£25k for 25 years

by Walk the Plank in Salford, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th August 2017 we successfully raised £30,569 with 260 supporters in 43 days

To raise extra funds to help us ensure that our new Cobden Works outdoor arts creative hub is as inspiring as we originally envisaged.

by Walk the Plank in Salford, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Now that we've reached our £25k target we're looking to get to £30k so that we can invest in some all-important solar panels.

Meeting our green agenda is an important part of our sustainability strategy, and when we had various value-engineering exercises during the build-phase of the project solar panels fell by the way-side.

Given the momentum our campaign is now gathering, being able to afford solar energy means that we will be able to drive forward our green credentials, which also makes us more favourable towards new funding streams for training, education and other projects in the future.

So, if you are able to help us with an additional donation, you'll not only be helping us but the environment too.

Who are we?

Walk the Plank is one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts organisations and a registered charity. From village square to international stage, we work in collaboration with diverse communities and artists to enrich lives through shared creative experience. We create work that gives people a sense of pride, a sense of identity and a sense of place. In 2017 we move to our new creative hub for outdoor arts, in Salford, coinciding with our 25th anniversary. After a quarter of a century of inspiring creative excellence, we continue to have a huge appetite for artistic risk and innovation.

Founded in 1992 by Liz Pugh and John Wassell, our Creative Producers, the company produced work on board the UK’s only touring theatre ship for fifteen years; alongside outdoor performance, parades, and civic celebrations. Now we’re based on dry land: we are developing a new creative hub, with dedicated training space, workshops and purpose-built space, in Salford. 

“Walk the Plank continues to be a trailblazer for Outdoor Arts in the UK; combining a constantly inventive artistic vision with socially grounded practice, the company brilliantly delivers true delight for audiences hand-in-hand with authentic community engagement… as well as being an inspiration for everyone else working in the sector.”  
Angus MacKechnie, ISAN 

What do we want to do?

With our new Cobden Works outdoor arts creative hub coming close to completion towards the end of July, we’re launching a mini crowdfunding campaign to help us put the essential finishing touches to our new home which we’ll be moving into in the same year that we mark our 25th anniversary.

Lead-funded by Arts Council England, our brand-new home will be the first time that our offices and workshop spaces are combined under one roof, along with a new learning and training facility.  To say that it will be fantastic to have everything under one roof is nothing short of an understatement.

Our current base just down the road in Broad Street, Salford, has done a sterling job in giving us a roof over our heads but, as a converted end of terrace house, it hasn’t exactly been fit for purpose for many years. 

Our current space in Salford. Imagine what we can achieve with Cobden Works. 

So why do we need to crowdfund when we’ve already been funded by the Arts Council and other donors?  Good question.

The answer is simple.  As with all construction projects, even with the best planning and contingency, additional costs have inevitably cropped up.  And even with a series of value engineering exercises to pare our costs to the bone, we’re just tantalisingly short of funds to ensure that Cobden Works is finished to the standard we envisaged.

Our campaign is designed specifically to help us fit out our internal courtyard which, given our proximity to a series of local waste and recycling tips, is an important ‘outdoor space indoors’ for both our staff and the many visitors who will come to see us from all over the world, either to collaborate on projects or join us on a training course.

Money raised from the campaign will also go towards ensuring we can have the right specification of lighting throughout the building.  For security reasons, Cobden Works is predominantly windowless from the outside, which is why lighting will be such an important feature, particularly in the autumn and winter season when natural light is scarce.

We’re aiming to raise £25,000 and we’ve lined up a whole range of rewards to recognise the generosity of our crowd funders.  Please note if you wish to pledge for more than one reward/item please make seperate donations for each of them. This makes it easier for the system to track how many are left.

And before you go, don't forget to take a look at our video which tells a very interesting story on why we’re moving down the road to Cobden Works.

Here’s to our next 25 years, and here’s to making Cobden Works as brilliant as we originally envisaged.



 For the first time in our history, Cobden Works will give us the chance to bring the Walk the Plank team, artists and outdoor arts practitioners under the same roof, creating an exciting alchemy of skills and creative thinking.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

There goes a tenner. When it comes to donations, size doesn't matter but the love for us really does. So, if you slip us a tenner (it's even more with Gift Aid) we'll reward you with a quirky 'thank you' keepsake which, who knows, might last another 25 years if you tuck it away in a drawer.

£30 or more

43 of 100 claimed

£30 Reward

Our 25th anniversary t-shirt will be a highly-prized addition to your wardrobe and is definite must if you've been one of many people eager to get your hands on our iconic branded workwear.

£50 or more

23 of 100 claimed

£50 Reward

Pin your colours to the mast. The office and learning spaces of our new home will have a 50 ft central pole rising through the central area. Show your support by pinning your colours to the mast in a steel band that wrap around the pole with your name on it.

£50 or more

7 of 50 claimed

£50 Reward

Name the cake. We use big 'cakes' in many of our firework shows to deliver amazing effects in the sky. So why not put your name on one of them before we fire it into the sky, and receive a certificate to show your support.

£60 or more

28 of 50 claimed

£60 Reward

A 25th anniversary hoodie. Walk the Plank clothing is hard to come by at the best of times but this limited edition of 50 will be even more sought after.

£150 or more

6 of 10 claimed

£150 Reward

Ever fancied firing a major pyrotechnic show? Well now here's your chance to join us on one of our many UK gigs over the coming year to press the button that sets a whole sequence of pyrotechnics in motion to wow our audience.

£350 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£350 Reward

Here's your chance to own a signed, limited edition photographic print by award winning artist Simon Buckley who has been documenting the progress of our new building and has created a big following with his NotQuiteLight photography of Manchester.

£500 or more

13 of 15 claimed

£500 Reward

Join us for a VIP dinner in our new Cobden Works home in the amusing company of Frank Cottrell-Boyce, British screenwriter and novelist, whose way with words led to the captivating narrative behind the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony and, a year later, the storytelling behind The Return of Colmcille as part of our celebrations for the Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture. An evening not to be missed with this charming raconteur.

£100 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£100 Reward

Cobden Works Learning. Receive a voucher towards one of our 2018 learning programmes at our new Cobden Works and be one of the first to experience training in our new workshops and dedicated learning space.

£250 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward

VIP backstage pass. Yes, you and a friend can join us on one of our exciting UK gigs in the coming year, go behind the scenes to see all the preparation and enjoy a VIP viewing position plus a bottle of anniversary bubbly.

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