Fundraiser gig: 6th July at Power Lunches with Snob, Gloss Rejection and more!

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On the 6th of July Malicious Telecommunications (who do the great Another Subculture tape compilations) are putting on another fundraiser at Power Lunches for £5 featuring Snob, Gloss Rejection, Dregs and (making their debut!) Border. Check out the facebook event for more info. Flyer artwork by Ben Fordree. Please note venue has stairs.

Build progress timelapse video

The very talented Andrew Northrup has been documenting the build so far with timelapse photography and PigeonCam ™. Music kindly provided by Faraquet.

Fundraiser gig tomorrow at Power Lunches

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Another great fundraiser on at Power Lunches tomorrow, the 26th of June. With Artefact, COP and more for £5. Please note venue has stairs. Check out the facebook event here.

This Thing of Ours #1- all day fundraiser gig in Kingston

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Coming up later this summer is this great all-dayer in Kingston (with a lovely flyer). £6 for the whole day, with bands like Muncie Girls and Doe. Check out the facebook event here.

New facebook group for ad-hoc volunteering

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Are you interested in helping us out with the build every now and then? We’ve got a new facebook group you can join to find out what days and times we need people, and to offer your help. You can also keep an eye on the build calendar for the days when we’re doing big jobs.

Oddbox fundraiser gig

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(the Ethical Debating Society)

Thanks to Trev from Oddbox and the Ethical Debating Society for organising a great gig at Power Lunches this weekend with Seth Corbin, Totem Terrors, Actual Crimes, Little Fists and Spanking Machine, which raised us £150. Here’s some photos from the gig. If you want to organise a fundraiser event, we’re all ears, and will help you to promote it.

(All photographs Emma Falconer)

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Deep clean drop in day

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This Saturday the 13th of June between 11-5 we’re having a giant clean up at DIY Space. Our building has been used as storage for years, and needs a thorough deep cleaning before we can turn it into a wonder of South London. Can you bring gloves, cloths, cleaning materials, ladders and most of all, elbow grease? No need to confirm that you’re coming, just turn up and help with what you can!

Address: Ground Floor, 96-101 Ormside Street, London, SE15 1TF

5 Ways to help DIY Space for London

We’ve been working on opening a venue for music, meetings and much more since 2012. Great News! We now have a 3000 sq ft warehouse in South East London, just off Old Kent Road. Even Greater News – We need your help to make it happen. Here are 5 ways you can support the project in these really important first few months.

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1. Become a Member

DIY Space for London is being set up as a Members Club, coordinated by the existing cooperative. Why’s that, you ask? Members’ clubs are a time-honoured way of encouraging social spaces to be run by those who use them. Think working men’s clubs, social clubs and sports clubs. You’ll need to sign up as a member to attend events or use the space for licensing reasons, and will have the chance to attend members’ meetings and act on your ideas to improve the space. Joining costs £2, takes 48 hours to take effect and you will be able to bring guests along with you as a member. You’ll even get a membership card! Click here to join and pay.

2. Put on a benefit event or fundraiser initiative

Over the last four years we’ve raised nearly £20,000. This will go some way towards building the space that the community deserves, with adequate soundproofing so we can be good neighbours, but there’s much more to do and much more to pay for. If you’d like to put a gig or event or talk or screening on (not at the space, just yet) to help raise cash for the build, now is absolutely the time. Go for it!

3. Offer your skills to help with the Build

We have a few short months to build the space to spec before we begin paying rent. Are you skilled with building, project managing, do you have tills or experience with buying materials and working with wood? How about plumbing or electricity. We want to hear from you! Email build-join@diyspaceforlondon.org to join the Build email list and find out about working days coming up.

4. Donate

Not got time or skills but have a bit of spare cash? Every penny will go towards creating a beautiful, safe and legally up to scratch space for shows, events, talks, screenings, practical activities, skillshares and space for groups, campaigns and struggles to call home.  Click here to donate.

5. Get Involved

Are you part of a group, campaign or organisation that needs space to meet? Not got build skills but happy to help out in other ways? Are you interested in helping form the Bar Collective or Sound Crew (who will help run events and share their skills to members.) If so, get in touch on diyspaceforlondon@gmail.com and let us know!

Help us find volunteers

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Now we have a space, we need volunteers to help us open up. If you can, help us out by downloading and printing this flyer and handing it out or printing it as a poster and displaying it. Click on the image to open a hi-res version, and then right-click to save. Photo viewer on the PC has a printing option to print 4 to an A4 page, and most printer drivers on the Mac have the same option.

WE HAVE A SPACE.

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We are incredibly excited to report that DIY Space For London have secured a space in south east London.

We will be renting the ground floor of a warehouse just off Old Kent Road towards South Bermondsey, and cannot wait to turn it into the self-sustaining venue for gigs, meetings and much much more – which is just what this city needs.

To everybody who has helped us reach this point, whether you donated, attended or organised a fundraiser, volunteered or just gave us an encouraging word or two: THANK YOU! After all the enthusiasm and ideas and excited conversations there’s finally a physical space where we can build upon, and for that we’ll be needing your help…

We have an aim to get the space fit for putting on events as soon as we can, but at the moment it is just an empty building with a lot of potential. Toilets, soundproofing, electrics: the lot needs adding. Over the past few months we have gathered a large group of interested volunteers (and we will be contacting you shortly!), but we can always do with more.

  • Building is going to be our top priority at this stage. We will be immediately requiring designers, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, painters and architectural designers. If you have experience with planning permission and making buildings accessible, we’ll definitely be wanting you on board.
  • Finance and legal volunteers will also be required. Do you have accountancy skills? Experience with dealing with the finances of co-operatives or charities? Experience with business rates and corporation tax?
  • We’ll also be looking for events organisers and anyone with a head for communications, particularly when we’re ready to open up.

If this sounds like you and you’ve been wondering whether to step in and give us a hand, send your details, a list of skills and what time you can spare (whether an hour or a week, it’s all appreciated!) to diyspaceforlondon@gmail.com now

Another way to help is to donate via PayPal or bank transfer (email us for details) – with the upcoming flurry of activity, now is the perfect time. Don’t forget that you can set up a monthly subscription – even if it’s a pound a month it’ll help us so much!

Once again, our sincere thanks to everybody who’s been involved so far. There’s a lot of work to do. It’s going to be a great summer.

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