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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Our next meeting is happening on Sunday 20th July at 4pm. We’ll be meeting up at the Southbank Centre (the Lower Mezzanine on Level 4 Blue; map’s here, nearest tube’s Waterloo). This meeting’ll be all about discussing potential buildings, exchanging leads and scheduling viewings for those that seem most promising. We’ll also be chatting about finances, press opportunities, appointing Directors and seeing which of you lot fancies planning a bar… So if you want to help us with finding a space for DIY Space, then please come along. If you can’t make it but have some information on a sweet space that we should know about, then let us know through the Google Group or by emailing us.
Exciting news for the future of DIY Space for London! We now have £15,000.00 and rising in cleared donations, including our grant from Edge Fund, regular monthly donations from Friends of DSFL and other benefit initiatives. As such, our attention has now shifted from fundraising to space finding. We have seen some impressive properties, but none so far has been The One. So, we are continuing with our search and would like to appeal for your help. There are lots of ways to get involved with helping us to find a home for DSFL, and at the moment we’re very interested in knowing of any properties or spaces that might suit us. The brief is open in terms of location as we’re keen to know what is out there at this stage.
- Minimum approx. 90 sqm/950 sqft of internal space (ideally more)
- Level throughout / with a main space with level access
- Compliance with safety regulations with regard to fire safety or potential to bring up to regulation with minimal work
- Reasonable proximity to accessible public transport, with safe, secure and well lit routes to and from the premises
- Ability to permit change of use to a private members’ club
- A (relatively) non-residential location
- Accessible toilets or space to install them
- Rent c. £2500.00 PCM
If you happen to see or know of a property that you think might meet our specifications, please get in touch by email at email@example.com even just with a link or some info about what you’ve seen, and we will make sure to check it out! Also, if you have any expertise with regard to commercial leasing and property in general please feel free to get in touch with any information you think might be useful.