Pump House Pavilion
Working with Pump House Gallery the students of Chestnut Grove Academy commissioned NEON and Elliott Wood engineers to deliver a temporary pavilion installed on the gallery forecourt as part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe.
The aspiration was for the young people to make a site-specific response and explore the relationship between the Pump House, the park and the temporary pavilion. The pavilion has the potential to straddle these two conditions; the industrial qualities of the Pump House and the open spaces of Battersea Park. The aim with this project was to demonstrate how art and design together with the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) could deliver creative opportunities for young people in Wandsworth. The designers and engineers engaged with pupils from Chestnut Grove in the creation of the pavilion, exposing them to the realities of an architectural project and the different roles required to deliver them.
The project was partnership project between St William and Wandsworth Council commissioned by Dallas-Pierce-Quintero and Pump House Gallery.
Falconbrook Primary school
On Monday 9th July 2018 year 3 and 4 pupils from Falconbrook Primary School and Westbridge Primary School celebrated the culmination of a 6-week project with spoken word organisation Apples & Snakes with Poetry in the Park in York Gardens.
Working with professional spoken word artists BREIS and Kat Francois, the pupils performed their own group and solo poems to an audience of peers, teachers, families, guests and passers-by.
Gathered on the grass in York Gardens, Battersea, the 100 young people took turns performing their spoken word creations to an enthusiastic audience. For many, this was their first experience of writing and performing their own work, particularly in a public space.
The children have been working with Apples & Snakes inspired by the theme of Home. They explored their thoughts and feelings about their local area and where they feel at home, to create unique spoken word, poetry and Rap, creating reflections from around the corner and around the world.
The project was funded by Linden Homes as part of their Arts Strategy for The Podium, York Road redevelopment.
Local social enterprise, Chocolate Films, were commissioned to work with a group of twelve Media Studies students at Southfields Academy to make a professional short documentary film about the range of creative roles involved in the regeneration of Nine Elms. The resulting 5-minute film offers viewers a youthful, fresh outlook on the forthcoming opportunities that are opening up to young people through the redevelopment of Nine Elms. Chocolate Films trained the young people in camera and sound skills, and developing a narrative and story structure, to enable the young people to communicate the opportunities in their local area, be it architectural, cultural and creative or design-based.