Cultivate Projects

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Exploring Nine Elms: St John Bosco students working with architect Wendy Smith

Selection of creative place-making projects

In the initial phase in 2016, projects were centred on the Battersea area. More projects were developed for schools across Wandsworth, and a programme was also developed in collaboration with Lambeth Council. This is a selection of projects to give a flavour of what is happening.

Moving Walls: Creative Hoarding Project

  • Nov 2015-Apr 2016
  • St Mary’s Primary School
  • Developer: Taylor Wimpey, Battersea Exchange
  • Cultural partners: DPQ & Pump House Gallery and Artist Orly Orbach

The artist worked with the whole school to develop designs used to enhance a temporary hoarding around the school. Workshops included exploration of the school transformation through drawing, writing and printmaking, building a narrative developed in collaboration with the children at the school.

Nine Songs for Nine Elms

  • Feb-Jul 2016
  • Griffin Primary School and wider community
  • Developers: Berkley Homes, Vista
  • Cultural partners: UP Projects & artists Lucy Cash & Fraya Thomsen
  • Lyrics and music created with local community, inspired by local heritage. After being recorded in a studio, each song will be performed site specifically in the neighbourhood and filmed. The project was part of Chelsea Fringe 2016.

Edible Avenue

  • March-Oct 2016
  • St George’s Primary
  • Developers: Vinci St Modwen, New Covent Garden Market
  • Cultural partners: Aida Esposito, Edible Bus Stop & artists Richard Field (Head of Art), Sophie Rigg and Mr Dane (Street Artist)

Part of the Edible Avenue transformation of Thessaly Road’s wall. Year 6 work with artists to consider their role and responsibility in the community and what the area might be like when development is complete. Designing features for the wall, such as apples for images of apple trees, whilst exploring horticultural and social heritage of the area. Designs produced in practical workshops and added to the wall.

Exploring Nine Elms

  • Feb-July 2016
  • Schools: Chesterton Primary, St John Bosco College, John Burns Primary
  • A Cultivate Commission with support from ReachOutRCA and RCA artists

An artist, a designer, and an architect explore Nine Elms with 3 groups of young people. Each group responds to a Nine Elms location, inviting others to see or experience that place in a new way. These responses will be turned into shareable site-specific works such as sculptures, games or maps and celebrated at an event in autumn 2016.

WANDA Meanwhile project

  • Jun 2016 – May 2017-19
  • South Thames College
  • Wanda One UK, One Nine Elms
  • Futurecity and Artists

Young people will co-design a mobile stage with an artist/designer, to be used for performances in public spaces around Nine Elms. Wanda is funding 3 years of programming including professional work experience opportunities for young local people in areas such as event management, performance and performance design. Crossover with the Wanda-funded scholarship programme with World Heartbeat Music Academy.

Involving young people in regeneration through creativity

  • Jun 2016-Sep 2017
  • St Mary’s Primary
  • Developer: Taylor Wimpey, Battersea Exchange
  • Creative Lead: DPQ

St Mary’s Primary Year 5 pupils have co-designed an eye catching and colourful permanent fence for their new school building. Entitled ‘Push – Pull’ this new artwork faces on to the public realm at Gladstone Terrace, brightening the daily journey for the school community as well as passers by. The students worked with architecture practice DPQ and Taylor Wimpey as part of Cultivate, a creative learning programme for children and young people initiated by Enable L&C for Wandsworth Council.

The project was designed to instil a new sense of pride in the school building and involve the young students in a real life design project. Starting when they were in year 4, the students took on roles of client, designer and fabricator to understand the design process and chose to reflect a sense of fun and playfulness as well as a kaleidoscope of colour through their design collaboration with DPQ.

Battersea Power Station: Power of Imagination

  • September-October 2016
  • 11 Primary schools
  • Battersea Power Station Development Company
  • Flow Associates & artists Cara Flynn and Luke Walker

BPSDC challenged local primary school children to be a creative team with superpowers of imagination. They explored the theme of energy and images of the power station, and created artworks using mechanical drawing machines and simple mark-making techniques of the patterns found in the power station building. These were intended for display in the Circus West Village Hall.

Battersea Gasholder site: Various Projects

  • Sep 2016-Sep 2017
  • Chestnut Grove Academy
  • Developer: St William, One Prince of Wales Drive
  • Cultural partners: DPQ, Battersea Arts Centre

Creative engagement with a range of cultural projects. Including permanent arts enhancements to a prominent railway arch;  a temporary sculptural pavilion and events project with Pump House Gallery; an architectural heritage project around place transition with Battersea Moving Museum. Partnership with one school throughout will allow for continuity and progression.

Cultivate Routes

Cultivate aims to raise aspirations and broaden horizons of local children and young people, in two ways…

Through the power of culture: To enrich their formal learning with encounters with creative practitioners, the cultural heritage of their area, and through imaginative challenge-based projects. This experience may help them find their passion and talents, understand what skills they need to develop, and motivate them to succeed through enjoyable activities. We want all Cultivate projects to contribute to these outcomes.

Routes to study and work: We are piloting a defined offer for schools, aiming to help young people see themselves working in the cultural and creative industries, or in any role that helps design, construct, maintain or enrich a place. To help design this offer, we held a consultation meeting with a group of teachers in summer 2016, where the most popular idea was a hands-on workshop where creative professionals can visit schools. We then tested the pilot workshop with two schools in Autumn 2016 and evaluated this with teachers. We contacted teachers across the borough to negotiate how the workshops would suit their needs and are rolling out the workshops in Summer and Autumn 2017. 

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Students from Ark Bolingbroke Academy taking part in a pilot Cultivate Routes workshop

Resources for creative and place-related careers

Click here for lots of organisations and websites that help inspire young people towards routes to study and work in creative and place-making roles. 

On our blog, we will regularly share some stories about local practitioners in creative and place-making roles. Look out for the category ‘People who make places’.

Read our research about the shifting context for careers and skills provision in these areas.

 

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