1.Tell us a bit about WindmillArt
WIndmillArt is a private, not-for-profit, commission free, art gallery, event space, nightclub, photo studio and conference venue in Linton, South Cambridgeshire, UK. It was created in 2005 by myself and my wife Tereza Votre, and is situated in the large, four storey, 1836 brick Tower Windmill, which dominates our home and garden.
Tereza is a silversmith and jewellery designer, whilst I am Managing Director of a commercial and residential property investment company. I have previously worked at Sotheby’s in both London and New York and I also have a life long interest in photography.
Since 2005, WindmillArt has held two or three fine art exhibitions a year with invited Cambridge, Suffolk and Essex based artists and occasionally National artists exhibiting. Initially there was no charge to the artists for ‘hanging’ nor were any ‘commissions’ charged. The only fees shared equally by the exhibitors were those for publicity and printing of flyers, posters etc. In 2011 we were faced with ever increasing maintenance costs and the decision was made to charge as low a fee as possible to contribute to the direct costs of the gallery space and to expand the types of events we would accommodate. There are still no commission charges and affordable usage fees are negotiated relative to the type of event and length of duration.
2. How did you hear about Eventility
I first heard about Eventility through a contact I made at a gallery event at Williams Art in Gwydir Street, Cambridge and later through Cambridge Dark Room, a group for those interested in photography. http://www.eventility.com/cgc/cambridge-darkroom/-/cambridge/gb/318
3. What were your challenges before using Eventility
My application to use Meetup to promote the photo-studio side of WIndmillArt was rejected by them. I am still not sure why as I was aiming to do very similar events as other photo based Meetups I had attended. With Eventility I can promote any events at WindmillArt and Meetup doesn’t offer the wide range of features that Eventility does, nor is it free and UK based.
4. What was the big a-ha moment when you decided you needed to try Eventility?
I remembered Eventility after my problem with Meetup occurred and a discussion with someone who was already using Eventility tempted me to try it and discover how it had evolved and continues to do so.
5. What are the top features you love about Eventility?
1. Best website support I have ever encountered, they listen to me and help or fix any issues I might have quickly.
2. It’s really useful for selling tickets to our events, I think the prices are the most competitive out there. The scan app for scanning tickets is really nifty and pretty sophisticated as well.
3. We are always looking for new ways to let people know about our events and using Eventility means that we get to new audiences and our web search results are better
6. What specific problems has Eventility addressed that other groups/businesses might be able to relate to?
I think everyone’s needs will be different but for us it has provided a great ticketing platform for events at WindmillArt and of course, more publicity for us is always great.
7. What is the single biggest reason you would recommend/why you love Eventility
Incredible website support and I know they want to make it perfect. Also, I can’t wait for the Eventility iPhone app, I hear there is one coming very soon.
8. What is best tip you can pass along to anyone organising a group, event or place?
Go slowly but keep at it – the numbers will come but don’t expect miracles at your first event. Learn how best to exploit social networking and attend other similar events to see what makes them work.
9. If money were no object, what would your next Eventility event look like?
A concept photography collaborative workshop with full compliment of clothing designers, stage designers, male and female models, make up artists, hair stylists, photographers and creative directors with an aim to create fabulous and highly professional images.
For more information visit:
WindmillArt on Eventility – http://www.eventility.com/cgc/summary/6533
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WindmillArt
Twitter – @windmillart
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Address – Windmill House, Long Lane, Linton, Cambridgeshire. CB21 4NS
Telephone – + 44 (0) 7931 372110
Please contact Conrad if you wish to view the space and the grounds and would like to discuss possible uses.