Perrott’s Folly is Re. Future’s Flagship Project. We have been working since 2013 to transform the Folly from an unused building falling into dereliction to a vibrant arts space that will become a fantastic resource for both the local community and the city.
Perrott’s Folly is a grade II* 18th century Folly-Tower that presently sits on Heritage England’s At Risk Register. This status was allocated due to both the condition of the building and the lack of identified future use.
Re. Future has addressed this status by building upon a series of commercial and community pilots to run programmes that will ensure the buildings future sustainability.
Our community activity programme is designed to connect local people and groups experiencing disadvantage with the building and its heritage:
Art Pad: an art’s based youth programme for young people aged 8 – 14 living in and around the Folly and Waterworks Estate, B16. Funded by Children in Need.
My. Connect (Mycorrhizal): A Community Development Programme for Asylum Seekers and Refugees newly arrived to Birmingham. Funded by Big Lottery Awards for All.
Waterworks C.A.N. (Community Action Network): A health and well-being programme for the local community around the Waterworks Estate, to help connect to under-used resources and the local area. Funded by Big Lottery Awards for All.
Tomorrow Towers: A’Culture on Your Doorstep’ programme which offers high quality arts activities to people that are unable to access city centre resources due to various barriers of access. Funded by Birmingham City Council.
The Big Draw: A community open day run in partnership with Trident Reach the People Charity. Part of a national initiative.
We work closely with local businesses to run commercial activities at the Folly, to increase audience base and test future income generation. This has seen partnership with the Two Towers Brewery (who’s company is named after the Folly), Hidden Spaces and Private Partners.
Beer Festival: a beer tasting day run in partnership with the Two Towers Brewery