Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Got a brilliant idea? Then get it funded…

Got a brilliant idea? Then get it funded…

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, launched his draft Culture Strategy for London on our very doorstep at Battersea Arts Centre, and of course ArtsWatch was there to cover it for Wandsworth Radio.  As one of the world’s hubs for creativity, 1 in every 6 jobs in London are in the creative industry.  It turns over £47bn per year. The Mayor has decided to look after this pipeline, and give some focus to the community activities that may not always get the recognition they deserve.  So if you have a brilliant idea for the creation of some arts or culture event in Wandsworth, take a look at the Mayor’s new £1m micro-grant programme Culture Seeds.  It is particularly aimed at the smaller, grass roots events who don’t normally have access to government arts’ funding.  What are you waiting for?

So here’s a little glimpse of some of the programmes in the ArtsWatch pipeline for April.

If ever there was a community event who deserved a bit of Culture Seed funding, the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival 10-13th May surely has to be one.  Curated and managed totally by local volunteers throughout Barnes, this year’s festival features Cressida Cowell and Harry Hill (yes that Harry Hill).  This year the stage production of Lauren Child’s “Ruby Redfort” will have its London premier here and the Royal Academy of Dance will be holding its first event at the festival with Mathilda Musical Theatre Workshop.

Not to be outdone, the Clapham Book Festival also takes place on 12 May and we feature two writers living on our doorstep. Elizabeth Buchan author of “The New Mrs. Clifton” and and Simon Berthon who has written “A Secret Worth Killing For.”

Ahead of the book festival, Omnibus plays host to something a bit different.  The exhibition of “The First Indian Diva – The Courtesan and the Recording Industry” which will run throughout April.  This is a free exhibition that accompanies the Gauhar Jaan – The Datia Incident production.  Curated by Rolf Killius, musical performance will also be staged within the exhibition space.

Not only is Rory Boyle one of Wandsworth Radio’s Saturday morning presenters, it also turns out he’s a Young Producer for the Royal Albert Hall.  Collide will take over the Hall’s Elgar Room on 6 & 7 April featuring fashion and musicians including street performers. Catch him while he’s still talking to us!

Think you’ve seen every possible production of Frankenstein?  We doubt you’ve seen it Beatbox style. Find out how the director and performer describe using the story to also comment on the perils of social media, smartphones and the “making of a monster” in their BAC show.


4-28 April, Theatre503 has “Reared” on its stage written by the BAFTA-nominated John Fitzpatrick.  Families and how to survive them would seem to be the slogan, but it won’t be as straightforward as that.

ArtsWatch airs Monday, Tuesday and Thursday just after the 6.30pm headlines.  This is just a little taster of April’s schedule for arts and culture news in Wandsworth and neighbouring boroughs.

If you have something you think we should cover, contact me



March 30th, 2018

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