Earlier this year, the wonderful Southsea Coffee Co. in Osborne Road raised an incredible £6,000 by shaving their beautiful heads, and through local artists donating amazing original pieces which were auctioned.
With the generosity of everyone who contributed, Tonic have been lucky enough to sign a lease and secure rent for the first year of our first shop and studio space at 119 Highland Road, Southsea.
Tonic HQ will be the new site for an eclectic array of music and art workshops, masterclasses and music tuition to facilitate recovery and help provide positive energy to support anyone suffering from or affected by mental health.
The studio will also be home to two Tonic artists-in-residence. The shop will enable us to help make the project self-financing and will serve as a safe place for people to meet others, socialise, chill, gain confidence, listen to vinyl, read a book, have a coffee, and get creative. We will also have a small exhibition space for local artists wishing to exhibit work.
Tonic needs your support
We have been working hard all summer to complete work in the building and still have a way to go. We have been given some items of furniture but desperately need support to purchase equipment to deliver workshops and tuition free to our community.
As this is our first venture, we need a computer, printer, sewing machines, silk screening equipment, a small fridge, guitars, bass, keyboard, art supplies, a record player, speakers, etc.
We also need funds to pay fees for our facilitators. The facilitators will be mostly local musicians and artists and people whom have attended workshops who find the confidence to facilitate their own workshops.
There will be lots of opportunities for people to develop their creativity in music and/or art, and Tonic will support individuals as much as possible.
We also hope to offer opportunities to help organise Tonic gigs and events, publications, podcasts, outreach, and so much more.
We hope in time the Tonic shop will finance the projects but to help get us started we really do need your support.
If you can donate, any amount you can afford will help us. If you have a fundraising idea you would like to organise please do get in touch at email@example.com.
Huge thanks, and hope to see you in the shop and studio space when we open!
— Steph (Founder & Director, Tonic Music for Mental Health)