Rowan Ellis and Krish Jeyakumar hope to raise £4000 to run a reprise of the event.
Ruckus Retreat first ran in 2018 as a residential weekend of multi-disciplinary workshops for creatives. It was intended as an alternative to more commercial conventions which separate creators of different levels, and would instead focus on attendees as equals.
Following a funding withdrawal shortly before 2018’s event began, Rowan and Krish opted to crowdsource the 2019 event. It is scheduled for 23-26 August at Buckland Hall in Wales, and will offer interactive workshops, feedback groups, and discussion sessions. The event prioritizes creator output and personalized critique, in response to events which focus on “listening quietly to panels rather than actually creating”.
The organisers state that they want everyone to be able to “experience a little bit of Ruckus magic”, whether or not they can attend the August event. Perks for campaign donators include personal thanks via Twitter, PDF printables, and creative mentoring, either in person or online.
Former attendees have also taken to Twitter to promote the cause and commend the Ruckus experience – Juliette “JoolzZenda” Cross calls the retreat her “definitive highlight of 2018“, while Izzy Inkpen tweets that they are “still reaping so many creative and personal benefits of this simply beautiful event“.
Last year’s Ruckus Retreat hosted over 70 creatives and offered low-income and marginalized participants 20% of tickets thanks to sponsors.
The fundraiser opened on 23 Feb and will run until 4 April. So far, it has raised over £600 of its flexible goal.