Battersea Arts Centre has opened a community workspace for creative enterprises, as part of the building’s regeneration.
The flexible workspace, called the Scratch Hub, is aimed at creative businesses and is available on a flexible or full-time basis.
It will also host a programme of events and activities such as talks and workshops to encourage the creation of a network of entrepreneurs.
The Scratch Hub comprises a variety of different spaces for varying working styles, including collaborative spaces and areas for quiet work.
The plans have been made possible by a £538,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s regeneration funds, and opens today (November 14) at BAC’s home in south London. It follows the reopening of BAC’s Grand Hall, which took place in September, three and a half years after it was destroyed by a fire.
The workspace is inspired by BAC’s scratch process, which it uses to develop theatre and performance ideas by putting them in front of audiences and members of the public from the earliest stages.
Among the first members to move into the Scratch Hub are production company TEAFilms, which works with arts and educational organisations, and Baby Reign, an organisation offering creative workshops for young parents in order to prevent isolation.
A total of 100 memberships are available, starting from £125 per month for 60 hours of hot-desking. Fees will go back into BAC’s work with the local community.
BAC is also offering a limited number of free memberships to local individuals or organisations who are unable to pay for their own, however these slots have already been filled for 2019.
BAC artistic director David Jubb said: “This is a dream come true – to open Battersea Arts Centre’s doors to creative entrepreneurs with great ideas – may of whom are running exciting new ventures, many of whom are engaged in making positive change.
“Bringing together small creative enterprises under the umbrella of an exciting cultural institution is the perfect way to grow great ideas, and I can’t wait to see it, in years to come, all the positive consequences which develop from this coming together.”
The Scratch Hub has been designed by theatre architects Haworth Tompkins.