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Battersea Arts Centre
Lavender Hill, Battersea
London
SW11 5TN
020 7223 2223
http://www.bac.org.uk/
Nearest Tube/Train Station:
Clapham Junction (BR)
DINING SNACKS BAR
 
Battersea Arts Centre History

The Grade II* listed building which houses BAC, designed in 1891 by EW Mountford, first opened as Battersea Town Hall in 1893. The building was used for over 70 years as council chambers, holding borough meetings, elections and discussions – it was a key focal point essential to the legislative activities within the borough. During both world wars the then Town Hall building was a recruiting station, administrative centre and between 1914 and 1918 it was used as a conscientious objectors' tribunal site.

It was founded as a community arts centre in 1974, run by Wandsworth Borough Council, offering a variety of arts and adult education classes and space for local theatre groups to use for rehearsals and performances.


In 1979, it was agreed that the arts centre would become an independent organisation with the Borough Council providing an annual grant to cover part of the costs of operating the centre. In 1981, BAC was born. Renovations were made inside the building, transforming former council chambers into theatre, studio, workshop and gallery spaces.


BAC has now developed a reputation for being an exciting, innovative and groundbreaking theatre, not afraid to take risks and push boundaries. BAC stands for Innovation, Accessibility and Excellence.

 

Battersea Arts Centre
Nearest Tube/Train Station:
Clapham Junction (BR)
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