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Monday, 9 May 2011

Wandsworth Arts Festival 2011

Wandsworth Arts Festival 2011
6th-22nd May 2011


This creative extravaganza will comprise of 45 events planned in 37 venues across the borough, featuring contemporary art exhibitions, performances, theatre, dance, spoken word and music. This event has a little something for everyone!

Full Festival listing

Friday 6 - Sunday 22 May
Platform One Gallery with students from the Royal College of Art

Genius Salvaged
Genius Salvaged Image courtesy of Wandsworth Arts Team  
Genius Salvaged

Ever left a prize idea behind as you were waiting for a bus? Genius Salvaged is a series of geo-tagged poems and site specific installations based upon forgotten moments of inspiration. Find out more and get involved at and link in your own ‘lost thoughts’ by placing ‘#gensalvo’ at the end of your tweets.
For more information 07940 184 547

Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May
WAC - Wandsworth Artists’ Co-operative
Now Showing
The Atrium, Putney Exchange, SW15 1TW
Monday to Saturday 8am-8pm

Spring art exhibition of works by local artists - drawings, paintings & original prints at affordable prices. Including: Andrzej Borkowski, Judy Copestake, Bruce Dixon, Jim Hanlon, Julie Higgins, Martin Ireland, Jenny Mayfield, Halina Nekanda-Trepka, Rouhi Peck, Valerie Taylor.
Call 0772 0570 117

Friday 6 May 
Devas Youth Club with Theatre503
‘One Chance’ by Sloozie
Devas Club, 2a Stormont Road, SW11 5EN

Five young people, each with a dream in need of ‘one chance’ to make it happen. An evening of live theatre, music & dance by young people for young people.
Call (020) 7223 0297

Friday 6 May - Sunday 22 May
Tick Box: Other
Mezzanine level (above Waitrose), Southside Shopping Centre, Garratt Lane, SW18 4TF 9am-midnight

Artist Maru Rojas questions the restrictive nature of ticking a box to define yourself when filling out forms. Sending out postcards randomly around the borough, she has invited people to describe their ethnicity without having to fit pre-set categories. What she received back is presented here in this exhibition that playfully explores our notions of ethnicity and identity. Free for the duration of the festival.

7th, 14h May Helen Maurer
Nesting Place
Wandle Delta, Bell Lane Creek, The Causeway, SW18 1EJ

A humorous installation in response to a sunken boat in the River Wandle. Objects that might have been on board when the boat was in its heyday surround the vessel and are revealed and concealed with the tide. The boat has suffered a change of fortune, as has the Wandle, once the fastest-flowing river for its size in the country. The river is now being regenerated and the boat is a home for eels and ducks.

Guided Walk and Talk - Saturday 7 May 11am
Meet Ecology Officer Valerie Selby where Smugglers Way meets the Causeway and learn about the wildlife of this area.

Meet the Artist - Saturday 14 May 5pm
Helen Maurer will be on the bridge at Bell Lane Creek as the tide is turning to talk about the inspiration behind the installation, before adjourning to The Armoury pub on Armoury Way. Free

For more information: (020) 8871 8711

Saturday 7 May
South West Youth Theatre
Queen Bee
Tara Studio, 356 Garratt Lane, SW18 4ES
4.30pm and 7.30pm

A plane crashlands on an island. Twelve teenagers are the only survivors. As the food disappears, tensions
mount, rivalries develop and an almighty struggle emerges for power and life. Inspired by ‘Lord of the Flies’, devised by the company and scripted by Nicola Sanderson - ‘Queen Bee’ is a powerful, tender and funny exploration of survival.

Tickets £6 / £3 concessions
For information and booking (020) 8333 4457

Saturday 7 May & Saturday 14 May
Sofia Niazi
Batik making workshop
Sprout, 74 Moyser Road, SW16 6SQ

Over the two days, participants will produce a small batik to take home. A flour paste application method will be used instead of wax so it’s safe for children.

ticket £20
Call 07974 153 993

Saturday 7, 14 and 21 May
Bicycle Ballet
Bikearama at the Alton Estate
How many ways can you use a bicycle? Come along and find out. All activities at Portswood Place and Bull Green, Danebury Avenue, SW15 4ED

BicycleBallet  (c) Ray GibsonSaturday 7 May
Performance Parking Workshop 10am-4pm
Paint scrap bikes and parts, or even make new shapes. Then spot your creations installed in unlikely places around the estate! Dress 4 Mess!

