ABOUT THE REFINERY
The Refinery is an 8-week creative incubator designed to transform ideas into sustainable businesses. The Refinery continues in its third year in 2021 as a learning platform made for creative people. It is curated by some of the Sunshine Coast region's industry leaders 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 will be hosted at The MET, the creative playground of the new Maroochydore City Centre project. Participants are required to attend two full day sessions each Thursday and Friday of the program and have access to the space throughout the week for work and collaboration. 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 supported by Arts Queensland’s Regional Arts Development Fund and CQ University and major industry sponsor Innovative Planning Solutions. The Refinery was developed with the support of Advance Queensland through SCRIPT, Creative Spaces, Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast and Peregian Digital Hub.
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 be made through Sunshine Coast Council's Smarty Grants website.
Applications are open January to March. If you are short-listed, you are required to attend a one-day selection Bootcampin 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 : TBC for 2022
Applications Close : TBC for 2022
Bootcamp : TBC for 2022
The Refinery : Thursdays and Fridays from early May to July 2022
Public Showcase : July 2022
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.