Mayor of London pledges £12,000 to Kings Crescent TRA & Hackney Showroom

Thank you #CrowdfundLondon

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 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.”

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