Local young people in Lambeth have been ‘Exploring Vauxhall’ with creative professionals. These Cultivate projects have been developed in dialogue with developers who are working to improve the area over the next ten years. We are supporting Lambeth Council and developers with their community engagement aims and young people to learn creative skills.
Based at Vauxhall Community Gardens Studios , artist and erstwhile Arctic explorer Vicky Long, worked with the student council at St Anne’s Primary to explore the redevelopment of the gyratory by Transport for London. Vicky led the group on an exploration of Vauxhall, thinking about how places change.
Theatre Director, Danielle McIlven, worked with a group aged 16+ from the Roots and Shoots horticultural training centre. Danielle is a theatre practitioner, and with the group and Parkour expert Jason Cheung, explored parts of the local area through performance, thinking about the present and future. The short film ‘Exploring Vauxhall’, made by Chocolate Films with the group, documents the project.
Visual sociologist and artist, Harriet Smith and Wyvil Primary Yr 4 pupils explored how we share our urban spaces with animals as part of Science Week, focused on Mt Anvil’s new Keybridge development and involving a visit to Vauxhall City Farm.
Each group spent three days with their assigned creative professional, observing spaces, making art and learning about different creative and place-making professions. They then shared their work with the rest of their school or peers at special events.
Lambeth Council also commissioned three Cultivate Routes workshops in three different Vauxhall schools, helping young people to learn about creative career options, meet a creative professional, and undertake a hands on creative challenge.
The Cultivate programme is managed by Enable Leisure and Culture and funded by A New Direction, Wandsworth Council and local developers. In addition, Exploring Vauxhall was funded and commissioned by Lambeth Council and CLS, developers of Vauxhall Square.