Redwing Arts & Social Space, Penzance

by Redwing Volunteer in Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Total raised £11,948

raised so far



Help transform the long-disused former Sir Humphry Davy pub in Penzance into a unique arts and social space for the community.

by Redwing Volunteer in Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 19th August 2023 we'd raised £10,683 with 93 supporters in 62 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Extra funds will be used as match funding to save the building for the Penzance community in perpetuity.

If we raise extra we can carry out essential renovations and perhaps even employ staff to help deliver  services to the community.

  • Redwing not-for-profit arts & community space needs help to restart activities in alternative premises; the long-disused Sir Humphry Davy pub in Penzance.
  • Since 2011 Redwing has provided a unique not-for-profit meeting point for the creative and wider community in West Cornwall.
  • Now Redwing arts and social space in Penzance, Cornwall needs your help.

What’s happening?

  • In October 2023 Redwing was forced to move out of rented premises being developed by the owner.
  • Redwing needs help to rent and renovate the long-disused Sir Humphry Davy pub for its community activities whilst raising funds to buy it for the Penzance community in perpetuity. 
  • There is a lot of work to do. Help is needed with renovations ti make the building safe and comfortable.  Donations will ensure the Community Interest Company’s long-running support to the community continues long into the future..

What do we want to do?

  • This old Penzance pub will be transformed into a unique arts and social space where the many individuals and groups who rely on Redwing’s facilities can continue to receive support and where new members of the community can be reached.
  •  Help is needed to make the renovation of the disused pub to arts and social space a reality.
  • New activities and increased opening hours will enable more, often vulnerable and lonely people to meet each other. 
  • Free art workshops and community projects will help break down barriers and provide support to those that are struggling with their mental health, having a positive impact on their wellbeing and physical health.  


  • Art exhibitions will support a wide range of artists, including people who may have never previously exhibited their work, increasing self-esteem and livelihoods.1686281192_img_0804.jpeg
  • We will host performances by local and international musicians, including those who want to gain confidence in testing out new work or performing for the first time.1686281078_img_0454.jpeg
  • Inclusive art and craft workshops of all kinds will bring people together to learn new skills and build friendships.1686281500_img_1112.jpeg
  • Affordable studio space will create adaptable work opportunities for local artists and those visiting from other countries.1686281835_img_0829.jpeg
  • Meeting space for cash-strapped community groups will be available. The building will be an important base for local environmental groups.

    Space for physical activities like dance, Tai Chi and yoga will improve physical health and mental wellbeing.1686281583_img_1405.jpeg
  •  A vegan café and alcohol-free bar will be available, where people can socialise and access healthy food in a safe space.
  • Volunteering opportunities and training will help people gain skills and confidence and support people back into work.1686280968_img_1218.jpeg
  • The building will host Penzance Community Larder: Saving  good food from going to waste and making groceries freely available.1686280851_img_1220.jpeg
  • Penzance Repair Café will help save items from landfill and enable the community to share repair skills.
  • Redwing would like to set up a Library of Things, where people can borrow tools and equipment which will compliment the Repair Café and save resources.1697752313_img_2299.jpeg

  •  A new community garden, with raised beds, pots and vertical gardening will enrich the surroundings and support birds and pollinators.
  • Please help Redwing to continue supporting the community.
  • Every donation, of whatever amount will help.
  • The number of supporters helps gain match funding, so a donation of as little as £1 really helps.
  • Redwing’s “all or nothing” fundraiser successfully reached its  £10,000 target.
  • Anything above this target will help ensure the project is sustainable and will be used as essential match funding in the plan to save the building for the Penzance community in perpetuity.
  • Please mention this Crowdfunder to as many people as you can and share on social media.
  • Thank you.


This project offered rewards

£9 or more

REDWING cotton tote bag

Organic cotton tote bag. A handy reusable shopping bag featuring the REDWING logo.

£2 or more

Potterbeans Coffee

A voucher for a complimentary cup of locally roasted Potterbeans coffee or decaffeinated coffee in the Redwing cafe, Penzance.

£5 or more

Redwing’s “Thanks”

A thank you from Redwing.

£5 or more

Tea for Two

A pot of tea for two in our cafe.

