About The Canvas

2020 has changed everything, and the world as we knew it will most likely never return. But while we can mourn this, and should (I'm not dismissing the losses), my way - and The Canvas way - is to seek the positives.

Community spirit, generosity, neighborhood cohesion; these have all burgeoned in 2020. Shopping locally, supporting small business; these are now higher on agendas than before.

But the need is greater than it was, across all areas. People are struggling financially, physically, mentally.

I built The Canvas to be a space where humans could be amazing, and where humanity and kindness were championed and celebrated. Even though we've been a victim of 2020, we've also strived to provide aid where we can. Thanks to Double Helpings with Gilbert and George, the project we launched last Christmas, we've provided +3000 home cooked meals to some of Tower Hamlets' most vulnerable residents. We launch two more designs this Christmas, and the number of meals looks set to triple (at least) in 2021.

And, even with the arrival of my baby daughter Nell in Jan '20, I've used the lockdowns to plan for The Canvas' joyful relaunch, when life and some normality start to return. Next year, we'll have a freshly renovated space, and a packed programme, welcoming back our Community Hub entrepreneurs running free well being events, and some of London's most innovative changemakers such as the Happy Start Up School, Action for Happiness and the Yes Tribe.

We're currently closed due to tier 3, but continue to provide hundreds of free meals throughout Christmas and into January. Join our mailing list to keep up to date with our news, and I wish you all a merry Christmas, and a positive 2021.

Ruth Rogers,
The Canvas founder

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