This weekend Hackney Wick get's a new café, meeting place and social hot spot at Stour Space the Stour Space Cafe will open its doors on 18th of November (Friday). Visitors can enjoy a fresh menu of locally sourced food, juices and alcoholic drinks in Stour Space's much loved canal side location, whilst directly contributing to one of Hackney Wick’s longest surviving community spaces. Expect to find regular pop-up food events, an evening bar and regular arts and music events including Life Drawing, lunchtime yoga and weekenders.
Amid widespread redevelopment on Fish Island and Hackney Wick, Stour Space - a founding supporter of the Save Hackney Wick Campaign, remains a hub of activity and an island for the local creative community. The Cafe will operate as a Community Interest Company (CIC), its profits re-invested back into the activities at Stour Space and steered by the local community. It will make a significant contribution towards securing the long term future of the building and ensuring that the local community continues to benefit from affordable creative work and meeting space; an exciting regular program of music, visual art and performance; and a shop selling art materials and products made by local artists and designers. The Counter Cafe will be moving on from Stour Space on 13th November and has made a valued contribution to the development of the community surrounding the venue since it first opened its doors in 2008 as neighbours to Stour Space and then later moved into the venue in 2011.
Stour Space is a socially minded organisation with an innovative business model that uses the commercial elements of the building to support the provision of genuinely affordable workspace for the development of creative enterprises. It also provides subsidised meeting space for local community groups and schools, exhibition and performance space and works in collaboration with local enterprises, residents, artists and committees. Services used by thousands of local residents and visitors to the area.
Established in 2009 by artist couple Neil McDonald and Rebecca Whyte and soon joined by Juliet Can in 2010, Stour Space was the second building in the UK ever to be listed as an Asset of Community Value under the Community Right to Bid Policy, as part of the Localism Act 2011.
"Stour Space has been a labor of love for us since the beginning. Our vision was to create a forward thinking space that could find new ways of sustaining creativity and innovative business with social value at its core. This new venture will enable us to ensure the future sustainability of the venue and protect the workspaces and social spaces of the community that surround it at a time when Hackney Wick is undergoing rapid and potentially devastating changes to its creative community". Rebecca Whyte, Director, Stour Space.
Stour Space Café will be open from 18th November, Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm, plus regular evening openings and events.
Various events and workshops will be happening all day till late
Currently showing in the gallery is Brick Potato, Potato Brick, a collaboration between Malarko Hernandez and Cristina Lina, 9—28 Nov 2016, 9am—5pm daily, free entry.
For more information about Stour Space visit www.stourspace.co.uk