Foundry658 announced – a new accelerator to support creative startups


REMIX has been collaborating with ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and State Library Victoria on a pioneering new creative industries accelerator, the first of its type in Australia.

The initiative has been supported by Creative Victoria and across the next two-years the Accelerator will provide 20 creative startups and entrepreneurs with $20,000 each of seed funding ($400,000 in total). Alongside this, they will also receive professional development and mentoring throughout the intensive 3-month accelerator process designed to help refine and grow their creative enterprise concepts.

The creative industries are significant to Victoria’s culture, economy and society. Victoria’s creative sector is worth more than $22 billion and makes up approximately 8% of the state’s economy. To support this ecosystem, Foundry658 seeks to support a broad spectrum of creative entrepreneurs and ideas in a number of areas. Creative businesses that have the potential to grow and scale, concepts that will disrupt the creative industries landscape as we know it today. The support can also be used to help make existing creative practice or organisations more sustainable.

If you have an embryonic stage that you want to test further then an additional 200 creative startups will get support through a series of Bootcamps (designed to be a feeder into the Accelerator should the ides show potential). There will be four of these (each with 50 participants) running for three-weeks. Provided free of charge to successful applicants, they are designed to test and support the development of a proposed business project. The curriculum includes lean startup methodology, development (or refinement) and testing of a business plan, essential skills including digital marketing, scaling strategies and building teams as well as access to mentors who can provide tailored business development advice.

The accelerator follows on from the strategy development work, REMIX undertook to help create ACMI X (the world’s first co-working space for the moving image) which opened in 2017 as well as StartSpace, a new hub to support early state entrepreneurs that will open in 2019 as part of State Library Victoria’s $88.1 million redevelopment.

More on ACMI X here. More on StartSpace here.

If you are interested in finding out more about Foundry658 there will be a series of roadshows that anyone can attend which will take place over the next few months. For info on dates and locations of the roadshows as well as more general FAQs about Foundry658 just head over to the program website.

Foundry658 and Creative Entrepreneurship will be one of the the themes at the 2018 Creative State Summit (on which REMIX are collaborating on with Creative Victoria). There will be a series of talks from leading creative entrepreneurs such as Edward Hartley, Co-Founder of Bluethumb, Australia’s leading online art retailer. There are a handful of tickets remaining for this. More info here.

And finally … Fun Fact!  658 is the Dewey Decimal number for ‘entrepreneurship’


New research report from REMIX - Future-proofing tech for arts & culture organisations

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Want to learn more about how you can use technology to sell more tickets and meet customer needs? Eventbrite have come together with REMIX to produce a free research report ‘The Big Ticket Questions.’

You’ll read about:

  • Customer expectations,
  • Making sure your systems and marketing tools are talking to one another to create great communications,
  • Requirements of arts and cultural box offices,
  • Future proofing and keeping your in house system up to date,
  • A checklist of considerations for deciding whether to build in house or use an external solution

Download the report for free here - The Big Ticket Questions

Calling all Creatives! Submit your idea for Creative State – The Summit


REMIX are excited to be teaming up with Creative Victoria on a brand new event. We are looking for leading innovators from across Victoria to present at the inaugural creative industries summit – Creative State: The Summit – 28-30 June 2017.

We are keen to hear from potential speakers with insights, case studies or stories to share for a range of formats, including keynotes, panels and workshops.

If you’d like to present, please send us details of your proposed talk or workshop, including a title and short summary (no more than 300 words); names, organisations and contact details of those presenting; any relevant links; and why you think this is a good fit for the Creative State summit.

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We are interested in submissions that explore:

- New partnership models in the creative industries
- New business models in the creative industries
- New ideas and trends in the creative industries
- The opportunities for the creative industries in embracing ideas from other areas such as social entrepreneurship
- A ‘no boundaries’ Creative State – examples of cross disciplinary
working in the creative industries
- New markets / International engagement
- The value of creativity in society and the economy. Creativity as ambitious, dangerous and radically different
- The impact of technology disruption on the creative industries
- Sustaining creative practice
- Access and diversity
- ‘Open all hours’ culture
- Metropolitan and regional growth challenges and opportunities
- New career pathways

The deadline for submissions is cob Thursday 13 April 2017, but as more speakers are confirmed the number of opportunities becomes increasingly limited – we’d therefore ask you to express your interest as soon as possible. Please email us at [email protected] to enter your submission or ask any further questions.

Creative State: The Summit will take place from 28-30 June 2017.

Tickets are on sale from 18 April.

