Venues

This year This is Not Art is taking place across over 20 venues from Newcastle East through the CBD to the edge of Newcastle West. Here's a list of our venues and some access information about each of them including a description of the venue entry, toilets and parking; as well as information about road work happening in the Newcastle CBD during the festival period.

HEADS UP | ROAD WORK

 

There is significant road work happening in the Newcastle CBD in preparation for the introduction of light rail and also the Supercars event.

Light rail construction started on Hunter Street between Auckland and Darby streets on Tuesday 12 September. The road will be closed to traffic, during the festival period but businesses are still open.

Footpaths will be open and parking is still available at either end of the construction zone, on surrounding streets, and in nearby car parks at Centenary Road, Argyle Street and Wright Lane.

Buses have been diverted from Hunter St to King St, and we've noticed that traffic can be very slow at times.

PLEASE ALLOW EXTRA TIME to travel between festival venues if you are catching a bus or driving. Walking may be the fastest option!

There is also road work happening around Newcastle East - detours are in place and change from day to day.

The best source of information about supercars, road closures and any other local queries is on The City of Newcastle website.

 

VENUE INFORMATION

This is Not Art Info Booth
Hunter St Mall (near corner Perkins St)

Festival Info Booth providing visitor information and festival programs. Thursday - Saturday 10am-2pm.


Alchemy Cafe
488 Hunter Street, Newcastle

Alchemy is a coffee shop and art space in the Civic Precinct that welcomes groups needing a place to get together. They support emerging artists and have exhibitions on a monthly basis.

Alchemy is accessed via one step. No accessible bathrooms or reserved parking available. Find the location on Google Maps.

Note that Hunter St is closed to traffic from Auckland to Darby Sts so please allow extra time to travel to this venue if you are travelling via car or bus through the city to get to this venue. Pedestrian access along Hunter St will be possible.


CBD Hotel 
471 Hunter St, Newcastle

CBD Hotel is an accessible venue with level entrance via Hunter and King Streets, with an accessible bathroom. No reserved parking. Find the location on Google Maps.

City Hall
290 King Street, Newcastle 

Newcastle City Hall is one of Newcastle's most unique and prestigious venues. Its Old World charm and stunning architecture, including sandstone walls and pillars, marble staircases, clocktower and sweeping ballroom, is reminiscent of a bygone era. 

This venue is accessed via flat entry via Wheeler Place. Hunter Room is located on the second floor. There is an internal lift. Accessible bathrooms onsite. No reserved parking. Find the location on Google Maps.

Note that City Hall is being renovated and no there is currently no entry available from King St. 


Civic Digest 
 
Wheeler Place, Hunter Street, Newcastle 

Civic Digest is an Australian-first contemporary library, cafe and bar at Civic Theatre Newcastle. Cutting edge library technology is combined with quality food.

Civic Digest is accessed via two steps on Wheeler Place. No reserved parking available. Accessible toilet onsite. Find the location on Google Maps.

Note that this venue is in the section of Hunter St that will be closed to traffic during the festival period (ie between Auckland and Darby Sts). Please allow extra time to travel by car or bus to this venue. Note that pedestrians can still access this section of Hunter St.

 
Civic Park    
King Street, Newcastle

Civic Park is a large park located in the Civic Precinct, nestled between the Newcastle Art Gallery (Laman St) and Newcastle City Hall (King St).

Civic Park is an accessible venue with level entrance via King Street. Reserved parking available across the road on Auckland St. No accessible toilets onsite. Find the location on Google Maps


Creative Word Shop
Suite 51, Level 1 164-170 Hunter Street, Newcastle (entry on Market St) 

The Creative Word Shop offers creative writing workshops for Adults and Children in the Newcastle CBD. 

The Creative Word Shop is accessed via two flights of stairs. There is a lift to the second floor however this can only be accessed after the first set of stairs. No accessible bathrooms or reserved parking. Find the location on Google Maps.


Crown and Anchor Hotel
 
189 Hunter Street, Newcastle 

The Crown and Anchor Hotel provides clean, affordable accommodation in the heart of the Newcastle central business district Arts and Cultural precinct.

We are using the upstairs room at the venue. This is accessed via two flights of stairs. Accessible toilet onsite. Reserved parking available across the road on Perkins St. The nearest accessible toilets are nearby on Hunter St near the bus stop. Find the location on Google Maps.


Elderly Citizens' Centre
 
Cnr Laing and Morgan St Newcastle

Elderly Citizens' Centre is a centre based service for frail elderly people and younger people with disabilities and their carers.

Elderly Citizens' Centre is an accessible venue with ramp or steps entrance. Accessible toilets available (inside the main hall). No reserved parking. Find the location on Google Maps.  

