On behalf of the Battersea Power Station shareholders, Battersea Power Station Development Company (“BPSDC”) is pleased to release the full programme of activities for the Battersea Art Station weekend being held at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th September 2015.
Next weekend, Battersea Art Station opens its doors to showcase a selection of over 400 pieces of art celebrating the iconic Battersea Power Station. The event marks the first time art of Battersea Power Station has been brought together in an exhibition, and will feature both amateur and professional artists from around the world for the general public to enjoy. The free exhibition will take place at the Grade II* listed arts venue, Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) over the weekend of Friday 25th (preview only) to Sunday 27th September 2015. Alongside the art exhibition, the weekend will feature some fun filled activities for all the family including a one of a kind 3D LEGO Power Station Big Build, live print making, Sunday brunch and film screenings.
Battersea Power Station has always had huge cultural status both in London and globally appearing on Pink Floyd’s Animals album cover; in the The Dark Knight film and on bespoke Converse trainer designs. A curated selection of artworks by over 350 artists, from striking black and white photography, poetry, film, contemporary neon lightworks, classic oil paintings and cast iron sculptures will be on display celebrating this cultural status. With prices starting from £2 up to £10k and free public access over the three days the weekend will help bring accessible and affordable art to the public. Three local arts charities will be benefiting directly from the event with 20% of sales going to BAC Beatbox Academy, Theatre503 and World Heart Beat Music Academy.
Over the course of the weekend the public are welcome to visit the exhibition for free and see the high quality art pieces displayed around BAC’s beautiful building. Creative prints and merchandise will be on sale on the Preview Friday and all the wider works will be available to purchase over the rest of the weekend. BAC’s famous Scratch Bar will be open for business throughout providing a relaxed and atmospheric area to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the art rooms. The imaginatively decorated space offers a wide selection of drinks including locally crafted beers, cocktails and wine as well as fresh, homemade seasonal menus, nibbles and cakes including children friendly options.
As well as the exhibited art works the weekend will host a number of other cultural interactive activities and experiences. On arrival at BAC guests will be able to visit the fabulous Print Wagon station run by Aidan Saunders who will create freshly pressed linocuts as you watch. Inside, a Community Art Workshop will be running with talented artist Kirsty Harris to create a unique new piece of art featuring the Power Station and all visitors are welcome to get involved and contribute. Alongside the artwork for sale there are also special exhibitions on display. The long term artist in residence, Michael Warren, will be showcasing his works of the Power Station capturing the transformation. The View, architectural photographers, will also have their striking shots taken exclusively from inside the construction programme on site on display. Finally, three award winning artists from the Royal College of Art will be exhibiting art inspired by regeneration and development.
Families and children of all ages will be most welcome over the weekend with a special number of activities curated especially to keep the little ones entertained. The BAC’s well known Bee’s Knees magical indoor play space will be open each day between 10am – 3pm. This bright and interactive indoor garden with grassy hills, toys and a secretive cave is the perfect play space for children under 5 years to enjoy the weekend fun with their parents or carers.
Friday 25th September, 10am – 5pm – The Preview
The Preview on Friday 25th Sept will be the first chance for the public to set their eyes on the incredible displays of Power Station art. All the Power Station inspired merchandise will be available to purchase including some exciting lines of clothing, books and homewares as well as all the artwork prints. The wider display of original pieces will only be available on Saturday and Sunday. A panel including renowned artist and BBC’s ‘The Big Painting Challenge’ judge, Lachlan Goudie, renowned London illustrator Zoe More O’Ferrall and local artist Michael Warren will award the prizes. During the daytime the Bees’s Knees will be putting on their popular ‘Dantastic’ event for under 5s between 3.30 – 4.10pm with interactive, magical, musical entertainment for £7.
Saturday 26th September, 10am – 5pm – Special Family Saturday
Whilst the art exhibition and other activities will run as normal on this day, the focus will be on providing some extra special fun for families and children in this super-sized Family Saturday. An exciting one of a kind 3D LEGO Power Station Big Build led by Bright Bricks Ltd will take over the main foyer of BAC with all visitors over 4 years old welcome to help build this giant structure of the iconic local building. Alongside this there will be free face painting from 10am – 3pm.
Two special heritage ‘View from the Top’ workshops are being run by Wandsworth Museum for 3 – 5 year olds to make a pair of binoculars to discover tiny details from the top of the Power Station. Free entry between 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm. Finally, at 11am and 2.30pm the Scratch Bar will play host to some brilliant musical talent in the form of an interactive performance from the BAC’s Beatbox Academy who teach young children to jam with other young musicians, make their own music and perform in their own shows.
Sunday 27th September, 10am – 5pm – Sunday Brunch and Power Station Film Screenings
The final day of the exhibition offers a distinctly more relaxed vibe for all the visitors. The art exhibition and activities will remain running and to finish off the fun filled weekend the Scratch Bar will be serving up a delicious Arty Sunday Brunch from 10am – 3pm. Visitors will be provided with special Power Station art kits on their tables to get creative doodling, whilst savouring the fresh homemade delicacies and perusing the weekend papers. The snug Fireplace Room will also screen three films over the course of the day which have captured the Power Station. This will be first come first serve, so come early to secure your seat:
• 10am – Help! / UK: U / 90 minutes
• 12.00 – The King’s Speech / UK:12 / 116 minutes
• 3pm – Sabotage / UK: PG / 76 minutes
The Battersea Art Station will be held at Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN from Friday 25th (preview only) – Sunday 27th September 2015. Nearest station is Clapham Junction -10 minutes walk. Admission is free and the exhibition is open daily from 10am – 5pm.
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***Art & Soul Member Stephen Graham will be exhibiting a film and two pastels in this show!