Crowdfunding for Old Bakery Studios

Accessibility project for a new independent fringe arts venue in central Truro, Cornwall.

We did it!

On 27th Jun 2018 we successfully raised £2,717 with 34 supporters in 43 days


Old Bakery Studios in Truro is a creative venture that includes artist and business studios within a renovation of an historic local site on the river, with a coffee bar and an exciting multi-purpose arts hub hosting varied events from art classes, fringe theatre, music gigs, talks and pop up supper clubs.

And so far, we've done it all ourselves. Currently we are renovating the riverside exterior, including the restoration and rehanging of the iconic 'Blewett's Wharf' industrial metal sign

But while we have cleaned up much of our ex-factory ground floor for our panoply of events, some of the internal facilities are still in desperate need of a refit.  Our crowdfunding target is £5,700, which will allow us to install new disabled toilet and baby changing facilities on the ground floor.  This will mean that our shows are accessible to everyone.

Picture one: Scaffolding started to go up last week.7fbbc1c3974ac33b2492e7ccfd3d0f8afdcbe69c

Picture two: The Cornish/Welsh singer Gwenno performing here in May. fbdcc2884c97106b4529c6c38c0cc8cadac6a848

Picture three: Alibi Theatre from Exeter performing here in April 18.  d8e8bd67d23899f71e4dfedad2f2b2f952982cb8

The feedback was that it was great to be able to walk to a venue in central Truro for these affordable, high quality little shows.

We understand the value of the arts in Cornwall, how they bring richness to the county and Truro as its capital city, and feel that by offering a fully accessible art hub and fringe venue we are allowing all the community as well as schools, colleges and universities an opportunity to showcase their talents.  This will enable us to bring down events and exhibitions that without us might not have the opportunity to come to Truro.  

We also offer an affordable space for young creatives to start their journey into work, as well as encouraging entrepreneurial excellence.  With this in mind, access to all and removing all boundaries is paramount to our ethos here at OBS.

Our team and audience

We have a fantastic team working here and we're building an incredible audience too.  Check out our social media channels for more information on past and future shows and the community we're building around us.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

There is such a lot to do overall with this project.  We've been going at it for two years, and have currently turned our attention to the much needed preservation and care that the hard-to-reach riverside face of our historic building deserves.  Achieving our crowdfunding target will help us attain other goals far sooner, meaning that as our ground floor will be usable by everyone, even more community groups will be able to participate and appreciate the space. 

Stretch goals

We'd love to continue this campaign if we quickly reach our target goal, by aiming for cycle and shower facilities.  Then as a third goal raising money for our main front doors on Malpas Road to be converted would be fantastic.  Watch this space!

Events we've got coming up for the rest of May!

Collaboration with Truro College Music Production students, this evening - their end of year project as an event's company, with The Boundless Brothers and The Flaming Infidels headlining.  Only £6 on the door!  In aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Fri 18th May - Silent Disco!

Sat 19th May - Daisy Clark EP Launch (chilled out live lounge, seated) with Joe Hurworth and Charlotte Lloyd-Butler support.

Sun 27th May - Live Lounge on Lemon Quay.  A marquee donned in signature Old Bakery style - a one day music, food and drink festival for Truro, in collaboration with The Truro Placeshaping Project.

Sat 9 June - Rabbit Theatre / David Mynne - Great Expectations

Sat 16 June - another Comedy Cupboard night featuring 3 fantastic comedians, host, live music and after party.  Never fails to disappoint!

For all up and coming events please see our website and Facebook event listings.

Thank you

Thank you so much for your support.  It means the world.  You're amazing!

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