Crowdfunder launches!

27 Days and counting….

Observer Building Crowdfunder video

We have just launched our Crowdfunder with incredibly generous gifts on offer from local artists, artisans and creatives. With the support of the wider community we hope to raise at least £10,000 to get started with immediate works.

Our thanks to Paul Hamlyn Award winner St Leonards-based artist Becky Beasley; local hairdresser James Nash of Yard + Quarter; Rock House tenants video whizz-kid Adam Clements, creator of our Crowdfunder video and portrait photographer Cathy Teesdale; the guys behind Tommy’s Pizza and unique reclaimed wood specialists, Harbor.

Thank you to everyone who makes a donation of whatever they can. Your generosity will help us get closer to bringing the Observer Building back to sustainable, productive use for our community for years to come.


We have a varied collection of awesome in-kind donations from local partners and supporters offering unique, and some money can’t buy, rewards for your donations. Thank you to all of them for their generosity and support

£5000: Limited Edition Art Print (x3)

Image credit: Becky Beasley, Two Napkins (Screw Up Your Eyes) 2010/2019

Local Paul Hamlyn Award-winning artist Beck Beasley is offering an exclusive run of three prints of Two Napkins (Screw Up Your Eyes), 2010/2019. Size: 70x40cm unframed (80x50cm approx. framed according to artist’s framing recommendation).

In her own words:

“We are seeing more creative community regeneration where a sense of place is created and real estate and money follows. What’s exciting about having Jess working in town is that she seeks to protect primary wonderful buildings from external development and ultimately elevated prices. Jess isn’t all about red tape – she wants to world build and I’m interested in world-builders. Its awe-inspiring to be living in a town where this community asset work is happening in these tough times. It will have a huge effect on the future landscape here. It’s exceptional, like watching a rainbow.”

– Becky Beasley in an article for Hastings Independent Press

£1000: Video Production (x3)

Credit: Adam Clements

Rock House tenant Adam Clements (Tree Tunnel) is offering his video production services to the first three donations of £1000, to create a documentary-style video for you or your project or business. Adam made our excellent Crowdfunder video.

NB: reasonable travel expenses outside Hastings are payable. 

£350: Photoshoot (x1)

credit: Cathy Teesdale

Rock House tenant, and published photographer Cathy Teesdale (‘Humans of London’) is offering a portrait photoshoot session for you/your family/your team at a reduced value of £350. NB: reasonable travel expenses outside Hastings are payable.

Reclaimed wooden goodies from Harbor

£60: Nest Hut from Harbor (x6)

Nest Huts by Harbor

Local contemporary furniture makers Harbor create beautiful pieces of furniture out of reclaimed wood. Pledge £60 for one of their gorgeous Nest Huts: a birdbox with a distinctly Hastings character. One and two storey Nest Huts on offer.

£30: Reclaimed Robin

Harbor are also offering six reclaimed wooden Robins. Beautifully carved and carefully painted by local craftsmen.

£50: Cut and blow dry from Yard + Quarter (x2)

James Nash of Yard+Quarter at The Snug, by James Robertshaw

You may have heard of James Nash and his haircuts in The Snug at The Crown pub on All Saints in Hastings’ Old Town. He has made a name for himself as a creative and down-to-earth hairdresser, with an excellent eye for style and design. He is offering his excellent skills to the crowdfunder – please do support us and get styled at the same time!

Delectable dinners from Tommy’s Pizza

£120 Two course for four – Celebrate the return of Tommy’s Pizzeria (x2)


£60 course for two – Celebrate the return of Tommy’s Pizzeria (x2)

The guys from Tommy’s Pizzeria were so keen on the Observer Building and everything it stands for that they have offered us a place at their sparkly new tables once they reopen in Spring 2019. Grab a VIP seat with a slap-up meal to boot.

We welcome any contribution! Please do visit our Crowdfunder page and make a pledge or a donation.

Thanks so much!

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