Grant Awardees WAF 2020

Get to know the 2020 WAF Grantees!

The WAF 2020 Grants support activities and events that will take place as part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe from 8 to 24 May 2020. The WAF Grants are designed to help artists, makers and community groups realise their creative vision and engage with Wandsworth residents.

Wandsworth Arts Fringe supports the cultural life of the borough and plays an important role as a testing ground and marketplace for new ideas and audiences. WAF can include street performances, family workshops, exhibitions, music, dance and all things in between – taking place indoors and outdoors in all corners of the borough in theatres, pubs, empty shops, libraries, parks, high streets, galleries, cellars, estates... you name it!

The WAF grants are funded directly by Wandsworth Council through the Wandsworth Grant Fund.

Find out more about the 18 WAF 2020 grantees below.

Battersea Arts Centre: In-House

Doddington and Rollo Estate: Battersea, London SW11 5HD

In-House brings performances, talks, and debates directly into estates, led by a group of young social entrepreneurs and artists living on the Winstanley and Doddington and Rollo estates. WAF will host the culmination event of this youth-led project, with live music and an open mic event at the heart of the Doddington and Rollo estate.

Black History Foundation - Black Heroes: 100+

York Gardens Library & Community Centre:  34 Lavender Rd, Battersea, London SW11 2UG
& Battersea Arts Centre: Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

A new Black History show for all the family, filled with music, song and spoken word, tracing 100 and more years of Black Londoners’ positive contributions to the foundations and fabric of British society.

Weaving key artistic threads from their previous Wandsworth Grant Fund supported projects (Soul Food Cafe, The Debate and Wall of Fame), Black Heroes 100+ creates music, spoken word and song to trace hundreds of years of Black British cultural, political and arts activism in and around Wandsworth.  The play meets a legion of inspirational heroes, from John Blanc to Rodney P, Mary Prince to Flip Fraser, John Archer to Olive Morris and Marsha De Cordova, Samuel Coleridge Taylor to Matumbi and Stormzy, Noel Mckoy, Malorie Blackman and many more.

Black Heroes: 100+ is produced and presented by the Black Heroes Foundation, an award-winning community-based charity.  Its purpose is EduTainment, with the development and promotion of artistic and cultural initiatives which develop awareness and appreciation of a world where Black Heroes are acknowledged, respected and celebrated.

Blackshaw Theatre - Trouble at Sea: A Miss McSkimming Mystery

Written by Richard Stratton

Following their award-winning production of The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell by Chris Buxey (Stage Door New Writing Award 2018), Blackshaw Theatre Company returns to the Wandsworth Arts Fringe with a radio play recorded in front of a live audience (hilarious sound effects included).

Miss McSkimming takes to the high seas in her second adventure, presented by Blackshaw Theatre.  Expecting a pleasant trans-Atlantic cruse, Miss McSkimming must instead deal with a missing companion and a series of mysterious thefts, all whilst trying to avoid panic amongst her fellow passengers.

A rollicking comedy with mysteries abounding, this piece promises to delight audiences, young and old!

The show will run alongside a series of educational outreach events – a radio playwriting and producing workshop at the Putney Arts Theatre, a Q&A with the show creators, and internships for Wandsworth residents and students wanting to gain experience in producing theatre and radio.

Find out more about Blackshaw Theatre at

Blankspace - Love Local

Sunday 24 May on Henry Prince Estate

London’s’ fastest-growing music showcase event Blankspacelive is stepping outside! Join us on Sunday 24 May for a day full of music, workshops, games and more! We’ll have top speakers and artists performing, as well as some of the best local food vendors supplying all the soul food we need.

Bounce Theatre - Home Made

Home Café: Waynflete St, Earlsfield, London SW18 3QE

Small stories about what home means.

From the importance of love to how climate change is transforming our sense of home, Home Made is a collection of tiny tales tackling large issues, made by children from Earlsfield and Tooting. Working with Bounce Theatre in the build up to WAF, the project will culminate in a performance at the Home Café in May 2020.

Elements Arts - Showstoppers

Sunday 24 May at Hazelfest and an additional location during Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Showstoppers is a fun and free immersive experience where you, the audience, star in your own dance show!

First, you´ll choose a song and costumes.  Next, learn a short routine with Element Arts, and finally perform with the dancers.  The experience lasts around 20 minutes and is completely free.  Showstoppers is open to all ages and abilities.  There’s no need to book, just show up and dance.  If having a boogie’s not your thing, come along anyway to get dressed up for a giant Polaroid photo!

