Battersea Arts Centre is a hub for everyone’s creativity, based in an iconic building with a radical history, the old Battersea Town Hall.
We support people to take creative risks to inspire change, locally, nationally and globally.
Since 1974, Battersea Arts Centre has pioneered creative change.
This building, and the people who make it special, have transformed the lives of young people, kick-started creative careers, and helped communities connect through making and sharing art. Our Scratch Bar has seen friendships and creative relationships born, and our smallest spaces have been home to the earliest sparks of projects that have gone on to tour the world.
We see ourselves as a creative hub, meaning we use our resources to give creative people the space to play, experiment, fail and grow. We call this Scratch.
For us, everyone is creative, and we exist to support our community to discover their creativity through co-creation. We might provide the tools, the space and the time, but the ideas and invention are yours.
In 2015, Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall was destroyed by fire. In 2018, we relaunched our newly restored Grand Hall with The Phoenix Season, and welcomed thousands of people back into our building.
We know what it is to discover resilience and inspiration in adversity, and in these difficult times we are determined to continue championing the transformative power of creativity, and being there for the communities who need us.
Battersea Arts Centre is the guardian of the former Battersea Town Hall, built in 1893 by Edward Mountford. Over the past 120 years this building has played host to many fascinating people and incredible stories with infamous speeches, radical politics, cutting edge performance and personal journeys.