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The Owens Collective to open new event venue in Islington

The Showroom at The Owens Collective is one of Newcastle’s newest venues. A raw industrial warehouse, with secret laneway, hosting everything from workshops to corporate gatherings, photoshoots to product launches, art shows to yoga classes.

The venue will launch this Friday evening from 6pm with ‘Expansion’, an exhibition of large professional works presented in collaboration with Gallery 139.

Proprietor, Clint Marquet explains “the vision is to create a balance between corporate and community activities and to work with local business, creatives and entrepreneurs to offer a hub of event activities in Islington’s creative precinct.

“It’s a really flexible space and we are starting to see the vision come to life.”

“It’s been exciting, so far, to see a range of local operators using the space for photo and video shoots, book launches, corporate networking, education and conferences,” said Clint.

Project Coordinator for Hunter iF, Richard Christian, will officially open the Showroom space this Friday, 15 December. As an independent connector and enabler of Innovation, Richard will introduce the venue and share opportunities the growth in the Hunter Innovation ecosystem is bringing to the area.

There are some upcoming free events aimed at small business and entrepreneurs coordinated by local not for profit organisation, Futurepreneurs who are very active in the innovation space.

‘Expansion’ will be open Friday to Sunday until 14 December 11am – 4pm with works by prominent local artists: Lydia Miller, Matthew Tome, Shelagh Lummis, Paul Maher, Dino Consalvo, Sally Reynolds, Malcolm Sands, Kate Hopkinson-Pointer, Peter Gardiner, Liam Power, Belinda Street, Nina Battley, Hugh Ramage, Michelle Teear, Helene Leane, Jo Shand.

The art connection will continue following this with a Sunday Artist’s salon on 15 December connecting art enthusiasts with artists and buying directly from them.

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