Make Space

Artist run collective at The Station

Photography courtesy of Edwina Richards

Since the re-opening of The Station in 2019 there has been one constant space that has been forever bringing the positive vibes and creative flair to the people of the City Centre and visitors alike; Make Space.

Located on Scott St as part of The Station precinct, Make Space is Newcastle’s go-to collective of artists, designers, and makers from across the Hunter with the bespoke retail space filled with some of the most enticing goodies perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping.

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“The space is a treat for the senses – everywhere is the mark of the artist and everything for sale is either a one-off or a limited production line.”

Founded in 2009, Make Space is a representation of creatives to add to the ever-evolving cultural scene in Newcastle. Keen to get around this local initiative just in time for Christmas? Join the Make Space creative community for a festive day of workshops and music this weekend! For more info, click here.

The below list covers local creatives and their pieces currently available at Make Space.

Clothing Designer
Chloe O'Reilly

Chloe has a background in costume design and a love of vintage fashion, beautiful fabric, and op-shops. All of this culminating in her genius in pairing colours and patterns into wearable works of sustainable art.
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Henry & Tunks
Lyndel Henry

The ceramic brand and product design studio, Henry & Tunks focuses on functional ware for the table and planters; each piece is handcrafted and unique.
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Alison Sobel Read

An American ceramicist residing in Newcastle, Ali Sobel-Read prides herself on being both an educator and an artist. Drawing on her nearly 15-years of experience as a studio artist, her wares are stocked at a number of local museums and galleries.
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Studio QBE
Peter Masters

Newcastle-based photographer; Peter Masters has recently returned from 20 years in Sydney. Having been involved in art photography for more than 30 years, his work has a unique painterly style accentuated by its presentation on archival, museum grade canvas.
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“At the moment I am enjoying exploring the spirit of Newcastle and what it means to be a Novocastrian. I am a proud member of Make Space Newcastle and enjoy exhibiting my work at The Station. Being a part of an art collective like this is incredibly inspirational,” Peter Masters said.

Edwina Richards

Edwina Richards describes her approach to her craft as ‘a documentary sensibility with an eye for the cinematic.’ At Make Space, she facilitates community projects in the Workshop; the latest being the formation of an exciting new group of Hunter based professional women photographers.

Edwina has always looked at ways to team up with other like minds in the area to promote the city as a cultural precinct, as well as producing limited edition fine art prints of her work.
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Suzie Bailey

“The opportunity to join a collective of artists makes my heart thump wildly.”

Suzie has an amazing eye for colour and composition, is the poster girl for the ‘make do and mend’ movement, and recently curated the popular Surf Art group show “Stance”, all set to grow in 2021.
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Jewellery & Objects
Jackie Smallcombe

With an Associate Diploma in Jewellery Design in 1996, Jackie returned to Newcastle to continue making all whilst learning other practices including foundry metal casting, furniture design and welding. Her jewellery is of a contemporary style with a focus on designs that will age with the wearer without dating.
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Sophia Emmett

Completing a traineeship at the Jam Factory, Craft and Design Centre and studying Visual Arts at Monash University, Sophia is now creating unique jewellery and art pieces. Enjoying the challenge of designing and making pieces that are intimate, wearable constructions, her work have evolved from her innovative approach to materials, combined with the fascination of the relationship between texture and form.
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Jones Living
Diana Jones

Jones Living is an Australian Art and Design brand specialising in social commentary hand-screen printed tea towels, handbags, and screen-printing kits. Diana Jones leads the handmade brand with her extensive knowledge and experience in the local market and art scene.
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Textile Design
Petra Hilsen

Petra Hilsen is a felt maker who loves the design and structural abilities that wool offers and the therapeutic benefits of working with such a beautiful fibre. Always interested in textiles, Petra remembers watching her grandmother, a talented seamstress, making her clothes and her mother knitting socks and vests.
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Get down to Make Space at The Station and support our ever-growing creative community here in Newcastle.