Newstead Art Salon Exhibition

Newstead Art Salon Exhibition

Newstead Community Centre
Fri 17th – Sun 26th March
Open 10am – 4pm daily

It’s the Castlemaine State Festival time again, and like two years ago (when the Newstead Art Salon’s exhibition was titled ‘Spadeworks’), Newstead’s artists are holding a collective exhibition at the Community Centre. Over 100 works were exhibited in the last show, which was extremely successful, so come along during the festival to enjoy an extraordinary diversity of talent and creative artworks.

The formal opening of the exhibition will be on Sunday 19th March, at 2pm. It will be opened by local identities and all round good guys, former Councilor and Mayor Michael Redden and Nick Hudson.


Synergy – Creative photography exhibition

Through December 2016 and into the new year, we have an exhibition featuring the creative work of four central Victorian photographers: Rob Watson, Natalie Coombes, Nathan Segaloff and Aden Brown. Each have been exploring diverse photographic techniques and concepts, resulting in unique and impressive images.

The exhibition – entitled ‘Synergy‘ – will be opened by the Arts Hub’s own Julie Patey at 2pm on Saturday 10th December, and you are warmly invited.

The exhibition will be open 10am-5pm, Friday-Sunday from 10th December – 7th January, excluding the Sundays of Xmas Day and New Years Day.

Synergy photographic exhibition, Dec 2016-Jan 2017

Rob Watson
Rob Watson
Nathan Segaloff
Nathan Segaloff
Natalie Coombes
Natalie Coombes
Aden Brown
Aden Brown

Weaving Magic

During September, the Newstead Spinners and Weavers are transforming the gallery with colour, movement and activity. Every room in the old railway building is filled with beautiful work, including large shawls, jumpers, skeins of wool and a whole room full of felted hats.

There are items for sale, but mostly the members simply enjoy displaying their talents and techniques, and talking to visitors. The felting displays exquisite forms of natural fibres combined with leaves and bark implants. Spinning wheels show how wool is transformed from raw to finished thread, and a loom allows you to observe a large weaving being created. It is fascinating to see both the raw material and final object.

The air is fun-filled, with members very busy with demonstrations and visitors all day. There is so much local talent on display, and I hope you didn’t miss out on seeing their magic.

‘Fibre to Finished Product’ is open Tuesdays and weekends until 27th September, 10am – 4pm.

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Reiteration Exhibition – Opening

Featuring works by Julie Patey, Sally Roadknight, Sandra Tobias, and Georgina Duckett, the Reiteration exhibition had its grand opening yesterday.

Friends, fellow artists and locals gathered to hear Genevieve Barlow officially welcome everyone and open the show.

The exhibition will be open Fri-Sun 11am-4pm, until the 28th Feb.

Julie’s beautiful landscape-inspired works adorn the main room, as Genevieve celebrates the artists and their creativity
Sandra’s playful works were displayed in the end room, creating a convivial atmosphere
The artwork inspires animated conversation…

Images of Sally and Georgina’s work to come…

Reiteration – Seeing Things Anew

Reiteration Exhibition, February 2016

An exciting group exhibition of four regional artists in the newly renovated Newstead Railway Station in central Victoria.

‘Seeing things anew – from an odd angle, in an unexpected light, coloured differently, somehow suits my nature better……’

Robert Dessaix ‘And so forth’

This exhibition explores the process of artmaking through the use of pattern, colour, shape and form.  It echoes an important connection to the unique community and landscape of central Victoria.

Artists include Georgina Duckett Julie Patey, Sally Roadknight and Sandra Tobias, living and based in the central Victoria.

These professional artists have all had successful careers in the arts; exhibiting internationally and nationally, teaching, project managing and coordinating community art spaces for community arts and festivals.

The diverse range of work includes mixed media, textiles, prints, bound books, collages and paintings, all with a connection to community and environment.

The Newstead Railway Station, originally built in 1880s, has been recently refurbished by VicTrack and was made available to the community in 2015. Since then the gallery has held exhibitions and workshops and is now known as the Newstead Railway Arts Hub.

It is exciting to see the first exhibition for 2016 kick start with this unique exhibition showcasing mid-career regional artists. The Arts Hub provides a shared space for artists to exhibit their work, and involve the local community in workshops and artists talks.

The exhibition is open from Sat 6th February- 27th February
Open: Fri, Sat, Sun, 11am – 4pm
Address: Dundas St Newstead (directly across from Railway Hotel)
Enquiries: Julie Patey
M:  0408528536

Phil Elson – Bringing form to life

As the finale of this year’s Rocket Science program, master ceramicist Phil Elson was invited to give a demonstration of his skills. It was a perfect opportunity to use the workshop room at the Arts Hub.

