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Feminist Lab for Creative Work

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Feminist Lab for Creative Work

Feminist Lab for Creative Work

Sara Karpanen By Sara Karpanen

Women’s Creative Work Lab is a community space facilitated by the podcast and consultancy Women of the Wick to enable skill-sharing, learning and mentorship in the East London creative community.

Hackney Idea stage

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Feminist Lab for Creative Work is a community space facilitated by community and consultancy Women of the Wick to enable skill-sharing, learning and mentorship for creative women and marginalised practitioners in East London. The creative work studio and digital learning platform offer accessible information online and onsite in Hackney. The online resources give guidance, support and training for individuals who require community support and especially those who are in the early stages of launching their business venture and/or freelance practice. The multifunctional space is located at Stour Studios in Haggerston that offers access to a feminist library, skill-share hour, meet-ups, study, coffee and online resources for its community members.

What we'll deliver:

  • Open the Feminist Creative Work Community Space in Dalston
  • Organise public events for the community members twice a month
  • Build free online resources on creative work and leadership
  • Host skill and knowledge-share meetings
  • Build the feminist library on creative work for the community members

Why it's a great idea:

The creative industry is the fastest-growing sector in the UK economy. According to a 2021 study by digital and creative recruitment specialist Major Players, women earn on average £10,400 less than men in the creative industries. Even freelance day rates are significantly lower: women make £44 less per day than their male counterparts. Our primary aim is to tackle inequality in the creative industry, offering support to hard-to-reach groups and information in an accessible way that is often left out in creative degrees and education. The online platform and on-site community offer a platform where members can network and virtually access the bite-sized courses and virtual toolkits about entrepreneurship and community allyship, including business model consultation, negotiation and leadership skills for women. By collecting the voices behind the community together, our aim is to take a clear stand towards gender and racial equality in the cultural industry.

Steps to get it done:

  • Paint the studio and build shelves
  • Open Feminist Lab for Creative Work in Hackney
  • Give access to the online resources to all members
  • Create a calendar for all events
  • Launch the Online Membership Platform
  • Run 1 monthly workshopp in the space and 1 online


Location Hackney

About the space

East London; Dalston, Hackney Wick, Tower Hamlets, Hackney Central


London Borough of Hackney

How will the money be spent?Total £5,079

Rent - £3,000 (59%)
Membership and online resources on the website - £1,500 (30%)
T-shirts and totebags to support membership longterm - £100 (2%)
Paint and rollers - £40 (1%)
Other - £439 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Membership and online resources on the website
T-shirts and totebags to support membership longterm
Paint and rollers
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Pay for 1 member of staff for project plan once a week
  • Re-invest in the project space: buy additional equipment such as lockers
  • Marketing and print costs

Total £5,079

Our Volunteer List

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