Converting Water Tank to Art Space

Funded on Spacehive 12 October 2015

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Converting Water Tank to Art Space

Converting Water Tank to Art Space

müllZimmer By müllZimmer

Help us drain and convert a disused water tank near Lewisham Train Station/High Street into a multi-use art space and café! Our goal is to develop this into a creative space in the borough's heart.

Lewisham Delivery stage

53
backers
£28,789
raised
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This project was funded on 12 Oct 2015!

We want to transform an abandoned water tank, which is part of the artists' studios at V22’s Axion House in the heart of Lewisham, into a cultural space for contemporary art and music. We have been offered a partnership with V22 to make use of this space and we see this as an opportunity to bring together the community of artists and inhabitants of this part of the Borough of Lewisham and beyond. We will create a meeting point and communal arts space through organising and programming a series of events and performances within the water tank, and turn the adjacent machine room into a small café. This non-profit events space, research hub and café will be utilised by local artists, a wider arts audience and the community around Lewisham town centre. This area of London is being redeveloped at a rapid pace and it hosts a strong artistic community, we would like to develop a space for artists and local inhabitants, of all ages and backgrounds, to meet, discuss, perform and exhibit.

What we'll deliver:

  • Arrange and curate workshops, film-screenings, concerts, installations etc. inside the water tank.
  • Convert tank machine room into a café open during the day and for evening events.
  • Organise film-screenings, concerts, installations etc. inside the water tank.
  • Provide local inhabitants as well as artists in the nearby V22 Axion House with refreshments, lunch and hot drinks.
  • Aim to acquire green patch outside from the Council to develop garden/patio area.
  • Create an events/project space with an events programme (initially running on a fortnightly basis).
  • Develop projects that link to the site specificity, history and unique shape of the water tank.

Why it's a great idea:

The unique cylindrical shape of the tank’s interior offers possibilities to artists and performers to experiment, not only with its form and acoustics, but also to draw inspiration from its past. Our design and programme will draw inspiration from its original purpose and history. The artists studios already provide space for over 70 artists, artisans and creative businesses. Our events programme and cafe space will cater to both this community and the wider community enabling greater interaction. Our programme will deliver creative engagement while our cafe will offer small selections of prepared vegetarian lunches, coffee and cakes for artists working in Axion House and for the public. Everyone who wants to get involved can be part of this project, from its creation and renovation to its actual realisation - through this process we will also be able to evaluate the wishes of the local community and incorporate these into how we run the space.

Steps to get it done:

  • Install electricity, water supply, toilets, lights, speaker system (PA) and further audio visual equipment.
  • Organise fundraising in and around Lewisham to raise money for the project
  • Replace doors to the machine room and install window(s), as well as install floor-level entrance to the tank itself.
  • Build and maintain a small café/bar area to make the space self-supporting.
  • Drain, clean, paint (both interior and exterior) and soundproof the water tank.
  • müllZimmer will continue to run the space and build upon its successful offering thus far
  • Strip the machine room of pumping equipment etc.
  • Through partnering up with V22 we are able to get an initial rent free period and marketing assistance

Everyone who pledges gets their name on our Founders’ Wall

What else you can get if you pledge:

£15 – entry to our Opening Gala (limited numbers) or a Special Event

£50 - free workshop participation

£75 - a special edition, signed, müllZimmer publication

£300 – an opportunity to use the space for a private event for you and 20 friends

£500 – a private event with live band for you and 20 friends

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Location Lewisham

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Council

London Borough of Lewisham

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How will the money be spent?Total £27,958

Rent free period from V22 - £3,600 (13%)
PA speaker system and other audio-visual equipment - £3,500 (13%)
Fittings, fixtures, flooring, electrics, plumbing inside and outside machine room - £3,250 (12%)
Drainage of water tank and stripping out machine room - £2,500 (9%)
Curatorial fees - £2,500 (9%)
Project management and coordination - fees - £2,460 (9%)
Fittings, fixtures, flooring, electrics inside and outside water tank - £2,000 (7%)
Sound proofing of water tank - £1,500 (5%)
Marketing from V22 - £1,230 (4%)
Marketing, Communication, Promotion - £1,230 (4%)
Other - £4,188 (15%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

13%
Rent free period from V22
£3,600
13%
PA speaker system and other audio-visual equipment
£3,500
12%
Fittings, fixtures, flooring, electrics, plumbing inside and outside machine room
£3,250
9%
Drainage of water tank and stripping out machine room
£2,500
9%
Curatorial fees
£2,500
9%
Project management and coordination - fees
£2,460
7%
Fittings, fixtures, flooring, electrics inside and outside water tank
£2,000
5%
Sound proofing of water tank
£1,500
4%
Marketing from V22
£1,230
4%
Marketing, Communication, Promotion
£1,230
15%
Other
£4,188
  • Fit Out and Decoration for café area
    £1,000
  • Initial Stock for café
    £800
  • Utilities until established
    £750
  • General material fees
    £500
  • Outdoor garden/patio area
    £300
  • Spacehive fees
    £276
  • Transaction Fees
    £257
  • Insurance Costs
    £250
  • VAT
    £55

Total £27,958

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