£10 or more

Bag of Books

A choice of any 5 books from our wonderful collection.

£10 or more

Introduction to Chess

A one-to-one introduction to chess at Redwing Gallery. Suitable for complete beginners or those wanting to improve their game, this is a one hour session with tea or coffee.

£10 or more

Life Drawing Session

A two hour untutored life drawing session on Saturday morning in Penzance in August or September 2023.

£20 or more

Mindfulness & Music Tuition with Karl & Seraphina

Gain a greater understanding of music and learn to play guitar and/or keyboard in a one-hour lesson. See how they fit together with natural harmony and composition. Writing & soundscapes can also be explored. Karl has been teaching guitar full time for 45 years. 4 years ago he had a stroke, leaving him with the use of only one side. Finding a collaboration and shared vision with Seraphina, unusually, the lesson is given with 2 teachers.

£25 or more

Coffee Break

A voucher for ten coffees in the Redwing cafe.

£25 or more

Conga Drumming Session

A one hour, one-to-one, conga drumming tutorial with percussionist Peter Fox of Rumba Diablo.

£25 or more

Bass Guitar Lesson

A one-to-one one-hour bass guitar lesson with Jeremy Schanche at Redwing Gallery in Penzance. Suitable for beginners or improvers. Bass guitar and amp provided.

£25 or more

Signed Peter Fox book

A copy of “Peter Fox Artist” published by Footsteps Press and signed by Peter Fox.

£25 or more

Bongo drumming lesson

A one-hour bongo drumming session with percussionist Peter Fox of Rumba Diablo. Suitable for age 14 to adult. Bongo drums provided.

£30 or more

Collage Workshop

An afternoon workshop with collage artist Carol Moone. All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring extra collage material. Refreshments included.

£40 or more

Printmaking Etching Press hire

Aimed at printmakers this reward is for up to 5 hours use of Redwing’s beautiful vintage Kimber etching press. Plenty of time to edition some prints.

£40 or more

Personalised Tote Bag Workshop

Design and decorate your own personalised cotton tote bags in this 2 hour Saturday afternoon workshop with Redwing’s Roselyne Williams. Refreshments provided. Suitable for ages 8 to 98. (Under 12s to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

£50 or more

Wall of Fame

Add your name to our Wall of Fame in our new venue.

£50 or more

Chen style Tai Chi 1-2-1

One private lesson for 1 person or a small group, up to 2 hours, at a convenient time and place. Suitable for beginners or experienced. The tutor is Nick Hall, trained in Chen style Tai Ji in China.

£50 or more

Camping on the Lizard

Two nights camping for up to a family of 4 (two adults, two children) at Elowen Fild, Treveddon Farm Campsite, at Ruan Minor on the Lizard near Helston, Cornwall in summer 2023. Find Elowen Fild on Pitchup.

£55 or more

Chen style Tai Chi Lessons

6 free Chen style tai chi lessons with tutor Nick Hall at Redwing on a Monday evening at 6pm -7:30 pm.

£15 or more

Tarot Reading

A face-to-face tarot reading at Redwing in Penzance.

£15 or more

Wild Elderberry Tincture

Wild Elderberry Tincture. High Strength. 100ml, 1-2 extraction Brand: Elfinflowers Garden Rich in anti-oxidants and immunity boosting properties. Elderberry is a widely regarded botanical for its ability to support the immune system, but the benefits go beyond that, too. Here are just a few possible perks of elderberry. 1.Immune support 2.Rich in antioxidants 3.Supports insulin response 4. Anti-inflammatory

£50 or more

Printmaking Workshop

Printmaking without a press workshop. This reward is for one adult to take part in an introduction to relief printmaking at Lee Stevenson’s studio in Long Rock, Penzance. The workshop is ideal for anyone interested in using wood or lino to create an original artist's print without using a press. Places are limited to 4 people per workshop and are held on a day arranged by mutual agreement. This reward is for one person.

£60 or more

Woodland Management

An introduction to woodland management, tree identification and traditional uses for up to 6 people, and using Millennium Wood, Penzance as a resource, which can easily be accessed on foot. No tools required.

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