July has been a very busy month for DIY Space for London.
In the past few weeks, we have seen meeting rooms appear before our dusty selves, had toilets installed, submitted some very important forms and danced away at a load of amazing benefit gigs. We’ve been bowled away by the sheer enthusiasm and goodwill that has come from all corners of London’s DIY communities, whether they have picked up a paint roller, put on a gig or joined as a member.
To get an idea of what’s been happening at the space itself, go ahead and watch the third of Andrew Northrop’s time-lapse videos, and then imagine that the walls are done, the ceilings are being raised and plans are afoot to open as soon as we can. (Building continues on a daily basis; if you want to join in be sure to sign up to the Helping Hands Facebook group or keep an eye on our Twitter feed.)
Needless to say, it’s been a challenge to get this far. Recently we launched our Final Push crowdfund on Indiegogo after the costs of building an accessible, fully accredited and good sounding space turned out to be a little higher than expected. Needless to say, the fact we cleared our target within three days was astounding, and we are currently sitting at £4,200.
However! There are still two weeks to go, which means that there is still two weeks to donate if you haven’t already! Every single penny will go towards ensuring the space is on steady ground during our first few months – after years of planning, we want to make a venue that’ll stick around and benefit the city and the local community for years to come.
Another way to help is to join as a club member for just £2 a year. By signing up, you will be able to attend and organise licenced events, use the bar and facilities, and most importantly have a say in how the space is run.
It’s taken far too long, but we’re getting there. If everything aligns in the next few weeks, we could be open before the end of summer – but only with your continued support.