We did it
On 28th April 2018 we successfully raised £3,765 with 100 supporters in 28 days

The building Matthews Yard is based in is at risk of demolition. Help us save a creative space in the heart of Croydon town centre.

by Save Matthews Yard Limited in Croydon, Greater London, England

Matthews Yard is a leading independent creative hub in Croydon which opened in April 2012 in response to the riots.  Originally a workspace and cafe, it grew according to the demands of the community to include a workspace, gallery, theatre, cafe and fully licensed restaurant and bar. A recognised Asset of Community Value it is now at risk after a planning application was submitted to demolish the building it is based in. While we remain hopeful that our original home can be secured, we are aware that the community is rarely successful in standing up to developers and we don't want to wait until the last minute to try and find a new home. For more information on what we have achieved so far, please view our impact report.

To find out what the local community thinks of our space, please read the comments on our change.org petition. 

A premises in Exchange Square has become available and we have agreed terms with the existing leaseholder and landlord to take on the space. As a new organisation we can’t commit to taking it without your support. We need to raise £42,500 towards the costs of carrying out refurbishment work. The premises, currently known as The Exchange Workspace is already home to more than forty creative professionals and entrepreneurs and over a dozen businesses including the much loved Bobski's restaurant.

By taking over the space we will be able to add the following:

1. Pop-up Kitchen & Restaurant
The pop-up kitchen will be available for individuals and organisations to hire at low prices and will be the perfect space for your prep-kitchen, birthday party, supper club or other function which needs access to a decent, well-equipped kitchen in a central location.

2. The Studio: An intimate multi-function space for small events and rehearsals.

The Studio will provide a small rehearsals and event space suited for audiences of up to 40 people. While smaller than our community theatre, we believe this space will still prove popular among the community groups we work with.

3. The Library: A low-cost function room for meetings, events and social gatherings

This space will be available for hire by the hour and will be suited to round-table meetings for up to 10 people.

4. Art Gallery
We will relocate our art gallery to the new space, ensuring we continue to offer local emerging artists a platform to showcase and sell their work, risk free. 

By supporting this Crowdfunder you can ensure the work Matthews Yard has done in building community in Croydon can continue while also choosing from a selection of rewards and benefits, as our way of saying thank you. Safeguarding this space is our top priority and will mean no matter what happens with the building at 5-9 Surrey Street, Matthews yard will continue to operate in the heart of Croydon for many years to come. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

All supporters of this crowdfunding campaign will be given membership of Matthews Yard. Our members are individuals drawn from across the community and include teachers, doctors, nurses, artists, designers, makers and entrepreneurs. Member fees are used to subsidise the cultural activities at Matthews Yard, supporting our community engagement initiative and to cover core operating costs. This is enough to entice many to be a member, while others choose to become members for the lucrative offers and discounts we offer from businesses that join the Matthews Yard family.

What is Save Matthews Yard?

Save Matthews Yard Limited is a non profit company, limited by guarantee. It doesn't have shareholders and all its profits will be reinvested into supporting local creatives by providing flexible and affordable space for them to work, rest and play. Operating since December, we already run the theatre, gallery and lounge at 1 Matthews Yard, but we now want to branch out to our own premises so we can do more for Croydon's creative community and secure our future regardless of what happens to the building we are currently in. 

How will the money be spent?

The money raised will be used to complete refurbishment work on the premises enabling us to introduce some cool new creative spaces to Croydon.

Is the space sustainable and viable?

Yes. We will be taking over this space from The Exchange Workspace Limited, the current leaseholder. It is struggling financially as it started the project with no capital. Despite cash flow shortages, the space already has more than £70k of contracted income from current users and that's before we bring the other parts into use through this crowdfunding campaign. 

By crowdfunding the money for the fit-out, the revenues from existing clients will ensure all day to day operating costs can be met immediately.  The last major crowdfunding drive Matthews Yard did was to create the studio theatre. Less than £10k was raised and MY made it go a long way. Please, back us today, so we can continue to deliver for Croydon's creative scene for many more years to come.


Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for all the latest news and events info from the Matthews Yard Family. If you have any questions about this Crowdfunder campaign or any of the rewards please email info@matthewsyard.com 

Thank you, Croydon. We love you.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Tea & Cake

A pot of loose leaf tea and a slice of home made cake from our new community cafe.

£8 or more

Drizzle Loaf!

A freshly baked super succulent drizzle loaf for you to take home (or eat in with friends) from our community cafe

£10 or more

Tea & Cake for two

Tea (or coffee) and cake for two people.

£10 or more

24 of 200 claimed

VIP Ticket to opening party

Ticket to the private opening party for our new premises including a glass of bubbly and canapes.

£20 or more

Soulfood for two

A main, side and pudding at Bobski's for two people, available Thursday to Saturday midday til 8pm

£20 or more

Afternoon Tea for Two

Afternoon tea for two people including a large pot of loose leaf tea and a selection of sweet and savoury treats.

£25 or more

Sunday Roast For Two

Enjoy Bobski's legendary Sunday Roast in our new space in Exchange Square. Includes a Sunday roast for two and your choice of pudding. Bring your own wine, beer or bubbles.

£40 or more

Afternoon tea for Four

Afternoon tea including two large pots of loose leaf tea and a stack of sweet and savoury snacks for up to four people.

£50 or more

Sunday Roast For Four

Enjoy Bobski's legendary Sunday Roast in his adored restaurant in our new space featuring local art and good vibes. Includes a Sunday roasts for four and your pudding in homemade cake treats like red velvet and oreo blondies. You are more than welcome to bring your own bubbly if you like to wash it all down.

£75 or more

Library hire for a day

Hire our new meeting room for one full day from September onwards.

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Free coffee for a year

One free cup of coffee or tea, every day, for a year.

£100 or more

Pop-up Restaurant Hire

Hire our pop-up restaurant and kitchen on a BYOB basis between Monday and Wednesday for a whole day between 7am and 10pm. Max guests 30. Background music only. Available from May.

£150 or more

Studio Hire

Hire our new studio space for a full day for your performance, rehearsal, meeting or private function. Only background music is permitted.

£150 or more

2 of 25 claimed

Join the family

As our partner you need to run an independent business and offer our members at least 10% discount on your products. In return you get a listing on the MY Family page of our website, automatic retweets of your official twitter account, at least 1 facebook post shared a month and we will follow you on Instagram.

£250 or more

0 of 10 claimed

1 Month Exhibition

Exhibit up to 25 pieces of your art work in our new cafe for one month and pay no commission on sales.

£750 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Library Sponsor

Sole sponsor of our new library, a meeting space for community groups and local businesses to host intimate meetings and events. Exclusive sponsor for 3 years with your name and or logo beside entrance. Monthly acknowledgement in newsletter and on all social media channels. Also includes 4 VIP tickets to the opening night. Also includes 4 VIP tickets to the opening night. Available to individuals and organisations.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Gallery Sponsor

Become sole sponsor of our new gallery space for 3 years.

£1,250 or more

Fully Catered Party for 50

Your own private party for up to 50 people. Three course buffet meal by Bobski featuring soul-food, carvery or festive menu options.

£1,250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Personal Desk For 1 Year

The premises we are taking over in Exchange square already offers a selection of affordable suites for artists and designers with 1GB fibre, making it the ideal base for emerging creative talent. This reward entitles you to your own personal, dedicated desk in our quirky workspace to incubate and accelerate your business in an environment filled with creatives and award-winning talent. Available from July 2018.

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Studio Sponsor

Become the sole sponsor of the studio space at the Exchange for 3 years. Your company name on all promotional material, exclusive all day hire four times a year, a Sponsors plaque at the entrance to the space and prominent sponsor credits on relevant web pages. Additional benefits will include monthly acknowledgement in newsletter and on social media channels and 4 tickets to the VIP opening night. Available to individuals and organisations.

£2,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Workspace Sponsor

Exclusive sponsor for three years with your name and or logo beside the entrance and on all publicity material around the space. Monthly acknowledgement in newsletter and on all social media channels.

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