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Since it was established in late 2008 Renew Newcastle has been the inspiration for empty space revitalisation schemes across the country, like Renew Adelaide, Renew Townsville, Made in Geelong and Pop-up Parramatta.

Renew Adelaide’s ‘Work Shop’

Renew Adelaide’s ‘Work Shop’

We recieve regular enquiries about how people can set up similar initiatives in their own city or town and we are always keen to give advice and share our experience where we can. In particular, people are keen to look at the License Agreement and other documents we have produced.

We have made our License Agreements available to Arts Law Centre of Australia who have adapted them into templates for others to use. This suite of documents prepared by Arts Law at the request of Arts NSW contains useful information sheets and sample agreements for setting up creative enterprise hubs in NSW by using empty space.

There are also other resources available online via the Empty Spaces website, which is an initiative of Arts NSW promoting ‘pop-up’, short-term reuses of empty shops and other spaces for creative and community uses.

The Empty Spaces Toolkit section gives much background on the project overall and advice on setting up similar schemes, including interviews with property owners, projects, and organisers.

The License Agreements specifically are given as Sample Documents, located under Legal Resources section.

If you do undertake a Renew style project in your area, please keep in touch to let us know how you get on. We are keen to track how other initiatives develop.


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

Renew Australia’s Stockland Spaces in Point Cook, VIC

Renew Australia’s Stockland Spaces in Point Cook, VIC

Renew Australia is based on the intellectual property, experience, and case study pioneered by Renew Newcastle. The organisation is headed up by Renew Newcastle founder and Creative Director Marcus Westbury, and the Renew Australia board includes (among others) ex-Renew Newcastle Director Craig Allchin, Renew Newcastle General Manager Marni Jackson, and Renew Adelaide Director Ianto Ware.

Renew Australia provides training, consultancy and support services to business, government and community groups engaged in the creative activation of space. Renew Australia is a trading social enterprise. They sell services to government, business and economic development professionals and use income generated by doing this to subsidise support for community groups and local initiatives. They do not, at this stage, receive any government funding so the support they can provide is dependent on the revenue they can generate.

There are resources available on the Renew Australia website to assist people wanting to establish their own Renew-style initiative in their location. You can also contact Renew Australia about training programs and consultancy, suitable for Local Councils, Business Chambers, Developers or Community Organisers wanting to instigate space activitation through creative projects.

Join the Renew Australia facebook group or follow @renewaustralia on Twitter to keep up to date with developments.

Or to make an enquiry about their services email General Manager Holly Walker holly[at]