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Revolution Marrickville – Expression of Interest

27 May 2016 | Posted in: News

Revolution Marrickville is a new joint initiative of Renew Australia, the lessor and Clearpoint.

We have seven (yep, seven!) spaces becoming available that need people with the ability to be open at least five days per week, have more than one person involved and have an exciting activation plan!

Ideally we are seeking an active business or project that goes above and beyond just selling their products or service that can bring people in through their teachings, exhibitions, studios, workshops, or impromptu events.  We are looking for people who know their stuff and are ready to jump in and be part of the program.

This Expression of Interest round will close on Friday, 17 June 2016.

If you are ready to apply fill out the application form by clicking here.

Should you require further information on this Expression of Interest or how the program works, please email the Revolution Marrickville Project Manager at [email protected]

Engaged by the lessor and Clearpoint, Revolution Marrickville is an initiative by Renew Australia that aims to temporarily fill vacant spaces in 359 Illawarra Road with artisans, cultural projects and community groups.

Revolution Marrickville - New Expression of Interest

Discovering Leichhardt

3 May 2016 | Posted in: News

Join Street Art Walking Tours on Saturday 7 May for an exploration along Parramatta Road and Norton Street Leichhardt.

The tour will take you past Leichhardt’s placemaking projects, you’ll have the chance to meet local makers and discover street art along the way. They will be looking at small creative businesses that are working to revitalise the area such as The Backyard Network, Wyld & Whimsy and The Rizzeria. They will discuss ‘living local’ and observe street activation projects along the way.

Register here for free today!



Renew Leichhardt- Information Session

13 November 2015 | Posted in: News

Leichhardt council invites you the property owners, real estate agents and community members to join us for an information session on Renew Leichhardt.

Renew Leichhardt is about getting property owners of vacant premises interested and involved in the project. We would welcome the chance to talk to you and tell you about the project. Council invites you to a short presentation about Renew Leichhardt and creative placemaking within Australia.

Join us to hear from guest speaker Marcus Westbury founder or Renew Australia and Renew Newcastle and Marni Jackson; Cultural Projects Officer from the City of Sydney to learn about creative space and the benefits they can bring to the Leichhardt Local Government Area.

When:               Wednesday December 9th 2015

Time:                7.00pm-8.30pm

Where:              The Rizzeria – 143 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 040

Speakers:         Marcus Westbury (Renew Australia) Marni Jackson (City of Sydney)

R.S.V.P            [email protected] or 9367 9047

Call out to owners of vacant properties in Leichhardt Local Government Area – be part of something exciting and creative!

5 November 2015 | Posted in: News

Do you own a property anywhere within the Leichhardt Local Government Area that is currently empty? If so we would love to hear from you. Vacancy rates along our high streets and retail centres are higher than average. It’s an unhealthy environment for business and one Council is keen to work on improving. As a property owner you hold a key to the overall vitality and life of our much loved main streets. Why not be part of bringing them back to life?

We are looking for more vacant spaces to be part of the Renew Leichhardt project.

As a property owner the benefits are huge. Not only will you be supporting local economic development and employment in your area you will have your property brought to life, the rental return potential enhanced, improved safety and security for your property and with all this your property will be more attractive to potential commercial tenants. It’s a win-win proposal. Contact us at [email protected] to discuss how you can be part of something exciting and creative.

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Meet The Backyard Network

16 July 2015 | Posted in: business, environment, Leichhardt, sydney, urban renewal

What is your name and business name?

Matt Moore, Backyard Network

Can you describe what you use your Renew space for?

I make materials and objects other people are finished with into functional garden and household goods
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What have been some of the highlights about having a space to test your idea?

Being able to experiment freely without worrying about meeting an expensive rent and exploring ideas and interests with a huge range of people.

While participating in the Renew program, what have been some of the discoveries you’ve made in your area?
I’ve learned how to split pallet wood to bring the organic whorls and knots hidden in the wood to the surface.

