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Meet Makers Place

21 May 2015 | Posted in: Leichhardt, urban renewal, workshops

This week we decided to stop by Makers Place at The Italian Forum to chat with Melissa Fuller, a Maker of Makers’, see how their space is working and to find out a bit more about Leichhardt, as locals on the ground as part of Renew Leichhardt.

What is your business name?

Makers Place Incorporated

Can you describe what you use your Renew space for?

A community facility providing access to tools, equipment, education required for invention. Makers Place is a non-for-profit association. Members pay a monthly membership and get access to $30,000 worth of technology and skill sharing through community engagement.

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

Quite simply Makers Place would not exist without the Renew Leichardt initiative. We have been having to prototype our model and co-create with our local community. The best part about having access to the low cost premises is that we have been able to support environmental and social good projects.

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

I have discovered that Leichhardt is a very diverse area. There are people from many parts of the world. Leichhardt is also very creative; I have discovered art galleries, studio spaces, and people who work in the creative industries.

One of the most memorable discoveries has been stumbling across The School of Footwear and their founder Darren Bischoff.

This is where you can learn to make your own shoes in a fully equipped workroom. Darren teaches students all aspects of footwear construction, illustration, pattern cutting, upper stitching, shoe lasting, heeling and finishing.

Bar Sport on Norton street has the best Panini in town!

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

We love to treat ourselves to tasty delights that Norton St Grocer has and taking a picnic to the park on the north end of Norton Street.

For a social beverage after work we can be found at the Royal Hotel and for entertainment, shows at the Australian Actors Center are great!

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

Shop 39, Ground Floor, 19-23 Norton St, Leicchardt 2040

Do you have any upcoming events to tell us about?

Yes, we have a few! Please see our website.

Head On Festival in Leichhardt

30 April 2015 | Posted in: arts, Events, Leichhardt, live music, News, photography, workshops

Head On Photo Festival 2015 @ Italian Forum Leichhardt

  • Makers Place

Head On Photo Festival is the nation’s most prestigious showcase for global photography. This year Leichhardt Library is proud to be hosting five photographers in this year’s Head On.

Join the official opening by the Lord Mayor Cr Rochelle PorteousRENEW Night Markets Backyard Network Rizzeria, The Writing Workshop, 3D printed selfies, and a Photo Booth @ Makers Place and live music by Anna Salleh with a repertoire of gorgeous tunes from Brazil and beyond.

Samuel Choy - 3D Scanning Booth

Samuel Choy – 3D Scanning Booth

The Italian Forum Community in Leichhardt is collaborating to bring you an excellent night of celebrations for Head On Photo Festival 2015!

The night will include:

  • Five photographers on exhibition at Leichhardt Library and the ACA.
  • Makers Place member Sam Choy will be setting up a 3D Scanning and 3d Printing booth (get in early spaces are limited)
  • Makers Place member Greer Rochford will be utilising her portrait studio lighting and lenses by taking portraits of visitors and taking orders of prints (get in early spaces are limited)
  • Renew Leichhardt Market Stalls
  • Live Music
3D printed object from a 3D Scan of a person- By Samuel Choy

3D printed object from a 3D Scan of a person- By Samuel Choy

Summary of  Details:

Monday 4 May
Italian Piazza Level, Italian Forum
Free event – All welcome – Refreshments served
RSVP  – online or call 9367 9266

More information:

In an environment saturated with images, Head On Photo Festival cuts through the clutter and shows what’s worth seeing.

Head On Photo Festival is the nation’s most prestigious showcase for global photography. This year Leichhardt Library is proud to be hosting five photographers in this year’s Head On. The works will be on exhibition across two venues – Leichhardt Library and the Actors Centre Australia in the Piazza Level of the Italian Forum.

The interactive activities are happening across the Piazza at Makers Place.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 2 May – Sunday 31 May.

For more information visit the Leichhardt library Website

March Events & Workshop

10 March 2015 | Posted in: News

Sat 14 & Sun 15 March 2015

Leichhardt Open Studio Trail (LOST)


In conjunction with Art month, join Renew Sydney on the Leichhardt Open Studio Trail (LOST), where you’ll feast on colour, movement and be able to participate in workshops and demonstrations by the artisans.

