Cornwall news Community rallies round raising thousands for artists after major fire UK news
MetiNews.Com - 'Krowji is not just charity offices or a gallery but a living, breathing home to many artists and creative minds from all walks of life'
Breaking News ! Kindhearted locals have managed to raise over £1k already after a fire broke out earlier today at the Krowji, Cornwall's largest creative art hub. Fire services arrived in the Blowinghouse Hill area at approximately 6:30am (May 16) and fifty firefighters tackled the fire. Eight appliances were at the scene trying to extinguish the blaze from Tolvaddon, Falmouth, Hayle, Truro, Helston, Penzance and Perranporth. Fortunately there are no casualties, but several artists fear they have lost work in the blaze, and fire crews have since confirmed that while they are fighting to save old parts of the building, some artworks from studios are destroyed. The Krowji was part of a £3.7m project to transform Redruth's Old Grammar School into an arts hub for 200 creative businesses, completed in 2015. Charlie Coleman, former owner of The Melting Pot cafe at Krowji before it closed down, has set up a JustGiving page so that people can donate to the damage caused by the blaze. He said this is a "crippling blow" for artists who have lost their work to the flames. The JustGiving reads: "Krowji is not just charity offices or a gallery but a living, breathing home to many artists and creative minds from all walks of life. Many of these tenants will have just lost artwork to not just the fire, but smoke and water too. Art is not something a simple small insurance check can solve, and many will have lost work that may have taken months if not years to produce, and would thus have now lost their livelihood. "Krowji will be well known to many art fans for organising and being at the centre of Cornwall's annual Open Studios event, where artists across the county open up the private studios and homes to the public to come in and see inside their lives (and heads too) and possibly, especially for the artists, buy some artwork too. "Having owned The Melting Pot cafe at Krowji for it's last three years before it closed down, I had the pleasure and privilege to serve and make friends with many of the tenants and I know this has come as a crippling blow to some who have already suffered from not just the problems of Covid, but also drastic cuts in financial support for the art community. Fire at the Krowji, Redruth (Image: Jodie Edwards) "So I ask if you can help too, even if it's just the price of your next coffee." As of 11:50am today, the page has so far received £1,700 worth of donations. The fire has rocked the community, with many local businesses and residents saying they were saddened by the news.
Fire at the Krowji, Redruth
(Image: Jodie Edwards)
"To all our friends at Krowji we send you all our love and please know that if there is anything we can do to help, we’re here." Redruth town councillor Lee Collins urged people to give to the fundraising page. He said: “I was saddened to hear about the fire at the Krowji this morning. Many artists have had their lives turned upside down, and just at the point whereby things were starting to return to normal.
“I’d like to thank the firefighters and other emergency services for doing such a sterling job early on a Sunday morning to minimise the effects of the blaze. “A crowdfunding page has been setup to help those who have lost entire livelihoods this morning. Please give if you can.” Residents also shared their shock at the fire.
Krowji fire in Redruth
(Image: Lee Trewhela)
One person said: "Sad new about the fire at the old part of Krowji where many wonderful artists work and will have lost months, if not years of work and resources which will prevent the making a living." And a spokesperson for local church St Euny Church, in Redruth, asked people to pray for all those affected. They said: "Krowji, here in Redruth, is Cornwall's largest creative hub home to dozens of artists and other creative businesses, and right now it's on fire. Please pray for the fire services, and for all those affected." Community artisan shop The Purser's Pocket wrote on Facebook: "I speak for us and all of our artists and creators inside The Purser's Pocket, when I say that our thoughts go out to those who are and will be, directly affected by the fire in one of the Krowji buildings this morning." Click here to donate. You can recap our live blog of the fire here.
Source = MetiNews.Com - Cornwall