What other creative enterprises are you inspired by?
I’m inspired by the Maker Space, Lentil As Anything, HoboGro.

What is your favourite place or space to visit in Leichhardt?

The park.

Your website, store address or where we can find you?

Backyard Network page on Facebook, website coming soon.

July with Renew Leichhardt

25 June 2015 | Posted in: arts, business, Events, gallery, Leichhardt, live music, News, photography, sydney, urban renewal, workshops

Winter is in full swing but that has not stopped our Renew Leichhardt participants from developing a great program of events for you to join in on. There are a range of workshops (for adults and children), a gallery bus tour which starts in Leichhardt, music jam night, film forum, life drawing, terrarium making, RISO printing and MORE! Here is a list featuring some highlights.

279783125Wyld & Whimsy
School holidays are upon us and Wyld & Whimsy have created a great program of workshops to keep you young ones busy. There is a crafter noon session, puppet making, papier-mâché and so many more fun classes to sign up to

Visit their website for more details on how you can make a variety of crafty stuff including items similar to those stocked in store!

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For five weeks in July and August The Rizzeria are having evening pottery workshops. In week one, you will do the basics in hand-building – pinch pots, coiling and slabs. Then you will have the next three weeks to work on your own project.

In the last week you will use underglaze & glazes to finish your creation! A kiln is available to fire them. You can work at you own pace with a glass of wine or a cup of tea to help you along.
The workshops will go from 6-8pm on the following Tuesdays – July 14th, 21st, 28th & August 4th & 18th.It’s $125 per person, this includes clay & firing (& drinks). Book now with Cass on 0449 237 932. Six spots available.
School Holiday Clay Play
Clay is a wonderful, tactile medium. Its three-dimensional nature forces kids to think about structure, shapes and forms.
This session will allow them to experiment with a variety of building techniques while they learn to think about their ideas and adapt to change along the way. Every child will create something special to take home.

Bring a box to take your treasures home in. For bookings call Cass on 0449 237 932. Workshops will take place on 8 and 10 July from 2pm until 3:30pm.

To see all The Rizzeria workshops visit their Facebook page.

Skyfire Studios
Skyfire launched this month with their Pulse exhibition launch and have been making their presence known across the wider Sydney city area with their exciting program which includes a soon-to-launch artist in residence program, a first EVER Leichhardt Gallery Tour-By-Bus, creative business consultancy service, a film forum, tai chi classes and much more.

Broadsheet Sydney recently published a great article showcasing this unique, collaborative and open creative hub (read it here). Here is a quick snippet of some of their upcoming events. Be sure to visit their website for full details.

Friday June 26th: FREE Friday Night Jam Session

7:30pm: Musicians who don’t know each other pop by to use the space and have a relaxed jam together. Skyfire Studios will alternate jam leaders so everyone gets a chance to workshop their ideas, but mostly it’s just good practice for those who need a space and can’t find or afford one.

Friday July 3rd: Friday Film Forum
8pm: $movie night with gourmet popcorn, and espresso and drinks by donation. First screening is the 1999 Kevin Smith ensemble piece “Dogma”.

art classSaturday July 18th: First EVER Leichhardt Gallery Tour-By-Bus
11am -4pm: $60 We will take a mini bus around Leichhardt and surrounding suburbs to visit some of the best inner west galleries, do wine tastings along the way, stop at a local restaurant for lunch, and serve free espresso at Skyfire at the conclusion of the tour. Full details here.

Over the next two weeks Skyfire Studio’s Artist In Residency program will kick off with an artist setting up camp in the space two days a week. They will work in the studio to produce an exhibition that will launch toward the end of August. One of the artists participating has been doing a residency in India for the last few months, and will return there in September.  Sign up to their newsletter to keep up to date!
Makers Place
Makers Place have had a gigantic month in June with participation in wider community events such as VIVID event ‘Upskill to Upcycle’ and presenting a Mini Makers Place @ Blue Lab  as part of The Creative Industries Symposium Blue Mountains. Read about their exciting June here. What is on in July?
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Electrocraft – Electronics for Women and Girls
from 6:30pm until 9pm.

