On behalf of the Battersea Power Station shareholders, Battersea Power Station Development Company (“BPSDC”) is pleased to announce a partnership with Battersea Arts Centre (BAC).
Over the next year and beyond BAC will work with Battersea Power Station to develop the new Village Hall in Circus West (the first phase of the development) as a cultural resource for existing and future local residents and the arts community in Wandsworth and beyond. Separately, BPSDC will also be hosting a weekend of art inspired by the Power Station; ‘Battersea Art Station’ at BAC from 25th – 27th September 2015.
BAC is an arts organisation based in the old Battersea Town Hall that throws open its doors to the public who enjoy shows as well as opportunities for creative play, to learn and relax at a variety of events from tea dances to workshops on creativity. The new partnership with Battersea Power Station will draw on that experience to run a similar programme of activities, services and performances in the new Village Hall in Circus West.
Workshops will be held to connect with residents, artists, community groups and cultural organisations to exchange ideas and create an exciting and varied programme of activities. This will become the first of a number of innovative cultural platforms at Battersea Power Station.
As well as the Village Hall, Battersea Power Station is going to transform into an exciting new London venue to host an array of art and cultural events with unique spaces on offer across the 42 acre site. These include the riverfront park, the Boiler House (a 2000 person venue within the Power Station) as well as the restored Control Room A inside the Power Station.
Dave Twohig, Head of Design and Placemaking said “We are very excited to be able to announce this partnership, on behalf of the Battersea Power Station shareholders, with Battersea Arts Centre. They are a fantastic local organisation who the Battersea Power Station team can learn a lot from for shaping the cultural programme that will be offered at Battersea Power Station.
By partnering with such an established organisation the Battersea Power Station team knows that the arts provision in the Battersea area can be strengthened and Battersea Power Station welcomes any approaches from other groups who want to become part of the growing artistic community.”
David Jubb, Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre, said:
“BAC and Battersea Power Station want to invite existing and new residents to come together with community and cultural organisations in Wandsworth and beyond. Together we aim to create an open invitation for people to enjoy an exciting new cultural space that links to the dynamic cultural life of the borough and London.
“I think this venture demonstrates the value of culture for our communities, old and new. We want culture and creativity to be at the heart of civic life in Battersea and Wandsworth and we have been very impressed with the way that the Battersea Power Station team is putting culture at the heart of their plans for this major new and exciting development.”
This September BPSDC will host ‘Battersea Art Station,’ an open weekend at BAC to celebrate the art that the Power Station has inspired. The public are invited to apply to exhibit for free at this one-off event. Professional, Amateur 26 + and Amateur16-25 will be welcome, in all mediums, as long as the subject is a creative interpretation of the Power Station.
There will be prizes for ‘Best in Class’ in the three different categories. The winners will be awarded a cash prize and the opportunity to display a piece of their art in the new Circus West development. Exhibited works will be available to buy for the general public with a percentage of sales going to local arts charities including BAC, Beatbox Academy and World Heart Beat Music Academy.
In addition to the art from the exhibition the weekend will also feature works from the Wandsworth Museum collection, Lego workshops, live printmaking with up and coming ‘Print Wagon’, performance, children’s activities, food and drinks as well as the opportunity to learn more about the future of the Battersea Power Station development. Admission is free over the whole weekend and the exhibition is open from 10am – 5pm.
Battersea Art Station welcomes artists across the UK to submit their art works inspired by the Power Station to www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk/artstation by 10th August for consideration. There are separate categories for amateur and professionals, as well as for students 16-25 years old. The exhibition will be open to the public at Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th September 2015.
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Battersea Power Station:
Battersea Power Station is at the heart of one of central London’s largest, most visionary and eagerly anticipated new developments, which will see this vast 42-acre former industrial brownfield site become home to a community of homes, shops, cafes, offices and 18 acres of public space. The outline planning application for architect Rafael Viñoly’s masterplan for the site was approved by Wandsworth Council and the Mayor of London in 2010 and approved by the Secretary of State and permission granted in August 2011.
The £8bn project will see the creation of a vibrant, mixed-use development, a new town centre for London serviced by an extension to the Northern Line and the restoration of the Grade II* listed Power Station. Battersea Power Station is contributing up to £211m to the NLE, which was guaranteed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the Autumn Statement of November 2012. According to Prime Minister David Cameron, it is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of central London’s significant regeneration area, Nine Elms on London’s South Bank.
The overall project is divided into seven phases, with each designed by a range of specialist architects. These include Ian Simpson Architects and De Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM) in Circus West (Phase 1), Wilkinson Eyre Architects in The Power Station (Phase 2), and Foster + Partners and Gehry Partners in The Electric Boulevard, Battersea Roof Gardens and Prospect Place, (Phase 3).
Construction work officially began with Phase 1 on July 4th, 2013 – the 80th anniversary of this historic building. The overall development is anticipated to be completed in 2025, with The Power Station itself expected to be open to the public for the first time in over 30 years in 2019.
The Battersea Power Station site is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors comprising S P Setia, Sime Darby and the Employees’ Provident Fund. The development management of the project is being undertaken by British based, Battersea Power Station Development Company.
Battersea Arts Centre:
Battersea Arts Centre is a public space where people come together to be creative, see a show, explore the local heritage, play or relax. The organisation’s mission is to inspire people to take creative risks to shape the future.
Battersea Arts Centre encourages people to test and develop new ideas with members of the public – a process called Scratch. Scratch is used by artists to make theatre, by young people to develop entrepreneurial ideas and as a helpful process for anyone who wants to get creative.
The area of South West London and the old town hall in which Battersea Arts Centre is based, are rich in heritage. In April 2016 the organisation will become custodian of the Wandsworth Museum Collection, using creativity to explore the past and imagine the future.
Scratch has been adopted as far afield as Sydney and New York and shows and projects developed by people at Battersea Arts Centre travel across the UK and the world. The organisation has successfully sparked new approaches to creativity across the globe.
Each year Battersea Arts Centre
• Welcomes over 160,000 people to its building
• Inspires the local community to get creative including 3000 young people