When: 10am-4pm, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March 2015

Where: Studio 9 & 39 The Italian Forum & 143, 145 & 149 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: Free Entry into stores. Please inquire about costs for workshops with each studio

Sat 14 March 2015

Planks to Portraits  


Coinciding with LOST leichhardt Makers Place is hosting the Planks to Portraits workshop, a fun painting and writing workshop run by local artist Anna Mangoand writer Bernard Cohen from the Writers Workshop. Makers Place will be hosting this interactive, fun and educational session. Kids will get into painting their planks into portraits with Anna and then write about their artwork with Bernard.  After the workshop the planks and stories will be exhibited in the Forum.

When: 11am-3pm, Saturday 14 March 2015

Where: Makers Place by Three Farm, 39 The Italian Forum 19-23 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: Free. Inquiries/bookings before 12 March 2015 [email protected]

Sat 14 March 2015

Show ‘n’ Tell


The Makers Place Show ‘n’ Tell, fosters co – creation, sustainability, innovation, knowledge & skill sharing and community building. This event provides local Makers with an opportunity to give and take expertise, advice, inspiration and feedback. If you are currently working on a project or you are looking to collaborate with fellow Makers we welcome you in for our open day. Throughout the afternoon Makers will be showing of their projects and telling us about the process they are taking to make it.

When: 2pm-4pm, Saturday 14 March 2015

Where: Makers Place by Three Farm, 39 The Italian Forum 19-23 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: Free. Inquiries [email protected]

Sat 14 March 2015

School style handball in the Piazza


Go back to your school days when at recess the stakes were high and competition fierce, all you wanted to do is win that championship game of Handball! – Just for fun we are setting up a handball court!

When: All day, Saturday 14 March 2015

Where: Makers Place by Three Farm, 39 The Italian Forum 19-23 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: Free. Inquiries [email protected]

Sat 14 & Sun 15 March 2015

Sculpture in the Piazza with Yasmine Smith


The Broom sphere has been exhibited at First Draft Gallery and MCA Sydney. Yasmin Smith is a substantially reputable, local sculptor and ceramicist, whose deep interest in art, object design and object theory has led her to research and exhibitions both in and around Australia and internationally. Yasmin’s passion for socially oriented design, creativity and education has been given a platform through the inception of Makers Place, Leichhardt’s newest non-for-profit community workshop. Yasmin endeavours to action positive change in the community by empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills to be their own makers.

When: All day, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March 2015

Where: Makers Place by Three Farm, 39 The Italian Forum 19-23 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: Free. Inquiries [email protected]

Sat 14 & Sun 15 March 2015

Gardening made simple  


Matt Moore will be talking and walking people through his concept – useful, simple garden infrastructure made from readily available materials, with the processing largely done by worms, bacteria, and plants. Also a call out for materials and taking research information on viewer’s needs and interests.

When: All day, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March 2015

Where: Backyard Network, 145 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: Free. Inquiries [email protected]

Sun 15 March 2015

Weave a wall hanging with Miss Helen


Make a charming custom wall hanging in this introductory course to the ancient craft of tapestry weaving. In this workshop, we will use and combine a variety of materials from wool yarn, roving, raffia and silk, and embellish our pieces with semiprecious stones and other treasures to create a beautiful unique wall hanging. Weaving is a really easy, soothing and relaxing craft, so it is a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

When: 2pm-5pm, Sunday 15 March

Where: Rizzeria, 143 Norton Street Leichhardt

Cost: $50 + booking fee.

Tickets available via or in store.

Sun 15 March 2015

Doggy Paw-Trait Workshop


Bring your friendly pooch and create a divine mixed media paw-trait of your best four-legged friend.

When: 11am-1pm, Sunday 15 March

Where: Wyld and Whimsy, 149 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: $40.00 – Inquire/bookings on [email protected]

Mon 16 March 2015

Clay School 

mains d'enfant, argile

Apron up and create something with your little person in this clay play session designed especially for mums and bubs.

The workshop fee covers both child and parent.

When: 10:30-11:30am, Monday 16 March

Where: Rizzeria, 143 Norton Street Leichhardt

Cost: $15 + booking fee. Tickets available via or in store.

Tue 17 March 2015

After-school Clay Play

Clay Dinosaur

Clay is a wonderful, tactile medium. Its three-dimensional nature forces kids to think about structure, shapes and forms.

This session will allow children 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.

When: 3:30-5pm, Tuesday 17 March

Where: Rizzeria, 143 Norton Street Leichhardt

Cost: $20 + booking fee. Tickets available via or in store. 

