Creative hub Krowji has begun building work on Phase 2 of its development, on the site of Redruth Grammar School.
Krowji secured £2m funding through the ERDF, Arts Council England, and Conrwlal Council, to create an extra 20 “BREEAM Excellent” studios, adding space for around 40 people to Krowji’s current community of 200. “We are all so proud of what we’ve created here at Krowji,” says founder and director Ross Williams. “We’re the largest creative cluster west of Bristol with a unique mix of tenants working right across the creative sector – and we operate at capacity so we know the new space will be highly in demand.”
An extra enticement to prospective new tenants – and a draw to the wider community – will undoubtedly be the opening of a new café at the heart of Krowji from September – with contracts just signed and agreed with The Hungry Horsebox Co. who are excited to expand their business to a permanent site alongside their mobile beach café based at Gwithian.
Krowji – meaning “workshop” in a rough translation from Cornish – is the dream turned reality of Ross Williams and the dedicated Creative Kernow charity team (formerly known as the Arts Centre Trust) who breathed new life into the old Redruth grammar school buildings almost twenty years ago. With early renovation work mostly self-financed from rental income they created an iconic Cornish arts hub, originally a working home for more than 100 artists, “makers” and creative businesses as well as Cornwall’s key arts-sector agencies.
An ever-increasing demand for Krowji space inspired an ambitious business plan: to create a state-of-the-art eco building with 50 new studios and workspaces for a further hundred people which would complement those in the Old Grammar School and help regenerate the local community and nurture creative talents from Cornwall and beyond far into the future.