Abundance

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 – newsteadartshub@gmail.com.

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.

Our Supporters

Copyright © NEWSTEAD ARTS HUB, All rights reserved.

Our address is:
8A Tivey Street NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462

Our opening hours: The Arts Hub is open for exhibitions, events, workshops, meetings and classes only.  Check What’s On via our website or give us a call to check opening dates and hours.

Our mailing address is:
PO BOX 123, NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462


Wishing you a safe, fun season and a happy new year!

We would like to thank everyone who has had a part in making 2019 a great year at the Hub – our exhibiting artists, our volunteers, our visitors, friends and far-flung supporters.

It has been a year of warm and wonderful conversations and of diverse and inspiring art!

We have heard from community members and creative groups about their impressions and hopes for the Hub and for working together, people generous with both time and ideas. We are keen to pick up those conversations once the holiday season is over, and talk more about bringing some of those ideas to life.

We look forward to working with our community in the year to come.

All the very best for the Season, and see you in 2020.

Shift

Last day: Sunday 22 December 11am-4pm

Julie Patey, Chrisanne Blennerhassett and Tony Day

SHIFT: noun.  A slight change in position or direction.

The work of these three central Victorian artists, installed throughout the Hub space, provides lyrical and humorous insights into our changing environment, and the fluctuation of the lives we live.

On Saturday 7 December art-lovers and artists gathered at the Hub to celebrate the work, and talk about the ideas and the approaches to making that bought the show into being.

Congratulations to the exhibiting artists!

Newstead Live Makers Gallery

As part of Newstead Live, 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.

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 2020, 10am – 5pm & Monday 27 27 January 10am-12 noon.

A full list of instrument makers will be on the Newstead Arts Hub website in early 2020.

Find out more about Newstead Live, view the full program and buy tickets here.

Hub Volunteers

Volunteers are the foundation of our lovely Hub!

If you are interested to contribute, in a role of your making, please get in touch. There may well be something you can do, and are willing to offer voluntarily, that we don’t yet realise we need!

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!

Our Supporters

Copyright © NEWSTEAD ARTS HUB, All rights reserved.

Our street address is:
8A TIVEY STREET, NEWSTEAD, VICTORIA 3462
Our mailing address is:
c/o PO Box 123, Newstead, Vic 3462
Our email:
newsteadartshub@gmail.com
Committee contact: Julie Patey 0408 528 536