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It’s clay-time: arts workshops continue their South Bank gallery tour

Young people from Lambeth and Wandsworth are invited to more free clay-making workshops at the Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall.

Published on
January 20, 2017


Young people from Lambeth and Wandsworth are invited to more free clay-making workshops, this time at the Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall (BGV).

When: Wednesday 18 Jan – Sunday 22 Jan, 2pm – 5pm daily

Where: Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall (BGV), 22 Newport Street, SE11 6AY

This on-going arts engagement project – called Material Action – offers the chance to explore clay working with the support of skilled and established artists.

The workshop programme is being run by arts group Collective Matter, and is a collaboration between BGV, Gasworks and Pump House Gallery, three key venues within a growing cluster of galleries in the Vauxhall and Nine Elms regeneration area.

The workshops aim to teach core clay-working skills and will encourage those involved to create works which reflect on the changes taking place across the riverside district.

The project was commissioned by the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership as part of the area’s cultural development programme and is part of the Tate Exchange. It will culminate in an interactive showcase on March 10th within Tate Exchange at Tate Modern itself, one of the world’s most prestigious arts venues.

Cllr Joanne Simpson, Lambeth Council’s Councillor for Prince’s ward and Cllr Steffi Sutters, cabinet member for communications at Wandsworth Council, attended a workshop today with representatives from the three galleries involved and a group from Roots and Shoots, the Lambeth-based vocational training centre for young people.

Cllr Simpson said: “It is important that, with all the new additions to Vauxhall and Nine Elms, we keep that link with the culture and identity of the place.  Involving young people from the surrounding areas in workshops like this help foster that link between generations from the past to the future.  The young people were having a great time and it’s experiences like this that reflect the opportunity and dynamism that this part of the South Bank is going to offer.”

Cllr Sutters said: “The workshop was fascinating and the creativity the students displayed was very impressive. It is a real pleasure to see this regeneration programme creating such unique and interesting experiences for local people.

“It’s also very exciting to see this growing cluster of arts venues working together with Tate Modern. This part of the South Bank is really coming to life and together with Lambeth Council we are laying the foundations for a thriving and unique cultural district. If you haven’t already then please do explore these galleries for yourself.”

The Material Action project takes its inspiration from the renowned Royal Doulton pottery company which was based in Vauxhall and from the clay bricks which are a key building material across the regeneration area. Battersea Power Station, which sits at the western end of Nine Elms, is reportedly Europe’s biggest brick building.


The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership

The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership was created in 2010 to coordinate and drive forward the transformation of this central London district. Co-chaired by the leaders of Wandsworth and Lambeth Council, it includes the area’s main developers and landowners, the Mayor of London, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority.
This unique public-private partnership has a shared vision for the area and is driving forward its ambitious place-making and cultural development programme in consultation with local communities.
Twitter: @NineElmsTeam

Tate Exchange

Tate Exchange Associates
Tate Exchange allows other organisations and members of the public to participate in Tate’s creative process. Organisations from a wide range of fields well beyond the gallery’s normal reach have become Associates of Tate Exchange. This group will help to programme and run new dedicated spaces. Working in a spirit of generosity, openness and trust, the Associates will collaborate with one another around an annual theme inspired by the art on display. Tate Exchange will in time expand its group of Associates to include more partners from the UK and abroad, while consistently seeking to engage audiences which are new to the museum.
For the full list of Associates and more information please visit

Pump House Gallery
Pump House Gallery, situated beside the lake in Battersea Park, provides a welcoming space for audiences to see, participate and engage in contemporary art.
Supporting high quality artistic activity that provides audiences with different perspectives on how, where and why we live the way we do is at the heart of Pump House Gallery’s programme. Presenting work both in the gallery and off site, Pump House Gallery provides its audiences with a range of experiences and activities that unpack challenging, thought-provoking, contemporary issues.
Pump House Gallery is owned by Wandsworth Council and managed on the authority’s behalf by Enable Leisure & Culture
Twitter: @pumphousegal
Facebook: /pumphousegallery
Instagram: @PumpHouseGallery

Established in 1994, Gasworks is a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation working at the intersection between UK and international practices and debates. Gasworks provides studios for London-based artists; commissions emerging UK-based and international artists to present their first major exhibitions in the UK; and develops a highly-respected international residencies programme, which offers rare opportunities for international artists to research and develop new work in London. All programmes are accompanied by events and participatory workshops that engage audiences directly with artists and their work.
Gasworks is also the hub of the Triangle Network, an international network of over thirty arts organisations, mostly based in Africa, Asia and South America. Triangle Network regularly develops and facilitates artists’ residencies and workshops as well as peer-to-peer exchanges, both between the UK and the rest of the world or within a specific region. Triangle informs Gasworks’ programme, giving the organisation unparalleled opportunities to nurture and exhibit artists from across the world
Twitter: @GasworksLondon
Facebook: /GasworksLondon
Instagram: @gasworkslondon

Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall
Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall is a non-profit, artist-led entity, placing equal emphasis on audiences and artists. Founded as an educational charity in 1994 to fill a niche between the institution, the commercial and the ‘alternative’, Beaconsfield’s reputation rests on the staging of an influential programme of commissions (beacons) in a range of art mediums (field). The organisation’s function as a primary research vehicle is particularly notable for pioneering developments in time-based, political and sound art as well as curatorial practice.
Through its identity as an experimental art laboratory and gallery, BGV  has sustained a long-term engagement with challenging the boundaries of artists and audience at home and abroad International partnerships have included the Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Tate Britain and Foam Museum, Amsterdam.
Twitter: @beaconsfieldart
Facebook: /BeaconsfieldGallery




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