Saturday 14 May
Make Your Bike Dance Workshop 10am-1pm
Create short routines together using a range of formations and moves on, off, over and around your bike. Bring your bike and dress to move. No experience necessary, Bikeability Level 2 recommended. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday 21 May
The dance of cycling workshop leading to performance 11am-1pm
Work with the cast to create a short dance routine on bikes to fit into the show’s loose narrative. Experience as above, wear comfortable black clothing for the performance.


Dr Bike - free bike maintenance and health checks. Roehampton Forum, bicycle inspired facepainting and giant flower making with artist David Vassie.

The dance of cycling performance 2.30pm
Celebrating the joyous, playful, chaotic and sometimes treacherous world of synchronized cycling, with a fast-paced contemporary choreography of striking imagery, visual spectacle and comedy.

For more information (020) 8871 8711 and

Sunday 8 May Wandsworth’s Film Office
Sunday Supper and Shorts
The Exhibit, 12 Balham Station Road, SW12 9SG
From 3.30pm

Roast dinner, a glass of wine and a selection of films made by local filmmakers. £13

Call (020) 8871 7119

Monday 9 May - Friday 27 May
Siobhan Davies Dance
Still Moving
Putney Library, 5-7 Disraeli Road, SW15 2DR

Monday to Friday 9am-8pm,
Saturday 9am-5pm,
Sunday 1pm-5pm Closed Tuesday

An exhibition of dance photography and film. The work was created as part of the Big Dance festival 2010 by budding photographers and professional artists and features community groups from across south London. By using choreography as a stimulus for other art forms, ‘Still Moving’ explores the creative choices of those who move and those who watch.

Free Call (020) 8871 7090

Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 May, 11am-4pm and Sunday 15 May, 11am-2pm
People Show 122: The Pump House Project
Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ
Performances at 6pm and 8pm with a 3pm matinee on Saturday

People Show
Image: Zadoc Nava Courtesy Wandsworth Arts Team
 The Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park hosts theatre company People Show for a week of fantastical performances. Ghosts are about, and some have dogs. Magical water features are created by human fountains. The Pump House is itself transformed to present living local stories from its 150 years history. This project is devised by Roehampton and ALRA students led by People Show,

with input from local residents. People Show has performed all over the world since 1966 - in streets, fields, night clubs, telephone boxes, toilets, parks, trains, glasshouses and even in theatres. Each show is the unique sum of the imaginations of the people involved in its creation. The non-autocratic ethos is as relevant today as it was in the beginning.

Free exhibition entry. Performance tickets £10 / £8 concessions

Tuesday 10 May - Sunday 29 May
Next Stop Love
Outside: Battersea Park Library; Putney Library; Tooting Library

Four fake bus stops marked with destinations such as Love, Despair, Greed, Compassion have been placed around Wandsworth by artist Francine Mabondo. There is no bus coming but if there were, where would you want it to take you?

Tuesdays 10 and 17 May 10am-3pm Fridays 13 and 20 May 10am-3pm
Saturdays 14 and 21 (Family Fun Day) 10am-4pm
Action Space
Part of It 2
Unit 45 (opposite Waitrose), Southside Shopping Centre, Garratt Lane, SW18 4TF

Action Space - credit Mary Ogunleye
Image Mary Ogunleye courtesy of WandsworthArts Team 

Action Space artists are back in the festival again to create a spectacular multi-media art installation, in celebration of Wandsworth’s rich and diverse creative spirit. Members of the public are invited to join in and make artwork to be included in the evolving installation.


For more information (020) 7209 4289 or

Wednesday 11 May
Creative Wandsworth
Second Open Space Event
South Thames College, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PP
Creative Wandsworth is an alliance of Creative individuals and organisations in the borough. This event is a chance to meet each other, share ideas and work together. All welcome.
Information and to RSVP (020) 8871 8711

Thursday 12 May

DAWN (Disability Arts Wandsworth Network)

Disability and the Arts
Pocklington Resource Centre, 1c Yukon Road, Balham SW12 9PZ

Join the DAWN group to discuss relevant questions around access and disability in the arts. With a special focus on visually impaired access.

Information and to RSVP (020) 8675 4246 -

Thursday 12 May and Friday 13 May – 2-10pm
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May – 11 – 6pm
Wimbledon Art Studios
Summer Open Studios
10 Riverside Road, SW17 0BB

London’s largest art studio complex opens its doors. This is the perfect opportunity to buy original pieces from over 130 emerging and established artists, including painters, sculptors, ceramicists and photographers.

