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Newcastle Placemaking: Part I

September 11, 2013
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Here are a few shots taken one morning after walking around Newcastle East. These planter boxes were made by some locals (please let me know exactly who and I will update this post. Ripley? And?) to a company the trendy cafe that is Sprocket.

It’s great when a business takes pride, inside and out, in their business. Congratulations are in order for those who are brave to take the risk. What risks? People might steal the plants or damage the plants? They might get vandalised?

Too many great initiatives can get halted by ‘what if’ worries. More trust is needed and we can only learn by sharing that hope.

It might just seem like some outdoor furniture. But this project represents faith, healthy lifestyles and love of your public spaces.

I also threw in some photos local spots like dog beach (a hand built teepee from driftwood included), Newcastle Pacific Park and Newcastle Foreshore to show the natural beauty our city has to offer.

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Crochet for a Cause

May 20, 2013

Melbourne Hamlin

Learn the art of the Granny Square with tuition fees going to fund a fistula operation at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

The classes are run as part of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital, which many people may have heard of as the “Hospital by the River”.

The classes will run upstairs at Grind on Darby St once a month until November (from 11am to 4pm) and teach you everything you need to know to make your own Granny Square Blanket.

Class dates (please register here to confirm the class numbers)

Sunday 26 May
Sunday 30 June
Sunday 28 July
Sunday 25 August
Sunday 29 September
Sunday 27 October
Sunday 24 November

The fees from each class ($60 per person) pays for an obstetric fistula operation, restoring the dignity of a woman who would otherwise be ostracised by her family and community.  Obstetric fistula is an horrific childbirth injury which leaves these poor girls incontinent and outcast. Because of the generous support of programs like this, patients coming to the hospital in Ethiopia can be treated free of charge!

All you have to bring along is a 4mm crochet hook and a ball of 8ply Acrylic Yarn in a bright bold colour! You can pick these up at Spotlight, Lincraft, or your local craft shop. A pair of small scissors and a good sense of humour can come in pretty handy too.

With your completed blanket, you can keep warm for the up-coming winter months, or like hundreds of amazing hookers from around the country, you can donate your blanket (or granny squares) to be given as a gift to the amazing patients of Hamlin who each receive one upon arrival to the Hospital.

For more info go to the above fb pages or
www.hamlin.org.au

www.facebook.com/DrCatherineHamlin

www.facebook.com/toaddiswithlove

www.facebook.com/littlemissswan

Newcastle, Australia visits Motorcity, Michigan

March 24, 2013
Street Art Walking (SAW) was recently invited to be part of Project for Public Spaces inaugural event ‘Placemaking Leadership Council Meeting’ which is to be held in Detroit, Michigan on 10-12th April, 2013. Yet, with short notice of this great opportunity, our director needed to find extra financial support to attend this great opportunity.
After setting up a Pozible campaign, just over two weeks ago, the project has been supported by forty people raising over $1700. This means the flight to Michigan has been supported by the community that can see the value of Newcastle, Australia being involved in a global placemaking discussion. It has been truly heartwarming to see the support for myself and Street Art Walking from so many people. Thank you to all involved for supporting this initiative and I look forward to sharing all the amazing interactions that I am bound to have in this unique city.
Here are some people SAW will be meeting with:
Detroiturbex 
MBAD’s African Bead Museum
The Heidelberg Project
Motor City Muckraker 
I will be staying with a young couple in a house that has been getting TLC to be refurbished. It will be great to be staying with locals, whom are passion about the urban renewal of their city, just as I am about our own city, Newcastle.

Newcastle, Australia is in a state of change with many new developments on the horizon. It is vital that placemaking practices are shared with all levels of the community; residents, business owners, council, state government agencies and private developers have an exciting time ahead.As a member of the council, placemaking advocacy will be a large part of SAW’s role. To place Newcastle, Australia on this global platform at such a vital time is a great opportunity for our artists and organisation, but also the community and the clients that we work with.

It is a huge honour to be invited to be a member of this leadership council, as SAW has been striving for a more vibrant Newcastle since we started making murals in Newcastle, turning empty places into creative places.
You can learn more about the Pozible campaign, which is still running for three mroe days by going here. For more info about the Placemaking Leadership Council please click here.

Let’s get Newcastle on a Global Map

March 11, 2013

Street Art Walking (SAW) have been invited by Project for Public Spaces (PPS) to go to Detroit, Michigan for an inaugural event ‘Placemaking Leadership Council Meeting’ in April 2013.

But we need your help to get there..

Why help?

  • SAW wants Newcastle to be aligned with the best cities in the world

  • We will be part of a highly valued and respected global community of placemakers

  • Being on the leadership council is a five year commitment to you and your community

  • We will host placemaking events with you about your city

  • Placemaking is an international movement that we must be involved in

Photo taken during our visit to New York at PPS Office, 2012

What is placemaking?
Placemaking is a multifaceted approach to planning, design and management of public spaces. It involves listening to the community and asking questions of the people who like, work and play in an area to discover their needs and aspirations.