Element Arts will also be performing a professional show at various intervals throughout the day.  They aim to draw attention to the climate crisis through the art of dance – they will be the first ever samba company to replace costume feathers with plants, a sight not to be missed!

Find out more about Element Arts on their website:

F.R.E.S.H. STUDIOS - #WAF20 Dance Takeover

Saturday 9, 16 and 23 May. Fresh Ground London: 68 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EQ

Join us at F.R.E.S.H Studios for our annual #WAF20 Dance Takeover, packed with taster sessions, professional masterclasses, performances and special events. We have something to get everyone moving!  A F.R.E.S.H dance class is about accessing those fundamental elements that are innate in dance

Freedom in dance
Owning your Rhythm
Self-development, Self-awareness, Self-confidence
Opportunities for Higher learning and Higher vibrations

Based at Fresh Ground on Battersea Rise, F.R.E.S.H Studios is a collaboration of local dance organisations, professional teachers and leading choreographers coming together to offer a unique programme of dance for the community.

All of our dance teachers are warm talented professionals and fully qualified to teach dance at all levels. We have classes and performances for the whole family. Sign up for Salsa, Hip Hop, African, Ballet, Street, Tango and many more, we have something for everyone.

Developed by Dance Movement Psychotherapist Natasha Sackey, we hope to get everyone dancing!  Whether your focus is technique, flexibility or you’re just looking for a new way to connect with your mind, body and spirit in dance, you can find it here.

HelenandJohn - Bench

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May. Various locations and times across the borough

An unassuming character sits on a bench, takes a newspaper from her bag and begins to read. Nothing unusual until small characters suddenly appear to tell their own raucous story on top of the newspaper! After they have finished the woman picks up her bag and leaves the bench leaving no trace of what has just happened.

Mockingbird Theatre Group - The Barber of Moville

Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 May, 8pm
Headboys Barber and Headgirls Hair Design Studio, 144 Wandsworth High Street, Wandsworth, SW18 4JJ
Script by Ronan Carr. Cast: Anne Gallagher and Ronan Carr

What do you when the love of your life is disappearing before your eyes?

Mockingbird Theatre are proud to present their original one-act play The Barber of Moville. Set and performed in a real barbershop in real-time, The Barber of Moville invites the audience to watch Dommo and Molly close up in their salon as they prepare to go for one final trip to the opera.

The play is a funny and affectionate look at love, memory and importance of making good tea.

Mockingbird Theatre are Ronan Carr and Anne Gallagher. Previous original plays include Waiting Tables for Godot, Johnny Cash Made Me Do It, Emmet of Arabia and The Gael Gore!  The company bring theatre into the communities by performing in Barbershops, bookstores and greasy spoon cafes.

One Trust Arts - FabricSLAM

Thursday 14 May. The Tram and Social Club: 46-48 Mitcham Rd, Tooting, London SW17 9NA

Fabric Slam is a wearable art and fashion show put together by participants in One Trust’s art and textiles groups. One Trust is an organisation that provides day services for adults with learning disabilities across the borough of Wandsworth. The evening event, on Thursday 14 May at the Tram and Social Club in Tooting, will feature a catwalk show, DJs and performances. This will be followed by a two week exhibition in an empty shop nearby. Here mannequins will be dressed in outfits from the event displayed alongside other artwork and documentation of the show.

Rogue Opera - Opera Pop-Ups and Workshop

Sound and Movement Workshop: Friday 8 May at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9HD
Opera Pop-up Venues will include the Putney Exchange Shopping Centre and Bedford Hill Place

Passionate about bringing opera to new audiences and spaces, Rogue Opera will be giving Fringe attendees the opportunity to experience a number of pop-up performances in public spaces around the Borough. Come and experience a free, al fresco musical experience as Rogue Opera’s professional singers and Music Director take you through 45 minutes of show-stopping arias and ensembles.

For a more behind-the-scenes experience, join our movement, acting and sound workshop on Friday 8 May. Participants will get to explore some of the performance and preparation techniques our professional singers utilise on stage and may even be moved to become part of a special opera chorus!

Rogue Opera will also present a special full-length Opera Cabaret show on Sunday 17 May, at The Bedford in Balham, bringing their favourite moments and opera scenes alive in a fun, relaxed, dinner theatre format.

For more information about the company please visit

Spare Tyre - Love Unspoken

Tara Theatre: 356 Garratt Ln, Earlsfield, London SW18 4ES

From a moonlit night to fire in the heart, Love Unspoken explores the everyday love that we never quite manage to speak of. A performance that takes you on a sensory journey of jasmine, dance and Indian-influenced rhythms.