Free entry, free parking & disabled access.

Call (020) 8947 1183

Friday 13 May from 8pm
Apples & Snakes
Elvis McGonagall’s Caravan of Poetry
Balham Bowls Club, 7-9 Ramsden Road, SW12 8QX
ElvisMcGonagall - Apples and Snakes
Image courtesy of the Wandsworth Arts Team

The lovably sardonic star of Radio 4’s ‘Saturday Live’ trundles into town with a trailerful of his poetry chums. Expect an extravaganza of well-honed words, some of them rhyming. Featuring John Osborne, Mab Jones and John Citizen alongside the King himself.


For more information (020) 8465 6154

Friday 13 May
Step into Dance
Borough Event
Salesian College, Surrey Lane, SW11 3PB 7pm

A dance showcase performed by young people who have taken part in the Step into Dance programme in Hammersmith, Fulham and Wandsworth.

Tickets £4 on the door

Saturday 14 May
Chris SyrusLoveLife6958
Creative Arts Workshop
York Gardens Library, 34 Lavender Road, SW11 2UG 2-4pm

Combining creative writing, spoken word and music - this workshop is for young people and will cover topics such as peer pressure, identity, developing communication skills, self esteem and positive decision making. Chris Syrus is author of the book ‘LoveLife6958: Memoirs from the Pen’, which describes his personal transformation from a life of offending and prison.

Entry £2 Call (020) 8871 7471

Saturday 14 May
Tailors of Tooting
Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RJ

Simmy Gupta presents an installation with soundscape, inspired by traditional sari shop window dummies and combining real stories and memories of local residents. This is one stop in an ongoing series of new work called Mannequins, that comments on the perception of beauty and femininity in both the East and West, exploring memory and social history through fashion.

Free For more information: (020) 8871 8711 or

Sunday 15 May
Tilt’s London Liming - where spoken word meets carnival
BAC Café (Battersea Arts Centre), Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN

Jean Binta Breeze photo by Earl Robinson courtesy of Tilt
Jean Binta Breeze Photo by Earl Robinson Courtesy of Tilt and Wandsworth Arts Team 
 An event where you can drink, dance, socialise and experience the best in poetry and performance. Featuring Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Adisa, Jo Bell, Melanie Abrahams and special guests Alexander de Great (UK Calypso Monarch 2010) and BAC’s Beatbox Academy. Music by DJ Cliffy. Suitable for 14 years and upwards

Tickets £5 / £4 concessions.

Information and videos at call or (020) 7272 8386

Saturday 14 May 2-4pm, Southside Shopping Centre, Garratt Lane, SW18 4TF
Sunday 22 May 2-4pm,                             
Emergency Exit Arts
The ExtremePostal Force

A mysterious, giant package has appeared… Who is it for? Has something escaped from it? No fear! The Extreme Postal Force is on the way - a group of young street performers, fully equipped to investigate and ensure the safety of all passersby! You are invited to assist, explore, experiment or stand at a safe distance and witness their curious activities.

Sunday 15 May
Putney Poems at the Green Man
The Green Man, Putney Heath, SW15 3NG

Poetry reading led by local poet, Eddie Forde, on the themes of home, sense of place and the local area.

Come and enjoy listening and bring your own choices to share if you want to. Free

Call (020) 8788 5181

Sunday 15 May
The Putney Society
HG Wells and The Man on Putney Hill
The Green Man, Putney Heath, SW15 3NG

Dramatised reading of The Man on Putney Hill from ‘The War of the Worlds’ by H G Wells – set at this actual pub. Plus talk by Michael Sherborne, author of ‘Another Kind of Life’, the acclaimed recent Wells biography.

Tickets £5 - booking advisable

Call 07840 989 910 -

Monday 16 May - Saturday 21 May
Roehampton University Dance Department
Dance Festival
Michaelis Dance Theatre, Roehampton University, SW15 5PJ
(entrance on corner of Clarence Lane and Roehampton Lane)

Featuring the work of staff, students and local youth groups. Highlights include:

Monday 16 May, 6.30pm

Final Year Showcase - new works choreographed for Roehampton Dance students

Tuesday 17 May, 6pm

Intra - films and performances by resident artists

Wednesday 18 May, 7pm

Music/Dance collaborations between Roehampton MFA Choreography and Royal Academy of Music MMus Composition students

Friday 20 May, 6.30pm

Roehampton Youth Dance Platform, hosted by 2nd Nature Dance Company

Saturday 21 May, 4pm & 7pm

Student Choreographic Showcase - pick of the crop from choreography by Roehampton Students 2011

Tickets £5 / £3 concessions

Tuesday 17 May - Saturday 11 June
Many Moons
The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BW
Tuesday - Saturday 7.45pm, Sundays 5pm.

