Redwing Crowdfunder: Part 2

Redwing Gallery needs to raise funds to revitalise their pop-up arts and community hub and retain it for community use. Over the last 4.5 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.

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. 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. They hope to secure the future of the building as a community asset.

Redwing's first Crowdfunder raised £20,000 towards their 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.

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.