Invitation to Meet the Producers

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As you may be aware, the Regional Centre for Culture in 2018 is an initiative of the Victorian Government in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Hepburn Shire and Mount Alexander Shire.

Our job as Producers of the Regional Centre for Culture (RCC) program for 2018 is to facilitate and support existing events as well as creating some one-off events for the enjoyment of visitors and locals alike in each of the Shires over the course of 2018. Our research around Mount Alexander Shire has identified Newstead as the perfect location to host a celebratory event and to date we have conducted several meetings to begin working out details of what this shape this event may take.

We have planned two blocks of time in early December as we would like to hear and discuss your ideas about how individuals and groups of artists and community groups might like to engage with this one-off event. (And don’t worry, this isn’t a callout for volunteers!)

• 1:30 – 3:00 pm on Friday, December 8 at Newstead Railway Arts Hub
• 10:30 – 11:30 am on Saturday, December 9 at Dig Cafe 


Water is an important focus for communities in Mount Alexander Shire, providing welcome respite from the dry inland climate.

“Waterhole” will take place over an afternoon and evening on March 3, 2018. Appealing to all ages, it will feature the breadth of performers and art forms for which Mount Alexander (and particularly Newstead) is renowned.

The Newstead Swimming Pool is identified as holding a special place in the hearts of residents as a location for to recreation, learning, exercise and rehabilitation, and a place for social gathering and connection.

Elements of the event might include activities such as lilo races, karaoke movie
performance, dancing, exhibition of visual arts, craft, and other fun activities suitable for toddlers, young families, teenagers and the rest! However we are very keen to hear ideas from artists who live in Newstead about how they may like to be involved. Please do make a time or drop in while we’re working at the Hub or else any other time. We can all be contacted on or leave a message at 03 5416 1038.

With best wishes and hope to meet you at one of the meetings on December 8th or 9th.

Jo Porter & Elizabeth Walsh, RCC 2018 Producers


Immingled: a photographic retrospective by Darron Davies

Upcoming exhibition for January 2018 at the Arts Hub:

‘Immingled’ – an archaic word for ‘blending or mixing together’ is a photographic retrospective by Darron Davies celebrating a range of photographic themes captured in recent years.

Friday 5 January – Wednesday 10th January
Friday 12, Saturday 13th, Sunday14th
Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st
Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th

Open: 11-4pm.
8a Tivey Street, Newstead
Contact: 0405 170 493

These photographs, largely abstract in nature, use digital and film to explore that fine and mysterious line where the representational and symbolic meet.
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Darron Davies is based in Castlemaine, a small regional town in central Victoria, Australia. Darron has exhibited widely in recent years working between digital and film cameras, producing landscape work as well as studio based photography. He has been a Finalist in the Blake Prize in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Darron’s photography has a meditative and reflective quality. Critics have use words such as ‘fragile’, ‘contemplative’ , ‘allegorical’ and ‘magical’ to describe his work. Darron believes that the best photographs are ‘breathed into existence’ – a term once coined by a reviewer in relation to his work – an attempt to find beauty and metaphor within even the most obscure of subject matter; finding a photograph where one may never have been found before.