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Lucy Cash: Nine Songs for Nine Elms

2 November 2016 to 9 November 2016 | 12pm – 5pm

Free, drop-ins welcome. 

‘So much gold right next to the rust through my fitted cap I can see the map of rules between the inequality, and austerity, failure right next to asperity’ – For Us (The Battersea Motto) 

Artist Lucy Cash was selected to create a new film and performance co-created with local community groups, schools and residents’ associations. Nine Songs for Nine Elms explores the shifting landscapes of the Nine Elms development area through lyrics and songs dedicated to the land and soil which hold the history of the area. Artist Lucy Cash is working with local residents and community groups including Griffin Primary School and the Doddington Community Roof Garden to uncover local stories that relate to the horticultural history of Battersea and surrounding area. Nine Songs for Nine Elms has explored heritage narratives, local stories and memories which celebrate the diverse history of the local area. The creation of the songs offered a diverse range of ways to get involved – inviting residents to contribute words or voice, choreography or an idea for the performance of the song. 

The songs have contributed to A Song For Nine Elms, (25 minutes) by Lucy Cash which will be screened at StudioRCA, Nine Elms 2–9 November 2016, admission free and drop-in welcomed. 

Private view: Thursday 3 November 2016, 7pm-8:30pm
A screening of the work, performance and refreshments. To join please RSVP [email protected]

Nine Songs for Nine Elms is a Berkeley Homes commission curated and produced by UP Projects in association with Cultivate, a new programme of creative place-making projects for young people in Nine Elms, funded by A New Direction, Nine Elms developers and Wandsworth Council. For more information or images of the project please contact [email protected] 

Lucy Cash is a multidisciplinary artist specialising in performance and visual arts using filmmaking, digital installations and ’social choreography’. She expands ideas of dance performance to offer more accessible ways of connecting dance to the environment around us. Lucy Cash was previously commissioned by Wandsworth Arts Festival to create Like a Bird, a new work for Wandsworth Park in 2011. In 2009 she was awarded a fellowship from South East Dance for her work creating choreographies for the screen. As part of her collaborative work with Becky Edmunds she has curated various festivals and events including What if… and What Matters at Siobhan Davies Studios from 2010 to 2015. Lucy was formerly an artist in residence for Whitechapel Gallery and was the first research artist at The Foundling Museum. She has been an associate artist with ArtsAdmin since 2007. 

UP Projects curates, commissions and produces contemporary art that explores heritage, identity and place, engaging citizens of London, the UK and across the globe. We believe that art can empower communities and enrich the public sphere. We work with artists to extend their practice, challenge convention and make space for discussion. We believe in working collaboratively with others to do this. UP Projects have been working with Berkeley Homes on the development and delivery of a cultural strategy for their new Vista development in Nine Elms, Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth, located next to the open spaces of Battersea Park and close the River Thames. The strategy includes proposals for integrated artists’ commissions across the site as well as community engagement events and activity.

Cultivate is a creative education project for young people, part of a cultural and place making programme focused on the Nine Elms regeneration area. Led by Wandsworth Council and the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, this ambitious programme aims to establish a vibrant new centre for arts, life and culture on London’s South Bank and to ensure the area’s existing community is first to benefit from the area’s cultural revival.

StudioRCA at Riverlight is run by the Royal College of Art as a test-bed and exhibition space for collaborating curators and curatorial agencies to engage with public audiences. Funded by St James, part of the Berkeley Group, the space will support the long-term cultural strategy for the prestigious Riverlight development, animating the public open space, providing the first cultural offer within Nine Elms on the South Bank, and contributing to London’s wider cultural offer by drawing in the local community, visitors, residents and workers to the area. The partnership was brokered and developed by cultural consultancy Futurecity. Through 2016, StudioRCA presents projects relating to the themes of the Visual Cultures Lecture Series, Orientations, Locate & Reshape 2016/17.

Private view 3 November 2016,  7–8.30pm