‘Out of Darkness’ Exhibition in July

The power of nature and memory brings Julie Patey and Michelle Day together for the first time at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub in July. These two artists connected with each other’s artworks well before they met each other.

Opening: 2pm on Saturday 8th July, please join us for drinks and nibbles.
Where: 8a Tivey Street, Newstead

Exhibition will be open on weekends throughout July, 11am – 4pm.

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Michelle Day uses imagery to evoke feelings through the many applied layers that are often scraped back to reveal those beneath, not unlike the actual landscape she portrays. The emotional bond that Michelle has with the land are all part of her work. Michelle has been part of group exhibitions in most Australian capital cities and has had numerous solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and country Victoria.


Julie Patey has a passion for colour within brooding darkness and landscape. The mood and texture are moments against the memory of the land. This exhibition will be a retrospetive of her art over the last 30 years featuring her epic pastel work that relect her responce to the environment of Port Phillip Bay and the vast space of the sky.


For more information contact:
Julie Patey 0408 528 536 or Michelle Day 0417 825 261 


Braided Rag Rug workshop with Ilka White

A great way to recycle old clothes and fabric!

In our second workshop with visual artists Ilka White, we will learn to make fantastic rag rugs using an off-loom, spiral-woven braiding technique, in this one day workshop. We share an inspiring range of colour and design possibilities in these workshops, as well as covering cloth and fibre types.


Date: Saturday 2nd Sept, 10am-4pm
Cost: $120 per person
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279802
Places are limited to 12 people and bookings are open now – please share with friends who you think might be interested

Beautiful and unique floor coverings are possible using contrasting colours, or you can blend patterned rags for a ‘carpet of flowers’. This braiding technique weaves in as we go so there is no stitching up required afterward.

Bring your own material to recycle and find out what riches can come from rags…

Most people’s work by the end of the class is about the size of a dinner plate. The completed size is up to you, and could range from a small mat to a room-sized rug. This workshop gives you all the skills you need to finish off the rug at home.

Other workshops Ilka will be holding at the Arts Hub:
Natural dyeing and tablet weaving
Date: August 12th & 13th from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279798

String vessel construction workshop
Date: Sunday 22nd Oct, 9.30am-4.40pm
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/279804

For more information:
Sarah Koschak 0419 322 681
Julie Patey 0408 528 536

Botanical dyeing and tablet weaving workshop with Ilka White

We are excited to announce we will be running a series of workshops with talented textile artist Ilka White. I know it is a little while off, but we don’t want you to miss out!

All workshops will be held in the warm, spacious and light filled workshop room at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub, but take note… this is a Lab-like workshop – you will be using the stove burners in the kitchen, plus outside areas.

The first in the series will be a 2 day workshop:

Natural dyeing & tablet weaving workshop with Ilka White
August 12th & 13th from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost: $200
Places are limited to 12 people and bookings are open now – please share with friends who you think might be interested

To make a booking: https://www.trybooking.com/279798



Day 1
For thousands of years plants have been used to dye fibre and fabric and a beautiful natural palette is still available today without the need for harmful chemicals. Local weeds or kitchen off-cuts can offer you harmonious hues in a range of values and intensity. This hands-on workshop introduces a selection of local colour possibilities, as well as discussing fibre types, mordanting options and dye safety. A shibori technique will also be used to produce patterned cloth. Come and discover some of nature’s hidden sources of colour!

Day 2
Tablet weaving is a method of making narrow bands, belts and straps on an ingenious ‘loom’ consisting essentially of a pack of cards with holes in the corners. An ancient technology, examples of tablet looms have been uncovered from the Iron Age and earlier! Learn to weave a beautifully patterned band on a portable loom that’s yours to keep. We’ll be weaving with the botanically coloured yarns dyed the previous day in our Natural Dyeing Workshop!

For more info:

Sarah Koschak 0419 322 681
Julie Patey 0408 528 536






Alternative Destinations Exhibition

Alternative Destinations Exhibition will be on at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub during the Castlemaine State Festival.

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Where: Newstead Railway Arts Hub 8a Tivey St, Newstead
When:  Open daily 10am-4pm, March 18-26th

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This project focuses on the energy of enquiry and the spaces of creative practice that broaden beyond the studio. Bringing together an array of innovative works for exploration and discovery. Accompanying map and catalogue available at Margot Wine Bar or Newstead Railway Arts Hub.

Artists include: Warwick Baker, Ben Blackett, Jessie Boylan, Gabrielle Brauer, Domenico de Clario, Tara Gilbee, Kristian Haggblom, Penelope Hunt, Lyndal Jones, Fiona Kennaugh, Tobias Richardson, Vin Ryan, Jacques Soddell, Zoe Volpato, Robyn Walton, Hayley West.

Enquiries: Contact Tara on 0431 837 490


Lyndal Jones Presentation

Lyndal Jones is a feminist and artist who focuses on context, place and empowerment through long-term projects involving performance and video installation.

The Avoca Project, her current work began as an address to climate change action from the perspective of a small Australian country town in central Victoria.


What happens next …

Lyndal will present some propositions for a conversation on art, ecology and the feminine within a regional community drawing on 12 years of The Avoca Project.

For more information on The Avoca Project visit:

Time: Sunday 19 March 2017 3-4pm
Where: The Newstead Railway Station, 8a Tivey St, Newstead, VIC 3462

Book online:https://www.trybooking.com/PEGB
Contact: Tara Gilbee : 0431837490 : gilbeetara@yahoo.com.au

For more information on Alternative Destination events: http://www.taragilbee.com/blog

Newstead: Then and Now Exhibition

The next exhibition at the Newstead Arts Hub is ‘Newstead: Then and Now’ compiled by The Newstead and District Historical Society. This will be a rare and fascinating opportunity to view some of the extensive archives that have been collected by the Society over many years.

