Case Study: Developer Cultural Strategy

Developer Cultural Strategy – Vista, Battersea

Berkley Homes’ Vista development on Queenstown Rd has brought about a series of arts projects for new and existing residents which supports work to ensure that new public realm is well designed, interesting and accessible. Four artists have been commissioned to create temporary and permanent art works.

Through liaison with some of the local community, S Mark Gubb is uncovering local heritage. Due for installation in 2016-17, site specific artworks will reference and draw out local stories and history, creating intimacy and local connections.

Matthew Derbyshire’s playable space for young children is strongly influenced by Battersea Park’s 1951 Festival of Britain Sculpture Exhibition. Through collaboration with Vista’s architects, artist Nicky Hirst has created a glass treatment that brings the nearby Thames and park lake to the surface of the building.

Nine Songs for Nine Elms is an exciting new temporary project combining choreography, composing and song writing. This participation project invites local community groups including young people at Griffin Primary School, to join artist Lucy Cash in exploring how the wider area and it’s diverse heritage can be brought to life and shared.

Image c S Mark Gubb, Matthew Derbyshire