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Media Release: The Docklands Art Collective – Rent-Free Space For Creatives!

19 June 2017 | Posted in: Media, News, Uncategorized

HARBOUR TOWN MELBOURNE AND RENEW AUSTRALIA LAUNCH The Docklands Art Collective – Rent-Free Space For Creatives!

Harbour Town Melbourne is delighted to announce its partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise Renew Australia. Together, the two organisations are bringing an exciting new initiative – The Docklands Art Collective – to the Docklands based shopping centre.

The Docklands Art Collective invites expressions of interest from makers, creators, artists, community groups and local enterprises to utilize space for art and cultural events and activities within Harbour Town Melbourne – absolutely rent-free.

As part of the partnership, Harbour Town Melbourne has provided Renew Australia with just over 1,200 square metres of vacant space on Level 1 that will form a shared hub for artists, start-ups and other creative talent to brainstorm creative ideas and concepts, free from the pressure of expensive overheads like rent.

Since 2011 Renew Australia has implemented a number of similar programs throughout Australia, including Docklands, to great acclaim; Harbour Town Melbourne sees the partnership as a great opportunity to invigorate the Docklands precinct during the highly anticipated $150 million redevelopment of the Centre.

Harbour Town Melbourne’s Marketing Director, Kelly Jensen, is delighted at the prospect of continuing the success of the initiative in the area. “We have absolutely no doubt this exciting partnership will create another incentive to visit Harbour Town as it continues to undergo major transformation. We look forward to inviting Melbourne’s most creative to join the Docklands Art Collective and this unique creative hub”.

Renew Australia’s Manager, Angela Simons, agrees. “Typically, one of the biggest hurdles for any of our projects is finding property owners willing to lend us sufficient space. Thanks to the generosity of Harbour Town Melbourne, not only do we have a chance to create a really vibrant and dynamic area within the Centre, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to showcase how readily the Renew model can be adapted to fit the needs of spaces undergoing redevelopment and make them viable and relevant throughout this process.”

The Docklands Art Collective is the brainchild of Renew Australia and is modelled on his highly successful Renew Newcastle project first unveiled in 2008. The DIY urban renewal scheme aims to fill empty buildings and spaces to bring new life to under-utilized and under-appreciated precincts, while simultaneously providing emerging artist and performers with a forum for showcasing their talent.

Renew Australia is currently seeking emerging artists, creative, performers, and local enterprises to submit expressions of interest ahead of the potential tenants’ site inspections taking place on 27 June followed by 1 July 2017. Applications should be submitted by contacting Angela Simons, Renew Australia +61 3 9882 0785 or via email [email protected]

Renew Sydney looking for new project proposals!

11 February 2015 | Posted in: Uncategorized

Renew Sydney is seeking new project proposals!

We have new spaces becoming available that need people with the ability to be open at least six days per week, have more than one person involved and have an exciting activation plan!


When Renew Leichhardt first began we captured the details of many interested artists and entrepreneurs that has formed our potential participant list that we are still using when properties become available. Over a year later, we are coming to a point where some of the applicants are no longer available, their ideas and their availability has changed or they can only be available on a part time basis. As we are starting to open up spaces that are in high visibility locations and we require genuinely active businesses and projects that can be open for at least six days a week.

Ideally we are seeking an active business or project that goes above and beyond just selling their products or service that can bring people in through their teachings, exhibitions, studios, workshops, or impromptu events.  We are looking for people who know their stuff and are ready to jump in and be part of the program.

Does that sound like you or someone you know? The EOI has now closed. More opportunities will be posted here as they become available.

Renew Cooma – Launched!

3 November 2014 | Posted in: Uncategorized

It’s official – Renew Cooma has launched and ready for business. Marcus visited Cooma last Wednesday to celebrate the launch of their project and see firsthand the spaces which have been transformed.

Renew Cooma became an affiliate of Renew Australia in August and in three short months they have already secured five spaces and activated them with local artists and designers.

Through the Cooma Chamber of Commerce and spearheaded by Suzanne Dunning, shops which had previously sat empty are now bringing life back to Vale and Sharp Street, while giving locals the opportunity to test their ideas in a retail setting.

Congratulations to all in Renew Cooma! We can’t wait to hear more news!