Thursday, 27 March 2014

Out Of The Woodwork - Opens Tonight !

Renew Newcastle turns 5 years old this month and to celebrate NANA has curated a group exhibition showcasing the work of past and present participating artists. Renew is famous for enlivening the creative heart of Newcastle by supporting artists and facilitating their creative projects in otherwise disused commercial spaces.  Out of the Woodwork takes it's name from the emergence of these artists from their galleries, shops and studios so as to share their work with community. In this exhibition you will learn about all manner of creative practices that have been prospering within the woodwork, from clay sculpture and painting to wood carving and plant growing. You will also learn about some of the businesses and creative projects that have evolved from these practises. Best of all you will have the opportunity to take a little piece of magic home with you as all artworks are for sale. So come on down to NANA tonight from 6 - 9pm and be part of the growing creative history in the city of Newcastle.

Participating Artists:
     Vicki Gerritsen
      Cate Barham  
Willow Morgaine 

       Simone Sheridan 
       Maggie Hensel-Brown 
       Helen Ackland 
       Madeleine Cruise 
       Eleanor Hanlon 
     Jacqueline Larcombe 
        Kelsey Fletcher
       Kelly Barlin 
       Kate Wilson 
      Grant Hunter
       Eleanor Hanlon
       Graham Wilson 
            Liz Annelli 
     Adam Kelly 

   Exhibition continues to the 12th April 2014

contemporary art space
185 Hunter St Mall Newcastle
Wed 10-4
Thurs 10-5
Fri 10-5
Sat 10-4

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Last Saturday, March 1 saw the opening event for our paper plate fundraiser. Friends, locals and people from afar dedicated their time to create a bit of magic on a humble paper plate all in support of NANA. It felt like a frenzy prior to the show distributing and collecting plates, instigating spontaneous crafter-thons in lounge rooms, pubs and on the city streets of Sydney and Newcastle. However the end result was very touching. Each plate evidence of an individual's efforts and when grouped  together as a whole looked very impressive indeed. 

The afternoon saw a live set by chip tune duo MEN64. The band was stumbled upon at a house party in Hamilton last year. MEN64 create music using old video game consoles, making a unique electronic sound that evokes nostalgia for gamer childhoods. The crowd which formed to watch were very impressed with their unique sound and a few complaints were made which of course is a sign of good art being made. 

MEN64 will be playing at the Pixel Sounds Festival in Campbelltown this April .For more information go to the festival's FB page:

Works on Paper (Plates) runs until March 15