DA, the art collective which currently runs a cinema and gallery at No.43 Kensington High Street is facing eviction. Alba Life own the space which once housed London's legendary Kensington Market. DA members Simon McAndrew, Bogna McAndrew and Steph Smith told us that the building has been empty for six years and that despite Alba Life having secured planning permission two years ago to develop the site, No.43 has remained unused until they moved in.
Since we last visited, DA has updated and improved the upstairs gallery space and there's a new exhibition featuring abstract paintings and photography. The free cinema club which was in the basement, has been moved upstairs and operates every Sunday at 8pm. DA now runs a weekly yoga class on Tuesdays at 8pm which, along with all the other events is completely free.
DA has no formal legal representation - Simon told us that no-one would take the case on so he's taken the job on himself. Legally, they haven't got a leg to stand on but, says Simon, "We will argue for our moral right to stay here". The collective has gathered over 200 signatures from people including local residents, supporting its cause. The plan is to hold a party following the court case - it's due to start late Friday afternoon on June 23 and will "continue through the whole weekend. Every one is welcome so come to no.43 Kensington High Street and join us," beams Simon.
You can find out more about DA and read its manifesto at www.dagallery.co.uk