Rolling into summer at the Arts Hub


Come celebrate Newstead Arts Hub’s last show for the year – Saturday 7 December 4-6pm with artists Julie Patey, Chrisanne Blennerhassett and Tony Day.

Above: Work by Chrisanne Blennerhassett.

Flowing on beautifully from the previous exhibition at the Hub, this upcoming group show draws inspiration both from our changing environment, and the fluctuation of the lives we live.

The exhibition brings together the work of three central Victorian artists who met through their art practice and connected over their shared exploration of their immediate environments and experiences. All three artists love observing, reflecting, and giving visual form to their impressions, as well as the ongoing exploration of working across media and arts disciplines.

We look forward to celebrating the results of their work, and to being amongst a loving crowd at the ‘meet the artists’ gathering, Saturday 7 December from 4 to 6 pm.

Shift opening hours are Saturday 7 – Sunday 22 December, 11am-4pm (weekends only).

Above: Works by Julie Patey (at top) and Tony Day (detail, at bottom), part of Shift, opening Saturday December 7, and running until Sunday 22 December.

Celebrating Crosscurrents

Lovers of art and artists filled the rooms of the Hub for the opening of Crosscurrents – an exhibition of works by Cherryl Fyffe, Barbara Semler, Anne Tyndall, Judith Warnest, Joan Halpin and Liz Carkeek.

The ties that connect these six artists was evident in their opening words, and could be felt in the harmonious flow of the show from one gallery to the next. Prints, ceramics, drawings, collages and textiles communicated a deep empathy with the environment and an abiding love of materials, marks and textures.

Judith Warnest also ran a Visual Thinking Workshop in the Hub, where participants played with words, materials and ideas, getting hands-on amongst the works on exhibition. 
“The group looked at images and social media that is ‘fed’ to us constantly, then reworked some of our thoughts through clay into tangible objects” (Judith Warnest).

So lovely to have art-making and art-showing in the one space!

Above: Opening speeches and keen observers at Crosscurrents, November 2019.
Above: Crosscurrents Visual Thinking workshop in progress.

Instrument Makers’ Gallery

Newstead Live at the Hub 25-26 January 2020

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 skillfully 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.

Gallery times: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January 2020, 10am – 5pm.

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

Welcoming artists to the Hub in 2020

“With a number of rooms, you can have an individual artist in each, and focus on the output of that one artist” (Hub exhibition visitor).

“I love the space, the light is lovely, and there’s a view out every window!” (Artist).

We are excited by the responses we have received after our call-out to artists to propose exhibitions, workshops, talks, community activities or events for the Newstead Arts Hub’s 2020 program. Thank you!

The Hub committee is looking forward to reviewing them and talking with the artists involved over the coming weeks.

As a community-run space, we like to be able to respond to new ideas, and embrace the unexpected, so we plan to leave a few windows open in our 2020 programming for just that!

So, if you are just at the ‘musing’ stage of your workshop, event or exhibition idea, or know of artists or arts organisers ‘in the wings’ who may be more spontaneous in their making and exhibiting, please encourage them to think of Newstead Arts Hub and get in touch.Our door is always open.

Hub volunteers

Volunteers are the foundation of our lovely Hub! Once again we are struck by the generosity and willingness of our local community. Interested locals have answered our call for a photographer and a handy-person, and we are in conversation with them at present. Wonderful!If you are interested to contribute as well, in either of these roles or another 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, 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.comAnd a big thank you to all our current Hub Friends. Your valuable support goes a long way!

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