Nine Elms has existed as a settlement on the Thames for hundreds of years and derives its name from a row of trees that once bordered the main road. This regeneration area covers 561 acres of land between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge is often quantified by numbers it will include: 30+ development sites, 2 new tube stations, 2 new embassies, 6.5m sq ft of commercial space, 30,000 sq ft of social infrastructure.
But redevelopment is also about people. After construction, there will be 25,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes. As this work unfolds, the Nine Elms cultural strategy aims to create cultural venues, creative workspace, parks, public art and festivals. See more on the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership website.
With support, this culture will reach out more widely. Young people across London, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, tend to be less aware of all these cultural opportunities and of the full range of creative or place-related careers open to them in the future. This programme offers a chance for children and young people in Wandsworth (and later Lambeth) to raise aspirations and help the area to flourish.
Research for London’s Cultural Education Challenge shows that disadvantaged young people are far more likely to first encounter the arts through school, yet schools are unevenly served by organisations that enhance arts experiences. Only 23% of schools across London who are keen to offer more creative learning report being actively approached for such opportunities.
The project began with a focus on schools in the north of Wandsworth, and is extending further south across the whole borough and into Lambeth. Read more about what’s behind Cultivate and how it aims to meet local needs.