Building the 21st Century Library – REMIX collaborates with State Library Victoria


REMIX have been working with the State Library team over the last 6 months as part of a $88 million project to redevelop State Library Victoria. More to follow on this but we are very excited that the first images of what lies in store for users have now been released to the media alongside the launch of a campaign to raise the final funds required to complete the project. You can find out more about the project and pledge your support here






Announcing REMIX Academy event – Creative Cities – Nurturing Creative Communities


Join us for a special one-day REMIX Academy event on September 5th on the Sunshine Coast where leading urbanists will explore the ingredients you need to nurture creative cities and communities. Cities around the globe are striving to create innovation districts and grow the creative industries - but how do we move beyond the cookie cutter approach of trying to replicate the ’Silicon Valley model’ towards building a more complex creative ecology with arts and culture embedded at their core - a formula which is driving the growth of the creative industries and the tech sectors of cities such as Berlin, London and New York.

Hear from Andrew Kalish, Director of Cultural Development at Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Recently named one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture, Andrew is a key figure in the development of the renowned Brooklyn Cultural District, one of the world’s leading urban creative hubs.

Hannah Barry, one of the UK’s leading creative innovators joins us to tell us the story behind the incredible Bold Tendencies which transformed a disused multi-storey car park in Peckham into a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery and dynamic urban social space responsible for turning the area into one of London’s leading creative locations.

“A new generation of artists have turned an unlikely corner of southeast London into the capital’s cultural epicentre.” 
- Vogue

“There are few initiatives taking place anywhere in the UK that match the verve with which the Bold Tendencies Team have taken advantage of the opportunity offered by Southwark for the imaginative use of derelict space”
- Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate

Jonathan Robinson, Co-Founder & Director of Impact Hubs also joins the conversation. Arguably the most successful co-working movement globally, Impact Hubs provide physical spaces in over 80 global cities to over 15,000 members offering access to events, knowledge, investment and tools to help start and grow social enterprises.

The event also features Alan Crabbe, Co-Founder of Pozible, which has have generated over $45 million to date, launching over 10,000 projects. Damian Borchok, Co-Founder, For the People also joins us. Damian spent spent 7 years as CEO of Interbrand Australia before embarking on his new ventures which works with entrepreneurial leaders to envision, articulate and launch new businesses and to also help remake existing organisations for the digital age. Damian has worked on Brand transformations for Telstra, Alzheimer’s Australia and SKY TV NZ; place-making programs for The Rocks and Darling Harbour; and cultural projects for Sydney Opera House, Opera Australia and Griffin Theatre Company. We are also joined by urban strategist Michelle Tabet, who is the Co-Curator of this years Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Her background includes heading up Arup’s urban informatics team in Sydney.

Find out more here.



Over the last year, the REMIX Agency has been working with the team at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image to develop ACMI X; a next generation facility for creative entrepreneurs exploring the future of the moving image. ACMI X represents the first collaborative working space for the creative industries set up by a major cultural institution in Australia.

ACMI X is a 60 seat co-working studio and social and events hub in a 2000sqm state of the art office space, designed by award winning architects Six Degrees and located in the heart of Melbourne’s flourishing Southbank arts precinct.

The vision of ACMI X is to connect makers, thinkers, viewers and players in a vibrant space – both physical and digital – a range of cross disciplinary practitioners will co-work alongside ACMI’s curatorial, production and administrative staff, creating a dynamic engine room for the museum of the 21st Century.  ACMI X will house the game changers that are shaping the way we create and consume content helping nurture the new creative businesses and cultural entrepreneurs of tomorrow.  From tech start-ups to film makers, script writers to game and app developers; graphic and web designers to visual artists,

The ambitious initiative will foster creativity and collaboration, experimentation and inspiration and will expand the way ACMI engages with industry and practitioners. By shifting to a model of co-creation with new collaborators and partners, ACMI is redefining its role as commissioner and curator, and embracing creative risk and experimentation, to develop a new type of creative institution.

ACMI X opened for business in April 2016. Applications are now open via

REMIX Agency have also generated new ideas, strategies and research for clients including the Houses of Parliament, Dubai Culture, Tate, BFI, Google, Nesta, European Union, City of London, Skype, School of Life and The Independent. Find out more about our projects here.