Love Unspoken is the final piece in a trilogy conceived and directed by Arti Prashar. Engaging with people living with dementias and their carers from the South Asian diaspora in the UK, this show invites them to co-create and perform alongside professional performers.

Audiences are led into a ritualised space: scattered rose petals, scented water, and red earth – the space is evocative of unspoken moments, unspoken but remembered, personal yet universal in meaning, where grief and pain are exposed but life and love are beautifully celebrated.   

Love Unspoken is an inclusive performance co-created by people living with dementias and their carers, open for all to enjoy.  

Produced by Spare Tyre in association with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. Spare Tyre is grateful to members of the local Asian community in Wandsworth who helped to create these performances.

Steve Carey & Maya Bailey – The Alston Road Project

16, 17 and 24 May. Alston Road, Tooting, London, SW17 0TT

Do you know your neighbours? This is the simple question that The Alston Road Project will ask of a typical Tooting Street. All residents will be invited to make a short video introducing themselves and these will be presented in an open-house exhibition on the street during WAF. Those who take part will also be given stickers of their own picture and a map of the street so that they can swap them with their neighbours. Nothing will take place online - it will all happen face-to-face. It's time to remember that we can connect in real life!

Silvia Zyranek - In Othered Words

Locations will include Wandsworth Town Library: 11 Garratt Ln, London SW18 4AQ

We see words, we say words, we (think we) know words, so let’s make new words from old to create and question meaning. Take letters and simply rearrange: “LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP” becomes “OKOL BEFORE YOU ELAP.” Search on walls and in books in Wandsworth Town Library to find, shape, share and take home your very own revised sayings.

Continue your wordplay meandering through The Ram Quarter’s flowing boulevards, finding familiar sayings brightly chalked underfoot. Remove one word at a time and notice the poetry: “NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT” becomes “NO TIME” becomes “PRESENT.”

Help unravel and devise your own fun, colourful, communication concoction!

Ubuntu African Museum - The Nude Gallery

Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 and Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 May, during library hours
Roehampton Library: 2 Danebury Avenue SW15 4HD     

Visit our Pop-Up, The Nude Gallery - a collection of stories and objects exploring the subjects of diversity and inclusion in dance, medical, educational and commercial items including ballet shoes, plasters, crayons and make-up. Activities will include an exhibition trail, arts and crafts workshops hosted by local artists and ballet and make-up workshops run by professionals in their respective fields.

Entry and workshops are FREE.

WildCity’s Big Art Picnic

Saturday 16 May, 12.30pm - 4.30pm. Heathbrook Park: St. Rule Street, SW8 3EL

Join WildCity for an afternoon of creative picnicking at the BIG ART PICNIC and create an enormous cardboard obstacle course. Build towers and tunnels then take the obstacle course challenge; rolling, toppling and scrambling through for a thrilling live art experience.

A free and inclusive event celebrating park life and promoting creative, collaborative, play and impromptu performance.

Woodfield Pavilion - Woodfield Arts Fair and Events

Friday 8 – Sunday 24 May, various times and locations

The Woodfield Pavilion is hosting an Art Fair over the weekend of 23 and 24 May with over 15 local artists and crafts people selling their works and wares. Throughout the weekend, there will be an exciting programme of art, music and drama workshops for all ages, plus pop-up food stalls to enjoy.

Woodfield Pavilion will be running free and accessible outreach events in the lead up to the art fair weekend. Events range from a painting competition to story walk adventures, including a Street Sketch Workshop with the BBC One Show Presenter and Artist, Adebanji Alade.

Work and Play Scrapstore - Hazelfest 2020

Sunday 24 May, 1pm – 5pm
Hayesend House Tower: Hazelhurst Estate, Blackshaw Road, Tooting, SW17 0DA

Hazelfest is mini green festival packed with arts and crafts, music and entertainment and free fun. This 4th annual event is staged by the Work and Play Scrapstore (WaPS) – the London-based re-use charity which promotes artful re-use of donated surplus/waste materials.

Hazelfest collaborates with artists and performers of note, community groups and local residents to celebrate artful re-use. Come along to help create over 200 pieces of artwork from donated materials that come into Scrapstrore and listen to live music and performances.

Hazelfest focusses on developing community participation through opportunities to participate in environmentally friendly arts and crafts, supporting projects that reach beyond Hazelfest, installing artworks and exhibits and providing live entertainment.