by Roselyne Williams in Penzance, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 20th June 2017 we successfully raised £40,000 with 14 supporters in 31 days

To work towards ensuring the future of Redwing, creating a sustainable alternative arts and community hub in a much-loved historic building.

by Roselyne Williams in Penzance, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Our stretch target of £140000 will enable us to secure a long-term base for the Redwing community project.

We need to raise funds to revitalise our pop-up arts and community hub and  retain it for community use. 

Over the last 4 1/2 years Redwing, a volunteer-led not-for-profit, has temporarily transformed an old neglected building on the junction of Penzance's historic Bread Street and Wood Street into a vibrant community asset.

In the nineteenth century the building was a granite-walled open coal cellar serving  local businesses, including perhaps the nearby Great Western Railway. The adjoining building was a smoke house, a cottage, then a store and now our Community Printmaking Studio. Part of the site is built of traditional Cob.

In the early twentieth century, the walls of the coal store were built up and a roof added to create shop premises. Up until World War II the building was occupied by  Misses Rawle (Sisters) Sweets and Confectionary and by Opie's Photographic Studio. Later it became Knees department store and more recently it has been used as Bugsey Malone's restaurant and even more recently as a pet shop selling live animals and reptiles to the local community.  

Many people who visit the Redwing project have memories of the building in one of it's previous incarnations.

Sadly, in the last decade the building fell into neglect with damp, rot and worm damage and leaking skylights and lay empty for some time.

The staircase needs replacement.

Improving the attractiveness and productive use of the building would help revitalise and draw people through the area, which is a key objective for regeneration of Penzance town. We hope to secure the future of the building as a community asset.

Redwing's first Crowdfunder raised £20,000 towards our end target of £140,000 receiving support from local people, Arts Council England and the Santander Changemaker Fund.

This second Crowdfunder aims to build on this and establish a long-term base for the project and to care for this much-loved building.

Open evening in the upper gallery, below the timber framed roof.

Acoustic music in the gallery.

A block points to the building's historic use as a smoke house.

A traditional letterpress printing press in use in Redwing'sCommunity Printmaking Studio.5d1f9d64a752ba4cfd40fd87ffa9f5c8.jpg

Traditional wood engraving tools in the studio.

This project has been approved for funding through the Heritage + The Crowd match funding. It will receive a top up of 50% towards its fundraising target from Heritage Lottery Fund.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£2 or more

1 of 25 claimed

£2 Reward

A limited edition DVD from the Redwing project.

£3 or more

12 of 25 claimed

£3 Reward

Enjoy tea (or coffee) and cake for one at Redwing Cafe de Cuba.

£5 or more

1 of 20 claimed

£5 Reward

Five books or CDs for a fiver....Your choice from the Redwing Bookshop.

£10 or more

3 of 12 claimed

£10 Reward

Your reward is a day in our fully equipped art studio at Redwing.

£10 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£10 Reward

A personal tarot reading with psychic Jane Sand.

£15 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£15 Reward

Overcome your creative block and get painting with artist Jane Sand. A session to find your own unique creative voice.

£15 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£15 Reward

Ghost Writer. Are you facing a frightening deadline with an essay or article on any literary or artistic subject? Our experienced ghost writer will write for you.

£20 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£20 Reward

Jimmy Cauty Riot Tour T shirt in Riot Red. "RIOT" on the front. Tour dates on the back. Size SmallAdult or Medium Adult.

£30 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£30 Reward

A half-day hands-on outdoor painting session with a Cornish landscape artist.

£40 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£40 Reward

A 6-day artist's residency in the Redwing studio, with facilities for printmaking, bookbinding and paper making...and an easel for painters. For up to 2 people, Redwing has a cafe on the premises and there are other facilities nearby.

£45 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£45 Reward

Billy Childish: Walking in god's buti. Hardback book. Signed.

£50 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£50 Reward

A one week exhibition at Redwing.

£75 or more

2 of 4 claimed

£75 Reward

Hold your own event for up to 50 people at Redwing. Perfect for a birthday party, private film screening, or meeting. Up to 4 hours venue hire in the centre of Penzance.

£4,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£4,000 Reward

Office space for a year at Redwing. We'll even fit it out with an office desk and chair! Contact us for a chat!

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