Phil is a renowned ceramic artist, with works on display in the collections of major institutions, including Bendigo Gallery. He began with a presentation of his work and influences, and then sat down at the wheel…

Seated at the wheel, ready to throw
Seated, ready to throw, Phil discusses centering oneself in readiness
After centering the clay, the form is begun
After centering the clay, the form is begun
Amazement as the bowl takes shape
Fascination as the bowl takes shape before our eyes
Phil works more or less exclusively in porcelain, a particularly difficult material to throw in. He makes it look so easy!
Refining the form
Meticulously shaping the basic form
Phil then produced a bowl he had thrown earlier and allowed to dry 'leather' hard. This was put 'on the hump' and turned to shave the footring and refine the final form
Phil then removed the bowl he’d just thrown, and produced one made earlier and allowed to dry ‘leather’ hard. This was put ‘on the chuck’ and turned to shave the footring and refine the final form
Phil spoke of the elegance of shape and the philosophy of the potter’s art
Ros and Prue in wonderment at the conclusion of the session

A call for artworks – Castlemaine Market Art Summer Exhibition


The organisers invite registrations for the summer exhibition, embracing a wide range of mediums and styles that showcase the rich and divers arts community of the Goldfields region.

This exhibition follows on from the successful Market Art winter exhibition which displayed works of more than 70 Artists and had a total sales of over $11.000, The Market Art exhibitions are a great opportunity for artists who participate to gain excellent exposure and opportunities to promote and sell artworks.

If you would like to be a part of the Market Art exhibition, please complete a registration form and return it to Castlemaine Market Building, 44 Mostyn Street Castlemaine 3450 by Monday 8 November 2015.

DATE                    Nov 27-Jan 10/2016

VENUE                 Castlemaine Market Building

DETAILS               Showcasing artists from the goldfields region

CONTACTS          Jenny Diver (p) 03 5471 1794 (e)

Opening of Alan ‘Curly’ Hartup exhibition

The inspiring exhibition of photographic works by local naturalist Alan ‘Curly’ Hartup has just concluded.

The exhibition opened a few weeks ago, on a fine Saturday afternoon. The platform was jam-packed – locals turned out, bolstered by what seemed to be a gathering of members of the Hartup family from as far afield as NSW and Melbourne.

Speakers described Curly’s passion and skill with his cameras in solving the challenges of nature photography in an era prior to digital technology.

What a special way of honoring the man and his dedication to wildlife photography.

Geoff Park the opening
Geoff Park the opening
Standing room only on the platform
Wonderful to see such a crowded platform
Reminiscences and stories told of a respected local and skilled photographer.

Rocket Science at the Arts Hub with potter Phil Elson

Phil Elson will be giving a demonstration and talk at the Arts Hub on Saturday 24th of October at 3.30pm.

This is an opportunity to see a master potter at work. Phil will be bringing his pottery wheel along, so we will get a chance to watch him throw pots and talk about his craft and art. This is an opportunity to see lumps of clay be transformed into elegant forms – alchemy at work.

All welcome, gold coin donation

Phil Elson’s ceramics practice over the past 30 years has been strongly informed by the ceramics of South East Asia; in particular the art of Japan, China and Korea. His practice specializes in the thrown form with a particular emphasis on the use of fine translucent porcelain.

Phil Elson at the wheel
Phil Elson in the studio

In 2008 Phil was awarded an Australia Council studio residency in Barcelona where he traveled to the Basque country to investigate the traditional ceramics of northern Spain.

'In the Shadow of Gehry's Golden Fish'
‘In the Shadow of Gehry’s Golden Fish’

In more recent times he has traveled to Berlin and then further travel took him into the rural areas of India and Nepal.

Phil has given a number a glaze and throwing workshops both locally and around the country.

Phil’s work has been represented in a number of galleries and exhibitions nationally and in Virginia USA. He is highly regarded for his fine throwing in porcelain and his exquisite glazes. Phil works from his studio in the central Victorian town of Castlemaine.

for more info contact David Stratton 0428 310 825

Calling all local artists!

After an encouragingly well-attended and successful opening event, the Newstead Arts Hub has now finished its inaugural exhibition, which put on display the high standard of work from our local artists. Those of us assisting with the exhibition frequently heard superlatives from visitors; a combination of delight at the restored building and being impressed with the quality of art on display. Over the three weekends, we averaged around 100 visitors per weekend, with many offering support by joining the Friends of the Newstead Arts Hub.

InauguralExhibit1We are now thinking ahead to a calendar of events for the coming year. And this is where you come in…

Are you a local artist who would like to exhibit your work? Or join together with other artists to stage a group show? Perhaps the railway building would be a suitable venue for your activity, ranging from workshops, to creative space or music rehearsal. The venue is a quiet, light-filled space that may equally be appropriate for small conferences, study, writing or sketching groups. Alternatively, you may have a suggestion for an activity you’d like to see happen.

We are open to creative ideas and expressions of interest. Get in touch with the committee either by
or speak to: Andrew/Sarah: 5476 2609 or Julie: 0408 528 536

Meanwhile, our next exhibition will display the natural history photography of Curly Hartup, opening Saturday 10th October at 3pm.