Renew Australia is a opportunity and possibility incubator for Australian artists. They transform underutilized spaces into opportunities for local artists to use short term with the goal to catalyze community renewal.
The project started as a case study in Newcastle that stimulated the use of over 150 empty buildings in Newcastle business district and two years later 70 new businesses and initiatives have been seeded and Newcastle became one of the top ten cities to travel to in 2011.
Furthermore, staff members work as consultants and researchers for city councils, state and federal governments, planners, developers, etc. which then allows them to subsidize their services to artists and provide seed funding for their projects.
Also, the 6th annual World Summit on Arts and Culture just named them one of the organizations to look at as a best practice for cultural development.