The Art Cafe supporting London's creatives

by Lauren Gillies in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th March 2017 we successfully raised £2,527 with 64 supporters in 21 days

Supporting London's young, talented creatives by providing a creative and social platform to exhibit and sell their work for free.

by Lauren Gillies in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thank you so much for your donations - we've reached our target!!! This means we'll be able to secure our space in a fantastic location, and be able to kit it out with great equipment to bring to you the best space we can. But to give our artists a lovely place to exhibit we'd love to kit the space out with fab decor, lighting, furnishings and finishing touches.

We want to expand our menu beyond basic and add  some tasty treats and beverages and we're also looking to host some amazing evening events such as experiential art dinners and networking nights - but we need that little bit extra to make it happen!

Please help with that last little push to make all our Milkly dreams come true. See you soon!

Watch our full video at 


Who are we? 

Hi Guys! This is Lauren and Nadia, friends and founders of Spilt Milk. We're both final year students based in Hackney, London with a passion and love for the creative industries and of course, coffee! 

 Our mission is to bring people together through art, and help young, developing creative's in our local community, grow and expand. Which is why we're raising funds to open a pop-up Art Cafe to give London's amazing creatives an awesome social space to exhibit their work for free. 


Why are we doing it?

We think London can be a tough place, especially for those that dedicate their time to creating and making London so special and artistic. Many student artists struggle to survive and fund their creative projects, and due to the huge financial pressures of student debt, sky high rent, and London living costs - it can be a lot to also fund supplies, let alone launch themselves as artists. So this project supports local artists by giving them a platform to show their work, build their brands, network and launch themselves into the public eye! We hope to be giving young, developing the artists the start and support they deserve.

Not only that - we'll be creating a beautiful space in which to work and relax in, surrounded by inspiring original art work. We want everyone to feel welcome at the art cafe, and want to create a place to socialise, enjoy delicious coffee and admire great art.


Why do we need your help?

This is a huge project that has been created from an idea and brought to life through creative resourcefulness! But to really make anything happen, we need a little more. We've already recieved backing from the University of Westminster Alumni fund and this will get us on our way, but now we need to fund the essentials.

To set up a pop-up Art Café in East London, our shopping list looks a little like this:

  • Securing a Venue for 3-7 days - £1500+
  • Equipment (Espresso machine, coffee grinder, fridge, kitchen units, blender etc) £300+
  • Fixtures – Lighting, Counter, Signs £200
  • Furniture – Table and Chairs £300+
  • Variable costs – Hot Drinks related (coffee beans, milk, soy, tea bags, flavoured teas, hot chocolate syrup, syrups) £200
  • Variable Costs – Sundries (coffee cups, stirrers, napkins, sugar) £40+
  • Variable Costs – Food (Sandwiches, Salads, Cakes, Croissants etc) £150+
  • Marketing and Advertising Costs - (Posters, flyers etc) £100+

From the pop-up, the business will be pitched to potential investors who can give it the backing for a permanent location, having seen it in full operation. This means that Spilt Milk is a real chance of making my entrepreneur dreams come true - a fantastic oppurtunity that with hard work and time could easily become a permanent London destination, giving myself and other young ambitious people real jobs. 

To continually support London's creatives, we will strive to continue this project, no matter what. Even if continue to operate through several events, we'll keep pushing for change with all the power we have.



4 of our fantastic artists have agreed to donate signed prints of their work and orginial pieces to our campaign, meaning you could get your hands on some exclusive limited edition art work from the very people you're helping to support. Lucky you! Check out some of their work below.

Junior Adesanya

Lily Kemp

Georgie Whitney 

Balbina Bochuzynska 


What's next?

Plans for our launch are in full swing, with the location due to be secured and the ordering of our equipment soon to be completed. Our artists are ready to go, with creations for our launch underway.

We're all very excited to get confirming, but without your help it could be drastically limited and downsized, with no real exposure or hopes of it becoming a real business. Not only that, we can't do a disservice to the brilliant creatives of London who cant wait for (what will be for some,) their first exhibitions. Your donations really will make all our dreams come true!!

Also, be sure to follow our journey at

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and we can't wait to see you there ;)

Lauren and Nadia

Founders of Spilt Milk

A special thank you to all of my fantastic artists, and incredible videographer Luke Baxter. Also to Pizza Pilgrims for letting us use their pizza pop-up to film in and feeding us delicious slices! And to Cowling & Wilcxox for letting us film in their store.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A Thank You from Spilt Milk in a hand written note and all our Love <3

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Free Coffee at our pop-up and a handwritten note with our heart felt Thanks!!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Choose a Cake from a delicious selection at our pop-up!!

£35 or more

£35 Reward

Free coffee at our pop-up and an A5 print from one of our talented artists.

£50 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£50 Reward

Awesome print from a choice of your Spilt Milk Artist with a handwritten note declaring our love and gratefulness.

£75 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£75 Reward

Wanna get your hands on a small original artwork and handwritten from a Spilt Milk artist of your choice? Get in there quick - they're limited!

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

A true art lover? Get in there first by purchasing an original piece of artwork and handwritten note from one of our Spilt Milk artists. Don't hang around, they're limited edition!

£150 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£150 Reward

One arty treat! An original artwork, a print, a handwritten note all from the artist of your choice, free coffee at our pop-up!

£300 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£300 Reward

The Big art lover pack: An amazing piece of original art work, 2 signed A3 prints, and a handwritten note from one of our amazing artists and free coffee and food at our pop-up!

£500 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

2 original artworks, 3 signed prints and a handwritten note from our artists and UNLIMITED coffee and food you could want at our pop-up!

£1,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£1,000 Reward

An original piece of art from EACH of our artists, as well as 3 big signed prints and UNLIMITED coffee, drinks and food for you and anyone you bring to our pop-up!

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