Using culture to Renew derelict Urbanity: Renew Newcastle Guide Book

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Sunday 14 February 2010.

Artwork by Rebecca Holmes of the Hive Studios, a Renew Newcastle project image

1 year after Marcus Westbury began his Renew Newcastle project, the city center's once derelict and dangerous main street mall is now teeming with art galleries and studios which have attracted residents to the shopping strip and increased consumer trade in the local area.

Having recently been recognised for his contribution to the local community by a Newcastle Citizen of the Year award, Westbury has now released a 7,000 word guide book on how to renew your own urban area.

The guide book includes advice from State Government planning department, and can be downloaded for free from here:

http://www.arts.nsw.gov.au/NewDirections/NSWCreativeEnterpriseHubs/tabid/262/Default.aspx

http://renewnewcastle.org/

http://www.marcuswestbury.net/