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Capturing Renew in a Box

23 October 2017 | Posted in: News


Written by: Neroli Foster | Photography: Edwina Richards

A new travelling exhibition captures Renew Newcastle’s out of the box thinking where makers, artists and entrepreneurs activate a city, one empty space at a time. It’s current home is in Newcastle Library until 30 January.

The exhibition celebrates the people and partnerships that are the backbone of the Renew story. It will make its first appearance in the foyer of NewSpace at the invitation of the School of Creative Industries.

The Box is a highly engaging museum quality piece created over many hours of pro bono work by Jonathan Everett of Everett Creative. Additional creative aspects by Edwina Richards Photography and Carl from Zookraft Design & Illustration complete a visually superb and creatively mobile piece of art.

From our participants, funding partners and volunteers the support, passion and belief in the vision has not only brought Newcastle’s creative spirit to the surface but put artistic culture at the forefront of Newcastle’s revitalisation.

Renew is well placed to provide opportunities for future Bachelor of Creative Industries graduates who are seeking space and support to implement new project ideas and experiment with business opportunities.

For Renew though, success doesn’t always come in a monetary sense. There are other values that Renew participants bring to Newcastle that have become part of the fabric of the city.

The cultural shift is an obvious change, but the sense of a local community that increased activity in the mall has brought is something visitors feel and find difficult to label.

The opportunity to witness so many ideas come, or go, generates a ‘can do’ environment that seems contagious. Whether the outcome is creating the hand made or the high tech, satisfaction is the reward.

What began nine years ago as an experiment to fill a gap while the city was in limbo has been propelled into a globally recognised urban renewal model.

Renew in a Box is a visual response to the interest in replicating the concept. It’s a box ready to travel to various locations around Newcastle and other cities wanting to bring life to underutilised areas. It contains information to inform and inspire potential property owners, entrepreneurs and local decision makers to see how an empty space is a missed opportunity.

The exhibition has been partly funded through a grant by Foundation of Regional and Rural (FRRR) for Community Partnerships and Philanthropy Week (CPPW). CPPW is supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership and managed by Philanthropy Australia in partnership wit the FRRR.