Renew Fremantle – first shop open

Empty shops in Point and Adelaide Streets in the centre of Freo are being brought back to life with local artists taking up these spaces rent free as part of a project being supported by the City of Fremantle. The first of these opened this week and it looks great so pop down for some unique Christmas gifts

This project builds on the Renew Newcastle model 

Renew Newcastle has been established to find short and medium term uses for buildings in Newcastle’s CBD that are currently vacant, disused, or awaiting redevelopment.

Renew Newcastle aims to find artists, cultural projects and community groups to use and maintain these buildings until they become commercially viable or are redeveloped. Renew Newcastle is not set up to manage long term uses, own properties or permanently develop sites but to generate activity in buildings until that future long term activity happens.

Renew Newcastle has been set up to clean up these buildings and get the city active and used again.

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5 Responses to Renew Fremantle – first shop open

  1. freoview says:

    Brilliant idea! I hope it will happen with more vacant premises as it brings life into the city!

    Roel Loopers

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  4. bec says:

    Hi Brad,

    My name is Bec Massey, and I’m one of the tenants in the above mentioned shop: The Freo Space

    The other two artists on the lease are Lynn Ersfeld (Cloakd Coverd Rapd) and Genevieve Daley (

    This outlet has been fantastic not only for us as artists (original 3 who took on the lease), but the 10-15 people who now stock us with a very ecclectic range of goods, whether they’re recycling, upcycling or making handmade items.

    I would like to extend a personal thank you from Lynn Genevieve and I (and on behalf of our suppliers) for facilitating this opportunity for us. We feel as though the Renew Freo project has brought colour and life to areas of the CBD in danger of becoming static.

    This is certainly true for our corner shop. It has become a real hub. We’ve begun to meet more Fremantle locals, making new friends, artists are networking and generally building a micro community around us…

    I hope The Freo Space and other spaces like it can continue into the future..!

    Kind Regards,

    bec massey

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