Newcastle Art Gallery 
1 Laman Street, Newcastle

Newcastle Art Gallery houses the most important public art collection in NSW outside Sydney and is considered one of the most substantial in regional Australia.

Newcastle Art Gallery is an accessible venue with level entrance. Reserved parking and accessible toilets available. Find the location on Google Maps.


Newcastle Beach Kiosk
 
Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle

Newcastle Beach Kiosk is the meeting point for an event on Newcastle Beach.

This is not an accessible venue. No accessible toilets onsite. No reserved parking available. Find the location on Google Maps.


Newcastle Diggers Club
 
175 Scott St, Newcastle

Newcastle Diggers Club is conveniently located in the heart of Newcastle and offers a friendly environment for great meals and a quiet drink.

Newcastle Diggers Club is an accessible venue with level entrance. Note that you can enter the venue via Scott St or via a lane way off Hunter St Mall. Both entrances are accessible. No reserved parking or accessible toilets. Find the location on Google Maps

Newcastle Museum
6 Workshop Way, Newcastle

Newcastle Museum aims to be an accessible, vibrant centre where there are always things to see, do and learn.

Newcastle Museum is an accessible venue with level entrance. Reserved parking and accessible bathrooms. Find the location on Google Maps.

TAFE NSW Hunter St  
590-608 Hunter St, Newcastle

TAFE NSW Hunter Street in the Newcastle CBD is the home of Newcastle Art School and known for its studio-based fine arts training for professional artists.

TAFE NSW Hunter St is an accessible building with level entry. Exhibition space is accessed via a lift to the second floor. Three reserved car spaces behind the TAFE - enter via Worth Close, then turn directly behind the TAFE. Look out for the car spaces marked with blue paint. Accessible toilet on ground level. Find the location on Google Maps.           


The Lock-Up
90 Hunter St, Newcastle

Located in one of Newcastle’s most significant heritage buildings, The Lock-Up is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts space and inner city hub for creative thinking and doing.

The Lock-Up is an accessible venue via ramp or steps and has an accessible bathroom. Reserved parking is available on the other side of Hunter Street outside Westpac. Note that some areas of the venue have low light and uneven flooring. Find the location on Google Maps.


The Press Book House
462 Hunter St, Newcastle

The Press Book House is a second-hand bookstore/cafe. Enjoy a traditional lever-poured coffee or tea. Browse their well stocked second-hand books.

The Press Book House is accessed via two steps, with no reserved parking due to road closure on Hunter St. No accessible toilets are available onsite. Find the location on Google Maps.

Note that this venue is on the edge of the section of Hunter St that will be closed to traffic during the festival period (ie between Auckland and Darby Sts). Please allow extra time to travel to this venue by car or bus. Note that pedestrians can still access this section of Hunter St.


The Production Hub 
Level 1, 4 Crown Street, Newcastle 

The Production Hub, Newcastle, is a world class co-working studio and shared office space. It is the perfect working environment for experienced freelancers and small businesses owners who understand the importance of productivity.

The Production Hub is accessed via two flights of stairs, with no reserved parking. No accessible toilets are available onsite. Find the location on Google Maps.

The Royal Exchange 
34 Bolton St, Newcastle

The Royal Exchange is a small creative arts establishment in the style of European and New York basement-like art community houses. We are home to Experimental Performances, Music, Art House, Cult and Foreign Movies, World Music Concerts... and always welcome the Frivolous, the Ridiculous and the Irrelevant (as well as Irreverant).

The Royal Exchange is accessed via two flights of stairs (11 steps). No reserved parking or accessible toilets. Note that Bolton Street is on a steep slope. Find the location on Google Maps.


The Underground @ The Grand Hotel
 
Cnr Church and Bolton Streets, Newcastle

The Underground at The Grand Hotel caters for up to 100 people. A great venue with an underground, jazz club vibe.

No accessible toilets. Reserved parking across the road on Church St. Find the venue on Google maps.

University House Loading Dock 
Auckland St, Newcastle

University House Loading Dock is located between University House and NewSpace, the new University of Newcastle city campus. Please be aware that this is an operating loading dock so best to view the projection (on the Loading Dock wall) from the footpath on Auckland St. Find the location on Google Maps.


Vinyl Cafe
 
4 Perkins St, Newcastle

Vinyl Cafe is located just off Hunter St Mall and offers great coffee in a really nicely decorated large, open space. 

Vinyl Cafe is an accessible venue with level entrance, with reserved parking across the road on Perkins St. No accessible toilets are available onsite. The nearest accessible toilets are nearby on Hunter St near the bus stop. Find the location on Google Maps.


Watt Space Gallery
20 Auckland St, Newcastle

Watt Space Gallery is the University of Newcastle's student art gallery.  

Watt Space Gallery is an accessible venue with ramp or steps entrance, with reserved parking and an accessible bathroom. Find the location on Google Maps.

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