WHAT IS BALLARAT EVOLVE?
Ballarat Evolve is a trial program supported by the Ballarat Arts Foundation. This program is investigating the sustainability of linking private businesses with micro-creative enterprises and artists, and permitting access to empty retail spaces throughout the regional city's central business district - focusing on fast tracking the city's evolution.
WHAT IS THE REASON FOR BALLARAT EVOLVE?
Taking learnings from the hugely successful Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia initiatives, and relying upon the advice and guidance of Arts Law Centre of Australia, Ballarat Evolve was borne out of genuine interest from local traders. Interested groups started to notice the changing profile of the inner city streets, and a private initiative was undertaken. Volunteers logged empty retail environments in a selected area of the CBD, noting those buildings highlighted with a 'For Lease', 'For Sale' and those which were clearly empty. This was matched with attitudinal research of 220 individuals living, using and working in the heart of the city.
Do you believe the centre of Ballarat is changing?
WHY IS THE BALLARAT ARTS FOUNDATION INVOLVED?
The Ballarat Arts Foundation was approached with the concept to support a trial, investigating the feasibility of placing creative arts practitioners and small businesses into identified empty retail environments. Ballarat Arts Foundation, as the city's primary grant-maker to the creative and arts community, has agreed to support the project's trial till the end of December 2018. The Ballarat Arts Foundation will assess applicants, and coordinate the profiling matching of applicants to suitable locations in conjunction with the landlords and their representative agents. It is hoped that following the review period, the program will be established as an ongoing concern.
who else is involved?
Ballarat Evolve is supported by a range of different private bodies, including real estate agents Colliers International and legal teams offering their services pro-bono.
Applying to be a part of the Ballarat Evolve trial
We are currently seeking creative industries, artists and makers to put themselves forward for consideration. The trial will be small and tightly managed, so we would encourage you not to be disappointed should you not be successful on this occasion. Please submit your Expression of Interest, and we will coordinate interviews and appointments with those who are successful.
We are seeking submissions from landlords with properties in the Ballarat Central region that have proven difficult to lease. We seek the support of property owners who have vacant buildings to make them available for this project trial, adding them to our existing list of properties under consideration.