Cultivate is a creative education project for young people, part of a cultural and place making programme focused on the Nine Elms regeneration area. Led by Wandsworth Council and the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, this ambitious programme aims to establish a vibrant new centre for arts, life and culture on London’s South Bank and to ensure the area’s existing community is first to benefit from the area’s cultural revival.

Cultivate’s main goal is to shape and harness the impact that the public engagement work linked to the regeneration will have on young people locally, and to celebrate and showcase this nationally. This is made possible by investment from A New Direction, Wandsworth Council and Nine Elms developers and is one of seven projects in A New Direction’s London Cultural Education Challenge.

The Cultivate Team is excited to announce the launch of this short 6-minute film telling the story of how the Cultivate Programme came about and sharing some of the stories of recent projects from our partners. The film features footage of creative workshops taking place, along with interviews with young people and teachers from St Mary’s and Griffin Primaries who have been involved with Cultivate projects, as well as the artists that lead the activities. Leader of Wandsworth Council, Councillor Govindia and representatives from Nine Elms developers and contractors Taylor Wimpey and Midgard also appear in the film, sharing their thoughts on why cultural community engagement is so important.

You can find more information about the Cultivate Programme and the projects featured in this film (‘Moving Walls’ by Orly Orbach with St Mary’s Primary and ‘Nine Songs for Nine Elms’ by Lucy Cash and Fraya Thomsen with Griffin Primary) on the Cultivate website:


Cultivate is delivered by Enable Leisure and Culture, with coordination provided by Flow Associates, culture and education specialists. For further details on Cultivate, visit:, follow Cultivate on Twitter: @Cultivate_ldn or contact Ana Ospina, Project Coordinator via email: or phone: 07732787423.

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