Links to Useful Tools and Information

Tools developed by other empty space initiatives and links to useful information. Suggest useful links for this page.


Art in Storefronts (US)

Art in Storefronts places art installations in vacant and under-used storefront windows in San Francisco.

Asset Transfer Unit (UK)

Provides advice and support on the transfer of under-used land and buildings from the public sector to community ownership.

Capacity Bristol (UK)

Capacity Bristol Toolkit: sets out a range of useful information and guidance around temporary use and setting up a project in Bristol.

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (UK)

Healthy High Street? A healthcheck for high streets and town centres is a guide to help UK local governments, business people and community organisers to spot early signs of decline in their High Street.

Department for Communities and Local Government (UK)

Specimen leases developed in November 2012 based on UK law to provide an industry standard legal instrument to minimise administrative and legal costs for both landlords and tenants and to allow temporary occupation of empty town centre retail premises by non-commercial occupiers.

There are three types of lease:

No Vacency! Guide (US)

In 2009 a team of Portland State University Urban and Regional Planning graduate students and the Central Eastside Industrial Council developed No Vacancy! A Guide to Creating Temporary Projects in the Central Eastside Industrial District. The document provides checklists for property owners and potential temporary space users to activate vacant spaces with temporary activities.

Pop Up Business for Dummies

Empty spaces pioneer and founder of the UK's Empty Shops Network, Dan Thompson, has drawn on a decade of experience in authoring the 'Pop Up Business for Dummies' book.  

Purchase the book here. Get a taste of the useful information inside by following these links:

Renew Australia's guides to starting a project in Australia.

  • DIY Resources - tips andtools to start up your own 'Renew' project.



Existing spaces are often not accessible, particularly if they are older buildings. Supportive and inclusive spaces to practise - that provide an environment free from judgment - are required by artists with disability so they feel safe to develop their work. Contact the relevant arts and disability organisation in your state or territory to discuss what you can do to improve access.

Accessible Arts (NSW)

 'Speak Up: Arts & Disability Priorities for NSW' includes community plans from NSW.

Greenspace (UK)

Leading UK advocate for the benefits of better planned, designed and managed parks, gardens and green spaces

Accessibility at Events factsheet