Juniper is looking for love. Robert is trying to avoid it, Ollie doesn’t know what it is and Meg has resigned herself to never having it. ‘Many Moons’ is a play about love and loss, in a world where human contact is perhaps the hardest thing of all.

£14/£9 concs.
Sundays Pay What You Can

Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 May
ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts)
Skellig by David Almond
ALRA Theatre, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, John Archer Way, SW18 3SX

A performance by ALRA’s acting students of this children’s classic. The novel was voted by the Carnegie judges as one of the top ten most important of the last 70 years. It remains a story about faith and magic in the most unlikely places.

Free ticketed

                      Thursday 19 May, Saturday 21 May
Crow Theatre
The Secret Garden pub, 231 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LG

A piece of movement theatre exploring community, or power of the crowd. Devised and written with the participation of local people. Crow Theatre create unique experiences for modern audiences, particularly those who don’t normally see theatre.

Tickets £6. Free for participants, discounts for groups of 4 or more call (020) 7207 5634 or 0779 305 4443 -

Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 May
Thorablot Productions
Up 2D8
Tooting Tram and Social, 46-48 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NA 8pm

A pop-up performance that explores the meaning of dating and romance in the 21st century through a series
of comic monologues. Rated three stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010 and performed by Nancy Baldwin, Claudette Williams and friends, this production promises to bring you Up2D8! Free
Call (020) 8767 0278

Thursday 19 May
Sound Minds
The Moondance
Level 3 bar and cinema, The Exhibit, 12 Balham Station Road, SW12 9SG 8-11pm

Double header with smooth reggae vibes from The Channel One Band and special guests performing live in the bar including Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze – plus screenings of the latest film shorts from this award winning charity. Free

Thursday 19 May
Wandsworth Society
Wild Coast: A Journey Through The Guianas- John Gimlette talks about his new book
West Side Church, Melody Road, SW18 2QQ
7.45 for 8pm

Prepare for a bumpy ride. The Guianas - on South America’s north-east edge - have always defied human kind. Despite 400 years of colonial effort, they remain some of the wildest, weirdest and most beautiful lands on the continent. Free Call (020) 8874 6579

Friday 20 May to Sunday 19 June
Jodie Carey - Somewhere, Nowhere
Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ
11am-5pm Wednesday - Sundays

Jodey Carey - Untitled (Cake Stand)
Image courtesy of Wandsworth Arts Team
A solo show by UK-based artist Jodie Carey, ‘Somewhere Nowhere’ presents the culmination of Carey’s three-year bursary awarded by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in partnership with Chelsea Arts Club Trust and includes new work made for Pump House Gallery.

‘Somewhere, Nowhere’ centres around ideas of time, memory and materiality. The focus is on a transitory, ephemeral and corporeal beauty, evoking notions of time passing, memories fading, absence and loss. Materials such as blood, bone and ash become pigments that stain the floor and mark the walls; traces of life simultaneously anonymous and intimate. Evoking the idea of home and its history in the gallery space, ‘Somewhere, Nowhere’ uses the house as a metaphor for what it is to be human. It speaks of peeling wallpapers, stained carpets, of life’s general wear and tear, of homes left behind and ultimately the fragility and vulnerability of human life.


For more information (020) 8871 7572

Friday 20 May
The Battersea Society
Peake District
Celebrating Peake’s Centenary
St Mary’s Parish Church, Battersea Church Road, SW11 3NA
7pm for 7.30pm

Mervyn Peake, author of the Gormenghast novels, lived in Battersea. Local actor, Tim Heath and members of the Katharine Low Settlement drama group celebrate his SW11 connections, his extraordinary poetry for both adults and children - and unveil a community painting with extracts from his play, ‘The Voice of One’.

