A wonderful launch of ‘Earthbody’

‘Earthbody’ was beautifully launched last Sunday at the Arts Hub with a large and appreciative crowd in attendance.

Here is a lovely note from Ros Hart about her response to the event and the works.

Congratulations on a wonderful, wonder-filled art exhibition and a very enjoyable launch yesterday. I think this my favourite of all art exhibitions I have been to at the Arts Hub. I loved Belinda Prest’s work especially (wish I had $$$ to spare). Her work took me right back to my younger self when I was a jillaroo, out all day in the highlands of Victoria, looking across beautiful vistas which mending fences and attending to livestock.

My favourite of your lyrical pieces, (Saide), is the weaving in the second room. I loved the flow of the white through the burnt oranges and browns, underscoring the delicate and minimalist placed pieces pf your beloved found vegetation. 

Ann Berg’s room was stunning too – reminded me of aboriginal dreaming. I could feel Ann’s heart in her work. Warm and powerful. …. 

I loved the floaty ethereal, otherworldliness, dreamy quality of Chrisanne Blennerhassett’s work. It was full of heart. 

Please pass onto your fellow artists my thanks and gratitude for the hard and heartfelt work you all do to bring insight, reflection and beauty into our world. Thank you from Ros.

Note: This Exhibition, EarthBody, is open all weekends in August from 11am – 5pm. Viewers and visitors are most welcome.

If any of the Friends of Newstead Railway ArtsHub would like to spend some time during August weekends assisting with minding the ARtsHub or joining in Words in Winter events please feel free to find out more at


Or contact us by email:


Or by phone

0419 543 667 text is fine.


EarthBody … coming in August to the Hub

Five women artists with a deep concern for the environment, each bringing a unique expression of subtle ecological variation to the project.

Aiming to promote connection (social and environmental) the Newstead Arts Hub exhibition will reflect the landscape, its beauty, historical significance, and conservation. Environmental talks and workshops will stimulate ecological conversation and connection to place.

Collaboration with Words in Winter will diversify a unique community project highlighting a multiplicity of artistic mediums including assemblages of natural materials, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Each artist expresses connection to place and the earth using nature as subject and medium.


Drawing and Painting at the ARTSHUB

Art Classes are being offered in July to September by well-known Newstead resident and recently retired Tafe teacher Julie Patey.

The intention of the class is to provide a relaxed and open atmosphere, conducive to the complex nature of the age group, while at the same time emphasising the learning of new skills.

Classes start Thursday 19th July – September 13th  (10 -2 pm)

$80 per session (max 10 students)

Contact Julie 0408528536  pateymcg@gmail.com

Bookings through TRYBOOKING https://www.trybooking.com/WMZJ


  1. Drawing from Still Life Pencil Coffee Pots cups etc Combine with transfer image
  2. Drawing with Coloured Pencil Illustration techniques with aquarelles on smooth thick paper/tea-towels
  3. Drawing with Pastels How to blend/how to grind/ how to apply
  4. Automatism and Mono-printing Exploring Surrealists
  5. Portrait Painting with water colours
  6. Small studies of old masters with acrylic paint/oil paint
  7. Abstraction Colour Harmonies
  8. Expressive line drawing Functional objects


Tiny Towns Art Trail: Newstead

The Arts Hub will be presenting a group exhibition ‘Trails of Thought’ as part of Tiny Towns Art Trail. The exhibition will feature the work of 15 local artists and makers from Newstead and surrounding districts. There will be a diversity of works on display: photography, printmaking, ceramics, painting, drawing and mixed media.

Join us at the official opening where you can meet the artists – all welcome!
2-4pm, Sunday 22nd April 2018
8a Tivey St, Newstead

The exhibition is open weekends – 10am to 4pm
14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 of April 2018


Artists include: 
Ann Berg, Bob Clutterbuck, Chris Johnston, Chrisanne Blennerhassett, David Golightly, Geoff Park, Georgina Duckett, Janet Barker
, Julie Patey, Lee Shelden, 
Michelle Day, Prue McAdam
, Richard Sullivan, Sally Roadknight and Sarah Koschak

Contact: Julie 0408 528 536



Nominations are open to join the Arts Hub committee of management

The Newstead Railway Arts Hub is calling for nominations for the appointment of a new committee of management for 2018- 2019

We are keen to attract individuals to the committee who have a wide range of skills including: grant writing, social media and marketing experience, business planning expertise, people who are good facilitators, and have community organisational skills. It’s an ambitious ‘wish list’ but we have some exciting projects planned for the coming years.

You don’t necessarily need to live in Newstead either: we are interested in reaching out to nearby towns and seeing how the Arts Hub can be of benefit to nearby communities.

What’s the next step:
If you, or someone you know would like to be involved, please download a nomination form from the website

or contact Julie Patey: newsteadartshub@gmail.com
Nomination forms also available from the Newstead RTC

Nominations close 5pm, Monday the 19th of March.

Invitation to Meet the Producers

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 5.13.31 PM

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 info@rcc2018.com 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.
For more information: www.darrondavies.com

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

Proposed Garden Plan for the Arts Hub

Cassia and Anna Read gave a wonderful presentation of their proposed garden design for the Newstead Railways Arts Hub on the 30th of October, and some of you may have been there. They are now eager to hear back from the community to fine tune the design in response to our feedback.

Sketch of NRAH garden concept

You can read the accompanying NRAH concept outline detailing the design and inspiration we can draw upon for different features.

Please email Cassia directly to give feedback in the next week: cassiaread@gmail.com

Cassia and Anna will be making the final presentation on:
4th December at 6pm at the Arts Hub – see you there.



Newstead & District ‘Remembers’

The Newstead and District Historical society will host: “Newstead and District Remembers” an exhibition centred on the contribution of the local schools, and the community to World War One on 11 and 12 November and 18 and 19 November 2017 at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub, 8a Tivey Street Newstead. Hours will be from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on each of those days.

The official opening of the exhibition will take place at 5.00 pm on 11 November. At the ceremony, the book Newstead and District Remembers will be launched.

On 18 November at 10.00 am, Ray Stevenson will lead a Memorial Walk, leaving from the Arts Hub.

What motivated our people to make the tremendous sacrifices they did during the war? What goes through the mind of someone as he waits to go over the top, a man who knows the chances of him surviving that journey are slim indeed? You are invited to see an exhibition that looks at the actions of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.


Newstead Primary School Exhibition

Newstead Primary School are proud to announce they are holding a whole school exhibition.

It is entitled: Australian Impressions; images, icons and belonging, which will be held at the Newstead Arts Hub.
black cockatoo
The opening celebration is Thursday October 19 from 4pm -7pm – all welcome.

The exhibition will then be open weekends Saturday October 21- Sunday November 5 from 1-4pm depending on volunteers.*

Students have enthusiastically been working on art pieces representing Australian native flora, fauna, local Indigenous stories and ways they identify with Australia.

It will also be open for NPS’s Grandparent’s Day on Friday November 3 from 9-10.30am, so students can guide their family through.

*If you would like to volunteer to mind the exhibition please contact Newstead Primary School on 5476 2226. Any time contribution large all small would be greatly appreciated.