We invite you in to watch early versions of shows, to hear your feedback. We call this Scratch. Finished shows can use any room in the building, from the attic to the artists’ bedrooms to the Council Chamber.
We are open all day for anyone to explore. Children and adults can play together in our indoor playspace, The Bees Knees or enjoy our monthly fun-filled Family Saturdays. Young people come here after school to develop their creativity, confidence and enterprising ideas. We also celebrate the rich heritage of our building and the local area through events and discussions.
All of this helps us achieve our mission to inspire people to take creative risks to shape the future.
For those who can’t make it to Battersea, we take our shows across the UK and the world. Scratch has been adopted as far afield as Sydney and New York and Battersea Arts Centre has successfully sparked new approaches to creativity across the globe.
Here are a few facts!
Battersea Arts Centre...
Welcomes over 160,000 people to its building every year
Inspires the local community to get creative with around 5000 young people and children participating in workshops yearly
Works with over 400 artists to put on over 650 performances and tour at least 12 shows and projects each year
Is custodian of the Wandsworth Borough Collection, using creativity to explore the past and imagine the future
Our building is open from 10am until late Mon-Sat for you to explore (Closed on bank holidays).