Discover what Newstead used to look like compared to what it is like today.

The official opening will be at 5 pm on Saturday 29 October. Don Garden President of Royal Historical Society of Victoria will speak on the role of historical societies in our community. All welcome.

Opening times 10.00 am – 4.00 pm on:
Saturday 29 October, Sunday 30 October, Monday 31 October
Tuesday 1 November, Saturday 5 November, Sunday 6 November

Another highlight during the exhibition will be historical walks, both around the east of town and the west. They will be led by Derek Reid in the East and Ray Stevenson in the West. Participants will feast on stories explaining the development of our town and anecdotes that will tickle the imagination. The eastern walks will go from the Court House departing 10.30 am and the western from the railway station departing at 1.30 pm.

Booklets of the exhibition will be on sale.


Koala Rocks – solo exhibition by Michael Ryan

The next event at the Arts Hub will be recent paintings by Michael Ryan, an exhibition titled  ‘Koala Rocks’.

Michael is an expressionist painter working in oils. This current body of work is inspired by the rocky outcrops of central Victoria… and koalas. You can get a taste of his upcoming solo exhibition on his instagram profile.

Opening night will be on the 2nd of July at 6pm, Peter Young will be opening the show. Peter is an artist himself after a successful career in public relations for Ansett and cricket Australia. Everyone is invited to the opening night.

The exhibition is open weekends, 2nd-30th July from 9am -4pm.

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Michael Ryan founded Mi-Fine in 1994. Now in its 22nd year, Michael’s commitment to creativity has earned a reputation for excellence in arts production.

Michael has over twenty five years’ experience in the display, sign, exhibition and arts industries, with numerous best exhibition and display awards to his credit. He has completed a Bachelor of Fine Art, and has run his own exhibition and display business for over twenty years.

Michael has project managed a wide range of public art including Bendigo Chinese precinct ‘Bendigo Chinese garden flowers’


A celebration of colour: Karen and the Kids opening night this friday

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Karen’s upcoming show is an inspiring exhibition bursting with colour, character and imagination!

Opening night is this coming Friday 22 April at 6pm, and the night will be filled with festivities, with live music by Andy Rigby, Natasha Mullings and Peter Sullivan, and catering by hospitality students from the Castlemaine Secondary College. Everyone is welcome!

Well loved artist, teacher and Newstead local Karen Pierce presents a long awaited celebratory exhibition, Karen and the Kids, marking her retirement after 45 years teaching art and craft in schools around Victoria. In addition to her work as a practicing artist and private art tutor, Karen has worked in art education at schools across the state, including Altona North, Flemington, Brunswick, Maryborough, Maldon, Kangaroo Flat, Golden Square, Kyneton, Castlemaine and most recently in her home town of Newstead.

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Karen and the Kids is a rare opportunity to see a huge body of retrospective and recent work in one location and will be a treat for anyone with a sense of creativity and adventure. Karen and the Kids represents a selection of the work of thousands of creative hands, hearts and minds over almost five decades and will surely inspire many more.

A celebration of colour, imagination and versatility, the kids artwork on display presents a true smorgasbord for the eyes, with all manner of brightly decorated puppets, hobby horses, creatures and contraptions – showing us there is truly no limit to the imagination. Karen’s own paintings combine these childhood creations into finished works of art – bringing together brash marches of hobby horses, oceans of rainbow fish and tides of pirate ships.

Karen and the Kids also includes a special new series of original paintings from Karen entitled, ‘Edge of the Forest’ that capture the unique light and beauty of the Australian bush landscape.

“I’d be lost without my imagination. It’s essential. And everything you do is a part of a cycle of ideas. In fact, these new paintings of mine hark back to paintings I did in my final year of College.”

Many of Karen’s large-scale school projects – such as the Maldon Folk Festival stage banner, created in 1998 with Maldon Primary School – involve all students at every year level, and result in beautiful, distinctive assets for the local community.

There will also be plenty of creative artplay activities for kids to enjoy throughout the exhibition.

Opening night on Friday 22 April 2016 will be filled with festivities, with live music by Andy Rigby, Natasha Mullings and Peter Sullivan, and catering by hospitality students from the Castlemaine Secondary College. Everyone is welcome!

Karen and the Kids runs every weekend from 23 April until 8 May 2016 at the Newstead Arts Hub, a beautiful exhibition space located at the newly restored Newstead Railway Station.

Upcoming exhibition ‘Karen and the Kids’

Our upcoming exhibition is called ‘Karen and the Kids’. This will be a retrospective of work from Karen Peirce, who has recently retired as art teacher from the Newstead primary school.

We can expect a playful, delightful and colourful display, including a selection of Karen’s original paintings. Karen has had a great impact in nurturing creativity in Newstead and we are excited that she is having this exhibition.

Opening night is Friday 22nd of April at 6pm and all are welcome.Katk




Newstead Open Studios 2016

Newstead artists and their studios are very much a part of the Arts Open 2016: Open Studio event running over two weekends – Labour Day long weekend 12-14 March, & Sat-Sun 19-20 March.

Newstead Open Studios Invite

There are eight studios offering diverse and fascinating art experiences: sculpture, painting, printmaking and ceramics.

You can  also stop for a coffee or a meal at Dig Cafe, our local good food café, have a drink at one of our two pubs – one on each side of the Loddon River, or visit local wineries a few minutes drive north – Welshmans Reef or Chapples Cairn Curran Estate.

For more information have a look at the Newstead Open Studios website and also the Arts Open website

Open Studio times: 11am to 4pm daily, Labour Day long weekend 12-14 March, & Sat-Sun 19-20 March. Some studios may be open longer.