Since April 2015, Pump House Gallery has been working with Tomas Klassnik of The Klassnik Corporation, spatial strategist Daisy Froud and year 9 students from Harris Academy Battersea to explore the role of art in the public realm and its relationship to local change in the city.
On Thursday 10 December the students will showcase some of the work they have created at Harris Academy,as part of Ballymore’s Cultural Plan for the Embassy Gardens development.
The project responds to the commission of three new public art sculpture by Ballymore Development (UK) which are sited in and around the new Linear Park in Nine Elms, Embassy Gardens. These works are by artists Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq (ROD), Sarah Lucas (part of her Forian series) and Simon Fujiwara (Modern Marriage).
The community engagement programme aims to connect young people with the surrounding changing area, whilst unpicking the processes of creating art in the public realm and questioning its role. The work with Battersea Academy will continue until winter, coinciding with the installation of the three new artworks in the area.
Tomas Klassnik is the founder of The Klassnik Corporation, a London-based architecture practice creating engaging experiences through architecture, art and events. The practice also provides critical consultancy services which have addressed a range of issues affecting higher education, climate change and London’s skyline.
Daisy Froud is a strategist who specialises in devising tools and processes that enable diverse voices to meaningfully contribute to design decision-making, and to imagine the future of buildings and places. Having started her career in community-led regeneration and environmental campaigning, she went on to co-found and run architecture practice AOC for 11 years, working mostly on schools, cultural buildings and public spaces. Froud now also teaches on spatial politics and the history and theory of participatory design at London’s Bartlett School of Architecture.