Since it was established in late 2008 Renew Newcastle has been the inspiration for empty space revitalisation schemes across the country, like Renew AdelaideRenew TownsvilleMade in Geelong and Pop-up Parramatta. The demand to share the Renew Newcastle experiences with people wanting to start similar initiatives in their towns and cities has grown to such an extent that the time has finally come to introduce Renew Australia as an organisation to provide a support, consultancy and training service for other communities.

Renew Australia is a new national social enterprise designed to catalyse community renewal, economic development, the arts and creative industries across Australia. Renew Australia works with communities and property owners to take otherwise empty shops, offices, commercial and public buildings and use them available to incubate short-term use by artists, creative projects and community initiatives.

The development of the Renew Australia organisation has been supported by The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, and through investment from The Crunch by Social Traders.


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  1. Bob Jarvis says:

    I am the CEO of the Town of Bassendean, a small inner city local authority in Perth WA. I am very interested in the projects that have been done. This council is in the process of redeveloping its Town Centre, and any assistance we can get would be greatly valued.


    Bob Jarvis

  2. Hi, Im an Arts Consultant passionate about providing support for artists who are striving for excellence. I love your RENEW concept and would be honoured to assist in any way possible. I am always looking for innovative ways to cultivate and nurture artists & creatives. I live in Fremantle, Perth WA. My twitter is RachKutsik

  3. Hamish Sinclair says:

    Great stuff, very inspirational and a must see for city planners engaged in revitalisation projects.

  4. Janette Vander Zaag says:

    Hello Marcus, I am actively involved with the Town of New Tecumseth in Alliston, Ont. Canada, and as you know our town is very interested in your renew initiative. My husband and I will be in Newcastle during the second week of January and I was hoping to connect with you or someone from your organization to take a first hand look at the project and gather more information. Please let me know if there is any opportunity to meet. Thank you for your consideration, Janette Vander Zaag

  5. hello there,
    I am a practising artist from Sydney and have just moved up to the blue Mountains NSW to find there is a shortage of art studios for artists available. so I have been contemplating these amazing spaces, all currently empty for some sort of art collective, studios, gallery, community use. being renovated) and (this is most current info I could find on this)
    Any tips on how I would go about approaching or finding more about these and if you think renew Australia could help, ta Nat

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