If you’re looking for learning informally about electronics in a social setting, the Electrocraft Meet-Ups is for you!
The Meet-Ups are every first thursday of the month from 6:30 pm to 9pm.

Depending on the meet-ups, some topics are proposed. You can also find more information here.

3d3D Printing Beginners Class
3D Printing is a 30 year old technology which most people still know very little about. This course will help you to understand this now rapidly growing industry, help you make informed decisions about their functions and the role they’ll play in making our future more sustainable. It is primarily non-technical so anyone can join in, learn or use the notes as stepping stones with their own 3D Printer or 3D printers at Makers Place. For more info visit here.

The Backyard Network
IMG_6786Matt is working on a project with Sumo Salad at the moment in his store, creating custom made menu holders. You can ask Matt to build your own custom planter boxes, even furniture. Visit his Facebook Page for more details or call Matt on 0435 169 672.
The Writing Workshop
The Writing Workshop is delivering as series of new workshops for adults. This hands-on, exercise-based creative writing course will help you create settings, events and characters for an extended work of fiction.

The Writing Workshop runs after-schoolschool holidayonline and in-school creative writing workshops and activities for children and young people. Published authors lead all courses – current workshop leaders include Bernard Cohen, Emily Maguire and Ed Wright. (Click on the links for more information: after-schoolschool holiday,online and in-school.)

Backyard Network Makes Menu Holders for SumoSalad

20 June 2015 | Posted in: business, News, sydney, urban renewal

This week Matt from The Backyard Network is working on a project for SumoSalad, with their head office situated in Leichhardt.

After seeing Matt’s work he was commissioned to design new menu holders for some of their stores.

We were lucky enough to stop by his shop on Norton Street to see the early stages of design.

The sketches show a great stand with plants and a space in the middle for the menus.

Visit his store and have a chat about your garden, want something custom built or just maybe you like the hanging plants?

Shop 145 Norton Street,

Leichhardt NSW 2040

Operating Hours Wednesday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm



June with Renew Leichhardt

4 June 2015 | Posted in: arts, Events, gallery, Leichhardt

June might be the start of winter but that hasn’t stopped our Renew Leichhardt projects from creating an exciting program of activities featuring weekly workshops, exhibition openings and special event.

Recently opened spaces, Skyfire Studio and Flourish & Baird Studio, have transformed their empty spaces into creative places that await you!


Skyfire Studio art gallery and workshop space are proud to announce the launch of its first exhibition of contemporary works, PULSE.

Join in the celebrations at their exhibition opening on Saturday 13th June from 6pm.

Banjo Lessons in Skyfire Studio

To find out more about the innovative and fun workshop program, such as Banjo Lessons ran by Skyfire Studio, visit their website.

You can find Skyfire Studio within Shop 10 at The Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt.
What’s new on Norton Street?
F & B Decorative Finishes at Shop 147 Norton Street, Leichhardt.

If you frequent Norton Street, you may have noticed F & B Decorative Finishes have recently transformed their space into a studio with stunningly restored furniture. Sandy Baird, owner of F&B, will also host paint finishing workshops which start this month.

A series of paint finish ‘Taster Workshops’ are available. These fun and hands on mini courses are a great introduction to Decorative Paint Finishes. Each class covers 2 different Paint Finish techniques, including antiquing, gilding, polished plaster and many other finishes.

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With over 20 years experience in the industry, Sandy Baird will share her expertise and tricks of the trade in these fun, hands on classes
The F&B Taster classes are a great way to have fun while learning something new. Perfect for a hens day, work groups or the home renovator and decorator. For more details visit the F&B Facebook Page or contact Sandy on 0407 063 388.

Wyld & Whimsy have a full schedule of crafty June Workshops
including weekly MUMS’N’BUBS and after school kids classes!

A ‘wyld and whimsy workshop’ is a fun way to get to know the various ways in which simple materials can be assembled, embellished and quite often re-made into delightful new artworks, gifts or household items. Upcycling is what it’s all about!

