The Front is a unique art space dedicated to large scale art installation in the front space, and participatory and collaborative ideas in the back space.

 

What have been some of the best things about having a space to test your idea?

Putting large-scale art installation in a big window so that people passing by can see it day and night.

Getting positive feedback from passers-by and the other tenants.

Exposure to a different art audience for the artists

Bringing a diverse group of people down to Docklands.

Being rewarded by seeing it work. And then being able to let the idea evolve to include other people and ideas.

Taking some of the projects out of the space to engage with the Docklands community.

Forming a team of people and seeing them run with the project and get benefit from being part of the project.

Finding we are growing an identity that becomes seen as part of the community down here.

The challenges we have faced mean we are growing skills.

Giving back to the community.

While participating in the Renew program, what have been some of the discoveries you’ve made in your area?

The best Vietnamese food is on Rakia Way. REAL Vietnamese food at such bargain prices.

If you’re really broke go to the IGA and browse their bainmarie. A quiche for $2.95, a muffin for $1.80 and fruit for 50 cents.

Gloria Jeans has the friendliest staff.

You can get handbags and luggage at bargain prices at Harbourtown.

The best coffee is at The Foodcourt, extra friendly service by Nico.

The walk to the Bolte Bridge is great and once you get under the bridge there’s a great walk around the back to the Wheel and the dinosaur.

The water side is under appreciated and that’s a shame.

What other creative enterprises are you inspired by?

The Foodcourt and D11 are very interesting. Also, Andria at the Clothing project is inspiring. Her project training refugees is fantastic.
What is your website, store address or where else we can find you?

We don’t have a website, instead we rely upon facebook. Find us at www.facebook.com/TheFront424

The page talks about our work and our community, referencing interesting information we come across. We see it as a place to build our Docklands identity and the Docklands Spaces Project as an inclusive art precinct.

Visit The Front at 424 Docklands Drive, Docklands, Melbourne

 

Visit their facebook and website for more news and updates

http://docklandsspaces.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Docklands-Spaces/524247264254730

 


Renew Eurobodalla have spaces to fill!

Renew Eurobodalla, an affiliate member of Renew Australia, are looking for creative enterprises to activate empty spaces in their local towns. Run by the Eurobodalla Shire Council, Renew Eurobodalla are seeking expressions of interest from artists, designers, photographers, printmakers, architects, milliners, jewellers, publishers, animators and all creative enterprises inbetween to revitalise empty spaces in the area.

Located on the south coast of NSW, this is an ideal opportunity for local or neighbouring town residents to test their creative business venture at low cost and bring life and activity to these otherwise empty spaces.

Applications are open until Friday October 10th – 4:00pm.

For more information or to complete an application visit the Renew Eurobodalla council website.

 

Renew Leichhardt is launching with an official Renew Leichhardt launch event run in partnership with the Leichhardt Municipal Council. It’s going to be a fantastic day for all ages, so bring the kids!

There will be roaming entertainers, face painters, market stalls, our participants will be trading and it will be a great opportunity to find out more about Renew Leichhardt, how it works and how you can become involved.

Renew Leichhardt Launch Event

The Italian Forum

21-23 Norton Street, Leichhardt

Sunday 16th March 11am – 2pm

 

 

Renew Australia is pleased to announce the launch of our new project in the Goldfields region, where we will be working in Creswick, Clunes and Talbot.  For the last few months we have been working with Hepburn Shire Council and the Central Goldfields Shire Council to develop a plan to activate some of the underutilised spaces in these towns.  We’ve met with property owners and agents, held public meetings in each town, and we’ve secured a number of properties.  Now we need you!

We’ll be launching our Empty Spaces Project website soon, but we’re calling for Expressions of Interest now.  We are seeking interesting projects to transform these spaces: artists, makers, designers, photographers, printmakers, illustrators, architects, milliners, jewellers, publishers, and many other creative types.

Properties are available from March and we aim to have the first projects up and running as soon as we can.  Expressions of Interest for the first round of projects should be submitted via the online application form on the Renew Australia website by 7 March 2014 AEDT 5.00pm. If more properties become available, there may be an additional Expression of Interest call-out.  If  you have any questions about the Empty Spaces Project, please email us: melbourne@renewaustralia.org, or ring us on 9982 0785.

To find out more about Renew Australia and other successful projects, check out our website.

 

Do you have a creative business idea that you want to trail for the first time and need a retail space to try it out in?

Expressions of Interest are now open for Renew Melbourne’s projects, including retail spaces in the Docklands, Greensborough and Bridge Road, Richmond.

This is a low cost, rent free opportunity to create a short term retail space, that will allow you to try out your business in a main street and bring a vibrant idea to life. Not only that, you will be able to give back to the community by activating a vacant shop front and helping to make an active and interesting shopping strip.

Find out more about the Renew Melbourne Projects, and apply at http://renewmelbourne.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Greensborough Comes Alive is set to bring new life into the Greensborough Town Centre

Calling all creatives in the Greensborough area to take part in this project

Renew Australia has been commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce to run a Renew-style initiative similar to that of Renew Newcastle or the Docklands Spaces project. Greensborough Comes Alive will activate some of the currently underused and vacant spaces within the Centre.

