Save Redwing Arts and Community Hub

by Roselyne Williams in Penzance, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 3rd March 2017 we successfully raised £22,270 with 48 supporters in 42 days

Our building is under threat from development: We need help to secure a long-term base for Redwing arts and community hub.

by Roselyne Williams in Penzance, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Our initial target is £20000 to secure a long lease o project space. If we reach this target we will set an overrunning target of £140,000 for our building fund.

Please visit the second stage of our Crowdfunder at  Check out what we can do if we reach our £140,000 stretch target!

Save Redwing arts and community hub in Penzance, Cornwall, UK


Why are we crowdfunding? 

The building which has been home to our community project for 4 years is up for sale and  developers are looming.

We reached our original target of £20,000 and are now aiming for our stretch target of £140,000 to secure a fit-for-purpose long-term base for Redwing to continue.  Without this base, artists excluded by the mainstream art world will have nowhere to show their work and cash-strapped individuals and groups will have nowhere to meet. 

A tremendous amount of time and effort and the input of many people has transformed the neglected shell of what was an empty shop into a vibrant and welcoming community hub. 

There is no comparable venue in our community with Redwing's inclusiveness and diversity.

 volunteers painting the interior of the empty shop in 2013

2013... a disused, neglected shell.

The ground floor gallery and cafe

After all the work... an art gallery for previously unseen art, affordable studios and a vibrant meeting space. We need it to continue.

 If the site is sold to a developer we could be told to leave at very short notice.

We need to raise a lump sum to guarantee stable, long-term premises so that our project can continue. 

Why is our project needed?
The mainstream art world excludes many creative people for many reasons. We aim to address this:
REDWING GALLERY is an alternative arts space where artists of all ages and all backgrounds are valued equally. 
Redwing's mission: to be inclusive and approachable, supporting all; professional artists, people  with learning difficulties, physical and sensory disabilities and mental health issues as well as people who lack the technical skills, social skills or financial circumstances needed to fit the commercial norm.

Roaming art group at their exhibition at Redwing.
Artist Jenny Haywood and paintingLobster Sculpture by Kuriologist
Since 2011 we have welcomed thousands of visitors each year to exhibitions by artists from Cornwall and beyond. 
Result: improved confidence, self-esteem and incomes for marginalised people.

THE REDWING HUB -a friendly, inclusive community centre where a wide cross section of the community will get together for group activities and meetings, social support, information sharing and a host of other things:

Richard, a regular in his 80's with a young visitor.

BBC Get Creative at Redwing

                  BBC Get Creative at Redwing.

Dance classes and exercise eg African Dance, Salsa, Tango, Tai Chi, Poetry and Spoken Word, LGBTQ group, language classes, music groups, live performance (theatre, poetry, variety), film screenings, art exhibitions, practical workshops for children and adults... 

Friends of the Earth, the Womens' International League for Peace and Freedom, Momentum, Green Party, Timebank and other groups will be able to hold meetings, screenings and events at Redwing.

Flamenco guitar class at Redwing

REDWING CAFE DE CUBA -an alcohol free  venue enabling people of all ages, from all walks of life, to feel at ease. Our Cuban-themed coffee shop will serve vegan food with gluten-free options acceptable to all. Low cost teas, coffees, cakes and savories made by local caterers. Our cafe menu will be palm-oil free and fair trade.

Wifi in the cafe

We will have a quiet work/ study place with free wifi and low cost printing and laminating.

Homity Pie and Cuban coffee

 REDWING STUDIOS- affordable artists studios, hired on a monthly basis. 

We already have 4 artists studios in our current space and a waiting list of artists.

REDWING OPEN ACCESS STUDIO will be available to hire by the hour or day. It will be equipped with printmaking presses, screen printing equipment, and materials and equipment for papermaking and bookbinding. 

A printmaking workshop                               

Redwing  will run free and affordable classes and workshops in everything from bookbinding to yurt building .

We will offer free advice and mentoring. Artists will be able to take part in training sessions in presentation, stretching canvas, framing, photography or writing an artist's statement.

Testimonials and recommendations

Thank you to B & Q for donating paint, to Cornwall Community Foundation, Co-operative Bank, FEAST, Devon and Cornwall Police, the Cornishman, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council for funding, to The Hypatia Trust, Open Shed and Mr and Mrs Booker for having allowed us to use their buildings and to all our volunteers and supporters.

