Council Looks to Public Art

City to shape public art in Newcastle. City of Newcastle is seeking community-minded art, design and architecture experts to help advise on the development of public art that reflects Newcastle’s history, culture and community. Councillors voted to expand the expertise of the City’s Public Art Reference Group (PARG) by appointing

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Art Market Accepts Street Art. So There.

Banksy is the top living artist in Artprice’s turnover ranking for H1 2021. Will future generations consider Banksy the most important artist of the early 21st century? In any case, that’s what the $123 million hammered in the first half of 2021 suggests, giving Banksy 5th position in Artprice’s general

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Barrington Coast Art Trail ~ Artists Wanted

MidCoast Council is calling on artists to submit expressions of interest to develop one or more artworks that will contribute to the Barrington Coast Art Trail – The Tanks. Supported by the NSW Government through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants, the project will deliver silo art installations at the

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Free Anti-graffiti Kits for Central Coast Residents

Council Director Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan said residents and businesses who find graffiti on their property can get a free graffiti removal kit from council. The longer graffiti remains visible, the more likely it is to increase,” Ms Vaughan said. If you find graffiti on your property, we recommend removing

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Carz

Random grabs of painted vehicles and paintings of vehicles.  One nearly always sees them going the other way on the road when photography isn’t an option. So, for what it’s worth…. At Islington way back in 2004, the car dealer is still there. Painted on the wall, part of a

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Taggers, Krews & Throsby the Bencher

Let’s clear this up. Throsby’s a bencher and knows little about the fine art (or fine vandalism) of graffiti. He likes a “nice picture” and gazes in awe at the skills evident in both skyscraper-size portraits and tiny stylised tags. In this case we’re looking at a small collection of

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Poster Art ~ Medium & Message

An under-appreciated art form – and is it art? Of course it is. Poster art can be as legitimate as any other form, but the divide between art, advertising, and messaging is often hard to know. McLuhan said the medium is the message. Never truer with posters, which also clearly

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Wickham ~ the Artists’ Incubator

One of the first suburbs of Newcastle – proclaimed in 1871 – Wickham had a council that oversaw the satellite settlements of Carrington, Islington, Maryville, and Tighes Hill. Well, I didn’t know Wickham was Newcastle upon Tyne’s “Whickham” misspelt. Maybe our version of the name means not “village by the

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Hexham

Hexham, a small village about 15 km north-west of Newcastle, NSW, named after the English market town of Hexham – both towns near their “Newcastle.” Ozzie the Mozzie at Hexham Bowling Club. Full-scale model (1:1) of the greatly feared local mosquito, the frightful and dreaded Ochlerotatus Alternans – aka the

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Hamilton

Not a lot going on here – a little too suburban. Even Beaumont Street offers few canvasses. Most of the action is over the tracks in Islington. Hamilton Station in 1906 looking west. In the background, a city of coal-fired industry, coal-powered steam engines, and coal-heated homes. Photo credit NSW

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South Newcastle Beach

Welcome to Newcastle’s former aerosol art paradise. Newcastle City is separated from the Pacific Ocean by a sandy strip called Newcastle Beach, shown below. Rocks divide the beach into “Newcastle Beach” and “South Newcastle Beach” – not to be confused with “South Newcastle” – a precinct that does not exist.

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Union Lane ~ Newcastle East

Lanes and Alleys As Throsby traipses along inner-city backstreets, alleys, and laneways, he wonders about the stirrings, chatterings, to-ings and fro-ings, that once lent life to these mean little brick-walled canyons. Alleyways are the invisible sinews of an indifferent city – how could people have ever lived in such unwelcoming

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Latec House ~ Hunter Street West

Latec House aka 741 Hunter. 3 February 2004 Latec House in Hunter Street looking west from Union Street With this quote from Wikipedia’s article on Pinnacle Apartments is a reminder these images (and all images on this site – except otherwise noted) are copyright NewcastleOnHunter.com, but shared under Creative Commons

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Laing Street Newcastle

Laing Street Newcastle. A Google search for Laing Street cites it with national prominence as a heralded destination on the National Public Toilet Map. Laing Street is home to the Newcastle Elderly Citizens Centre, that renowned loo, the King Street Car Park, and a brick wall or two. Pictured ~

