The pop-up exhibition will is being put on by the Power Station owners as a celebration of the iconic building’s cultural legacy.
The initiative opened for entries in June 2015, welcoming professionals and amateurs to submit their creative interpretations of the listed building in the hope of having them selected to be exhibited at this one–off event.
Over the past two months just under 500 artworks were submitted, with entries coming in from as far as New Zealand and Canada. They included black and white photography, poetry, film, contemporary neon interpretations, classic oil paintings and cast iron sculptures.
The selected art will be exhibited to the general public and available to buy over the weekend of 25th – 27th September. Local art charities including BAC Beatbox Academy, World Heart Beat Music Academy and Theatre 503 will benefit from a share of the sales revenue.
Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “The power station is Wandsworth’s greatest landmark and has been inspiring artists for generations. This event is wonderful way to celebrate the building’s creative legacy and to look forward to its complete revival. Just a short time ago we feared for the power station’s future and it is with great pleasure that we watch its on-going restoration at the heart of the new Nine Elms.”
Rob Tincknell, Chief Executive Officer of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “We have been amazed to watch the public response to this event as the incredible quality of artwork has kept on arriving. We have always known the significance of this building for Londoners but to have submissions from all over the world just goes to show the global reach of this historic icon. We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate all the creativity that the Power Station generates. This is just a taste of the exciting cultural and artistic plans that are being created for the new Battersea Power Station neighbourhood.”
Judges will select pieces to be display a piece of their art in a public space at Circus West, the first phase of the Battersea Power Station development.