Battersea Arts Centre
Set inside a beautiful old town hall, Battersea Arts Centre is a public space where people can 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. 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, as well as offering opportunities for local young people to develop their creativity, confidence and enterprising ideas.
Battersea Arts Centre also celebrate the rich heritage of the building and the local area through events and discussions. In April 2016 the organisation will become custodian of the Wandsworth Museum Collection, using creativity to explore the past and imagine the future.
The building is open all day for anyone to explore. Children and adults can play together in the indoor playspace, The Bee’s Knees, or visit the Scratch Bar – an atmospheric café and bar open six days a week, serving up fresh, homemade and seasonal menus and locally sourced drinks.