Croydon Creative Month is a new idea we came up with at Matthews Yard a few days ago to help showcase and celebrate what Croydon has to offer businesses and individuals working in the creative industries. It started out as an intention to host 3 or 4 events to help fill a seasonally quiet time in the cafe. It’s quickly growing into much more. Continue reading
We are excited for the year ahead and delighted to be shifting focus from survival to expansion by increasing our capacity to support local creatives. We start 2017 with the formal takeover of the Exchange Workspace, giving us more than 12,000 sq ft dedicated to nurturing creative and artistic talent in Croydon. We are borrowing 30k towards the costs of completing refurbishment work.
We started the year with a full complement of concessions operating out of Matthews Yard. New additions Hoodoo’s Coffee & Eats and Theatre Utopia were finding their feet and building on the solid work of Brgr&Beer, Hoodoo’s Live Room and the Descart.es gallery in continuing to place Matthews Yard at the forefront of not only Croydon’s arts, cultural and food scene, but also it’s regeneration. A steady flow of awards and recognition in local and national press are testimony to the outstanding work being done by Matthews Yard and by each of the businesses operating within it.
Matthews Yard full Christmas and New Year Opening Times
Brgr&Beer – [kitchen opening times]
Christmas eve – 12pm – 5pm
Christmas day – 3rd January 2017 – CLOSED
Brgr&Beer´s bar and kitchen will open as normal from Wednesday 4th January 2017.
Brgr&Beer – [bar only opening times]
Christmas eve – 12pm – 9pm
Christmas Day – Tuesday 27th December – CLOSED
Wednesday 28th, 29th & 30th December – 4pm – 10pm
Sunday 27th December 2016 – 3rd January 2017 – CLOSED
Saturday 24th December, 9am – 9pm
Christmas day – CLOSED
Boxing day – CLOSED
Tuesday 27th December – CLOSED
Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th, 11am – 6.30pm
Friday 30th December, 11am – 11.30pm
Saturday 31st December, 9am – 3.30pm, reopening at 8pm till 2am for their New years eve event!
Sunday 1st – Tuesday 3rd January – CLOSED
From the 4th of January, Matthews Yard will be closed on Mondays except for Theatre Utopia events listed on the website or on their social media. The art gallery is open whenever Hoodoo’s is open :)
We would like to wish all of our customers, members and friends, a wonderful Christmas and new year. Thank you for all your support and love that you have shown us over the years. We can´t wait to show you what we have planned next!
On Saturday 20th August 2016 Matthews Yard launched its latest #crowdfunding drive. MYnd the Gap. For many, it will seem to come out of the blue. Matthews Yard is the busiest it has ever been. We have more events, more visitors and more pounds spent in the premises than ever before. Why then, are we turning to crowdfunding to survive once again?
An open letter to those “developing” Croydon
I didn’t go to the Develop Croydon Conference which was held last Thursday. It’s not that I wasn’t invited, I was. But, like so many other residents, I couldn’t afford the £350 + VAT to attend and discover what great plans are in store for our town centre.
Those of you who have kept up with progress will know our business model and our premises have undergone a huge transformation over the past 9 months. I am confident most of you will agree that it has been for the better.
Our new business model has enabled a flurry of new businesses to spring up in the heart of Croydon. Continue reading
We are really pleased to announce that we were recently chosen as one of six London venues shortlisted for a prestigious new “Independent Cultural Venue of the Year” award as part of the Dot London Small Business Awards. We are competing against some amazing venues including Arts Depot in Finchley, Arebyte in Hackney and St John’s Smith Square, in Westminster.
Its been two months since we publicly announced the very real threat of Matthews Yard going out of business. We have worked tirelessly to try and improve our financial position by restructuring debt, attracting inward investment and increasing revenue under a new business model which carries less risk and has lower operating costs. Its been a tough ride with lots of hurdles. It now looks like the final fence is all that stands between us and the home straight.
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There is no simple solution to saving Matthews Yard and in the interests of transparency I wanted to write this blog post to demonstrate what we have done so far, what we are doing now and what we will do differently in the future. I also thought it would help explain why we are in the financial position we are in now, forced to turn to the community once again for help. Continue reading