How Renew Newcastle Works

Renew Newcastle is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee that describes itself as "a permanent structure for temporary things." It was founded independently of, but is now supported by, both state and local government.

Essentially, Renew Newcastle works directly with private property owners to 'borrow' buildings while they might otherwise be sitting empty and makes them available to artists, creative projects and community groups.

A key feature of the Renew Newcastle approach is that it is ongoing and temporary: it does not try to permanently occupy buildings, only to use them while they are empty.

All their 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. The model works best as a means of incubating new ideas and activities.