ABOUT THE REFINERY
The Refinery is a 15-week creative incubator designed to transform ideas into sustainable businesses. The Refinery continues in its fourth year in 2022 as a learning platform made for creative people. It is curated by some of the Sunshine Coast region's industry leaders with proud delivery partner, Impact Boom, to refine, develop, test and action creative business ideas. The Refinery culminates in a public showcase to launch participants' businesses.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
The Refinery is delivered both online and from select venues on the Sunshine Coast, including The MET Maroochydore, the creative playground of the new Maroochydore City Centre project. Participants are required to participate in one weekly session each Tuesday of the program. Additional social and industry events are optional but worthwhile. Participants bring their own laptop or device. The program is fully subsidised for participants.
WHO IS BEHIND IT?
Curated by some of the Sunshine Coast’s leading organisations - Sunshine Coast Council, Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance and SunCentral Maroochydore - that are committed to growing creative industries on the Coast.
The Refinery is delivered by proud project partner, Impact Boom and is supported by Arts Queensland’s Regional Arts Development Fund. The Refinery was developed with the support of Advance Queensland through SCRIPT, Creative Spaces.
We thought you deserved it! And the region needs it. Artists and creative practitioners bring immense value to a place and we want to build on that and strengthen creative industries on the Sunshine Coast. The Refinery is not another tech incubator, we avoid jargon and have designed a program that is relevant to creative practitioners focussed on developing sustainable creative businesses and practice.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The Refinery has been designed to support independent artists, early-stage entrepreneurs, creative industry practitioners with an idea ready to go. Applications are invited from individuals and groups from across the creative sector including visual art, screen, design, architecture, publishing, literature, advertising, media, podcasting, game development, fashion, performing arts, heritage, music and artisan craft. Applications are open to residents across Australia.
Applications are from mid December to early February each year.
If you are short-listed, you are required to attend a one-day selection Bootcamp in March.
Attendance at the Bootcamp is essential for you to be considered for the
program and you will be notified within 2 weeks if you have been offered
a place in The Refinery.
Applications Open : December 2022
Applications Close : February 2023
Bootcamp : March 2023
The Refinery : Tuesdays from March to June 2023.
Public Showcase : July 2023
These dates are indicative only and subject to change.
Applications are currently closed, but things we ask you to consider include:
What is it that you want to do?
What have you already done?
Why do you think this is important?
Who do you think will benefit?
*All information is correct at time of publishing and is subject to change without notice.