The Bike Shed’s response is pretty phenomenal. Their strong community has transformed into a volunteer rider’s group that spans the entirety of the UK. They’re providing a free courier-style service to help key workers and the vulnerable by transporting PPE equipment, medicine and food. All operations are run through Gophr, meaning the response is fast, efficient and hugely effective. Their opinion is that it’s the responsibility of those of us who are able to, to step up and help in whatever way we can and we’re completely on board with this.
“When it all goes wrong, it’s only right that those of us who are able to help, step up to do our part to support the community.”
Village Underground & EartH are two of East London’s top independent venues and are suffering hugely as a result of the closure of both locations. They’re urging individuals to show their support through donations to ensure we’re able to enjoy the music and arts that these spaces play host to - yearly, this is typically over 1,500 artists and 200,000 people.
“Our focus right now is on protecting the future of both venues, doing our best to help the livelihoods of our staff, and also protecting the future arts and music culture in London.”
In response to the closure of all public galleries, Manchester Art Gallery has launched a series of online courses and exhibitions to instil wellness and creativity in the home. This is the first time they’ve ever had to close their doors, however, their digital presence has ensured that this historic cultural centre is still accessible for all. As a venue, the gallery is hugely inspirational, as well as being a stunning setting for an event.
“Manchester Art Gallery’s doors may be closed, but our art is still beating.”
58 Gin produce some of the finest handcrafted and premium artisan gin in the country, from their stunning distillery in East London. Their ethos is based in community action and so in response to this crisis, they turned their hand to creating Hand ‘Gin-itizer’ and are continuing to supply key workers and others with much-needed hand sanitiser. As with all our venue partners, they’ve witnessed a vast drop-off in business and so their initiative has allowed them to retain their workforce and survive as a small independent business, all by directly helping communities.
TT Liquor is a very special place - both an intimate bar, a liquor shop and a venue offering a wide range of experiences. As the reality of opening still remains distant, they’re doing their bit with the launch of ‘Support Your Local’ t-shirts and tote bags with all profits going directly to their staff. Their famous bottleshop is doing deliveries of the essentials to their local London community and all future bookings are being taken with zero deposit.
Rich Mix is nestled in the heart of Shoreditch and majestically spans five floors. As a cultural hub, they’re one of the most diverse art centres in the city and operate as a wholly independent, not-for-profit organisation. Now more than ever, they need the support of all who have had the pleasure of listening, watching or experiencing something within its walls. So if you can, donate now to see them through so we can enjoy this space again in the future.
“We are Rich Mix. We are a charity, we are a cinema, we are a live events venue, we are a hub for the community and most of all we are a dedicated team of passionate culturally-curious people.”