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Home Sweet Home - Battersea Arts Centre

Event preview

SUBJECT to change is presenting Home Sweet Home at Battersea Arts Centre – from October 14 to October 17, 2009.

Home Sweet Home Estates invites you to become a resident of London’s smallest suburb, a cardboard community of neat streets and magnolia houses waiting for you to turn them into homes.

Following its success as part of the British Council Showcase in Edinburgh, Home Sweet Home returns to BAC on a never-before-seen scale, taking over the capacious Grand Hall for the first time.

On arrival, residents select a flat packed property and plot with which they are free to do what they please, creating their homes from the vast collection of paints, glitter, fabric, sequins and other materials on offer. The development boasts a number of services- a notice board, a postal service, a local radio station and even a daily news bulletin showing events as they unfold in this little town.

Discussion panels of specially selected guest speakers will consider issues related to the town’s development throughout the duration of the event.

Residents can come and go as they please over the four days. On the final night there will be a street party for neighbours where they can raise a glass and celebrate the formation of their unique community. When they leave they can take their home as a souvenir. The plan of the miniature town will include major local landmarks such as Battersea Power Station, Battersea Dogs Home and BAC available for development.

The project began in 2006 as a graduate project by Abigail Conway and Lucy Hayhoe, two artists at Goldsmith’s College, London. It has since had huge success, with versions of the event being staged at BAC, the SHUNT vaults and as part of the London Festival of Architecture. It has also been seen at the Basement in Brighton and will be at the Quarterhouse in Folkestone early next year.

Home Sweet Home is part of the Not for Me, Not for You, But for Us festival at BAC. Inspired by the motto on the wall of the Old Town Hall that BAC calls home, the season of work explores creativity, interactivity and play,

Other highlights include Coney’s A Small Town Anywhere, a show with no performers, only audience members taking on roles as part of a small town community; Inua Ellam’s Scotsman Fringe First Award winning spoken word show The 14th Tale and Wendy Houstoun’s Keep Dancing as part of Dance Umbrella.

Talking about the project, David Jubb and David Micklem, Artistic Directors of BAC, said:

Home Sweet Home began its BAC life in 2006 inside a tiny studio as part of BAC’s Graduates festival. Three years later we’re delighted to welcome the show back to BAC’s largest space, the Grand Hall, in which Subject to Change’s show will build a hugely exciting community in the heart of Battersea to kick off Not for me, not for you, but for us.”

And Rob Tincknell, Managing Director of Treasury Holdings UK, said:

Home Sweet Home is a great opportunity for us to get involved in an exciting local event. It represents much that we are planning to deliver at Battersea Power Station – the chance to build a real community, and to connect with our plans for a new creative district for London. It will also be a fun way for us to work alongside the Battersea community and to pick up ideas for our own project.”

Home Sweet Home is sponsored by Real Estate Opportunities and Treasury Holdings, owners and development managers of Battersea Power Station.

Tickets: £10, £6 concessions, Pay What You Can on Wednesday.

Times: October 14 – from 7pm to 10pm, October 15 and 16 – from 4pm to 10pm, October 17 – from 2pm to 10pm (street party at 9pm).

For more information call 020 7223 2223 or visit the Website