Securing a base for Redwing arts and community hub
Redwing's is an alternative arts space where artists of all ages and all backgrounds are valued equally. A unique venue with a 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 norms?
In March 2017, they successfully raised £22,270 from 48 supporters in 42 days – including a £5,000 matched grant from Arts Council England. Crowdfunder spoke to Roselyne Williams to find out more:
Why did you decide to try crowdfunding?
I'd been aware of Crowdfunder and thinking about crowdfunding for a long time. It seemed like the time was right for us to connect with our crowd and crowdfunding was a quick way to raise the funds we needed.
How is crowdfunding different from how you normally finance or fundraise for projects?
It's more fun. It's a creative project: It was the first time we put together a video about our organisation. It gave us a chance to get to know our "crowd" and for our crowd to feel more connected to the project. It was a really good team building exercise.
What will you use the money for and what has happened since you hit your crowdfunding target?
It has already meant that we have been able to carry out essential repair work and the repairs to our floor have already meant that more events are happening, with more members of the local community using our venue for a wider variety of events. We hope to use the Arts Council England funding to get match funding from other sources which would help us to get nearer our goal of getting a long-term project base.
What would be your top tips for others considering crowdfunding for arts project?
Go for it! Just follow the simple and clear advice on the Crowdfunder website and look out for emails from Crowdfunder staff. They might appear in your junk mail folder! Don't be afraid to ask people for help. Someone will love to shoot a video for you, people will be happy to donate rewards, distribute posters and so on.