An art lover's guide to New Annual

20 January 21

New Annual is coming to Newcastle in February, and with such a wide variety of arts, music, theatre, and performance descending on the city there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Art is all around in Newcastle, and New Annual can help you engage with the emerging creatives in our city - from a tour of incredible studio spaces, behind-the-scenes looks at Newcastle’s biggest artworks, and an opportunity to watch unbelievable chalk murals in the making!

In this edition of ‘how-to New Annual’, check out three handpicked events at New Annual which are not to be missed by art afficiandos.

Artist Open Studio Trail
Exploring Newcastle’s artistic side, the Artist Open Studio Trail will traverse three of the city’s creative hubs with demonstrations, exhibitions, and collaborative creations all on the agenda.
Saturday 20 February, 1pm – 6.30pm
Hudson St Hum, Newcastle Art Space, The Creator Incubator

Visiting three of Newcastle’s creative hubs, the Artist Open Studio Trail is a must-see for anyone who loves art in any and all of i’s forms.

With a collaborative artwork to be created at Hudson Street Hum, an open house experience where guests can explore the many facets of Newcastle Art Space, topped off by an array of demonstrations, displays, and performances at The Creator Incubator, this is not to be missed.

This is a free self-directed trail, and more information can be found by clicking here.

Big Picture Fest walking tour
Big Picture Fest transformed Newcastle in October 2020 with a dozen artists descending on the city. Now, the Big Picture Fest walking tour brings you the inside word from one of the festival’s key women: Newcastle Afoot’s Becky Kiil.
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February from 10am – 2pm
Various locations throughout Newcastle and Honeysuckle

With the remit of transforming the exteriors of some of Newcastle’s largest buildings in some iconic locations, Big Picture Fest took over the city for a weekend in October and its results are on display for all to see.

From ‘Shadow’ that sits adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre in the heart of the city, to those artworks that adorn the Newcastle Museum, the stories behind how and why they came to be are amazing.

Thanks to the festival’s brainchild and Newcastle Afoot owner-operator, Becky Kiil, the Big Picture Fest walking tour at New Annual will give you a new perspective on Newcastle with a behind the scenes look at how our city was transformed.

Tickets are $20 – find out more by clicking here.

Chalk the Walk
Transforming the surfaces of Newcastle, Chalk the Walk uses chalk art to turn city streets and pavements into the most incredible, mind-bending images that you’ll need to see to believe!
Newcastle Visitors Information Centre, Signal Box Café, Laman Street (Civic Park Fountain stairs), and outside the Lucky Hotel
Artworks will be constructed over four days from Thursday 11 February and completed on Sunday 14 February

Chalk the Walk comes to Newcastle as part of New Annual in February, with internationally renowned artist and Central Coast local, Jenny McCracken plus a team of Zest Events International Artists set to transform the city’s surfaces.

A temporary 3D artwork trail is set to be installed in key outdoor locations for the duration of the festival, with artists set to put chalk to pavement throughout the first weekend of New Annual.

Come along and watch as the artists take simple walkways and make mind-bending art which will have you questioning your own senses – and then grab pics that will make all your friends scratch their heads!

For more on Chalk the Walk, click here.

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