I've been in touch with Ianto Ware & Brigid Noone from Renew Adelaide. This initiative, based on a Newcastle model, aims to match aspiring business/arts people with empty building space in our CBD's West End. As you can imagine, many benefits will flow from such a program. Many thanks to Clr Yarwood for putting me in touch with them.
Today I invited Ianto & Brigid to become S-A members - hoping they will choose to join us in the near future.
It would be excellent if we could help Ianto & Brigid by providing ideas, inspiration, and generally adding momentum to their work. There may also be opportunity to help in other ways, but best if I let them talk more about that.
Here's a recent Independent Weekly article about Renew Adelaide:
Ianto & Brigid, welcome and we look forward to chatting with you shortly.Adelaide's derelict space to be renewed
Empty buildings in Adelaide’s derelict and sometimes dangerous west end will be filled under a new partnership between the Adelaide West End Association and Renew Adelaide.
Renew Adelaide was launched early this year and is an initiative of local arts-types Ianto Ware and Brigid Noone. Based on a Newcastle model, the project will create a pool of empty spaces and match them to aspiring business and creative people who need a base for their enterprise.
“We’re looking at bike repair shops, cafes, an open theatre, art galleries and heaps of other things,” said Ms Noone.
The model offers spaces at a vastly discounted price to help new projects. In return, the building owner has a better chance of leasing the property at full price.
“They get someone watching the space, cleaning it up, painting it and fixing the basic infrastructure issues,” said Mr Ware.
“The spaces are more likely to be rented when they’re being used because it’s like an advertisement. It’s a bit like an ongoing open inspection,” said Ms Noone.
The administrator of the Renew Newcastle project, Marcus Westbury, said Renew Adelaide would make the city safer.
“The Hunter Street Mall in Newcastle had about 20 vacant buildings and it was a no-go zone that was full of violence. Now there’s only three empty spaces and it’s a much more friendly environment,” he said.
The Adelaide West End Association is hoping for a similar change by joining with Renew Adelaide for an ArtWest project.
“We want to expose the creative parts of the west and show people the west end isn’t just the image of Hindley Street, alcohol and violence,” said association president Andrew Wallace.
ArtWest will showcase work from artists at UniSA, TAFE and other West End institutions. Some of the art will be shown in West End businesses and some will be displayed in spaces arranged by Renew Adelaide.