After 4 years of chatting, running workshops and engaging with people and organisations across the city, using Perrott’s Folly as an Arts, Architecture and Heritage Hub has proven the most popular and practical way to re-use the building.
In June we launched our events- testing phase, in which we see what the appetite for bespoke events is at the tower. Through more chatting and running events you tell us you want to see happening, we are able to better understand the admin and running costs of organising eevents, how much visitors are willing to pay for the experience and how much maintenance work we can cover with the difference! Ultimately the Folly will need to look after itself in terms of paying maintenance and general running costs- without the human costs associated with it, this figure is estimated to be up to £12,000 a year. We therefore need a mix of different income streams to achieve this target annually.
A few of the conversations taken place already have been with exciting site-specific artists both emerging and sector leaders such as the Waste Paper Opera Company and the Ikon Gallery, in addition to innovative social enterprises such as Two Towers Brewery and The Food and Drinks Events Company.
Thanks to your support these have been really successful and we can’t wait to do more ambitious events before the year is out. For those of you who have been on the tour, we are aiming for a hair grooming event in honour of Abraham Follet Osler’s beard. If you can help us make this, or any other great ideas happen, get in touch @refuturec or www.refuturecollective.com.