The Somali Museum

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

The Somali Museum

Numbi Arts By Numbi Arts

Tower Hamlets grassroots cultural powerhouse, Numbi Arts are looking for a permanent space in which to build the first Somali Museum and archive in England and continue their great community work.

Tower Hamlets Fundraising stage

pledged of £16,871
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £16,871 by 15 Jun 2020

Somali originated African centred; Numbi Arts are an organisation lead by creatives and educators. They have been a stalwart presence on the East London cultural scene for three decades & have a back catalogue of inclusive and exciting programming, education workshops and creating opportunities for local people. A global conversation locally - their aim is to build a cultural heritage for the people that live in Tower Hamlets and beyond. By focusing on building the first Somali archive in England, they aim to unite the local diaspora communities in their local history therefore giving people a sense of belonging and identity that they can call their own. Numbi's approach is creative, holistic and inclusive with a focus on solidarity among artists, art-lovers, creatives & dreamers of all stripes. After losing their residency last year the team have been moving from space to space around the borough but are now looking for a permanent home in order to continue their projects.

What we'll deliver:

  • A space for the Numbi Arts team to work in, build their archive and create a permanent exhibition.
  • A place for the community to visit and build relationships with other local people
  • A community kitchen to continue to fund the space.
  • A space to host History Lab: Schools and inter generational workshops

Why it's a great idea:

Numbi Arts is already a well established organisation and is relied on by hundreds of people in the community already. At the moment a lot of the team's time and energy is spent on moving around and finding short term spaces but once they have a permanent home they can begin to build on the great work they have already started. The work they are doing is incredibly important as it creates unity in a displaced group of people through creativity and joy. The next stage in their project, to build an archive, gives the people they work with a sense of ownership and belonging by contributing their personal stories to a permanent collection. They will also have a chance to continue to the excellent work that they do which is to provide creative education workshops, events and community projects. All of these have touched peoples' lives for the better by uniting people, providing work experience and volunteering opportunities or simply just spreading joy to those who need it.

Steps to get it done:

  • £1000 for Fareshare project, means we can run pantry for 1 year.
  • £2500 will pay for workshops for the community.
  • £5000 will pay half a year's rent

This funding will be the start of the future for Numbi. The aim is for us is to be self sufficient by having a pay-what-you-feel cafe on site that continues to fund their projects. The cafe will provide work experience opportunities and will work with a surplus food redistribution organisation which is in line with Numbi's values to promote sustainability and wellbeing.

Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

Custom Location


London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Post a Comment

How will the money be spent?Total £16,871

50% fee of yearly rent for space - £5,000 (30%)
Workshop Delivery Fees x 12 - £3,600 (21%)
Project Manager fee - £3,000 (18%)
Staff fees for new kitchen for 2 month based on 3 days per week - £1,520 (9%)
Space to work in temporarily - £600 (4%)
Professional Community and Heritage support - £600 (4%)
Freelance fundraising - £450 (3%)
Marketing - £300 (2%)
50% Fee for food delivery one year from sustainable food partner - £260 (2%)
Archive storage fees - £220 (1%)
Other - £1,321 (8%)

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.

50% fee of yearly rent for space
Workshop Delivery Fees x 12
Project Manager fee
Staff fees for new kitchen for 2 month based on 3 days per week
Space to work in temporarily
Professional Community and Heritage support
Freelance fundraising
50% Fee for food delivery one year from sustainable food partner
Archive storage fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £16,871

Our Wish List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and stuff to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Offer Something' button to the right to get involved.
  • Fundraising Champions needed.

Want to help?

Do you have stuff or skills to contribute to this project? Use this tool to offer something to the project creator.

Offer something