Thank you to everyone who has helped with this Crowdfunder campaign, including Santander, Arts Council England and the team at Crowdfunder plus all those who have pledged and shared.

 "Had an amazing time visiting Redwing Gallery in Penzance - a volunteer run outsider art space, workshop, second hand book/record/junk shop, studios and veggie/vegan cafe! Amazing place and I had the best vegan chocolate brownie ever. Super cool find!"

"Absolutely wonderful place. Thank you for welcoming OutsideIn and hosting Surgery day. Great day meeting new artists and being surrounded by lovely work and people! " Hannah, OutsideIn, Chichester

"Best gallery and exhibition we've visited in Cornwall. Work that really communicates. Thanks" Jo and Adam, Exmouth

"I had no idea anything like this existed here.  Lovely to have found it." Gill

"The best gallery in Penzance. So nice to offer the chance to artists whose work never gets shown to the wider public." Rosie

Here are just  some of the REWARDS on offer for your 



Hare with a Drum (Ambassador of the Moon) Peter Fox

About Redwing

We are a Community Interest Company, completely run by volunteers since our foundation in 2011.

Volunteers range from younger members of the community to retired people in their eighties.

Redwing believes that creativity brings positive change in people's lives.

Creativity makes people feel happier,  more confident, have higher self esteem, and feel better connected.

Redwing's inclusive  ambiance enables a wide cross section of people to connect and share experience, giving people a chance see things differently and to better understand others. 

Please help us secure our future with a long-term, truly inclusive, arts and community space. 

This project has been approved for funding through the Artists + The Crowd match funding. It has received a bridge of 25% towards its fundraising target from Arts Council England.

It has also been approved by Santander.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£3 or more

3 of 40 claimed

£3 Reward

Receive a DVD memento of the Redwing Crowdfunder video.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Voucher for Tea and Cake at Redwing Cafe de Cuba.

£5 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£5 Reward

5 books of your choice from the Redwing vintage and second-hand book shop. Hardbacks, paperbacks...vintage, modern, fiction, non-fiction. You choose...

£8 or more

1 of 40 claimed

£8 Reward

An invitation to an exclusive After-Crowdfunder Party at Redwing. Limited tickets.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Tea and Cake for two at Redwing Cafe de Cuba

£10 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£10 Reward

A hand-printed Redwing tote-bag.

£15 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£15 Reward

1 Day Artist's Studio Hire for up to four people at Redwing Studios. Paint, draw, print, sculpt, use the papermaking, bookbinding and letterpress equipment.

£20 or more

2 of 20 claimed

£20 Reward

A 1 hour Latin-American music masterclass at Redwing for up to 2 people.

£20 or more

0 of 30 claimed

£20 Reward

Unlimited drinks for you at Redwing Cafe de Cuba for a whole month. Tea, Cuban coffee, juice...You call the shots...

£20 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

I hour Gardening Advice Visit, anywhere West of Marazion, including St Ives, by professional gardener with 20 years gardening, conservation and landscaping experience. Top student, Pershore College of Horticulture 1987. The visit can be arranged to take place between March 4th and late Spring.

£25 or more

2 of 6 claimed

£25 Reward

A 3-hour Linocut Printmaking workshop with artist Lee Stevenson.

£28 or more

0 of 8 claimed

£28 Reward

One week Artist's Studio residency for up to two people at Redwing Studios.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A signed hand printed Redwing linocut by Peter Fox.

£50 or more

2 of 4 claimed

£50 Reward

A one-week art exhibition for you or your group at Redwing Gallery.

£80 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£80 Reward

A half-day open-air painting session with Cornish landscape artist Jane Sand.

£150 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£150 Reward

Venue hire ( 4 hours) for you and up to 30 guests at Redwing.

£200 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£200 Reward

Your name/ business name/logo displayed as a Redwing sponsor/on our website plus a full day event for you/ your organisation at Redwing.

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£400 Reward

A unique, original signed painting 'Hare with a Drum (Ambassador of the Moon)', oil on wood by Peter Fox.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£10 Reward

A guided tour of the Cape Cornwall National Coastwatch Lookout Station, the most westerly NCI station on the UK mainland with the Station Manager, plus a selection of books about the Lookout Station and the area. N.B: Access : The path to the watch station is very uneven and is not suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with restricted mobility.

£28 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£28 Reward

4 Tickets for Blabbermouth Theatre Company's double Bill "Dogside Out" and "Up and Away"touring Cornwall throughout March 2017.

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