Renew Australia’s purpose is to create community renewal and economic development by linking creative enterprise with spaces. But did you know that we can teach you and your team how to do it?
If you are in Melbourne, we will be holding our first training session on Friday 26 October from 9am to 4pm – ‘Making the most of empty spaces with creative enterprise’. It’s for anyone interested in turning an empty space into something productive.
Book now for our special early bird rate: $399 (normally $450).
Also if you are working for a Council, a Main Street organisation or in property development, Renew Australia now offers a customised in-house one day training program to introduce you to these ideas and plan how it might work in your area. Talk to us about how we can help your area.
Renew Australia’s first major partnership with a property owner is about to get under way. Renew Australia have teamed up with Stockland to open up space for creative producers across selected Stockland sites in NSW and Victoria.
In this pilot project, we are looking for makers, designers, photographers, printmakers, painters, illustrators, milliners, jewellers, animators, publishers, video and music makers and other creative types to make amazing things happen.
If you think you could fill a space (either retail or an office space) with an exciting project that will generate community interest and creative activity, then please apply. For this pilot project, Stockland is kindly making spaces available in:
- Stockland Nowra (NSW)
- Stockland Vincentia (NSW)
- Point Cook Town Centre (Vic)
Spaces, that are otherwise underutilised, are being offered to the best projects on a rolling 30 day licence. This is an exciting opportunity to test your ideas, promote your business and contribute to community renewal.
Expressions of interest close 9am Monday 8 October 2012.
For more information and our application form at www.stocklandspaces.org
This is the first of several Renew Australia projects that we will be rolling out in conjunction with local communities and property owners over coming months. For more information about these and other opportunities as they become available don’t forget to join Renew Australia’s mailing list.
“I need some Newcastle in my neighbourhood.
Newcastle is an Australian steel town an hour and a half north of Sydney. Last year, Lonely Planet named it one of the Top 10 cities to visit in the world, along with New York and Delhi, citing its great cafes, artist culture and surf.
What makes that amazing is that three years ago Newcastle was a ghost town. Or at least its downtown was, with 150 boarded-up buildings dotting its two main drags. You went there to get mugged.”
- The Toronto Star, Toronto Canada January 20th 2012
Renew Australia founder and director Marcus Westbury will be travelling to the USA and Canada in March 2011. He will be conducting talks and workshops in Canada and the US and looking to meet others involved in interesting creative revitalisation projects or looking to start them. Plans are still being finalised he will be visiting New York, Toronto, Austin (during SxSw interactive), San Francisco, Los Angeles and Albuquerque and is happy where possible to visit towns and cities around and between these if he can manage it and there’s something worth checking out.
If you have any suggestions for Marcus please feel to drop us a line.
“ONCE the heart of Sydney’s gay, alternative scene where locals mingled with drag queens and sculptors, Oxford Street in Darlinghurst has devolved over the past 20 years into a seedy mix of late-night pizza joints, darkened clubs and booze-fuelled bashings.
A sprinkling of small bars, bookshops and cinemas have strived to keep the bohemian dream alive and, from this week, 15 creative enterprises will join them to entice culture-seekers and shoppers back to the strip. …
The initiative draws inspiration from similar projects, such as the landmark Renew Newcastle project, in which artists and cultural groups moved in to reverse that city’s urban decay.”
- The Sydney Morning Herald January 9, 2012
“In the UK we recently saw empty commercial properties offered to charities for free while permanent tenants are found. Similarly, an Australian social enterprise — Renew Australia — is connecting artists and community projects with workspaces in vacant city-centre buildings until they are needed again for commercial use… the Renew Newcastle programme successfully found creative individuals willing to be temporary tenants, who cleaned-up buildings and revitalised the area. Now the program has been rolled-out nationally.”
springwise.com, 26 December 2011
“The flourishing cultural space has also created a microcosm of artisans and community groups who have taken on the role of ambassadors, teaming up to promote Newcastle to outsiders and those who may not have visited the city centre for some time.”
Newcastle Herald, 17 December 2011
“A unique scheme to revitalise the NSW city of Newcastle by turning buildings that are vacant, disused or pending development into creative showcases has prompted international interest and resulted in similar schemes in other states. So much interest has been generated in Renew Newcastle that founder, Marcus Westbury has created Renew Australia a new national social enterprise designed to catalyse community renewal, economic development and the arts and creative industries across the country.
“Renew Newcastle solves a very specific problem that has plagued the city for over a decade. While the long-term prospects for redevelopment of Newcastle’s CBD are good, in the meantime many sites are boarded up, falling apart, vandalised or decaying because there is no short-term plan for their use and no one taking responsibility for them. RN cleans up these buildings and gets the city active and used again.”
The Fifth Estate, 5 December 2011