Wed 18 March 2015

Mums & Bubs Craft Hour


Escape into the artistic world of Wyld & Whimsy and spend an inaugural hour relaxing while making gorgeous craft. Put bubs on knees or pram, sip coffee & let your creative juice flow with Skye Rodgers.

When: 11am-12pm, Wednesday 18 March then every Wednesday thereafter

Where: Wyld and Whimsy, 149 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: $25.00 – bookings on [email protected]

Thurs 19 March 2015

Wild Stitching  


Have fun creating new looks with embroidery thread and denim: make a cushion cover, wall hanging, art piece….your imagination is the most important thing to bring. All materials and snacks included.

When: 12pm-2pm, 19 March 2015

Where: Wyld and Whimsy, 149 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: $45.00 Inquire/bookings on [email protected]

Sun 22 March 2015

Publish your own zine with Miss Helen & Professor Lau Lau 


Zines (short for “fanzines” or “magazines”) are self-published booklets about any subject that grabs you. There’s a rich zine culture around the world, where music fans, writers, comic book artists, citizen journalists, poets, and others of every stripe are making, trading, and selling their creations. Zine-making is also a fantastic activity for kids. Not only are zines a fun means of creative expression, making them gives kids a little insight into how published books and magazines are made, and may help them think more critically about what goes into those mainstream publications. This workshop is suitable for 8-14 year-olds.

Cut, paste, draw and write to create your own publication. The zines will be made on our spot-colour Risograph machine.

When: 2pm-4pm, Sunday 22 March

Where: Rizzeria, 143 Norton Street Leichhardt

Cost: $17 + booking fee. Tickets available via or in store.

Fri 27 March 2015

Stamp Stomp


An invitation to create with a gorgeous selection of stamps – bring your own and or use Skye Rodgers extensive stamp library to create amazing cards, tags and artworks.

When: 12pm-2pm, 27 March 2015

Where: Wyld and Whimsy, 149 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: $25.00 Inquire/bookings on [email protected]

Sun 29 March 2015

Easter Workshop


8 years old and up – including adults. Make wonderful inspired paper mache easter creations to give as gifts.

When: 11am-1pm, Sunday 29 March 2015

Where: Wyld and Whimsy, 149 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: $40.00 Inquire/bookings on [email protected]

Every Wednesday & Friday afternoons

Kids Crafternoon


Park the kids in a creative environment at Wyld and Whimsy for an afternoon of fun creative activities. Sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. Fee includes snacks.

When: Every Wednesday and Friday afternoon (in school term)

Where: Wyld and Whimsy, 149 Norton St Leichhardt

Cost: $35.00 Inquire/bookings on [email protected]

Expression of Interest – new applicants required!

9 February 2015 | Posted in: Leichhardt, News

Renew Sydney is seeking new project proposals!        APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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

EOI Open for Applicants

EOI is open until Wednesday, 25 February 2015

When Renew Leichhardt first began we captured the details of many interested artists and entrepreneurs that has formed our potential participant list that we are still using when properties become available. Over a year later, we are coming to a point where some of the applicants are no longer available, their ideas and their availability has changed or they can only be available on a part time basis. As we are starting to open up spaces that are in high visibility locations and we require genuinely active businesses and projects that can be open for at least six days a week.

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 Wednesday, 25 February 2015. We will be launching new Renew spaces 143 to 149 Norton Street, Leichhardt on Friday, 13 March and 147 Norton Street, Leichhardt is first property that will be offered to an applicant from this round by Friday, 20 March 2015.

If you are ready to apply fill out the application form below! 

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

Engaged by Leichhardt Council, Renew Leichhardt is a pilot initiative by Renew Australia to activate some of the currently underutilised spaces in Leichhardt through incubating short-term uses by creative enterprises and independent local initiatives on a rent-free basis.

New Participants appearing in Renew Leichhardt

9 February 2015 | Posted in: News


Wild & Whimsy - 149 Norton Street

Wild & Whimsy – 149 Norton Street

Following the recent signing of four empty shops on Norton Street filling these with participants has begun. We are excited to welcome Wyld & Whimsy into 149 Norton Street, Leichhardt – Skye has embraced the excitement of having her own space and has created a haven for creativity! Hosting workshops on card making and selling a range of her own creation, this space is dynamic and engaging for the residents and visitors in Leichhardt.

We are soon to welcome The Rizzeria into 143 Norton Street, Leichhardt bringing with them their creative craft and printing workshops for adults and children. While providing an affordable and unique printing service and are also inviting local makers to sell their handmade / locally-designed works within the space.