We think this conversation is so very relevant for Newcastle and the future of our city. We want to be part of the process in creating good public spaces that promote health, happiness and well being.

It is a huge honour to be invited to be a member of this leadership council, as SAW has been striving for a more vibrant Newcastle since we started making murals in Newcastle, turning empty places into creative places.

We have launched a Pozible campaign to help us get to Detroit (we tried other funding avenues but there is not enough time to go through these avenues) and we are 27% on our way there, with eleven supporters, on even from Boston! We now need the local community to get behind the cause of making Newcastle the best place it can be.

SAW Mural by Stu McDonald

Help Street Art Walking Put SAW on International Map

March 7, 2013

Help Street Art Walking Put SAW on International Map

We need your help to get us from Newcastle, Australia to Detroit, Michigan. Help us engage with an international group of placemakers, to bring the knowledge and links back to our city.

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

March 6, 2013

Artists, designers, illustrators, painters and anyone with the creative flair to work on a large-scale mural are invited to send Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a mural to be made in an interior hallway of a local club. The area is used by a number of different groups; community, corporate and cool. The silhouette style mural will need to be a funky reflection of all the various people who walk through the corridors.

Artists, designers, illustrators, painters and anyone with the creative flair to work on a large-scale mural are invited to send Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a mural to be made in an interior hallway of a local club. The area is used by a number of different groups; community, corporate and cool. The silhouette style mural will need to be a funky reflection of all the various people who walk through the corridors.

DOWNLOAD FULL PROJECT BRIEF HERE

Theme

‘Corporate and Cool’

This includes clientele such as:

- Musicians (all genres such as rock, dance, metal, pop, electronic, DJ’s and more)

- Corporate functions (forums, talks, conferences, business sector)

- Community (school groups, churches, choirs and other community members)

The mural will help to enhance the space by brightening the colours in the long hallways, whilst telling the broad story of activities hosted by Panthers. Black and white would be major colours used, with bright colours to add contrast to silhouettes.

Suggested imagery (see Project Brief for photos of desired style):

- Musical references (Elvis, instruments, decks/turntables, lights, notes etc)
- People (kids, crowds in audience, business people and adults) to represent wide community use

- Activities like skating, dance and others that create a sense of movement

- Silhouettes of a crowd with spotlights (see website http://newcastle.panthers.com.au/Home)

Budget

$800 – To cover materials and labour

Colours

The current colour of the wall is to be used as a colour layer with silhouettes. Other colours such as white and bright tones are to be incorporated to highlight existing red. Artists are requested to describe how they would create this mural and which colours they would use. (Maybe Elvis is wearing blue suede shoes?! – it is up to you!)

Materials
Mural can be produced with artists chosen mediums such as stencil, brush, aerosol or other method suggested with EOI’s.

Email us with the following:

  • Written concept for your proposed artwork (Selected imagery? What colours? Etc)
  • Example images of previous work
  • Artist CV (if applicable)
  • Availability to complete mural

To obtain photo files (.jpegs format) of the walls please email simone[at]streetartwalking[dot]com[dot]au

ENTRIES CLOSE 31st MARCH 2013

DOWNLOAD FULL PROJECT BRIEF HERE

Urban Renewal, Exploration and Street Art Walking

February 15, 2013

So, things have been a little quiet on the Street Art Walking (SAW) homefront, as I have been working as Placemaking Coordinator for a project called Honeysuckle Alive.

Honeysuckle Alive aims involves a series of unique, temporary and permanent, projects that will activate and interact with public spaces in Honeysuckle, Newcastle. The program features elements of  art, creativity,  culture, music, leisure, functionality, fun and play. It has been quiet a contrast to working in other parts of ‘older’ Newcastle and a great experience in learning that even newly developed precinct have their own unique set of challenges.

SAW is still ticking over and has largely become a photographic documentation of all things street art, wherever I visit, featuring work in Sydney, Newcastle, New York and even my hometown, Mudgee.

This week I was asked a series of questions by Top Shelf Magazine on what inspired my interest in street art and where things may be going for SAW. Check out the article titled ‘Turning Around Decades of Decay’ here. Newcastle will always remain a source of inspiration for the work that is done here, as well a local organisation Renew Newcastle, which has made such an impact on the ground level here for our community.

For those that don’t know, I actually founded a gallery (ARThive) as part of my Honours studies at The University of Newcastle, through the Renew Newcastle program. It was the best hands-on experience I have had working in a DIY artist run initiative (ARI) and there is no way my career would have taken the path it has, without the support from this special organisation.

2013 will see some new directions for SAW and myself, after meeting with Brooklyn based Street Art Walk last year. After meeting with our US counterpart we have been ticking over was that we can offer a local guiding experience through Newcastle. Our scene here is far more spread out and there just is not as much graff or street art to show in a small walking tour. Yet, my interest in empty buildings and history could mean that our tours become a more urban exploration style tour, showcasing our eclectic mix of old and new.

I will be visiting Detroit this April and will be going on an urban exploration tour with DetroitUrbex so will surely gain some inspiration from this city and organisation.

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