Case Studies

This section features in-depth profiles of established empty space re-use initiatives with information on how they started up, their structure and funding and the types of temporary use activities they support.


Anyplace Projects from 2010 to the end of 2012, Anyplace provided studio, exhibition and performances spaces in inner-west Sydney.

Art in the Heart Lismore, a model of temporary creative re-use for rural communities.

Create Innovate Gosford City, the full story of their first year from having an idea to becoming a funded program.

City of Sydney's Creative Spaces program is revitalising Oxford Street while giving start-up creative businesses a 'leg up'.

FraserStudios, how Queen Street Studio and developer, Frasers Property, transformed an inner-Sydney warehouse into a 'meanwhile' creative hub for almost four years.

Pop Up Parramatta, where local government worked with landlords and artists to revitalise a downtown shopping arcade. 

Renew Adelaide uses disused buildings for artist and community run ventures.

Renew Newcastle has been successfully refilling empty shops and revitalising downtown Newcastle since 2008 as described in this 2010 case study by Marcus Westbury.


Art in Storefronts, San Francisco, has community regeneration and involvement at its heart.

Art in Vacant Storefronts examines Lauren Rosenberg's 2011 research on empty space projects in the US 

Capacity Bristol has dynamically used empty buildings on a huge scale to regenerate neighbourhoods, build creative hubs and to develop national reputations for local artists

Empty Shops 2.0 Dan Thompson, founder of the Empty Shops Network, shares his decade-long experience in the UK and his thinking on the future of this activity.