PRESS RELEASE 13/3/20
The Mayor of London has made pledges worth £343,500 through the seventh round of his Crowdfund London programme – with one Hackney project securing a pledge of £12,000.
The newly formed Kings Crescent Tenants & Residents Association has joined forces with local arts charity Hackney Showroom and is crowdfunding £20K to get the doors open to Hackney Showroom’s new premises. The building’s fit out has been designed by the award-winning firm Lyndon Goode Architects.
Hackney Showroom won a London Borough of Hackney Regeneration Team tender calling for a local organisation to take over a new unit on the award-winning Kings Crescent Estate.
Hackney Showroom’s new home is an incubator space for theatre and performance artists, creating the best conditions for artists to experiment and flourish. It’s a space for the communities we serve to encounter cultural experiences and explore future-facing ideas. We’ll be building bridges and forming bonds, connecting people across divides.
Hackney Showroom will support the TRA to deliver community activities and curate a programme of imaginative cultural projects and events for Kings Crescent and local residents to engage in.
With just over £4K already pledged by the public and £12K pledged by the Mayor, the project now needs just under £4K to reach its target.
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney said “I have always said regeneration is more than just building houses and that it has to benefit the wider area too. Creativity and culture are key to what makes Hackney so unique which is why the Council supported Kings Crescent TRA and Hackney Showroom to go forward with this fantastic project in the award-winning Kings Crescent housing development. We will always ensure our land, assets and services are used for public good and that we champion our community’s ambitions for local places.
“I am keen to make Hackney fairer which is why I am pleased the Mayor of London has committed over £800,000 funding to Hackney-based projects including this community-led project which will allow local residents, voluntary organisations and businesses to reap the full benefits of regeneration.”“
Emley Pine, Chair of Kings Crescent TRA said “Wow! I’m so grateful to the Mayor of London and his team at City Hall for this incredible pledge. Thank you for seeing our potential and having faith in us. Also a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us on this journey so far including the Spacehive team, Source Partnership, Hackney Council and Hackney Showroom. As a new TRA your advice and support has been invaluable. Finally thank you so much to every individual who has already pledged to show that you support our vision of a vibrant community space on Kings Crescent, I’m so happy to know that this is wanted by our local community.”
Sam Curtis Lindsay, Co-Artistic Director of Hackney Showroom said “We are thrilled to have won the tender to take over this beautiful new building and delighted to be working with Emley and the Kings Crescent TRA to dream up all kinds of wondrous ways to engage local residents – from street parties to innovatively curated masterclasses for adults and ridiculously fun holiday projects for kids. We can’t wait to get started.”
Under the crowdfunding model, once each campaign successfully reaches their fundraising target the Mayoral pledges will be released. The programme is delivered in partnership with civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive.
Chris Gourlay, Founder & CEO of Spacehive, said: “This latest round of Crowdfund London campaigns are been more spirited, energetic and inclusive than ever. We’re almost seeing mini-movements forming around ideas that Londoners clearly really value and want to see happen in their local areas.”
Notes to editors
About Hackney Showroom
Hackney Showroom offers a warm invitation to artists and communities they serve to encounter live cultural experiences and explore future-facing ideas. We build bridges and form bonds, connecting people across divides. They are producers of the renowned family arts programme Disco Loco and award-winning theatre shows including the recent hit show BURGERZ by Travis Alabanza (★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Stage) and for all the women who thought they were Mad by Hackney resident Zawe Ashton (★★★★The Stage ★★★★ Observer). Hackney Showroom’s new home on Kings Crescent estate will be a laboratory for artist development and a centre for innovative community activity.
About Kings Crescent Estate
Overlooking Clissold Park in Stoke Newington, the Kings Crescent Estate is being transformed over 2 stages with hundreds of new council homes, improvements to existing homes and new amenities that will benefit both new and current residents.
The first phase – designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects and Henley Halebrown – won the RIBA National Award 2018, RIBA London Award 2018 and the New London Award Mayor’s Prize 2018.
The Kings Crescent Tenants and Residents Association was formally established in September 2019 and has a committee that is passionate about creating opportunities for social interaction and community building on our changing estate.
About Crowdfund London
Crowdfund London gives anyone the opportunity to pitch new ideas – big or small – for community-led projects to make their local area even better. It supports innovative and inclusive regeneration projects which help Londoners play a role in shaping the future of their local areas.
Developed and delivered by the Mayor of London’s Regeneration and Economic Development Team, the programme is supported by the London Enterprise Partnership for London (LEAP) and delivered with civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive.
About Lyndon Goode Architects
Named by the Architecture Foundation as one of the top 100 practices to emerge in the past ten years, Lyndon Goode Architects are recognised for delivering distinctive schemes of exceptional quality. Established in 2012 by award-winning architects David Lyndon and Simon Goode, the studio has built up an impressive portfolio of housing, cultural and community projects – notably with Peabody, who selected their practice from a longlist of over 300 architects. Among other high-profile clients is the Royal Court Theatre, described by the New York Times as “the most important theatre in Europe”. Our award-winning design for the theatre won the Royal Court a place among The Stage’s top ten theatrical hangouts.