DKUK Salon is not your average hair salon. Located in Peckham, this unique salon is also an alternative art space.
At DKUK clients get their hair cut in front of art in the informal surroundings of the salon. To date, customers have spent over 1200 hours immersed within thought-provoking exhibitions, but DKUK are only able to accommodate one client at a time at their current location in Holdrons Arcade off Rye Lane.
The salon has been able to build up good reputation with local people and exhibition-goers alike by offering quality and affordable haircuts. However, they are limited by the dimensions and location of the existing salon, in the number of people they are able to serve and the scale and ambition of exhibitions and projects they are able to host.
But this is about to change as DKUK has secured the lease to an empty retail unit on busy Rye Lane. Moving to this great location on the High Street, which is more than double the size of their existing home, will allow them to grow the hairdressing business, increase their visibility in the neighbourhood and offer artists more space for larger scale, more ambitious installations. In the new salon they will also introduce a new pricing structure for their haircuts, based on hair length, not gender, reflecting their ethos of fairness and accessibility.
For DKUK to make its unique model of great art and high quality, fairly priced haircuts more accessible to more people, they need help.
While they have secured the lease and funding towards the rent and exhibitions for the next 6 months, they need to raise £10,000 to transform the empty unit into a salon environment in which customers feel comfortable spending up to 2 hours having their haircut and coloured and viewing the exhibitions. Therefore, in addition to fitting out the unit in a way that gives artists flexibility in how they install their work, the salon will need to install air conditioning and daylight bulbs, as well as for the equipment that will allow them to increase their capacity with 2 more hairdressing chairs and an additional sink – oh, and a front door.
You can help support this campaign by pledging your support – there are a range of rewards including limited edition prints and other artworks by some fantastic artists, as well as bundles of haircuts that allow their crowdfunding supporters to be among the first to come and visit DKUK in their new space.
DKUK is open Wendesday – Saturday 12 – 7pm (or by appointment).
135a Rye Lane, Unit 20 K&S Arcade, SE15 4ST, London