Cindy Plowman, Renew Australia, said: “The town centre already has a lot to offer; it’s active during the day and night and has good public transport access.”

“What this initiative will do is bring people onto the street and encourage people to travel the length of Grimshaw and Main Streets. Recent and proposed developments will continue to bring new people to the area. We just need to translate this into foot traffic along the street,” she said.

The project will fill some of the gaps along Grimshaw and Main Streets by activating vacant spaces with creative enterprises and independent local initiatives.

Four spaces have already been secured for use in the project, including two owned by Banyule City Council at 61 and 63 Main Street.  The Mayor of Banyule, Cr Craig Langdon, said it was a great initiative.

“We fully support the Chamber of Commerce in its efforts to promote the Greensborough shopping centre, attract new tenancies and support local businesses,” Cr Langdon said. “The other benefit for us is that our properties are kept in good condition and are used by the community while generating interest in longer term tenancies.”

Renew Australia is now seeking makers, artists, designers, photographers, printmakers, painters, illustrators, architects, milliners, jewellers, publishers, laptop businesses, animators, video or music makers, and other creative types. This is a low cost opportunity to create a shop, gallery, studio, or collaborative workspace at participating properties in the Greensborough Town Centre.

This is your chance to be part of a growing “Renew” creative movement to promote local economic, cultural and community development, the arts and creative industries across Australia and to get a space to try out your own creative idea.

Expressions of interests are now open. Spaces are available from early December 2013. Visit http://renewmelbourne.org/projects

If you still have any questions contact us via email at cindy@renewaustralia.org.

Expressions of Interest for the first round of pilot projects should be submitted via the online application form on the website by 5pm on 14 December 2013.

 

 

Renew Australia is pleased to announce the launch of our Sydney office and our first Sydney based project: Renew Leichhardt.

For the last few months we have been working with the team at Leichhardt Council to develop a plan for the area’s empty shop and office spaces. We’ve held two public meetings, we’ve met with property owners, we’ve secured a few properties in Norton Street and in the Italian Forum are we are now ready to roll out the first phase of the Renew Sydney program!

A full web site and local campaign are coming soon but we are calling for expressions of interest right now. We aim to have the first projects in by Christmas and continue to add projects throughout the new year.

If you are interested in being part of the first wave of Renew Leichhardt projects then you need to get a proposal to us by the 8th of November. The first group of spaces are mostly small retail spaces. They would suit makers, craftspeople, galleries, fashion design and other similar uses but don’t be afraid to suggest something a little out of the box. Make sure you read our Renew Leichhardt FAQ if you are interested in applying.

We are very excited to be coming to Sydney and hope this is the first of many projects and opportunities in greater Sydney for Renew Australia! If you want to make sure you know more about these and other Renew Australia opportunities in Sydney then make sure you subscribe to our E-News, and follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Also if you’re in other local government areas in Sydney and you’d like to encourage Renew projects in your area then feel free to drop our new Sydney team a line: sydney [at] renewaustralia.org and we can see what we can do.

 

Marcus Westbury was the recent guest speaker at Creative Mornings Melbourne.

 


Great news in Renew Australia land! The Federal Government, through Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, have announced today that they will provide $300,000 of funding over the next three years to Renew Australia to support its work in community development and creative projects .

Federal funding will support Renew Australia’s growth and expansion into regional and remote centres and into the suburbs of major cities. This funding will assist Renew Australia to provide practical support including legal advice, insurance and advocacy to interested individuals and groups. This is the first funding that has been made available to support the national roll out of Renew schemes.

“This funding is the first government funding we have been offered to support the national roll out of the Renew Australia model,” Renew Australia founder and director Marcus Westbury said, “it will make a major difference in our ability to respond to and to practically support interest from communities across the country.”

Having started with Renew Newcastle there are already successful Renew based and inspired schemes already running in places such as Adelaide, Melbourne, Parramatta and Port Adelaide.

Over the last 12 months Renew Australia has been talking to and working with communities from every state of Australia including Leichhardt, Nowra, Bega, Merimbula, Eden, Frankston, Ballarat, Burnie, Devenport, Launceston, Moss Vale, Mildura, Albany, Fremantle, Moreton Bay, Katoomba and the Blue Mountains, Nambour, Moreland, Maitland, Wollongong, Redcliffe, Point Cook,  Geelong and many more about establishing local empty space activation programs.

Despite extremely limited resources the Renew model has spread across the country to launch hundreds of creative projects including galleries, shops and studios in privately owned buildings that were empty, disused or vandalised. The Renew model is a creative yet effective way to address the problem of empty buildings that plague so many cities and towns while also stimulating economic and community development. As well as creating exciting new opportunities for our creative industries, the Renew model is dramatically improving the amenity of local communities, boosting community confidence and jobs. 

“We are very pleased to learn that the funding for Renew Australia is already included in the Budget and hope that all sides of politics, all candidates and local communities will recognise the value — and potential value — of our work in local communities across Australia,” Mr Westbury said.

The map at the top of this post shows communities that have tried or are developing Renew type empty space programs (in blue), that have met with or visited Renew Newcastle or Renew Australia (green) or have contacted us requesting support (yellow).