Just off Brick Lane in East London, The Canvas is a blank canvas for innovation, creativity and positivity that supports the growth of new ideas that improve the lives of others. We offer free space to community groups and charities in return for a small donation to our Pay it Forward board that feeds the homeless. We're 5 years old this year, and have achieved incredible things in our current space, enabling the growth of 50+ events and ideas every month. But, as our community have told us, much of our space is only just adequate... and that is not good enough. We have a commitment to the community ideas we are incubating, and they deserve an adaptable, fresh and welcoming space to grow. We asked our community what they'd like to see more of; recycling initiatives, a garden project, pay-it-forward childcare that feeds the homeless. All this is possible with your help. Please support us in maximising The Canvas' potential as a platform and launchpad for positive social change.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
London is amazing, but it's big and sometimes we can feel disconnected from others. The Canvas is proof that if you offer Londoners space to be amazing, they will be. We host 50+ events every single month, all of them around improving mental and physical health, tackling loneliness, encouraging creativity, and championing equality and sustainability. The Canvas offers Londoners a zone 1 event space, dedicated to being a platform for positive social change; and we're even feeding the homeless along the way. With our current facilities we can provide 200 meals at Crisis a month; we want to increase this to 400+, and partner with more shelters in the area. Since '14 we've enabled the launch of 100s of ideas to London. Our Community Hub hosts a different event every single day: mental health support for young people, community housing co-ops, LGBTQ+ peer-led groups, animal welfare meet ups, free mindfulness and family yoga. But the space isn't being used to its full potential... YET!
Steps to get it done:
The Canvas is completely independent, and owned by ex-actress and puppeteer Ruth Rogers. Launched in '14 as a space for the community that could be a blank canvas for positivity and creativity, it has evolved over the years to become a living, breathing embodiment of all the best parts of humanity: generosity, positivity, kindness, hope and love. We are striving to build a successful business model based on generosity, and believe that humans are amazing; you just need to give them space to be so.
About the space
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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Hi everyone - and big apologies for the radio silence, but a global pandemic sure throws all your plans up into the air! But we're back open - and providing regular free home cooked meals to people in need in our local area (soon to be 250 meals every week!), thanks to the new kitchen equipment your support enabled 💪 - and there are hugely exciting plans being drawn up for the continuation of our refurbishment. Our newly renovated Community Hub will be reopening for events in the autumn, subject to government guidelines, and we'll start the large work on the basement space, garden and cafe by the end of the year - expect changes much larger than we ever dreamed, thanks to the input of an incredible design team, offering their services free of charge. We are so incredibly lucky, and will be posting photos on here as the work starts. Much love and thanks, Ruth and Team Canvas x