Renew Geelong Uniting Many Creative Minds Announces Closure

Posted 7 May 2020

Renew Geelong Uniting Many Creative Minds Announces Closure

Renew Geelong has been established for creative minds and start-up businesses and has run in central Geelong for two years.The social enterprise has assisted 76 artists and creative groups since its inception and has announced it will be shut within a month.

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Geelong Illustrators coordinator Clare Holder, who participated in the program, said to the Geelong Advertiser it helped her group grow its membership. “Over the course of the project we have grown to over 70 members, and we will continue to grow, connect and support local artists in Geelong in the future,” Ms Holder said “We are so incredibly grateful to Market Square for the opportunity to expand our creativity with our studio gallery; bringing colour to the Moorabool St bus stop with exhibitions, and connecting with our local community through workshops and retail.

“Renew Geelong has been such a fantastic experience for all members of Geelong Illustrators.” The program, which offered rent-free retail space in the Geelong CBD, was used to activate otherwise empty spaces and be a driver of community renewal, economic development, the arts and creative industries, organisers said.

Program participants included a furniture recycling company, a Moroccan clothing designer, an art gallery, a workshop for large-scale public art, a bespoke suit designer and a neon sign designer.

In some cases, retail space offered through the program was rented on full-time commercial leases by participants.

Renew Australia CEO Angela Simons said: “It has been a delight to participate in the Geelong community and we are very proud we have been able to give opportunities to over 76 local Geelong artists and creative enterprises to explore their business in a visible creative space.” The end of the Renew initiative comes after Geelong council this week revealed about 130 Geelong businesses have been forced to close as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Council has support measures that will provide about $556,000 to local business hit by the pandemic. The package includes more than $283,000 for 1482 businesses paying the city’s central Geelong business rate and an estimated $262,000 worth of rates waivers to “approximately 130 businesses” that have closed as a result of government restrictions.

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