Little Hands Helping Krowji’s Big Build
As Krowji’s amazing £3.7 million creative space development nears completion a group of tots whose Nursery shares the Redruth hill-top site have been putting their hands to decorative purpose, guided by some of Krowji’s own artists.
The children from the Windmill Nursery have been up to their elbows in paints and clay, paper shapes and pasta jewellery during three mini-masterclasses – the results of which have created a huge mural to run along the temporary fencing of the building site on their doorstep, before finding a permanent home in Krowji itself.
Gail Aspden and Agnieszka Niesluchowsha – both ceramicists with studios in Krowji’s Old Grammar School – took the first workshop inspiring young “creatives” from the Redruth area to make butterflies and textured shapes. Then the children became jewellers for a day – making coloured pasta creations with help from Krowji silversmith Anna Pope and jewellery designer Beth Robinson. The final workshop saw them trying their hands (and arms and faces) at screen printing with friendships forged across the Krowji courtyard with resident artists Tony Minnion and Zoe Wright.
“There were smiles on everyone’s faces and at the end of each day the children didn’t want to leave,” says Louise Morriss, Manager at the Windmill Nursery. “They were completely absorbed in what they were making and in all the different types of materials they were using. It just reflects how important creativity is for children – and with so many creative people working just a few feet away in their Krowji workshops and studios we have a golden opportunity to bring our communities together.”
For a decade Krowji has provided affordable workspace for more than 100 artists and creative businesses with the famous Melting Pot Café at its heart and the Windmill Nursery across the car park. With demand ever increasing the fifty additional “spaces” in the state-of-the-art new eco-building – due for completion in May and funded both from private sources and the European Regional Development Fund’s Convergence Programme - will more than double Krowji’s capacity.
“Krowji has always had strong links within the local community but our new building project has been a catalyst to forging wider and deeper connections,” says Krowji Studio Manager Elisa Harris. “The Old Grammar School has been an icon for the Redruth area for more than a century and the addition of our awe-inspiring new flagship building has created a real landmark on this hill top which will draw people from miles around.
“We want the people of this part of Cornwall to feel a sense of ownership and connection with Krowji - and workshops like those our artists have been organizing with the children of Windmill Nursery will be among very many projects and events to come.”
To find out more about Krowji, its work and partners, as well as progress on this flagship building project visit www.krowjinewbuild.org.uk . To arrange a visit or for more information about renting the new workspaces email [email protected] .
Notes to editors:-
Photos are all by Kirstin Prisk and free to use
Top left hand photo: (from top left, clockwise around the table) Sam, Lexie, Lola, Brandon, Ewan and Callum with Krowji ceramicist Agnieszka Niesluchowsha and Windmill Nursery Manager Louise Morriss
Middle photo: Matilda and Lola with their pasta jewellery
Right hand photo: (from top left, clockwise around the table) Eliza, Kasie, Lowen, Charlie, Nelly, Chloe and Neeve with Krowji artist Tony Minnion
- 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 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 Cornwall365.
- 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 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.
ERDF Convergence: £1,914,264
Krowji Ltd: £1,551,015
For more information visit www.erdfconvergence.org.uk
Krowji - Elisa Harris - 01209 313200
Louise Midgley Communications – [email protected] – 01326 319884 / 07831696093
Friday 17 April 2015