Experience 6×9 at REMIX Sydney – a Virtual Reality project by The Guardian


The Guardian is bringing their first virtual reality project ’6×9′ to REMIX Sydney for attendees to experience. 6×9 places viewers in a virtual solitary confinement cell, telling a story of the psychological damage that extreme isolation can cause. An estimated 80,000 people are currently in solitary confinement in the US. They spend 22-24 hours a day in their cells, with little to no human contact for days or even decades.

Located in the REMIX Ideas Brewery, ’6×9′ can be experienced on June 2.

REMIX Sydney 2016 … our biggest summit yet


Join us on June 2-3 at Sydney Town Hall to explore the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship and discover the big ideas shaping the future of culture, creative cities and technology

Take a look at the short film of last year’s event to see what all the fuss is about.

Hear from 100 inspirational creative speakers including:

▪ Gillian Ferrabee, Director, Creative Lab, Cirque du Soleil
▪ Damian Totman, Global Creative Director, Bloomberg, New York
▪ Chris Michaels, Head of Digital & Publishing, British Museum
▪ Jon Penn, Managing Director, BBC Worldwide
▪ Leslie Koch, President & CEO, Governors Island (New York)
▪ Steph Tully, Executive Manager Group Brand and Marketing & Chief Marketing Officer, Qantas
▪ Chris Janz, CEO, Huffington Post (Australia)
▪ Ann Bray, Interim CEO, Office of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA)
▪ Dr Jeffrey T.K.V. Koh, Assistant Director & Lead UX Strategist, National Gallery Singapore
▪ Jay Morgan, Group Digital Creative Director, J. Walter Thompson Worldwide (JWT)
▪ Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne
▪ Nicola Harvey, Managing Editor, Buzzfeed
▪ Sam McDonough, Country Manager, Airbnb
▪ Kate Torney, CEO, State Library Victoria
▪ Anna Reid, Chief Marketing Officer, Sydney Opera House
▪ Ben Liebmann, Noma
▪ Ben Barraud, Head of Design, Museum of New Zealand TE PAPA Tongarewa
▪ Lindsay Miller, CEO, Dubai Design District (d3)
▪ Seb Chan, Chief Experience Officer, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
▪ Rennie Addabbo, Country Director, Sonos
▪ Nick Reynolds, Chief Marketing Officer – Asia Pacific, Lenovo
▪ Caroline Morgan, Head of Insight and Innovation, Samsung
▪ Grant Baxter, Head of Brand Strategy, Twitter
▪ Alicia Darvall, Executive Director, B Lab, B Corp
▪ Sam Mostyn, Chair, Carriageworks, Chair, Citigroup, Board Member, Virgin Australia and Australia Council for the Arts
▪ Karen Skinner, Country Director,
▪ Justin Dry, Joint CEO & Co-Founder, Vinomofo
▪ Aaron Michie, Director, Guardian Labs
▪ James Tutton, Serial entrepreneur & Co-Founder, Moonlight Cinema
▪ Fran Sanderson, Fund Manager, Arts Impact Fund, Nesta (National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts) – UK
▪ Kirsty Rosser, Founder & MD, Secret Sounds Connect (Splendour in the Grass)
▪ Linda Bracken, Head of Content & Platforms, ABC Radio
▪ Vanessa Stavrou, Head of Marketing, Contiki
▪ Marcus Westbury, Writer, Broadcaster, CEO, Collingwood Arts Precinct & Founder of Renew Australia
▪ Fiona Phillips, Executive Director, Australian Copyright Council (ACC)
▪ Jon Holloway, Vice President and Managing Director, R/GA

See the full line-up for REMIX Sydney here.

Cross-sector collaboration is at the heart of REMIX, and our social events create unique opportunities to meet other leading innovators from across culture, technology, media, policy and business. Once again we are very excited that our friends at Time Out will be curating our parties and receptions and we are pleased to announce this year’s line-up:

June 1 – Opening Reception – Bloomberg Roof Gardens 

To kick off REMIX 2016 delegates will enjoy drinks in the rooftop garden of Bloomberg’s stunning new skyscraper overlooking the Vivid Light Displays across Sydney’s iconic harbour.

June 2 – Delegate Party – QT Sydney

Back by popular demand after the winning formula of 2015, the awesome QT Sydney art hotel plays host to our Delegate party once again.

June 3 – Closing Reception – Australian Museum

Rounding off the summit, the Australian Museum will host our Closing Party. Not only do we get to enjoy drinks in their amazing new gallery delegates will get to try out David Attenborough’s First Life & Great Barrier Reef Dive Virtual Reality experiences which are being presented at the Australian Museum in partnership with Samsung following their sell-out debut at the Natural History Museum.