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Nine Elms arts and culture in 2022

Happy Streets Carey Gardens community artwork

Published on
December 23, 2022


As 2022 draws to a close, we look back at all the fantastic arts events and cultural happenings in Battersea and Nine Elms this year. We’ve enjoyed dance, installations, poetry, architectural events, new artwork from local artists and the summer Happy Streets festival.

Take a look below at our snapshot of the year just gone and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to join the fun in 2023!

January 2022

Starting the year with a refresh of our three outdoor Nine Elms noticeboards, we partnered with the Battersea Society to examine the fascinating aviation history of the Battersea and Nine Elms area.

Find out more about local aviation history, including the first woman pilot Hilda Hewlett and the activities of the Short Brothers.

February 2022

  • Setting the stage to profile the work of local artists through 2022 and beyond, Wandsworth Council issued a call-out for local artists to Make Art In Nine Elms. 
  • In a unique tie-up between Wandsworth Council and local music charity World Heart Beat, a series of Nine Elms Sessions films launched with Fly Away – a music video shot in Nine Elms and inspired by aviation pioneer Hilda Hewlett.

March 2022

As spring approached so did a series of public consultation sessions to hear local people’s views on arts and culture in their area.

Hosted at the local community clubroom The ROSE, a Pizza and Wishes open session was followed a week later by artist presentations and public vote to decide which new commissions would be funded with the theme of Movement & Metamorphosis.

public vote at the ROSE

Votes are in: Movement & Metamorphosis public selections at the ROSE

April 2022

After several years in the making, Matt’s Gallery opened their new gallery and performance space at 6 Charles Clowes Walk, Nine Elms, SW11 7AN.  To mark their opening on Thursday 28 April, Matt’s launched their first exhibition in the new space – Cold Light by Lindsay Seers & Keith Sargent, a new film, Virtual Reality work and installation. Over the first four months the gallery clocked up engagement with over 1,500 people.

Matt's Gallery opening

Open in Nine Elms: Matt’s Gallery welcomes visitors

May 2022

  • As part of the national Urban Tree Festival, residents and visitors were encouraged to get familiar with Nine Elms’ elm trees – find them, learn to recognise them and love them!

  • Chosen by local residents for the Movement & Metamorphosis series of events, Battersea-based dance company E33 performed Used to Be… outside St Mary’s primary school alongside mindfulness and wellbeing workshops from Daria Hass.

E33 Dance perform Used To Be…

June 2022

  • Battersea and Nine Elms enjoyed a royally good time over the Bank Holiday weekend as the Queen’s Jubilee was celebrated with street parties organised with Wandsworth Council’s events teams and local residents’ associations. 
  • As part of London Festival of Architecture 2022, Wandsworth Council joined forces with Lambeth Council for a panel talk and walking tour of the railway viaduct running through the area. Joined by architects Allies and Morrison, guests discussed the potential extension of London’s Low Line from Vauxhall through Nine Elms to Battersea.  
  • Chosen by the local community to create a new artwork with the theme of Movement & Metamorphosis, local resident Felicity Prazak’s The Ninth Planet is a spectacular conception of the planets and the night sky. The Ninth Planet was co-created with the 17th Battersea Power Station Brownies and adult yoga group from the nearby R.O.S.E Community Centre, as well as the over 60’s lunch club at S.T.O.R.M who meet on the Doddington and Rollo Estate.
Felicity Prazak and The Ninth Planet on hoardings

On display: Artist Felicity Prazak with The Ninth Planet

July 2022

  • In conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre, Arrivals + Departures by artists YARA + DAVINA used a pair of arrivals and departures boards erected in Embassy Gardens to explore birth, death and the journey in between.  
  • The annual Happy Streets family festival brought themes of happiness and wellbeing as 53 artists spread out across estates, schools and streets in Nine Elms to engage over 1,200 local residents in a day of live music and theatre, creative activities and pizza-making. 
  • Also in July, families enjoyed a free Dance and Play Day at the Yvonne Carr Centre with relaxed performances, craft workshops and food. The Playground Tour by The Place featured two short performances in a 40-minute double bill called How to Build A Universe, by Extended Play and Deva by Urja Desai Thakore. 
Dance performance at Happy Streets

Happy Streets Festival: St George’s primary school hosted live performances

August 2022

This month, there were two Movement & Metamorphosis art events chosen by the local community and commissioned by Wandsworth Council.

  • Exhibiting a projected animation of the river’s live tide level, Battersea-based WHABBstudio presented Ebb & Flow at the Troy House Art Foundation in Nine Elms. 
  • Taking inspiration from the fast-changing local environment, local poet Hilaire led a free workshop called found ~ flow ~ flux which combined walking and writing. The poems were then published in a booklet by Hilaire and launched at the ROSE community clubroom with readings from contributors.
Audience and contributors at Found Flow Flux event

Written word: participants read from their work at the found ~ flow ~ flux event

September 2022

A busy month for arts and cultural events in Nine Elms!

Ian Wornast outside ROSE

Outdoor exhibition: Ian Wornast with his artworks at the ROSE

October 2022

  • In the last Movement & Metamorphosis art project of the year, Fée Uhssi presented Life is Change – a multi-disciplinary art and community project including fashion, dance and rollerdance.  
  • As part of Wandsworth Council’s response to the Cost of Living Crisis, Mondays At The ROSE opened weekly from October to provide an open-all-day warm community space for local residents living in the Savona, Patmore and Carey Gardens area. Visitors are welcome to drop in for a free coffee, hot meal, spend some quiet time making something arty or doing some work, or watch a film with a cup of tea.
  • Grade II* listed Battersea Power Station opened its doors to the public for the first time ever, with a free Festival of Power over two weekends.

November 2022

  • The long-awaited opening of World Heart Beat‘s new state-of-the-art music academy in Nine Elms was welcomed by the Mayor of Wandsworth in November. World Heart Beat opened its doors in Embassy Gardens to teach musical education and skills for the music industry to young people aged 5-25 from all backgrounds. The venue also holds London’s first new concert hall in nine years with tickets on sale for 2023.
  • In the second Dance and Play Day of the year, families headed down to the Yvonne Carr Centre to enjoy relaxed activities including dance performances, craft workshops, face painting and food. Children of all ages were entertained by performances from Joe Garbett Dance Company, including Get Lost and Doubles.
Mayor of Wandsworth and Sahana Gero

Opening moment: Mayor of Wandsworth and Sahana Gero from World Heart Beat

December 2022

  • Matt’s Gallery opened their Matt’s Neighbours Scheme – welcoming local people living within a 15-minute walk to be part of a new network to help spread the word and give feedback on exhibitions and events.
  • It was fairy lights, festive food and fun all the way at this year’s ROSE Christmas Party! Over 150 children and grown-ups filled the ROSE community clubroom for wreath-making, live music and mince pies while the queue grew at Santa’s grotto for Christmas treats.
  • Then for the last show of the year, families packed the Carey Gardens community clubroom to see Jellyfish Theatre‘s free version of The Elves and the Shoemaker with puppets, music and giant props.
Santa waving in grotto

Festive cheer: Santa welcomes families at the ROSE Christmas Party

Reviewing arts and culture in Nine Elms

Wandsworth Council commissioned a review into the impact of cultural activities on the Battersea and Nine Elms area between 2017 and 2022, to help shape future arts decisions.
Read the Cultural Impact Assessment report.

View the local map of Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea to see what’s where!

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