Case Study: Creative Hoardings

Creative Hoardings – temporary arts led engagement

Creative Hoarding, Balham High Street 2015 c Tod Hanson.

Creative Hoarding, Balham High Street 2015 c Tod Hanson.

During construction, development site hoardings can impact the feel of an area through large stretches of advertising hoardings on the street. Creative hoarding projects can be a positive way to engage local community and facilitate a direct involvement in the journey of a development scheme. For Enable, it is key that project outcomes are high quality whilst engagement processes are meaningful for those involved.

Enable (then Wandsworth Arts) commissioned artist Anna Lucas to curate a hoarding artwork for Workspace and West Hill Primary in 2008. Anna led West Hill students in experiments with materials, text and collage which were curated into a final artwork design. Workspace’s build contractor fabricated this into printed hoardings which remained in situ for a year, then gifted to the school.

Tideway is a cross London infrastructure project to build a new sewer for London, to cleanse the Thames. Partnership has led to a large scale hoarding artist commission as part of Tideway Tunnel’s Public Art Strategy. This encloses a works site beside Battersea Power Station. Tideway and a supporting panel including Enable (for Wandsworth Council and the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership) selected artist Tim Davies. After inviting local community members to the river foreshore, Tim devised an animated photographic work which recalls Edward Muybridge and brings colour and human interest to this heavily trafficked regeneration area.

Nine Elms’ Battersea Exchange development is a Taylor Wimpey scheme in which an existing primary school is provided with a new enhanced school. Enable’s work with the developer has facilitated a commission led by Pump House Gallery in which artists Orly Orbach is coordinating a while school project to document the changing landscape. The hoarding divides the existing school with its new school construction site and will grow over a year, connecting the students with new home as its grows.