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What Next? Wandsworth

About the Chapter

Our most recent project is Wandsworth Arts Map, a limited edition artist designed map, shining a light on 50 venues (including our eleven libraries) that offer a wide range of arts, activities and entertainment, as well as places for learning and participation. There’s something for everyone, from world-class theatres to hidden local gems.

The group works consistently to promote the arts across different sectors in our borough, including the local authority, health and housing services and major developments such has Battersea Power Station and the Ram Quarter. We have been active in seeking to influence cultural strategy and the use of the public realm on these sites for arts and culture events. We aim to promote the ‘arts under the radar’ taking place in the borough and have hosted speakers from BBC R4 and BBC News for advice on how to get good stories on grass-roots arts work into mainstream media. During autumn 2018 we are talking to faith organisations that encourage and support creative activities such as music, to make sure that more residents can benefit from these local opportunities and facilities.

A marvellous unintended consequence of the Chapter is new working partnerships amongst members. Follow us on Twitter @WNWandsworth

Contact Us
For more information or to receive notices of meetings contact Elizabeth Lynch

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Please note, all meetings are Tuesdays at 9.30am and dates for autumn/winter are as follows:

17 September – Battersea Arts Centre, Battersea

15 October – World Heart Beat Music Academy, Earlsfield

19 November – Rose Community Centre, Nine Elms

17 December – Putney Arts Theatre, Putney

21 January – Oily Cart Theatre, Earlsfield

18 February – Royal College of Art, Battersea

17 March – National Opera Studio, Wandsworth

Started in July 2013, the original group of 20 founding members remains a strong core. There are 92 people on the mailing list and at each meeting there are 15-20 attendees, comprising residents, arts and community organisations and individual artists. We regularly invite speakers, the meeting venues rotate and hosts generously provide tea and coffee. At every meeting people have the opportunity to talk for one minute about one interesting/exciting thing that they’re currently involved in, so we’re all able to find out more about creative activity and resources across the borough.

The meetings are chaired by Elizabeth Lynch or Arti Prashar. A reminder and agenda are sent out a week beforehand. Relevant local documents and some of those circulated via WNYV are circulated. Elizabeth attends weekly What Next? Young Vic along with David Jubb (BAC) and so the group is kept up to date with key themes and ideas. Actions are recorded and subsequently reported on via email or at the next meeting according to the time-line set.


Details last updated: 10 Sept 2018