Inspiring Gifts and Creative Spaces at Krowji’s Christmas Open Studios 2014
Krowji will be glittering and shimmering with Festive delights as its artists and jewellers, ceramicists and craft workers throw wide their doors for the famous Christmas Open Studios, running from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th December.
The Friday evening will see a celebratory launch of the event from 6-9pm with the return of much-loved local choir the Ingleheart Singers and complimentary minces pies and mulled wine in the Melting Pot Café.
Having welcomed more than a thousand people through their doors for the highly successful Open Studios Cornwall in the summer, Krowji’s artists and makers have been working overtime to make their pre-Christmas weekend extra special for seasoned and first-time visitors alike.
As well as exploring the treasures to be found in every nook and cranny of Krowji’s Old Grammar School, visitors will also have the chance to view the new state-of-the-art workspace taking shape on the Redruth hill-top which sees Krowji flourishing among the UK’s top creative communities.
The rich diversity of practitioners opening their studios this December sees many new tenants including painters, textile and leather craft-workers, ceramicists, jewellers and illustrators,. In addition to the Friday Open Evening, visitors will have the chance to look, buy and talk to the artists in their studios about ongoing projects and future plans from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
“Momentous dreams are becoming a reality in this little corner of Redruth,” says artist Kerry Harding, who has an elevated view from her airy first floor studio of the £3.7 million development which will more than double the highly sought after Krowji creative space available to more than 200 people working in the arts and creative industries.
“While I’ve been working on my canvasses it’s been fascinating also to watch derelict bits of school building from the 50s and 70s pulled down and the huge steel structure going up for the new eco-building. I think this is a very exciting time for our whole creative community as we thrive and grow.”
Krowji Studio Manager Elisa Harris will be giving tours of the old grammar school buildings as well as the new development - which won backing both from private sources and the European Regional Development Fund’s Convergence Programme - at 11am and 2pm on Saturday 6th December as an opportunity for visitors to hear how it all began, see the Krowji development in progress and find out more about renting spaces in the new buildings
“We all love our biannual Open Studios events as they’re the perfect showcase for the amazing talents within our creative community,” says Elisa – herself an artist. “This Christmas is especially merry for us as alongside all the beautiful things to see and hold and buy we can also show off our fantastic new building as it takes shape and becomes part of the whole bright future of Krowji.”
There will be ceramic workshops running throughout the weekend with Ceramicist Gail Aspen. These workshops should be booked in advance - together with the new build tours - by obtaining details at Krowji 01209 313200 or by emailing [email protected]
For more information about Open Studios at Krowji and to find out who is taking part please visit www.krowji.org.uk/open-studios. To find out more about Krowji, its work and partners, as well as progress on its flagship building project see www.krowjinewbuild.org.uk or email [email protected] for more information about renting the new workspaces.
Notes to editors:-
- Christmas Open Studios is an artist-led event taking place just at Krowji and is separate from Open Studios Cornwall – this is an annual scheme run by Creative Skills right across Cornwall and in 2015 will run from 23rd to 30th May.
- Krowji work-spaces come in all shapes and sizes and currently provide space for more than 100 “makers” and creative businesses – from the tiny room where Anna Pope creates her delicate contemporary jewellery, to Marie Louise Denny’s sunlit designer-knitwear studio, to Miracle Theatre’s large rehearsal room.
- Others who have found a permanent home in the Krowji family include Cornwall’s key arts-sector agencies - Creative Skills, FEAST, Carn to Cove and the new cultural tourism initiative, Cultural Cornwall.
- Krowji space is affordable but not subsidised. Most of the tenants who have moved in have stayed - not surprising given the wealth of support on hand – from photocopying to business advice.
- Krowji has been passionate about forging and nurturing strong links with its wider communities. Through the years Krowji has worked closely with Cornwall Council, Camborne Pool Redruth (CPR) Regeneration and a wide variety of people and organisations to create a vibrant centre where people can come and go freely for coffee, meetings, live music nights and the hugely popular biannual Open Studio events.
- Krowji Phase I is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.
For more information visit:
ERDF Convergence: £1,914,264.
For more information visit www.erdfconvergence.org.uk
Krowji - Elisa Harris - 01209 313200
Louise Midgley Communications – [email protected] – 01326 319884 / 07831696093
ERDF Convergence – Matt Silver – [email protected] - 07805737444
Monday 3 November 2014