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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Our next public meeting is on Sunday 11th April at 1pm, on Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE. (Near Waterloo rail/tube!)
We’ve been working on opening up a cooperatively run DIY-based music, arts and community space in London along the lines of Wharf Chambers in Leeds. We’ve got some really exciting news, and need a lot of volunteers very soon!
Want to get involved? There’ll be a general discussion of the progress so far, and then we’ll split into working groups to discuss:
- Building! Do you have practical, surveying or architectural skills? Experience of dealing with planning permission? Experience with making buildings accessible? A willing pair of hands to help with labouring?
- Event planning! Are you a gig promoter or someone who has experience putting on other events, or who would like to get involved?
- Communications! Can you help with building a new website? Promoting DSFL? Making the website work with disability aids?
- Finance! Do you have accountancy skills? Experience with dealing with the finances of co-ops or charities? Experience with business rates and corporation tax?
Follow updates through the Facebook event or by following us on Twitter. If you can’t make the meeting but are still up for lending your skills, email us at email@example.com and tell us what you can do and we’ll add you to our list of volunteers.
At 88 Fleet Street. 1-3pm, please be prompt!
– Discussing our latest building viewings
– Talking more in-depth about money and financial planning
– Giving new attendees opportunities to get involved
– Revisiting fundraising ideas and events
– What do we want to happen in the space?
Building is ambulant-disabled accessible only so no flat access, very sorry.
We didn’t quite get a space in 2014 but we did…
- Get awarded £1500 from the Edge Fund grassroots social change fund
- Register with the FSA as an incorporated cooperative business – DSFL Ltd.
- Reach our £10,000 target in early 2k14
- Engage with a whole new group of supporters at our big February meeting
- Find and mobilise very quickly for a building that sadly didn’t happen
- Gain a whole lot of new members and had a special meeting about bars and licensing
- Attend and learn at lot at a radical routes workshops at the Anarchist Bookfair
- Get our funds total up to just under £15,000!
We’re now gearing up to get our space in the next few months, and will need all hands on deck, so stay tuned!
What can you do to be a part of this?
– Firstly, become a member! It costs £1, apply here.
– Attend our monthly open organising meetings – first Sunday of every month. Next one is Sunday 1st February in the afternoon. Check back for venue!
Malicious Telecommunications have released a compilation tape of some great bands, and are donating some of the proceeds to the DSFL kitty. They describe it as:
“A C90 full of assorted punky, with proceeds after assembly costs and fees going to DIY Space For London. On Side A, interviews with Melbourne’s UV Race and Richard Phoenix of Constant Flux (a charity which supports musicians with learning disabilities), with music from Snob, Big Joanie, Witching Waves, Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat, Monotony and The Lowest Form. Side B contains evidence of last month’s Static Shock Weekender, with input from Dawn of Humans, S.H.I.T., Rakta, No Form and much more. 100 copies.
Includes unlimited streaming of Another Subculture 2 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.”
You can buy it and stream the tracks here.
DIY Space was featured in an article in the Grauniad about DIY musical culture this week, along with our friends up at Wharf Chambers and JT Soar, and some great bands like Hookworms, That Fucking Tank and Joanna Gruesome.
You can read the article here.
Colette & Emma from the DIY Space collective will be at the Anarchist Bookfair at Queen Mary this coming Saturday the 18th, handing out flyers and talking to anyone who is interested. If you’ve got any questions, or want to get involved with the co-operative, feel free to come and have a chat.
The book fair is from 10-7 at Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Rd, E1 4NS. The building is accessible and the event is open to children, although the fair does get very popular and crowded at times. Guide dogs are allowed, but no other dogs.
Here’s the flyer with more info.
This week in the NME, our very own Bryony Beynon was interviewed by Charlotte Richardson Andrews, along with some other people involved in running DIY venues, including our favourites Power Lunches and Wharf Chambers, and new spaces JT Soar and Unity Works.
Here’s a scanned pdf of the article. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be available on the NME website, so for accessibility reasons the pdf is set up so the text is text rather than an image, but some of the layout confuses screen readers a little.
PDF of the NME article
DIY Space for London has now raised £13,000 but doesn’t have a building.
For more information, and the criteria needed for the space, go here.
If you want to help out by printing some posters and putting them somewhere useful in London, then the files are below. The poster is available in red, orange, green and black, and the page size is A3 (but of course can be scaled down to A4 and is still readable and clear). Just right click and save them once you’ve opened them.