Ideas welcomed for Battersea Arts Centre Grand Hall reopening

Sandra Giorgetti

Battersea Arts Centre would like to receive ideas for public events to take place in the rebuilt Grand Hall next year.

The first programme for the Grand Hall, appropriately called the Phoenix Season, will be made up of events featuring life memories of the building's users and ideas are welcomed from all periods in its the past.

Whilst launching the call–out for ideas, Battersea Arts Centre also revealed plans for a gala auction on 3 October with Christie’s.

Under the hammer will go a specially created ceramic sculpture by Grayson Perry entitled F**king Art Centre. The provocative artwork depicts Battersea Arts Centre’s old town hall with Perry’s beloved childhood teddy bear, Alan Measles.

The artist has said "Battersea Arts Centre were good enough to let me use their basement as a studio for a year or two, so the least I could do is help them out now!".

Other supporters and Battersea Arts Centre alumni have donated a range of other lots including a bespoke group workshop from actor and patron Toby Jones and hosted pre-show dinners with tickets to shows at the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe by Rufus Norris and Emma Rice.

There is also the chance to buy online one-of-a-kind mementos created by the venue's carpenter, Joe Iredale, from sections of the wooden beams salvaged from the Grand Hall fire, and badges, bags and small keepsakes featuring Grayson Perry’s design.

Income from the fundraising campaign will go towards the final phase of the rebuild.