WELCOME

INITIAL IDEAS

UNLOCKING THE BUILDING'S POTENTIAL

INVOLVING PEOPLE

MAKING PLANS

PLAYGROUNDING CASE STUDIES

FINDING FUNDING

HOW WE ARE FUNDING THE PROJECT

THE OVERALL COST OF THE PROJECT FROM 2007 TO 2015 IS £13.3MILLION.

Of that £13.3 million, £10.3 million comes from statutory funders, principally the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. The remaining £3 million will come from private sources, including trusts, foundations and individuals. With the recent announcement that our £4.69 million application to Arts Council England’s capital investment programme has been successful we now have just under £1 million left to raise to complete our capital campaign.

The best way to support us is to give to our crowdfunding campaign Bee Generous or to join The Great Hundred Club. Click here for more information about Bee Generous and here for The Great Hundred Club.


Talking to Funders

As Playgrounding is an unusual design process, we had to find new ways to talk to funders about our ideas. We find ourselves talking with funders about intended outcomes for the project as opposed to specific outputs. Capital funders are used to dealing in detailed specifications, but by talking about outcomes for the building it has become possible to develop a shared vision for the building as opposed to trading in specific details – this requires a different kind of relationship with the funder and a great deal of trust on both sides. Here are the funders who are coming on the journey with us.

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STATUTORY FUNDERS

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ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

In 2010 we secured a grant of £2.5 million from Arts Council England through their RENEW funding scheme. On 1 July 2014 we received confirmation that our first stage application for £4.69 million to Arts Council England’s capital investment programme has been approved.

The Arts Council have been on hand and worked with us closely throughout our journey. Meeting with us every few months they have given valuable feedback on the ideas that worked, and on developing the rest of the programme.

Funding from RENEW has helped us work towards a full scope of work for transforming Battersea Arts Centre into a 21st Century performance environment which extend across the entire Town Hall. It is testament to Arts Council England’s belief in our project that they have now approved a further £4.69 million to achieve this.

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HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND

Being based in a Grade-II* listed building we are keen that our design process is sensitive to its heritage.

In 2010 we received £171,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop our ideas around heritage, ahead of putting in a full application for funding. With their guidance we looked at ways in which we could create better public spaces for visitors, performance spaces that still maintained their original 19th Century design and layout and create a digital archive tracing our home’s history from Town Hall to theatre.

We worked closely with HLF to envision a new way of working with heritage, in a way that could be artist led but true to the roots of the stories in the building. We learnt a lot from each other as we undertook the development phase and learnt to balance our innovative processes with the respect needed for a Grade II* listed building with a strong heritage story. In late 2012, we received confirmation of a grant of just over £2.5 million towards heritage works starting in 2014.

We have also received smaller grants from the following public funds:

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BIG LOTTERY FUND

Fundraising for the capital project was kick-started in 2008, with a grant of £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Assets programme, towards repairing critically failing infrastructure and to developing our largest space, the Grand Hall

The programme, funded by the Office for Civil Society, was set-up to support the transfer of buildings from local authorities to third-sector organisations. With their help and with the support of our local residents, Wandsworth Council agreed to transfer Battersea’s Old Town Hall to us on a 125-year lease, with a 20-year rent free period running until 2028. Under the terms of the lease we were, for the first time, able to fundraise to secure the future of the building as a creative resource for future generations.

TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS



Trusts and Foundations have played a key role in our fundraising campaign, helping us secure £1 million in match funding against grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and for Arts Council England Renew. Grants from trusts and foundations have enabled us to unlock just over £5 million in statutory funding.

We are grateful to the following Trusts and Foundations for showing their conviction to our capital project through major gifts of over £100,000:

  • Foyle Foundation – who donated £150,000 towards the capital project in 2009 and, showing great commitment to what we had achieved and plans for the future, made an exceptional second grant of £200,000 in 2012.
  • Garfield Weston Foundation – who have contributed £450,000 to our capital campaign, with their Trustees stating that the work of Battersea Arts Centre is “innovative and embraces the local community.” As a thank you for their incredible support, the Octagonal Hall, the vestibule leading in to the Grand Hall, will be renamed the Weston Hall when the project completes.
  • The Foundation for Sports & the Arts – who made an early gift of £100,000 in 2008, which enabled us to restore and upgrade many of our first floor performance spaces.

We would also like to thank the following Trusts and Foundations for their generous gifts towards our capital ambitions:

Paul Hamlyn Foundation played a crucial role in the early stages of the project by funding initial research into the ideas behind Playgrounding.


Regis Cochefert

Regis Cochefert is Head of Arts at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

“Battersea Arts Centre has the rare accolade of being a genuinely local theatre which is also a vastly important national resource. Battersea Arts Centre has this country’s best developed process for nurturing new artists and new shows. If there is one place which has a genuine claim to be Britain’s most influential theatre it is Battersea Arts Centre.”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

INDIVIDUALS

INDIVIDUALS

With the support of our Development Committee, Development Council and Board we have grown individual giving to the capital project and to our wider fundraising efforts. Thank you to all of our Great Hundred Club members and the following individuals who have already given generously towards our campaign:

  • Alison & Chris Cabot
  • Michael Day
  • Elizabeth & Reade Griffith
  • Fiona Mactaggart
  • John Nickson
  • Julia Rowntree
  • Naomi Russell
  • Jenny Sheridan

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