Krowji has confirmed plans to run its Christmas Open Studios event later this month with several of the tenants affected by the major fire earlier this year taking part.

Following a difficult year for the Redruth creative hub with the devastating fire in May – as well as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the creative sector – the event (Nov 26-28) promises to end 2021 on a high, celebrating and showcasing the work of its creative residents.

Visitors to the Krowji Christmas Open Studios can shop for a range of handcrafted festive gifts during the three-day event, held at the Redruth creative hub – the largest in Cornwall and home to over 200 artists, makers and creatives.

Tenants from the Phoenix group – those who lost their studio spaces to the fire – will take part in the event and will be displaying their work in a specially designated area.

Some of these artists have already been rehomed at Krowji since the fire – while others are returning especially for the Open Studios, as they wait for a new space.

Fiona Wotton, chief executive of Creative Kernow, the charity group which owns Krowji, said: “Organising Krowji Christmas Open Studios has brought back some much-needed positivity and excitement after the challenges of Covid and the devastating fire. Our creative community are eager to reconnect with art lovers and showcase their work and we are looking forward to seeing Krowji back doing what it does best as Cornwall’s leading creative hub.”

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