Art facelift for Clapham Junction town centre
Published: Friday, August 14, 2020
Shoppers in Clapham Junction can now browse an open-air gallery of artwork as they pass the landmark Arding & Hobbs building which recently closed as a Debenhams store.
As part of Wandsworth Council’s high streets support initiative, the council is working with landowners and business representatives around the borough to use local art to improve and reinvigorate shopping areas after the impact of the coronavirus lockdown.
The new hoardings erected around the 1920s building include historical information boards about the building as well as a series of artworks from Battersea artists. The boards also show consultation updates from the landlord, W.RE, with their proposals for the future of the building.
Councillor Aled Richards-Jones, the council’s spokesman for economic development and business said: “In Clapham Junction, as in many of our borough’s town centres, its important that we make the high street as appealing as possible for shoppers and visitors who are returning as restrictions ease. This new initiative shows how we can respond creatively to that need.
“The council is working hard with local business associations to help normality return to our usually bustling town centres and give confidence to both shoppers and businesses who are looking to invest in our area.”
Executive BID Director for The Junction BID, Roz Lloyd-Williams said: “We’re incredibly excited that the Clapham Junction BID will see our local Battersea artists celebrated in this borough-wide exhibition of art installations. Clapham Junction will see displays rolled out across the BID footprint; namely, St John’s Road, St John’s Hill, Lavender Hill, Battersea Rise, Northcote Road and part of Falcon Road over the summer.
“The initial phase of the project will launch with a range of colourful artwork festooned across Arding & Hobbs – the iconic landmark building at The Junction. This follows on from the visual light installation project, created by the BID last Christmas, which saw the historical building illuminated in a sequence of dynamic and dazzling colour, as part of a stunning light show that enveloped the building. The Junction BID is committed to visually enhancing Clapham Junction for our businesses, residents and visitors to the area.”
The artists featured on Arding & Hobbs this summer had previously taken part in Wandsworth Artists’ Open House event, which has been postponed in its usual format this year due to the pandemic. If you are a local artist or art organisation, find out how you can get involved at wandsworthart.com