Hunter Street Mall: Renew Newcastle’s Christmas Tour

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Renew Newcastle is bringing the Newcastle Mall to life this Thursday, 13th December for a Festive Follies Walking Tour around shops and galleries to launch their latest exhibitions and showcase new wares.

Staying open until 6.30pm, this free guided tour will give you plenty of Christmas inspiration and a first-chance opportunity to get your hands on unique gifts that have been locally made in Newcastle.

Connecting with local creatives and rejuvenating the city centre is an important part of Renew Newcastle, who will be discussing their latest projects along the way.

Refreshments will be offered from 5pm at The Emporium (ex-David Jones), with the guided tour beginning at 5.30pm to give you valuable insight into what’s new in Newcastle.

The tour includes:

The Emporium, which houses a wide range of boutiques and galleries in the former David Jones building, including:

Tickle and Hide – a tutti-frutti reversible children’s clothing store by Jodi Godfrey

Cashmere & Silk – quality lingerie and sleepwear items by Janet Steele

Jzhonnie Bechet – housing glam-eco-art fashion by Jzhonnie Holloway

Miss Lulu – aptly named 1950s-inspired fashion store for modern pin-ups by Brianna Brent

It’s About Time – gallery and workshop for unusual clocks and sculptures by Karl Claydon

Smack Bang – quirky store featuring pop culture paintings and paraphernalia by Sophia Flegg

The Business Who’s Who of Australia – art exhibition highlighting drawings by Susan Te Kahurangi King

• The Galleria – Renew Newcastle’s rotating showcase of artists and designers including David Hampton, Sam Hughes, Grant Hunter, Cut Stick, and Sarah Mould

Shannon Hartigan Images and Nook Store will also be included on the tour, both stores just graduating to commercial leases.

Strip of a Lifetime, a photobooth and vintage hire station, will be looking at the history of the Analogue TV, while Curve Gallery will be showcasing their latest exhibition, A Cautionary Tale, which includes an artist meet-and-greet on the tour.

For more information regarding this unique opportunity to see and buy from a unique blend of local artists, visit the Renew Newcastle website.

Leah is a recent Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) graduate from the University of Newcastle, who is interested in social media, SEO and advertising. To handle the stress of undertaking Honours this year, she will occupy herself with way too many movies and TV series, first person shooter games and taking cute photos of her cat.

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