Riverlight / St James, Future City

Knowledge Exchange Case Study

‘Futurecity are delighted to have created this significant cultural partnership, bringing together the very best that London has to offer in arts and culture in the form of the Royal College of Art with St James.’ – Mark Davy, Founder of Futurecity

‘St James as a company always looks for new and innovative ways to support cultural initiatives in the districts we operate in. The Royal College of Art seemed the natural choice for Riverlight not only for its strong presence in the area, but also for its unique multidisciplinary understanding and expertise across design and art.’ – Sean Ellis, Chairman of St James’ Group


Developer St James, part of the Berkeley Group, have partnered with the Royal College of Art to open a new permanent project space at Riverlight – an iconic, river-fronting residential scheme comprising over 800 apartments across six pavilions. Designed by architects Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners, Riverlight is located in Nine Elms, in London’s South Bank regeneration area. 

StudioRCA at Riverlight is run by the Royal College of Art as a test-bed and exhibition space for academics and students to engage with public audiences. Led and curated by award-winning artist and RCA Sculpture tutor Kate Davis, it offers a cohesive programme that focuses on current art practice and creative thinking relating to urban space and contemporary architecture. The space will become a visual laboratory for new ideas, as well as a window into an artist’s practice that allows a public audience to experience artwork as it develops and transforms over time. 

St James Group funded StudioRCA by providing a fully fitted and serviced retail unit, rent free for five years, with an annual funding package. The space will support the long-term cultural strategy for the prestigious Riverlight development, as well as the animation of Thames Riverside, igniting Nine Elms on the South Bank as a new cultural district and contributing to London’s wider cultural offer by drawing in the local community, visitors, residents and workers to the area. The cultural partnership was brokered and developed by cultural consultancy Futurecity.

Inaugural performance at StudioRCA, Adaptation of a Memory of my Father’s Studio Circa 1981, Jim Woodall
Inaugural performance at StudioRCA, Adaptation of a Memory of my Father’s Studio Circa 1981, Jim Woodall