With an exciting array of ever-changing classes, Skye from Wyld & Whimsy will be happy to accommodate your own suggestions. For more information visit their website or pop in to their shop at 149 Norton Street, Leichhardt.

The Backyard Network held their opening party last month and Matt Moore is the entrepreneur behind this exercise in exchange. The Backyard Network focus on the re-use of natural, and artificial resources, and sustainable living.
Matt has worked as an artist for 25 years and then exploring his green passion and recycling materials with local community gardens and other projects at the Addison Road Community Centre. Thus, Matt’s workshops are focused on creative re-use, design, and real-world sustainable living and after-school and holiday sessions designed to develop creative thinking and problem solving. Visit their Facebook Page for more details or call Matt on 0435 169 672.

What’s happening at The Rizzeria this month?
Collage Cult is a free fortnightly event for collage enthusiasts who meet to share materials, cutting mats and cake. When you experience the extremely addictive and relaxing effects of collaging, you’ll understand why they’re a cult.

Collage image by Beau & Bastian.

Collage image by Beau & Bastian.Collage

The next next is this Sunday 7 June. Join the Facebook event here.

Wednesday Nights Life Drawing
lifedrawingLife drawing is a great way for aspiring artists to study shape, perspective, tone, line, and the human form. Join us at The Rizzeria Wednesday nights for life drawing sessions from 6-8pm. These sessions are not instructional, but basic drawing materials, models and a glass of wine are provided.  For enquiries and bookings, contact Leigh Rigozzi 0439 327 856.

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Cassandra, Lahuta & Robin At The Rizzeria invite you to their graduation exhibition!

Come & celebrate with drinks & snacks on the opening night on Friday 19 June from 6pm. The exhibition will be on display until Thursday 2 July.

terrariumMake Your Own Terrarium!
Create your own mini garden in a jar or other vessel. All materials supplied but feel free to bring your own special jar, little decorations, plants etc. This workshop is open to both kids and adults. The cost is $15 per terrarium.

writing workshop

The Writing Workshop is delivering as series of new workshops for adults. This hands-on, exercise-based creative writing course will help you create settings, events and characters for an extended work of fiction.

Bernard Cohen will run a special introductory course on 3rd and 10th June, 10.00am – 1.00pm each day. Bernard is the award-winning author of five novels and a children’s picture book. His latest novel, The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies, is shortlisted for the Russell Prize for Humour Writing (winner to be announced late June). Find out more here.

electro workshopTonight, Makers Place are hosting Electrocraft – Electronics for Women and Girls, from 6:30pm until 9pm.

If you’re looking for learning informally about electronics in a social setting, the Electrocraft Meet-Ups is for you!
The Meet-Ups are every first thursday of the month from 6:30 pm to 9pm.

Depending on the meet-ups, some topics are proposed. You can also find more information here.

1431495482713MAKING COMMUNITY: Hands On Technology Workshop.

Join Irresistable Learning and Three Farm for a full day of hands on making. Learn to inspire children and young people with educational activities that engage their heads, hearts and minds.
In this workshop you will:
Be introduced to 3D printing
Participate in circuit building and hacking activities
Discover the secrets of how to run a successful maker workshop
Walk away with templates for running activities in your library, community centre or school
Understand how to resource and setup 3D printing and circuit building workshops in your organisation.
When: Monday, June 15, 2015 From 9:15am until 4:30pm.
Shop 39 Ground Floor Italian Forum 19-23 Norton St

For more information about each project, please visit our Project section of the website.


Meet F&B – Flourish & Baird Decorative Finishes

23 May 2015 | Posted in: arts, sydney

What is your name and business name?
Sandy Baird of F&B – Flourish & Baird Decorative Finishes

Can you describe what you use your Renew space for?
At F&B our focus is on Decorative Paint Finishes, whether for the home, on furniture or teaching workshops.

