Wandsworth Council hope the introduction of a permanent project space will promote the cultural strategy for the development (pictured) which is located on the Thames riverside close to Battersea Power Station.
The cultural partnership between RCA and St James has been brokered and developed by cultural consultancy Futurecity. The RCA Riverlight Project Space is to be run by the Royal College of Art, London’s leading postgraduate art and design institution.
The partnership will offer RCA students an opportunity to engage with a public audience and provide a test-bed for their ideas. For local people it will be a new cultural space to explore and a window into an artist’s practice demonstrating how artwork develops and transforms over a period of time.
St James Group are supporting the RCA’s ambitions by providing a fully fitted and serviced retail unit rent free with an annual funding package for a five year period. Regular public talks, performances and readings will also be hosted.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “This fantastic new arts space will help animate Nine Elms on the South Bank and draw the wider Wandsworth community into this new part of the borough. It’s exactly the type of exciting cultural venue we want to create here.”
Dr Paul Thompson, Rector of the Royal College of Art said: This partnership offers our young artists a fantastic public platform to develop new work – and new ways of working. It also helps cement our place in the Wandsworth creative firmament – one can almost draw a straight line from RCA Battersea through the Pump House Gallery to Riverlight.”
The RCA has an established worldwide reputation for innovation through art and design and an active presence within Wandsworth, with the School of Fine Art based in the Battersea campus, shortly to be joined by the School of Material.