Roaming is a Community Interest Company
To roam is to move forward without a specific destination. Roaming's official goal is "to carry on creative activities that benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) people who find themselves in some way disadvantaged, excluded or vulnerable." Our values are really our common ground: confidentiality, integrity, fairness, respect for the values and culture of others, the withholding of judgement, inclusivity, flexibility, and equity in relationships.
Roaming Penzance started out in 2011 as the Breadline Art Group. It met Thursdays in the Breadline Cafe, part of the St. Petroc's Resource Centre in Penzance (St. Petroc's Society is a Truro-based charity working with single homeless people in Cornwall). In talking about all kinds of things, we arrived at a set of shared values-- stated in the paragraph above.
The group also decided to become an independent company -- called Roaming-- with Directors who would take responsibility for the group's financial and moral support.
Support for Roaming
Roaming Penzance has been warmly and generously supported by local organizations in Cornwall, including the Cornwall 100 Club, the Cornwall Community Foundation, Transformation Cornwall, and the St. Petroc's Society, which has been a partner and supporter from the start. We have also benefited from funding through the national lottery, most recently through HealthPerfect, part of the People's Health Trust.
Residency at Redwing Gallery -- with Mazey Day Event
For two weeks between 14 and 27 June, Roaming was working at Redwing Gallery, near our base room in the Breadline Building, Penzance. On Mazey Day, 23 June, visitors were invited to a creature-making workshop in the gallery.
In many respects, Roaming is a research project. We are finding what happens when one particular group, under particular conditions, tries be fair and open with one another. Roaming raises many questions, both broad questions about what art is and does, and more immediate ones about exhibitions, reproduction rights, monetary values, sales, and storage.
We are grateful to Loughborough University and the Arts and Humanities Research Council for their support of our work on research questions which lie slightly outside the framework of Roaming Penzance.
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April 12 marked the beginning of a new initiative at Roaming, a pilot project that provides an opportunity to grow food and flowers with a little light advice about when and how to do various things. Interested Roamers will be meeting at an allotment near Penzance about six times over the coming months, getting a taste of the work, the decisions, the occasional frustration and the joy of gardening.