We have refinished furniture for sale and offer Design consultation and Paint Finish workshops.

What has been some of the best bits about having a space to test your idea?
It has been amazing having the general public respond so favorably to the F&B space and show great enthusiasm for the workshops.

While participating in the Renew program, what have been some of the discoveries you’ve made in your area?
People, especially locals, are very enthusiastic and supportive of the Renew scheme and the life it is breathing back into the area

Generally there is good support for creatve pursuits and a desire to learn more eg. Workshops.

There are huge numbers of young Mums with babies walking past.

The other peope in the scheme are lovely and it feels like a little community.

What other creative enterprises are you inspired by?
I like finding out what the other participants are doing – was particularly impressed with the philosophy of the Makers Place.


What is your favourite place or space to visit in Leichhardt?
The dog park at Cafe Bones

Your website, store address or where we can find you?

F&B 147 Norton Street Leichhardt. 0407 063 388

Do you have any upcoming events to tell us about?

Paint finish workshops start on Saturday 6th June.














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Meet Skyfire Studio

22 May 2015 | Posted in: arts, Events, gallery


What is your name and business name?

Paige Lampkin and Philip Crandall: Skyfire Studio

Can you describe what you use your Renew space for?

The short version: fulfilling potential

The medium version: On its face we’re a contemporary art gallery. Aside from that everything else we do is designed to provide those who wish to make artistic endeavors a greater part of their lives, the tools and the confidence to pursue that aim. We focus on providing support for development in three areas: artistic skill set, mind set, and business savvy. We hold classes in various things from drawing to fire twirling to meditation, and provide business strategy guidance for artists. Everything in the space, including everything a visitor hears or even smells, is carefully curated. We like our space to be a ‘live’ one, so what’s in the store changes with regularity! Exhibitions are often punctuated by live performances. We’re quite keen for Sydney outside of Leichhardt to learn about the area as it’s truly fascinating! So we hope to use the space to bring new faces here.

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What has been some of the best bits about having a space to test your idea?

Low barrier to entry is always good for trade! It’s nice to have someone hear your idea, like it, and say okay go run with it and make it work! It’s a fairy godmother experience really, because if your project is successful, it just may change your life. If it’s not, you had a damn good time and you learned how to do it better the next time. We are super new here (only a few weeks old!) but we also like that the project gives us a chance to engage with the community in a visceral way.

While participating in the Renew program, what have been some of the discoveries you’ve made in your area?

There are a lot of cool furniture, homewares, and lighting shops here.

  • A hunt for the best pizza in Leichhardt is a truly worthy endeavor. We have a frontrunner at the moment but reserve judgement until we’ve tested at least 10 different pies.
  • There’s a ton of culture bubbling just under the surface of Leichhardt that’s not immediately obvious. It sort of looks like Queens (NY) but within the little nooks and crannies there’s neat stuff going on.

What other creative enterprises are you inspired by?
Wow, all the Renew participants are incredibly together and creative and open so they’re the first folks that come to mind. Then it would have to be a Perth jewelry design company called Totomoto designs. The pieces are quite powerful. Paige particularly likes what Philip refers to as ‘rubbish’, and finds the notion that old items had a whole life before and can have a new life terrifically scintilating. All things can be tools of use. We have musical backgrounds so we find inspiration in sounds of multifarious forms.

What is your favourite place or space to visit in Leichhardt?

Once again we are super new here, so our days mostly consist of work work work in the space to get it up and running, and then pizza. And then work, and then pizza. So, we like places with pizza.

Your website, store address or where we can find you?

Our web address is, we’re at shop 10 23 Norton Italian Forum

Do you have any upcoming events to tell us about?

Do we ever:) Please have a look at the calendar below.

We have a drawing class and a hand drumming class in development for the next series, as well as painting, kids ceramics, a fertility yoga workshop June 14th, and a five week meditation course in July.

Aside from that we plan to put together a Leichhardt gallery bus tour, like a wine tour, but for learning to buy art.

Participant profile – Questionnaire one