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: 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

Thanks to you – our Supporters!

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

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 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!


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 –

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 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.

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