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New art space unveiled in Battersea

by Eleanor Harding
from Wandsworth Guardian online - 28 March 2010

A new creative space co-run by the architect, Will Alsop, was unveiled in Battersea on Thursday evening.

Testbed 1, a cavernous studio and exhibition space for artists, inventors and scientists, showcased a colourful piece of performance art on its opening night.

Bruce McLean performed his “A Hot Potato Against A Dark Background”, which features a potato, a ballgown and a large collapsing fireplace.

The space, at 33 Parkgate Road near Battersea Bridge, is a former dockside dairy warehouse.

Mr Alsop said: “Testbed 1 is a fantastic and dramatic space and an exciting new avante garde destination for the creative industries, science and artistic individuals of London.

“It regenerates a previously dilapidated space and transforms it into one of the foremost centres of thought, innovation, ideas and experimentation within the capital.”

His daughter, Nancy, who is running the project, said: “The idea is that it’s a space to try things out. Failure is not a failure here. The reason why it’s called Testbed 1 is, you can try what you like.

“We are open to submissions from everyone - whether it’s from someone established or a bunch of students.”

Mr Alsop, who runs Will Alsop at RMJM, set up the project as part of the collective, Committee With No Agenda.

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Date posted: 9 April 2010