Crowdfunding for Old Bakery Studios

by Catherine King in Truro, Cornwall, England

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

by Catherine King in Truro, Cornwall, England

We did it
On 27th June 2018 we successfully raised £2,717 with 34 supporters in 43 days

Overview

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.

www.facebook.com/oldbakerystudios

www.instagram.com/old_bakery_studios_cornwall

www.twitter.com/oldbakeryevents

You can email us on info@oldbakerystudios.co.uk


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!





Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Warm and Fuzzy Glow no 1

You helped make it happen! Shout out on our CF page, Social Media and join our family of funders on our webpage (optional privacy opt out).

£10 or more

Shiny new keyring

Because you helped and you're worth it. Shout out on our CF page, on Social Media and join our family of funders on our webpage (optional privacy opt out).

£20 or more

Warm and Fuzzy Glow no 2

You helped make it happen but you don't want a reward other than a coffee and a cake ... other than that you just want to glow! We will mail you a thank you and ask if you want a shout out.

£25 or more

Old Bakery Studios sticker and t-shirt

An Old Bakery vinyl sticker, and our first ever Old Bakery t-shirt, to spread your support and message of love for all things Old Bakery. Shout out on our CF page, on Social Media and join our family of funders on our webpage (optional privacy opt out).

£30 or more

Two tickets to any event

Tickets for two, to any event in either 2018 or 2019.

£50 or more

Skip forward with the merchandise

Skip the queue with automatic entry for one to any normal Old Bakery shindig (worth up to £15). Skip with a happy heart covered in Old Bakery merchandise: t-shirt, badge, wristband and sticker. Shout out on our CF page, Social Media and join our family of funders on our webpage (optional privacy opt out).

£50 or more

Warm and Fuzzy Glow no 3

You helped make it happen but you don't want a reward other than a coffee and a cake ... other than that you just want to glow! We will mail you a thank you and ask if you want a shout out.

£75 or more

Tea party for 4

An absoloutely delicious afternoon tea for four, complete with a complimentary bottle of prosecco.

£100 or more

Building a Welcome Wall

YOU'RE A BRICK! Hand hewn from wood grown for 400 years outside The Norwary Inn, with love. Be a part of The Old Bakery forever. We will inscribe your name of choice onto your personal wooden brick, that will be installed in our coffee bar/foyer for all to see. You 'll receive a personalised letter to you or whoever you choose, acknowledging your act of kindness. And we'll send you a wooden Old Bakery heart. The perfect pressie.

£100 or more

Warm and Fuzzy Glow no 4

You helped make it happen but you don't want a reward other than a coffee and a cake ... other than that you just want to glow! We will mail you a thank you and ask if you want a shout out.

£150 or more

Old Bakery Film Screening

A private cinema screening for you and all your pals. Old Bakery badges all round, popcorn and soft drinks supplied, bring your own film or ask us to show one of your favourites. Shout out on our CF page, on Social Media and join our family of funders on our webpage (optional privacy opt out). What are you waiting for? Badges will be pinned on guests on arrival. Reward available on completion of new facilities.

£300 or more

Lifetime 20% discount off all drinks

20% off all cafe and bar drinks, for life! With an exclusive discount card.

£300 or more

VIP for a year

This is serious loot.. VIP REWARD. One whole YEAR's entry to any normal Old Bakery event (or 12 individual entries if you come as a group). Concert, gig or theatre come and go as you like. AND you're supplied with the whole merchandise shebang: t-shirt, badge, the wristband, and the sticker. All this as well as the shout out on CF page, social media and you join the family of funders on our website. Let us show you we love you for your donation!

£500 or more

Sharing is caring

VIP REWARD FOR YOU AND SOMEONE SPECIAL... A years free Old Bakery pass for two adults or a family of 4, (2 adults and 2 children age 16 or under). Come and go as you like - you're sorted: t-shirts for all, badges, wristbands, stickers, shoutout. You're a VIP Crowdfunder and we are giving you star treatment as a token of our sincerest appreciation. High Five!

£750 or more

You're taking the P***

P*** takers take note.. name a loo! Oh yes we are serious. This is your chance to make your mark or set up a friend. Whats on offer- a shout out, your Old Bakery t-shirt and a personalised tag on one of our new sparkly loos! A letter of privilege confirming your tinkle tag will be on its way in July, for you to gift in time for that special occasion - for the person who has everything. Installation after the build! What could be more original?

£1,000 or more

Red Carpet Weekend

RED CARPET EXCLUSIVE USE of The Old Bakery for 2 days. Get married, throw a party, host a gig. 2 days and 1 night. Shucks, we'll even throw in a fully stocked, fully manned bar for 1 night (drinks not included!). Its your gig. Tees, badges, wristbands and stickers for two and a huge shout-out on social media for your support. (Only 5 Red Carpet Weekend opportunities available)

£2,500 or more

Once in a lifetime

LIFETIME VIP - You have just earned yourself an exclusive golden ticket with LIFETIME FREE ACCESS to all Old Bakery events for life plus the t-shirt, badge, sticker, a hug from every member of the team, name of your choice on a commemorative WOODEN BRICK that will form a wall ( You're part of our foundations!) . Big social media shout out, inclusion on our list of sponsors on our website. We LOVE you and we want you to know it!

£5,000 or more

Private party including a free bar!

Be the head sponsor of Old Bakery Studios for one year - your brand featured on our website and doors.. And a bespoke private party night including street food and drinks* Perfect for birthdays, a post-Christmas office party or team off sites! Party for 50 max guests. *Free drinks including single spirits and mixer, 175ml wine and beer or ale by the pint. Bookable anytime in 2018 or 2019.

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