Friendship

We’re creating inspirational space, where anyone might find and express their everyday creativity. Your help is all we need. Please consider extending the hand or friendship with a regular monthly donation.

Over the past 3 years we have built a family workshop and studio space that has gradually evolved into a public mixing pot, where anything can be imagined and most things might be possible.

Walking through the door here, we hope might feel like coming to sit in the shade of your favourite tree: somewhere to feel sheltered, to feel inspired, to meet, to play and dream, to slow down and notice something.

A monthly donation is like feeding the tree, tending the roots, maybe an occasional apple will fall into your hands or onto your head; Giving some love – as much or as little as you feel able, may:

  • Enable subsidised or free places on our workshops for those who are less able to afford time here.
  • Allow gentle support sessions at fair or no cost for those who need something.
  • Be a radical alternative to centralised, restrictive or bureaucratic public funding.
  • Allow us to take chances and say yes to performances, exhibitions, ideas without a fincial imperative.
  • Model a system of self-reliance & resilience in community.
  • Help us to gradually lower our prices lower rather than raise them.
  • Make unimagined things possible (that we or you haven’t dreamed up yet).
  • Give us the confidence to go fully Pay-What-You-Wish
  • Allow us to experiment with online ways of working.
  • Put simply, make all the difference in continuing to create & hold an inspirational space that anyone might call in to, to talk things over, sit by the fire, share tea, slow down & make their way.

This place is self funded – we receive no government grants or arts funding to make things happen – we trust that things will work out if everyone helps each other.

We will commit to using a proportion of any surplus income or donations received – to support other creative, regenerative, radical individuals, projects or communities, locally and globally.

Help keep this place open for business as (un)usual.



Become a Patron!

If you are unable or unwilling to use Paypal, Patreon or Liberapay, but still want to help, then just be in touch, thaere are plenty of other ways to be involved, financially or otherwise.

 


 

What you give

Walking through the door here, we hope might feel like coming to sit in the shade of your favourite tree: somewhere to feel sheltered, to feel inspired, to meet, to play, to slow down and notice something.

It feels like this place wants to grow, to go… Boom! & bloom into something more beautiful… By making a regular donation you’ll help make this happen! Your support is the deep root that keeps the tree growing & weathering the storm. We’d love to open up the space in new ways for everyone to do their own thing, to keep learning & playing & making into the evenings, to invite music, dance, performance, poetry & exhibitions in. We’d like to feel free to try new approaches & take a few more chances.

You may be familiar with some of our workshops & public projects, but the greater part of what we do is invisible (& often necessarily more private too) – spending time with communities who feel excluded, marginalised or vulnerable, whether for reasons of physical or mental health, age, ethnicity, gender, disability or any other reason: People who have experienced war, people without homes, refugees, looked-after children, those who are bereaved or… 

Most often this work is what happens intangibly inside ourselves & the folk that spend time here. It could look like quietly sittin, listening, or painting & drawing feelings out onto paper. It might look like learning skills & carving wood (it often looks this way), or holding hands, making coffee, planting a garden, weaving a story, stumbling along in the song & dance that animates the world. It’s all sorts, and a bit more…

We’re asking for your help, because we believe that the more financial support we receive from the generous community around us, the more time we’ll be empowered to give, the more energy we will be able to devote to openening up, and the more accessible & sustainable we can make this work.

You will in short, be giving this place, this idea, a future.

What you get

If you’re someone who likes what we do & you feel moved to make a contribution, please know that every donation, however seemingly small, will directly support exciting projects & opportunities for everyone. You’ll be keeping the space alive & growing in whatever new directions it will.

We invite you to build a community of care around this place, a circle of friends who can share this workshop with us and who might feel empowered to help to shape it in surprising new ways.

You will get to drop in and make something while we’re open, we can sharpen tools and minds together, play, practice, We’re here to listen, to answer questions, to advise and guide, to share as much as possible.

Our library is full of inspirational and instructional books new, old & rare – ranging in subject matter from the mundane to esotieric, ceremonial masks, to window joinery: It is here for you to treat as your own.

At this time the most special privilege that we can offer to you is our deep, heartfelt gratitude, knowing that this would truly be impossible without you. We’d love to host an annual party at the workshop for our monthly supporters & as time goes by we hope to offer other more tangible rewards. For now, we hope that the altruistic sense of supporting this space is enough – to us it feels like everything!


Please note that our organisation is not a charity, a limited company or legally incorporated in any way other than as a self employed Sole Trader. This is a family owned and operated business with the only aim of supporting our family and our community, by making art & making things better! The less organisational, financial & contractual machinery that exists around our business the more time & energy can be given to the work. Additional disclaimer: We know that human beings change, that the world grows and evolves – there is no guarantee that in 10 years time (or tomorrow) this place, ourselves, you or anything else will be the same – we reserve the right to spontaneously transform into something else, (and so should you if you want to) and accept that you may or may not want to support us in the future. Please feel free to change your mind and follow the tug of your gut.

We Make Our Way