The Refinery is an 8-week creative incubator designed to transform ideas into sustainable businesses. The Refinery is a learning platform made for creative people and designed to refine, develop, test and action your business ideas. The Refinery will culminate in a public showcase to launch your business.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
The Refinery will be hosted at The Met, a co-working space at SunCentral in the new Maroochydore City Centre. You will be required to attend two full day sessions each Thursday and Friday of the program and will have access to the space throughout the week for work and collaboration. There will be additional social and industry events that will be optional but worthwhile. There is no fee to participate and you are required to provide your own laptop or device.
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 supported by Advance Queensland through SCRIPT, Arts Queensland’s Regional Arts Development Fund and CQ University. The initiative is also supported by industry partners Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast, Peregian Digital Hub and Creative Spaces.
The Refinery program is delivered in collaboration with Creative Enterprise Australia with mentoring and presentations by other leading creative entrepreneurs.
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 and strengthen creative industries on the Sunshine Coast. The Refinery is not another tech incubator, we avoid jargon and have designed a program relevant to creative practitioners focussed on developing sustainable creative businesse’s 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 be made through Sunshine Coast Council's Smarty Grants website.
Complete your application and submit before 3 March 2020. If you are short-listed, you will be invited to attend a one-day selection Bootcamp on March 21
Attendance at the Bootcamp is essential for you to be considered for the
program and you will be notified within two days if you have been offered
a place in The Refinery.
Applications Open Friday 3 Feb 2020 at 5pm
Midnight, 3 March 2019
Bootcamp - Saturday 21 March
The Refinery – Thursdays and Fridays from Thursday 7 May – Friday 3 July 2020
Public Showcase – Friday 3 July 2020
What is your creative practice?
In one sentence, pitch your project or idea.
At what stage of development is your project?
What do you hope to achieve by participating in The Refinery?
Optional but encouraged, provide website or supporting material.
*All information is correct at time of publishing and is subject to change without notice.