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Bull Street, HDWB Workshop

Former HDWB workshop from Bull St Newcastle Bull Street, Newcastle. 10 July 2005. At left, NSW Department of Education. Right, former Hunter District Water Board workshop. Stupid parked his car in view just to ruin the ambiance. Click on image below. Interactive panorama opens in new window. Use mouse or

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Cessnock Draft Public Art Policy

Cessnock City’s Public Art Policy is now open for community input. Residents from the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) now have the opportunity to provide feedback on Council’s draft Public Art Policy. Commissioned mural by Silky Street Art at Bridges Hill Park. An important part of Council’s Community Strategic Plan,

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Cooks Hill

John Street 2009 And some stretching 72 Darby Street 92 Darby Street June 2014 May 2016 86 Railway Street 8 Railway Street Goldberg’s Lane 324 Darby Street May 2016

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Doc’s Pharmacy

Doc’s was a high-profile shop, and not only because it moved at least three times along Hunter Street. Just being in Hunter Street means high-profile. October 2006 when Doc’s mural held pride of place at the Bank Corner shop. First port of call, as Throsby records it, was 531 Hunter

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Civic Court (no, not the new courthouse)

Civic Court at 486 Hunter Street. Civic Court at 486 Hunter Street in December 2009 Civic Court is one of hundreds of nondescript commercial low-rise buildings in Hunter Street. A little digging finds no reference, though no doubt memorable small businesses had shopfronts beneath the plain facade, which looks perhaps

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Bolton St Former Drive Through Bank

Scott & Bolton former Drive-thru Bank. Former drive-through bank building. Remnants of Palais Youth Venue commissioned work. 21 August 2005 This unremarkable building was unusually well-known when it was built as the city’s first and perhaps the region’s only drive-through bank. It was very popular with robbers. ES&A is an

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Islington

A suburb not quite as elegant as it’s name, but loveable nonetheless. One of a dozen so-named townships in England, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, Throsby’s Islington is a suburb of Newcastle, NSW, a little west of its CBD. “Isso” is one of his most favoured areas, for reasons that

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Broadmeadow

Broadmeadow was famously known as “Nineways.” It was, well, still is, the intersection of nine streets. Maybe a world record? Technically, you’ll find ten streets, looking at a map. A roundabout handled this complexity without fuss and, as still they do in so many great cities, motorists and pedestrians wove

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Nelson Bay & Shoal Bay

Holiday Snaps in Paradise. Home to the Worimi Nation, Nelson Bay is one of Australia’s most beautiful areas. It is, literally, a paradise. After an hour’s drive north of Newcastle, these two vistas will ensure you’ll forever want to return. The artwork captured in 2004 are all I can offer.

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Georgetown

It was almost called Motown. If Georgetown is unremarkable, that’s the attraction. A small strip of shops amid peaceful residential, 5 minutes from Waratah Village, hospitals, rail transport and schools. If Georgetown was named after George Moate, why does it bear his first name? Well.. if you add “town” to

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Beresford Lane

Streets, however humble or short – even the laneways – have stories to tell. Beresford Lane, in Newcastle’s west end, is an afterthought, barely a footnote, in the City’s past. Now just an alley lined with roller doors and wheelie bins, a century ago it was an active residential and

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Bellevue Hotel

Bellevue Hotel A traditional pub whose end of life was an all-night drinking hole. Now appropriately gentrified, it’s shell houses an art gallery and fronts residential high-rise. This collections shows it’s terminal phase and transition from 2004 to 2007. Bellevue Hotel at the Newcastle Bank Corner, Hunter Street West, 2

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Big Picture Fest Hits City Bricks

Vintage inspired mural brings Civic Theatre wall to life as Big Picture Fest sweeps the City. City of Newcastle is celebrating the opening of the Big Picture Fest which will see the western wall of Civic Theatre painted with a vintage mural, as 14 street artworks are installed across the

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Stegga’s City Emporium

Stegga’s City Emporium survives today (2019) at 517 to 529 Hunter Street, Newcastle. I visited Antiques on Hunter at this address to shop, some time in 2001, and a few years later they moved to King Street, where they were still doing business in 2018. Did they ever change the

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Rogers Diamond Emporium

Hunter Street: No 501 was a derelict shop with upstairs tenants feeling the strain. Spero Davias lists the site’s history as starting next to a laneway in 1909  as A. E. Smith, House Furnishings. After a string of businesses it became in 1950 one of the city’s eminent jewellers, Rogers,

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