Tickets £5

To book (020) 7228 4873 or (020) 7223 5999

Saturday 21 May
Wandsworth‘s Youth Service
Young People Can Dance
Tooting Hub Youth Club, 7A Beechcroft Road, SW17 7BU
11am - 1pm: ages 11-13
1.30pm - 3.30pm: ages 14-16
4pm - 6pm: ages 16 -19

Taster sessions for young people who want to try some dance, learn some new moves and maybe go on to join regular dance sessions.


Call (020) 8871 5379

Saturday 21 May
Storytelling Tree at Wandsworth Museum
Wandsworth in Wonderland
Wandsworth Museum, 38 West Hill, SW18 1RZ

Drop down for a family day of entertainment for all ages – including storytelling, game-playing,
face-painting and more. Led by local teachers and writers, Matthew Friday and Ty Van Brown. Pop-Up Kitchen will also be cooking up some delicious free range burgers, sausages and bacon rolls.
Storytelling Free. Admission to museum (object handling activities) standard entry fee


Saturday 21 May
St Luke’s Music Society
London Mozart Players family concert - ‘So you want to be a composer’
St Luke’s Church, Thurleigh Road, SW12 8RQ

An evening of fun for all. Bring the children and learn all about the orchestra, the instruments and the music. You could take part as a conductor or discover how to play the garden hose! All this based round Dvoraks’ joyous Serenade for Wind.

Children and concessions £5 / Adults £10

For more information call 07951 791619

Saturday 21 May
Let Them Eat Cake
Testbed1, 33 Parkgate Road, Battersea, SW11 4NA

Saturday 21 May from 7pm

Explore the stunning sequence of spaces in this ex-dairy warehouse complex. With a series of large scale interactive light installations, TAKTAL have combined an architectural and visual arts approach to transform it into a space of visual splendour. Each installation plays with the inherent spatial qualities to entice engagement and fun. Led by a collaboration of ex-students from the Bartlett

School of Architecture, the Royal College of Art and the Glasgow School of Art.
For more information

Saturday 21 May
Garden Fete
7-9 Church Row, Wandsworth Plain, SW18 1ES
12 - 5.30pm

A proper, old fashioned garden fête in the grounds of our Georgian artist’s studios. Cakes, teas, stalls and some art!

Adults £1 / Children free

Call 07966 987672

Sunday 22 May 1-5pm
Wandsworth’s Arts Team
The Shimmy
St Mary’s Church, Putney Wharf, Deodar Road
and Wandsworth Park, SW15

Akademi. Roulla Georgio
Image courtesy of Wandsworth Arts Team

The Shimmy is an outdoor festival like no other - named because it shimmies between the variances of what outdoor art can be - it offers street art, dance, workshops, installation and interaction. Set against the Thames, we invite you to walk along the site, be surprised, enticed and entertained.

Like A Bird by Lucy Cash and David Jones, will see hand crafted staircases inviting people into the billowing canopy of the trees where a specially composed audio track will play. In Putney Wharf Initium, a dance performance combining circus and South Asian forms will be performed. There will be a children’s area, live art, a milk float distributing origami cranes and roving performers. Craft stalls selling handmade pieces and the opportunity to have a bite to eat make it the perfect afternoon out!

Programme includes: Akademi; Lucy Cash and David Jones with Arts Admin; BAC; Spare Tyre; Nutkhut; Emergency Exit Arts; Cowfoot Storytelling; Bicycle Ballet; upBEAT; Superblue; Siani Manninen; Holly Freeman; Bill Aitchinson.


Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Shimmy Butterflies
10am-5pm throughout the festival
Unit 45 (opposite Waitrose), Southside Shopping Centre, Garratt Lane, SW18 4TF
Come and help make origami butterflies for installation at The Shimmy on Sunday 22 May. Free

Wednesday 25 May - Friday 27 May
Tara Arts
Jack Klaff on Gandhi in South Africa
Tara Studio, 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW18 4ES

Multiple award-winner and master storyteller Jack Klaff will explore Gandhi in South Africa and the political upheaval and events around the Soweto uprisings of June 1976. In the midst of the radicals and rebellion was Gandhi living in Durban, where he developed his non-violent philosophy, practised as a barrister in Equity

Law and helped change the nation. Born in South Africa, Jack Klaff is a renowned stage and screen actor, his notable roles include James Bond henchman Apostis in ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and as Red Four in ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’.

Tickets £11 / £7.50 concessions.

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Thank you to the Wandsworth Arts Team for providing us with this year's list of festival events.

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