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.
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We're sorry for the delay in getting this update to you, fab supporters - but I've been pretty distracted looking after my daughter who was born on 5th January! While I've been busy with nappies and sleepless nights, Team Canvas have been overseeing the complete transformation of our Community Hub; the space we gift to our community to launch events that will improve the lives of others. I'm going to post the photos here so you can see it, and I hope too you'll be able to drop in and see the space over the next few weeks / months. We'd love to see you! Next steps are our basement space and garden XXX Ruth
Hi everyone! Sorry for the silence - after we hit our target, we were offered an amazing opportunity to work with a design / building company to really maximise every penny of our funding, and the delay has been because we've been working with them on exact plans for each phase of the renovation. But during that delay, we have been able to provide our kitchen with the commercial fridge and freezer units that your generous donations funded - this will enable us to provide more food for our community of people in need, through our partnership with Crisis, and many more that we intend to create in 2020 and beyond. And, our first phase of renovation is being done over the Christmas holidays - our Community Hub is being completely transformed, re-opening in January 2020 all shiny and new. Can't wait to send you the photos! Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, and we'll be in touch again in the new year. Ruth and Team Canvas x