Renew Newcastle – First Fridays

Coinciding with This Is Not Art, Renew Newcastle are launching a monthly series of late night events on the first Friday of each month. We’re planning a monthly night of improvised and experimental music at the ARThive , with an emphasis on collaboration which aims to bring together artists that may not have previously worked together in new and interesting configurations. We will have a bit of a trial run this Friday night between 5 and 8pm featuring sounds by Peter Hollo, Marcus Whale, Mark Groves, Leith Thomas, Grant Hunter, Jenna Gill, and Di Drew. There’s heaps of stuff happening in the other Renew Newcastle spaces as well, and the Lucas Abela installation looks to be loads of fun, so if you’re in Newcastle this weekend you really are spoiled for choice.

 This Friday evening Renew Newcastle will launch its series of twilight events in the City – First Friday. On the First Friday of the month in October, November and December the Renew Newcastle art and creative projects will host a collection of special events in the early evening 5 – 8pm. This month on Friday 02 October there will be 10 free simultaneous events taking place, including gallery exhibition openings from 6pm: international gaming art at Loop Space sound and digital media gallery; a photographic documentary in conjunction with Men’s Health Week at Gallery Raw – Newcastle House of Photography; a new show of works using posca paints on skateboard decks at Upcycling Gallery. Silk House Art Projects are having a night of jaffas and cinema at their Wet Walls exhibition (until 6 Oct); ARThive are offering a live experimental and collaborative music presentation to accompany the TYRANNOSAURUS REX exhibition (until 5 Oct); and Totoro’s Teahouse are offering tea, cakes and a unique forum on “The Philosophy of Disco”, hosted by Triple j’s Craig Schuftan. For the first time ever all of the Renew Newcastle shopfronts will be open for trading at the same time for special late night shopping – Surfhouse Photography is offering a 10% off sale, Art Brasil’s artisan jeweller is showing his first works made using sterling silver and Mad Hatter Millinery are hosting their official shop opening party. A guided tour of all of the spaces in the mall will take place 5-6pm beginning at the Renew Newcastle HQ, 3 Morgan St. The tour introduces a new short-term installation presented in conjunction with Electrofringe for This Is Not Art festival – Lucas Abela’s Vinyl Arcade – An immersive sound instrument putting you in the drivers seat of a tiny remote control car with styli attached as it navigates its way through a landscape of disused vinyl records. This brings the total number of projects that Renew Newcastle has placed to 37, cleaning up and occupying 25 empty shops and offices to date across the CBD. Come along to see how Newcastle’s creative community is making city revitalization their business, and enjoy the city in a new way at twilight on the First Friday of the month, 5-8pm.


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