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Renew Newcastle update

January 27th, 2009 by marcus

With the silly season mostly over i thought i should fire off a quick update.

Despite my earlier fears about perpetual un or underemployment, I seem to have landed on my feet. Actually i seem to have landed so heavily on my feet that i am in danger of being rushed off them.

The Renew Newcastle project is going gangbusters. Renew Newcastle has signed a major agreement with the GPT group that will allow us to access as many as 20 or more shops, offices, and buildings that will be available to artists and community groups until GPT’s major redevelopment of the Newcastle mall precinct begins construction – probably in 2010.

The most exciting part of all this is that the first group of projects have already started receiving their keys and will be ready to launch is little as a couple of weeks. We are also hoping to be able to make a major announcement about funding at that time – which will be particularly great as i have spent a small fortune on the project thus far and it would be nice if someone better resourced than me started chipping in!

Stay tuned.

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  • 1 Anne Walton Feb 28, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Hello Marcus
    Just heard the tail end of you on Radio National, then went to your site but can’t seem to get very far into the info on the ‘renewing newcastle’ project.
    Can you tell me if you’re still taking proposals for this project? I’ve been developing a community-based and braille-based work called “The Braille Window Project”, first piloted at Gallery 4a in Haymarket, Sydney. If you go to the braillespace site (above), you’ll get the picture (it’s a totally accessible website by the way, so not very visual).
    Ok. leave it there and hope to hear from you.
    Anne Walton

  • 2 marcus Feb 28, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Hi Anne,

    The info you are looking for is at the Renew Newcastle web site: