How Renew Newcastle Works

Renew Newcastle is a not- for- profit company limited by guarantee. Renew Newcastle describes itself as "a permanent structure for temporary things."

Essentially, Renew Newcastle borrows buildings while they might otherwise be sitting empty and makes them available to artists, creative projects and community groups.

To date, Renew Newcastle has worked directly with private property owners and not through government or with government- owned buildings.

It was founded independently of, but is now supported by, both sState and lLocal government.

A key feature of the Renew Newcastle approach is that it is ongoing and temporary.

Renew Newcastle does not try to permanently occupy buildings, only to use them while they are empty.

All projects are inherently temporary - although some can and do continue indefinitely - which means that the Renew Newcastle model is not suited to building permanent arts infrastructure or facilities. It works best as a means of incubating new ideas and activities rather than for permanent projects.