embossing with plants
Sat 28 November: 10am-4pm

Dianne Longley, renown printmaker from Trentham (Agave Print Studio), is offering a workshop on printing using plants to create stunning embossed cards – something to send to a special person or to frame. She will show you how to use small plants, weeds and leaves from your garden or the bush to create photopolymer plates for printing. Saturday 28 November 10am-4pm. – a full day workshop.

Book now: Only 6 spots for this workshop: book now by emailing newsteadartshub@gmail.com. Workshop cost: $125 plus $20 materials (on the day). Please pay $125 to Newstead Arts Hub [BSB 633-000 Acc. No. 155 603 707, with workshop/your name – e.g. Longley + YourName]. Full refund if COVID restrictions result in cancellation of the workshop. Once payment received, we will acknowledge with full details.

John S Turner: the botanist and artist – a retrospective
Sat 5 – Sun 27 December 2020. Weekends 10am-4pm

Ford on the Loddon River near Eddington (Scraperboard, John S Turner)

Opening on 5 December – John S Turner … the botanist and artist – is a retrospective exhibition showing the scraperboards, watercolours, lithographs and photographs created by John S Turner, botanist, educator and artist (1908-1991). John Turner was the Professor of Botany at Melbourne University from 1938 to the early 1970s. He was a passionate conservationist and a remarkable artist.

On retiring from Melbourne University, John moved to Castlemaine, continuing with scraperboard – his long-practised art – and became involved with Buda Historic Home and Garden, and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum, among other things. His scraperboard landscapes have illustrated a range of publications. On show only for the second time. The exhibition opens on Saturday 5 December, closing on December 27.

Cut ‘N Paste
Rescheduled to March 2021

This group exhibition showcases the work of ten local artists who work in the field of montage and collage. 

Artists: Callan Skimin, Fiona Orr, Jan Davis, Jan Palethorpe, Sir Leslie Thornton, Marte Newcombe, Melissa Scott, Miranda Watts, Penny Peckham, Prue Venables.

Click for more on each artist.

‘What we make, why it is made, how we draw a dog, who it is we are drawn to, why we cannot forget.  Everything is collage, even genetics.  There is the hidden presence of others in us, even those we have known briefly.

We contain them for the rest of our lives, at every border that we cross’.
(Michael Ondaatje “Divisadero”, 2007)

Looking back to past events

Weaving Sticks: Creating a rag rug
Saturday 17 October, 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.

Bookings now open: email the workshop name, your name, address, email, and contact phone to newsteadartshub@gmail.com. Payment to Newstead Arts Hub [BSB 633-000 Acc. No. 155 603 707, with workshop/your name – e.g. Sticks + Jones]. Full refund if COVID restrictions result in cancellation of the workshop. Once payment received, we will acknowledge with full details.

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

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.
Enjoy some of Cathy’s beautiful weavings on instagram: gypsyweavercathy or her website

The five hour workshop (with a break for lunch) will be in our dedicated workshop room. BYO lunch. Tea, coffee, herbal teas provided. $120 per person: includes all materials. 4 places only.

Bookings now open: email the workshop name, your name, address, email, and contact phone to newsteadartshub@gmail.com. Payment to Newstead Arts Hub [BSB 633-000 Acc. No. 155 603 707, with workshop/your name – e.g. Freeform + Jones]. Full refund if COVID restrictions result in cancellation of the workshop. Once payment received, we will acknowledge with full details.

MARCH 2020 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.
For more details, click here.

SPECIAL EVENT Inaugural Fundraising Dinner & Art Auction: Sat 15 February 2020

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.