MEET: Renae Saxby, Photographer - Exhibition @ The Edwards, July 14th by Kian West

When you get an invitation to "Come and snuggle in at the Edwards on a mid winters night and take a photographic journey into cultures far and wide through the eyes of Newcastle’s Renae Saxby" it is certainly the kind of invitation Mirage wants to know a bit more about and in our own fashion, we had to ask Renae a few questions about such an invitation and what is going on...

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Newcastle has a few things popping up on every corner: Espresso Bars & Small Bars... And Art Galleries! Some of them appear to be rooted in peoples want to create a place to "Work" which is really more about where they want to hang out every day. But there are other galleries like 139 that are clearly passionate about art, local creativity... And... much more importantly... They understand what it takes.

It takes creating something special, reasons to visit the gallery, interacting with the community and being a part of the scene you want to visit your space rather than just "Create it and they will come" that often takes place. Gallery 139

Place: Gallery 139 Address: 139 Beaumont Street Hamilton, NSW Hours: Wed-Fri  10-5 & Sat 10-2

Why We Love it: Who doesn't love a Gallery Dog? Coco Mo is this gorgeous little guard dog happy to greet customers at the door. Coco MoPlus Ahn is amazing too. Stop by for a chat, look around the incredible walls, find out about up-coming exhibitions as well as a fantastic resource of local information. Put the top-end of Beaumont street on your monthly visit route and stop by. You won't regret it.

Shot From a Suitcase @ The Unorthodox Church of Groove by Kian West


 Shot From a Suitcase @ The Unorthodox Church of Groove

With Malcolm Grieve

By Kian West

We were fortunate enough to grab Malcolm for a quick chat ahead of his exhibition in 'The Unorthodox Church of Groove' here in Newcastle later this month to find out a tiny teaser of information about "Shot From a Suitcase" before it captures all of Newcastle's attention April 24-29. Don't miss out!

Launch Party is April 24th from 6pm with a special speech from Matthew Tome, head teacher at the Hunter Street TAFE Arts campus.


Hey Malcolm, How would you describe yourself in three words?


Zippity Doo Da


Not to give to-much away about “Shot from a Suitcase” but you have obviously done a fair bit of travelling ahead of this exhibition, do you have a scary travelling story for us?


There was a time just last year when I was in the Dominican Republic and we were heading down a mountain in the back of a ute/taxi that literally had 17 people in the back.  Half of them were Dominican soldiers, and to make it worse it was raining. We were all chatting, laughing, and trying not to fall off the back of the ute when we were surprised by a very loud BANG! The mood changed in an instant as they grabbed for their guns and prepared to fire; my head was as far down as I could manage. Then everyone realized a split second later that it was just a car back-firing and the casual chat resumed. I was holding my camera at the time and got a shot of a soldier’s intense look. It is featured in “Shot from a Suitcase” and is one of my favourites.


Where is the favourite spot you have visited?

I don’t want to get too specific about the location, but there is a spot up in the Snowy Mountains that is my favourite spot on the planet. My favourite place overseas would be Trinidad, Cuba. It’s hard to explain, but Cuba is really special. It’s in the people, the live music in the street, the culture of an untouched country. I just love it.cuba taxi poster (1:2 internal page advert)



Look See - The Director's Cut by Kian West

‘Art’ can be a loaded term. It can intimidate and isolate people unintentionally, losing guests before the party begins. But it doesn’t have to be this way! The art world has expanded to embrace alternative paths that creativity chose to travel down, and commercial art has rightfully secured a stake in these roads. The Look See Exhibition began humbly as a creative component to the LOOK HEAR talks at Newcastle pub The View Factory back in 2010. Initially, LS exhibited contributed artworks from Newcastle Uni students (a total of 18 artworks from 10 students). The following year we continued to invite Novacastrians, though we also invited some notable names to be exhibited alongside contributed artworks. This developed the structure for future shows: established artists with artworks that were recognised by the creative community would headline the show, but emerging artists would also have the opportunity to exhibit alongside them. This would effectively bring a larger audience and expose them to these creative people who had yet to develop a following.

This year, the LS Exhibition decided to use a movie theme and encouraged artists to design creative works inspired by cinema. The contributions were amazing - ranging from fine art through to fashion, digital pieces, and sculpture. Featured artists included celebrated artists from Australia (Ken Taylor, Bec Winnel, WBYK, Luke Lucas) and international artists (Tyler Stout, Akiko Stehrenberger, Paul Blow). Opening night saw all ages witness an exhibition like no other they’d seen: art that was funny, clever, witty, and cool. Ostracising no one and embracing everyone. We love to look at beautiful works and admire the skills of the craftspeople, and I believe this to be a common human thread. Appreciation of aesthetic doesn’t need to be taught – but it does need to be exercised.

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