The Writing Workshop by Bernard Cohen has is currently establishing their space in The Italian Forum, bringing regular writing workshops for school-aged children into Shop 9. They are soon to commence their Teacher Professional Development Workshops onsite too, very excited to have Bernard and his team on board.

Following the recent signing of new properties within Leichhardt, we have noticed a need of a unique type of business to fit in with specific needs of some of the spaces. To which we will be releasing an Expression of Interest in the coming week. More information to follow.

Welcome to Renew Leichhardt Makers Place by ThreeFarm and The Studio by Sarah Chelkowski

19 November 2014 | Posted in: News

Makers Place & The Studio @ Italian Forum


Renew Leichhardt has welcomed two new additions to the mix – Makers Place by ThreeFarm and The Studio by Sarah Chelkowski.

Makers Place by ThreeFarm is a destination for smart play, a collaborative workshop with the right tools and equipment for users in an open environment.  Kids and adults are invited to drop in and experience new technologies and equipment on offer and get creative! The space also provides much needed design space for inventors and prototype creators on a membership basis.  Find out more about Makers Place and ThreeFarm here.  Shop 39, Italian Forum – 19-23 Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040

The Studio by Sarah Chelkowski is the newest addition to the Italian Forum in Leichhardt, displaying creations for theatre productions from Much Ado about Nothing to Cinderella.  Drop by on the weekends to experience live rehearsals and view the range of costumes soon to be available for hire or purchase. Shop 10, Italian Forum – 19-23 Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040


EOI Open for Applicants

Renew Leichhardt Launch Event! – Sunday 16th March 11am-2pm

12 March 2014 | Posted in: Leichhardt, News

Renew Leichhardt is launching with an official Renew Leichhardt launch event run in partnership with the Leichhardt Municipal Council. It’s going to be a fantastic day for all ages, so bring the kids!

There will be roaming entertainers, face painters, market stalls, our participants will be trading and it will be a great opportunity to find out more about Renew Leichhardt, how it works and how you can become involved.

Renew Leichhardt Launch Event

The Italian Forum

21-23 Norton Street, Leichhardt

Sunday 16th March 11am – 2pm


Renew Leichhardt has activated another space! Introducing; Flying Fox.

4 February 2014 | Posted in: Leichhardt, News

Flying fox by lc logo card sleeping bag

Renew Leichhardt has welcomed its newest addition, Flying Fox to the fold, selling beautifully crafted and environmentally friendly baby sleeping bags. The space also combines with other Australian artists to sell handmade driftwood lamps, tables, leather accessories, paintings & jewellery. Flying Fox joins our other projects, Mia O Designs, Paris Floyd and Indelible that are breathing new life into the italian forum.

You can visit Flying fox at Shop 9, The Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt or find out more about Flying Fox here.

Renew Leichhart Small

First Renew Sydney Shops are open for business in Leichhardt!

11 November 2013 | Posted in: Leichhardt, News

Renew Sydney are pleased to announced that the first three of what we hope will be many Renew Sydney spaces are open for business from Wednesday 18th of December. Shops 14, 15, and 10 in the Italian Forum have been given a new lease of life by local contemporary jeweller Mia O Designs, textiles designers Indelible and lingerie, lounge wear and gift ware designer Paris Floyd.

Renew Sydney received nearly 200 applications for the first spaces available but these three projects by talented local designers have been selected for both the quality of their work and the fact that they are each a great fit to the first spaces we have available . Over coming months we aim to add many more great projects and many more locations into the mix of Renew Leichhardt initiatives.

Renew Leichhardt is supported by Leichhardt Municipal Council.


Renew Leichhardt Launched!

11 November 2013 | Posted in: Leichhardt, News

Renew Australia is pleased to announce the launch of our Sydney office and our first Sydney based project: Renew Leichhardt.

For the last few months we have been working with the team at Leichhardt Council to develop a plan for the area’s empty shop and office spaces. We’ve held two public meetings, we’ve met with property owners, we’ve worked to secure a few properties in Norton Street and in the Italian Forum and we are now ready to roll out the first phase of the Renew Sydney program!

We are very excited to be coming to Sydney and hope this is the first of many projects and opportunities in greater Sydney for Renew Australia! If you want to make sure you know more about these and other Renew Australia opportunities in Sydney then make sure you subscribe to our E-News, and follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Also if you’re in other local government areas in Sydney and you’d like to encourage Renew projects in your area then feel free to drop our new Sydney team a line Contact Us and we can see what we can do.